2014 SLU Elite Camp Report

BillikenReport.com was in attendance for Sunday's SLU Elite Camp. Several players stood out, but overall it was a solid showing from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 classes.

2015

Ralph Bellamy (Clayton - MO) – 6'5" wing. Bellamy is a lefty with solid tools. He has a strong frame and does well fighting through contact at the rim. He could really use a prep year, though, to improve his on-court awareness and overall basketball IQ. It would not surprise me if that were the route he takes when it's all said and done.

Marcus Evans (Chesapeake - VA - Cape Henry Collegiate School) - 5'10" guard. Evans is an absolutely stellar athlete. Despite his diminutive frame, he can play way above the rim. He's a very flashy player and can dazzle a crowd, but that also means he is often times too careless for my liking. He's receiving low-mid major offers thus far mainly, and he checked out the SLU campus following the Elite Camp.

Cole Harper (Springfield - IL - Glenwood) - 6'4" guard. Harper is much in the same mold as several players in attendance. He's good – but not quite SLU's level. Harper played high school ball with Texas A&M-bound Peyton Allen, and he's a fine player in his own right.

Trey Kalina (Gadsen - AL - Gadsen City) - 6'10" big. Not overly skilled, Kalina somehow finds a way to find garbage points and ends with an impressive final statline. He is comfortable banging around in the post and is aggressive. He runs with the Atlanta Xpress on the AAU circuit, so he'll continue to get a myriad of college looks.

Marquise Pointer (Jonesboro - AR) – 5'11" guard. Pointer is strongly built, a bit husky even perhaps. He showcased a decent handle with a jump shot. SLU has shown preliminary interest and guard is the position they need the most with just one open scholarship for the 2015 class.

Emondre Rickman (Collinsville - IL) - 6'8" big. His defense is ahead of his offense at this point in time, and unfortunately he hasn't shown the improvement from last AAU season that I wished to see. He was on the verge of breaking out last year, but it would appear as those that jump has yet to come.

Christian Romine (Mahomet - IL - Mahomet Seymour) - 6'8" big. This kid is an athletic freak. He tried to dunk everything. He's still very raw from a basketball standpoint, but there's a lot to like about him. He is an Illinois native and has visited some mid-high major schools thus far. SLU will continue to track his progress.

Filip Serwatka (Elkhart - IN - Concord) - 6'5" wing. We covered him last season at SLU Elite Camp, and he did much of the same. He attacks the rim with reckless abandon. He has exceptional athleticism. I think he'll stick somewhere at the low-major D-I level. Has to get a consistent jump shot.

Trevor Stumpe (Bolingbrook - IL - Plainfield North) - 6'4" wing. This kid isn't all that athletic, but he is tough as nails. He is a scoring machine. It's no surprise that some BCS schools have made preliminary inquiries with his AAU coach Mike Mullins of the Illinois Wolves. He has a ridiculously accurate outside jumper and can pull it without much hesitation or need for space.
2016

Duane Clark (St. Louis - MO - Lift for Life) - 6'7" big. Clark has a baby face, but a pretty hefty frame. He will need to get in better conditioning and improve on his ballhandling when he does attempt to take opponents off the dribble, but overall he has some strong instincts. He showed advanced post moves and can go over either shoulder with a fair amount of comfort.

Brendon Gooch (Althoff - IL) – 6'6" forward. He might be 15 years old, but Gooch has an old man game. He isn't an exceptional athlete, but he finds ways to score. He's comfortable shooting out to 15-17 feet, too. One would think he has at least a few more inches to grow, as he has Size 18 shoes. He's just scratching the surface on his potential.

Joshua Greer (Jackson - TN - North Side) - 6'3" guard. Greer didn't wow anyone, but the lefty was serviceable. He has a smooth game and a nice jumper. He could potentially fit in at a D-II or low-major D-I school.

Djimon Henson (Indianapolis - IN - Warren Central) - 6'3" guard. Henson has a pretty looking jumper. The big thing I would like to see from him moving forward is his strength. He's probably only 150 pounds right now, and didn't attack the paint much. I would like to see him add to his repertoire by including a dribble-drive game.

Michael Lewis II (St. Louis - MO - Chaminade) - 6'1" guard. Playing on the same high school team as 2016 star Jayson Tatum, Lewis is a really solid player as well. He will need to gain strength, but he's playing up on the 17U summer circuit and is learning how to play against bigger, faster, and stronger opponents. His No. 1 weapon is his outside jumpshot. Lewis is pretty deadly from deep. He'll be one to track for the next few years.

Skyler Nash (Chicago - IL - Whitney Young) - 6'4" guard. Nash is a big-bodied wing. There aren't many 2016 kids with physiques like he has. He has an impressively consistent outside jump shot and attacks the rim with vigor. I would like to see him hit the boards more frequently, but there's no doubting why Big Ten schools and SLU are showing early interest.

Xavier Sneed (St. Louis - MO - Hazelwood Central) - 6'5" wing. For my money, he was the best player at the camp and it wasn't even remotely close. Sneed is an athletic gamechanger. He has unbelievable bounce and is aggressive to the tin. He also has range out to 20 feet. In my opinion, the Billikens would be very wise to offer Sneed. I think it's just a matter of time before he gets a call from Coach Jim Crews for just that exact topic.

2017

Mike Ertel (Indianapolis - IN) - 5'10" guard. The Indiana native is a little firecracker. He has a ton of flash to his game. He's got a very tight handle and is quick. He needs to work on his shot, and obviously strength is the biggest issue at this point. Overall, playing with Eric Gordon All-Stars, he's going to receive a lot of chances to get exposure and get better quickly.

Jordan Goodwin (Althoff - IL) - 6'1" guard. He's a stocky-built St. Louis native that we've discussed previously on BillikenReport.com. One of the better scorers in the area regardless of class, Goodwin will drastically improve his game – and thus his college stock – if he gets in better shape. Right now the most obvious piece missing from his game is his lack of quickness. There's no doubt in my mind that he can be a special talent if he wants to, but fitness and work ethic are the two biggest question marks at his current stage.

Wyatt Yess (St. Louis - MO - Parkway West) - 6'7" wing. Folks – this kid is one to track in the future. He averaged about 15 points per game at Parkway West as a freshman, and is poised to only improve on that number as his high school career grows. He has ability with both hands and has a great understanding of the game. His passing for his size is quite underrated. He will need to get stronger and improve his defense, but right now he is one of the better local prospects in the 2017 class.

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