adidas Top 10 All-American Camp

SUWANEE, Ga. – If only we could have stayed for three days! The adidas Top 10 All-American Camp was a great stop on our way to the Peach Jam. Here's a rundown of some names to remember from this burgeoning event.

The adidas Top Ten Boy's All-American Camp ran from July 10-12 at the Suwanee Sports Academy. Scout.com was in the gym on the 11th for a full day of action, plus the camp's all-star game.

The camp provided an excellent setting to see a multitude of players (over 200!) from the current Class 2007-2009. A number of players made strong impressions during the day. Please keep in mind, we had a limited number of chances to view the players since we were present for just one day of a three day event.

2007 CHECKLIST

Christian Morris, C – Great day for the big fella from the Big Apple. He was active and aggressive and in turn looked like a stud. His strong body and finishes were too much for most to handle. He's got a future.

James Henly, PF – Mid-majors are going to be all over this active, energy guy. He's 6-foot-6 but an extremely hard working player out of Chi-Town.

Noah States, SG/SF – The Virginian is a straight basketball player. He's got feel, touch, range and a keen sense of who he is. His game is going to be quite attractive to programs who value shooting and structure.

Patrick Patterson, PF – From the Mountaineer State, this forward drew nice crowds on the college end. He's moved into lock high-major status at this point.

2008 CHECKLIST

Xavier Gibson, C – Fresh off a Nike Camp all-star appearance, Gibson boarded a plane and headed South. The Alabaman might just have been the top long-term prospect in the building. Every now and then he'll sneak a jumper in and you know he's long enough to be a big time board man and shot blocker.

John Brandenburg (pictured), C – Somehow, at 6-foot-10, he flew under the all-star radar but that's OK because we lilked him a ton; enough to give him some deserved ink! The St. Louis native is a shot blocker who battles inside and while he's not a huge point producer at the current time, the tools for being a player are in place.

Brent Eaton, SG – The Indiana native had, in our opinion, the purest stroke from 3-point land we saw all day long. We've seen him since the 8th grade and he's filling out at 6-foot-5. Eaton even put it on the deck some to augment his serious stroke.

Travis Releford, G – Having seen him a bunch of times before, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see just how good a point guard he can be. In the two sessions we caught, Releford – a noted scorer – was terrific with his passing and unselfish almost to a fault. Nothing but love for this youngster out of the K.C. area.

ALL-STAR GAME NOTES

  • Terrance Boyd (2009) is a super strong wing player who is too much for kids in his age group to handle off the drive; one of the best players here
  • Props to Releford who caught a big time outlet from Randy Culpepper (2007) and threw down a nasty jam. In the process, he landed hard on his back and popped right up. The thud was loud enough to warrant silence from the crowd but his toughness such that a cheer was mandatory as soon as he reached his feet
  • Culpepper isn't just a shooter but he's got a little runner to go with his long-range bombs
  • One of the biggest defensive plays (yes, there were a few) in the all-star game was James Hickson's rejection of Patrick Patterson and oh was it pretty!
  • Howard Thompkins (2009) out of Georgia has grades, a mid-range jumper and plenty of long-range potential

    NEWS & NOTES

    Releford, just a rising soph, was trailed by Kansas and Iowa for two days. … Patrick Patterson had quite a crew tracking him. West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Purdue, East Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech coaches laid a set of eyes on him. …

    Kyle Pressley out of Fort Wayne, averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds last season. Valparaiso has offered and was in attendance. Illinois, Southern Illinois, Notre Dame, Butler, Baylor, Missouri, Indiana and Purdue have taken a liking to him. …

    James Hickson (pictured) was watched by coaches from Clemson, Indiana, Georgetown, Kansas and Florida State. He's got offers from Auburn, Clemson and Georgia with interest in Kansas, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech and UNC. …

    Noah States was trailed hard by West Virginia. States indicated he liked the Mountaineers, Virgina, Virginia Tech, James Madison, Purdue and Army. … Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn was chasing small forward Eugene Wade. …

    John Brandenburg was watched by Illinois head coach Bruce Weber. The Illini skipper was also in the gym to lay a set of eyes on Antiquawn Beckham, a guard prospect who camped at Illinois recently. …


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