Summer Camp Wrap-up

Several players raised their stock during the summer with strong showings at various camps on the West Coast.

Gig Harbor's Bill Forelli, a 6-5 senior forward, also opened eyes at that same camp, earning the moniker "Baseline Bill" for his ability to get open on the baseline and throw down some nasty dunks on some big time opponents.

Said Forelli of his experience at the WCAS camp, "all of the coaches were great. It was cool being coached by college coaches. They were fun to be around and made it easy to play hard for them. It was just a great atmosphere."

Forelli added that the camp coaches "stressed playing hard. They also talked to us about how important it is to carry yourself, not just in your appearance but making yourself presentable as a product. They let us know that it is important to hustle even if you're not getting touches. You need to do other things (screen, rebound, defend etc) to show all your skills."

Bottom line for Forelli, "I wished I had gone to the camp before this summer."

Going into the summer few knew anything about 6-8 junior Artem Wallace of Toledo. But after a week of showing his stuff at the West Coast All-Star camp in Southern California, Wallace had coaches and scouts scurrying to find out what his schedule was for the rest of the summer. he continued to play well with his Portland-based ICA Panther team and by summer's end had established himself as one of the top big men on the West Coast.

Others who opened eyes at that camp include Meadowdale point guard Jake Linton and North Kitsap guard Garrett McKinstry.

Other players were showing their stuff all over the country, including a trio of D-1 recruits who were invited to the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

North Carolina commit Marvin Williams (Bremerton) along with a pair of future Gonzaga ballers, Josh Heytvelt (Clarkston) and David Pendergraft (Brewster), got the nod to play on the West squad in this prestigious event.

Pendergraft said of his experience, "it was great competing against the best players in the nation. It's a good experience and it really helps you to find out where you stand and what you need to work on when you are playing against the top guys."

Pendergraft also attended the Nike camp, his second trip to the shoe camp, where he won accolades for actually trying to play the game of basketball as opposed to so many in attendance who thought the only way to show you can play is to jack up 30 shots a game.

But for Pendergraft the summer ended early. He broke a bone in his foot in Las Vegas during the adidas Big Time tournament in late July and the prototypical gym rat would be riding the pine for the rest of the summer.

Plenty of players made various all-star teams at the WCAS camp. In the camps first sessions they included:

 

Best of the Best All-Star Game:

Brian Burke, 6-6, F, SR, Interlake

Jeffrey Burns, 5-11, PG, SR, Renton

Garrison Carr, 5-10, PG, JR, Issaquah

Bill Forelli, 6-6, G, SR, Gig Harbor

Andrew Haskins, 6-4, G, SR, Lake Washington

Richard Phillips, 6-6, G, JR, Franklin

Curtis Terry, 6-4, G, SR, Curtis

Artem Wallace, 6-8, F, JR, Toledo

Walter Washington, 6-2, G/F, SOPH, Franklin

 

Seniors All-Star Game:

Jake Beittinger, 6-8, F, SR, South Kitsap

Julio Feliciano, 6-8, F, SR, Mt. Tahoma

Kahlil Matthews, 6-1, G, SR, Mercer Island

 

Juniors All-Star Game:

Noah Blakney, 6-3, G, JR, Mercer Island

Jason Briggs, 6-1, PG, JR, Olympia

Rob Diederichs, 6-6, G/F, JR, Shorewood

Jake Linton, 5-10, PG, JR, Meadowdale

Conor Mullen, 6-5, G, JR, O'Dea

Blake Solomon, 6-2, G, JR, Kentwood

 

Best of the Next All-Star Game:

Danny Hagen, 6-6, C/F, JR, Meadowdale

Colin Matteson, 6-7, G/F, SR, Meadowdale

Jordan McGinnis, 5-10, PG, JR, Meadowdale

Nathan Porter, 6-8, C, SR, Mercer Island

Chad Troyer, 6-4, G, SR, Seattle Prep

 

At session-2 not as many players from the state were in attendance, but those who were played their way onto all-star squads as well. Those included:

 

Senior Class All-Star Game:

Michael Knight, 6-3, PG, SR, Seattle Prep

Best of the Next All-Star Game:

Nick Livi, 6-1, G/F, SR, Eastlake

Ken Nwaelele, 6-1, G, SR, Inglemoor

Frosh-Soph All-Star Game:

Ike Nwaelele, 5-9, PG, SOPH, Inglemoor

 

 


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