Talent Turns Out

The UTSA Basketball Staff wrapped up their annual "Elite" camp on Friday afternoon. It was the most attended and showcased the most talent ever in the Brooks Thompson era. Only we have the recap of those who stoodout.

UTSA nearly doubled it's win total this past season in comparison to the 2013-2014 campaign, played and made some noise in beating quality competition in C-USA, plus the success of true freshman Christian Wilson and Gino Littles, has also helped play a big part in the growing interest of UTSA basketball.

It was clearly evident as things got underway at the UTSA convocation center early Friday morning, the numbers were so heavy that the staff had to use the top four basketball hoops on the second deck of the Convo for all it's campers.

If that didn't confirm the growing interest in the brand of UTSA hoops, then all you had to do was look at the talent. Our staff has covered this camp numerous times over the years, and like never before, talented prospects from the DFW, Greater Houston, and Central Texas region were all on hand. InsideRunnerSports has a breakdown of all the top campers, plus two offers that went out, and prospects that are now firmly on the UTSA recruiting board.

Ellis Jefferson PG 5'11" (Brandeis HS)
The #2 prospect in the AlamoCityHoops.com rankings for 2016, showed why he's ranked as the best point guard for the Greater SA area. He's well built, makes good decisions, has a nice jump shot that is lethal from mid range and beyond the arc. In a word, has a "smooth" game and makes decision with ease, whether it's to push the pace, or set up in half court. Was offered before camp was even over.

Marlin Davis PG 6'1" (Westbury Christian HS)
Also picked up an offer as camp broke. He made the 3 hour trek down I-10 West and it paid off. He's an athletic, very quick guard who in the blink of an eye will slash and get to the hoop. Like Jefferson, uses his jump shot in the mid range effectively. Because of his quickness, not many stayed in front of him, then used his athleticism to get up and flush at the rim several times.

Jamell Bradley SF 6'5" (Judson HS)
Really opened the staff's eyes with his athleticism and length. When measuring for wingspan, had the longest in the camp as the tape had to be readjusted off the wall as he stretched out. Then while on the floor, he showed the most lift and was rocking the rims time after time with thunderous dunks, including a reverse slam and a two handed windmill that the coaching staff stood and watched during drills. Is already being discussed as an offer candidate, and with improvement on his jump shot or a standout July "Live" period, he could get the all clear for an offer.

Davon Clare SF 6'5.5" (Harker Heights HS)
The Cen-Tex standout raised eyebrows as he has a D1 frame already. Then seeing him step onto the floor, his game matches his physique. He shows no fear in being physical, but is a true wing who can put the ball on the floor and attack. Once he gets to the hoop, he finishes above the rim. Is another prospect who the staff has locked onto and is a possible offer candidate.

Zac Saddler SF 6'5" (New Braunfels HS)
Currently ranked the #5 prospect in the 2016 AlamoCityHoops.com rankings and is an offer candidate. Showed a good mix of being able to hoist it up from outside, and the ability to put the ball on the floor, then finish strong at the hoop. Plays with a high basketball IQ, doesn't make the routine mistakes. Is being looked at very closely and an offer could come within the next few weeks. A consistent jump shot and improvement on his defensive game could fit him right into that ideal 3 spot.

Lavaris Duncan PF 6'6.5" (Judson HS)
The thick bodied big man continues to impress with how hard he's worked on his body. It's helped with his nimbleness and ability to move on the court. He showed a barrage of spin moves in drills, and just found a way to get to within point blank range to finish. He won't blow you away with athleticism, but is a tireless worker and was closely watched by Head Coach Brooks Thompson and Assistant Coach Robert Guster.

Charles Johnson SF 6'5" (Warren HS)
Continues to improve after a breakout Junior year. Has above average length with versatility. Can use his jump shot, which will stretch right out to the 3-point line, but can also drive and attack the bucket. Catches your eye on defense, has good feet and his length is very bothersome. Is firmly on the staff's radar now and if he continues to improve his shooting and ball handling, could garner more mid major interest.

Yonas Gordon PG 5'8" (Clemens HS/2017)
Is small for a point guard, but was undeniably one the best, if not the top ball handler at camp and is only going to be a junior. Makes good decisions and has a true floor general mindset in always looking to make the right pass, with good athleticism. Impressed the staff enough despite his size, and is being looked at as a 2017 offer candidate.

Avery Sullivan SF/PF 6'6" (Pflugerville HS)
Is well built, and has a bigger body that will help him down low if needed. Moves good for a bigger kid and always found him around the rim. Will get up to finish and uses his size to clear the glass. Without more of a growth spurt, will have to develop and improve his outside game in order to potentially fit the role of a stretch 4 or a bigger, thicker wing.

Ryan Flores SF 6'6" (Chisolm Trail HS/2017)
Is the younger brother of former UTSA Walk-On Tyler Flores. Only going to be a junior, the DFW prospect made the 5 hour trek to San Antonio and did not fail to impress. He has good height, length, athleticism and the ability to make plays with or without the ball. Really wowed with his ball handling ability dribbling behind the back on numerous drills, would change direction on a dime and then finish above the rim with authority. Will have to add weight and get stronger, but the younger Flores is a legit D1 prospect and now high on UTSA's board.

Greg Bowie II 6'1" PG (SA Johnson HS/2017)
Arrived with a quiet presence, but was talked about by onlookers as the 2017 kid that UTSA offered. Showed why he is one of Greater SA's better prospects for '17. Is quick, shows it with his ball handling, and explodes upward on his jump shot, and will finish in traffic as he gets to the rim often. Like most high school prospects, needs to get bigger and stronger, but will be a Top 5 area kid his senior year.

Jhonathan Dunn 6'3" SG (Alamo Heights HS)
A very athletic two guard who can play at the D1 level. Had the highlight of the camp while on a 2 on 1 with Jefferson, he received the lob and flushed it two handed to finish the break. Can do both, beat his man off the dribble, or shoot from deep without a conscience. Has range beyond the arc. The staff likes Dunn, but does want to see more of him come July.

Courtland Sheppard 6'3" SG (Judson HS)
A relative unknown, has had to patiently wait his turn with a loaded Judson roster and as a senior will be looking to breakout. Has good size, showed a good jump shot and smooth athleticism. The Rockets are loaded once again with back-court talent, will be one to watch as the UIL season unfolds later this year. Was having a very good camp before being sidelined with a cramp.

Burone Edwards 6'4" SG/SF (Roosevelt HS/2017)
Only going to be a junior for the Rough Riders, he passes the eye ball test. Has height, athleticism and length. Is a good defender who moves and slides into position with ease. Will have to develop more of an outside game, but as a slasher and athlete, will attack the rim and have no problem finishing strong.

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