Hoop Group Team Camp: Sunday

On Sunday, Hawk Hill Hardwood traveled to Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania for the second day of the Hoop Group Team Camp. Over the course of the day, a number of players and teams stood out.

Math, Civics, and Science (PA), Neumann-Goretti (PA), Saint Anthony (NJ), Westtown (PA), and Xaverian (NY) were among the teams that Hawk Hill Hardwood got a good look at on Sunday. Standout players from those teams are listed below.

Jeremiah Worthem- Worthem, a 2013 small forward from Philadelphia's Math, Civics, and Science had a rough start to his outing against Harrisburg (PA). His first point in the contest came after getting fouled at the first half buzzer and hitting one of two free throws. The athletic 6'6 wing really turned it on in the second half though, finishing the game with 16 points. Worthem took advantage of a size advantage, routinely posting up his man on the right block, where he hit both turnaround jumpers and spun baseline for easy layups. In the final minutes of the close game, Worthem also connected on a pivotal three-pointer. Prior to that shot, his jumpers were rimming out, but Worthem showed off great form. On the defensive end, Worthem used his athleticism to block some shots. At the college level, Worthem projects to the wing. He has impressive end-to-end quickness, big-time athleticism, and a respectable jumper. On Sunday, he struggled at times with his handle a little bit, and that is something that he may have to work on a bit for the college level. Recently, Worthem told Alex Schwartz of NBE Basketball Report that Temple and Saint Joseph's were his two favorites at the moment. That article can be found here.

Jerome Frink- Last week, Hawk Hill Hardwood saw the 2012 combo forward at Reebok's Breakout Challenge. Playing with his Saint Anthony teammates on Sunday, Frink played as well as I have seen him play this summer. Last week at Reebok, Frink struggled mightily with his perimeter shot, but that was not the case on Sunday, where I saw him hit at least two shots from three. As always, Frink was a load on the glass, using his strength, athleticism, and determination to grab just about any board in his area. Jerome's Saint Anthony team ended up winning the championship game at Team Camp, defeating Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti in the championship.

Josh Brown- 2013 Saint Anthony guard Josh Brown, who alongside Jerome Frink, and Kyle Anderson, played a key role in taking the championship, has been one of the more impressive local guards this spring and summer. Josh continued his strong play from last week's Reebok camp at Team Camp. Like all Saint Anthony guards, Brown really gets after it on the defensive end, taking as much pride in a stop as he does in scoring a bucket. While Kyle Anderson is often the primary ball-handler for Saint Anthony, Brown once again showed that he probably projects as a point guard at the college level.

Ja'Quan Newton- Last week, I wrote about 2014 Roman Catholic (PA) guard Shep Garner's terrific play at Reebok camp. If there is a better 2014 guard in Philadelphia, this is who it is. The way he played on Sunday, Newton looks to be the top 2014 guard in the city. In a semi-final matchup against Washington DC's Gonzaga High School, Newton dropped a cool 24 points. Newton is a 6'2 combo guard who already has a strong frame, a sure handle, and ability to slash with ease into the lane. With 12 seconds remaining, and Neumann down a point, Newton hit a runner in the lane to give his team the lead. Gonzaga would tie the contest with 3 seconds left on a free throw, sending the game to overtime, where Newton's Neumann-Goretti squad would get the win. Ja'Quan Newton is part of an incredibly strong 2014 class at Neumann. In addition to Newton, Neumann has a pair of forwards in that class that look to be big-time players as well. Those players are 6'5 Tony Toplyn and 6'6 Jamal Custis. Both players showed glimpses of their ability on Sunday.

Yilret Yiljep- While I only saw about a half of Westtown's game against Gill Saint Bernard's, it was enough to be impressed by 2013 6'7 forward Yilret Yiljep. In addition to basketball, Yiljep also runs track at Westtown, so his ability to get up and down the court like a guard was no surprise. He had the best block that I saw all day, swatting away a Dominic Hoffman shot like it was nothing. Yiljep also had an impressive 15-footer off the dribble. A number of Philadelphia-area schools are already involved with the 6'7 forward. La Salle is one of those schools, and head coach John Giannini was watching his afternoon game.

Brian Bernardi- Bernardi has seen his stock explode this summer, and watching him shoot the ball on Sunday, it was easy to see why. The 6'2 shooting guard from Brooklyn's Xaverian can flat out shoot the basketball. In the short period of time that I watched Xaverian on Sunday afternoon, Bernardi canned three threes. He elevates nicely and has a quick enough release. Bernardi is currently receiving attention from both mid and high- major schools.

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