Jessie Sapp Struggles Through Injury

Jessie Sapp has had some unfortunate timing with a bad ankle

At this week's Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis, Jessie Sapp has shown flashes of what led to a brilliant showing on the AAU circuit this spring. However, the 6-foot-3, 183-pound combo guard/shooting guard from New York City and National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, has clearly been bothered by the ankle sprain that hobbled him at the Rumble in the Bronx in June.

Jessie hasn't been as mobile or explosive as he usually is at the camp because of the injury, something that has been very apparent for people who have watched him the past few months. He's run the point for his team at the camp, and has done a serviceable job, but hasn't been able to completely show off the offensive package that made him so dangerous this spring because of the ankle.

Sapp is a player who can beat you offensively in a number of different ways, be it from behind the arc, from mid-range, off the dribble, and slashing to the bucket. He has proven to be a smooth finisher around the hoop, as well as a player with some bounce who can catch a dunk if he gets the room. Unfortunately, he has clearly only been playing at a fraction of his strength during the camp with the ailing ankle.

Sapp has shown flashes at the camp, be it the smooth drive angling through traffic for the bucket, or the savvy and passing touch that helps him to man the point at the camp. "I was playing good on (Thursday), but then I hurt it again," said Sapp.

Jessie still has a laundry list of schools who are interested in him. Among those schools, DePaul, Georgetown, Arkansas, and Manhattan have offered scholarships. "Nothing has really changed with my list," said Sapp. "There are probably 15 schools on it. My coach (Trevor Brown) knows all of them."

Sapp said that he is interested in visiting Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and South Florida.

Jessie will travel to the Peach Jam with the Gauchos coming up, followed by the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals in Orlando. He'll team up with point guard Levance Fields, who has had an exceptional showing in Indianapolis, and one of the rising stars in the class of 2006, spindly 6-foot-8 forward Curtis Kelly.

Sapp will likely play off the ball for most of the time with the Gauchos, which will allow him to man his natural shooting guard position.


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