Syracuse (N.Y.) Nottingham point guard Malik Zachery attended the basketball elite camp last week for his hometown Syracuse Orange. One of the parts that stood out was interacting with the coaching staff.
”Camp was good,” Zachery said. “They all said I’m going to be real good and coach Autry talked to me after camp. He said he loves the way I always stay calm and don’t get rattles. Coach Hopkins and coach McNamara had good things to say to me.”
Performance wise, Zachery was satisfied with his on-court showcase. He believes if he continues to develop, an offer could come down the road.
”I thought I did pretty good,” Zachery said. “They (Syracuse coaches) gave me compliments. I talked with my coach and he said a player like me who is only 6-foot-1 right now and young, they will keep watching and monitoring. He said if I was 6-foot-5 right now it would be a wrap at my age of only 15.
”(My coach) also said that coach Hopkins likes me. So I will have to wait and keep working. Hopefully it will happen.”
The camp itself was worthwhile for the young floor general. It gives him feedback on his game, allows him to check out Syracuse’s world class facilities and puts him in front of his hometown coaches.
”I really liked the experience overall,” Zachery said. “The Melo Center is really nice and I love all of the coaches. Coach Hopkins has great energy. Coach Autry watched two games of mine prior to camp with my school. He gave me feedback on the games after camp.
”He said he likes the way I always stay calm and that I’m a leader. He was saying my facial impressions never change no matter the situation. He likes how I direct my team and get everybody involved.”