By James Blackburn
Over 100 high school players converged on the campus of Wake Forest on Saturday for a one day Elite camp. Players had the opportunity to learn from the Wake Forest coaching staff and players and compete against each other in games and drills. Here I will give brief scouting reports on the players who stood out in my mind after watching them go through drills and play in games. Granted, these are only the players that I was able to watch today. Apologies to the guys I did not get to see play, there were 5 gyms that were being used, and I did my best to see as many teams and players play as I could.
Top players by class
Class of 2013
Justin Ramey (PG, 5’9”, Queen Anne School)
Good floor general. Great attitude and is a team player. Smart and willing passer. Needs to continue to work on his shooting.
Anton Gill (SG, 6’3”, Ravenscroft)
Big time scorer w/ a strong upper body. Solid shooter. Must continue to work on playmaking skills. UNCC and ECU has offered scholarships to the guard. NC State, Clemson, and Xavier have also taken notice of his potential.
Raekwon Harney (PG, 6’0”, Northeastern)
Quick. Can get to paint, where he uses creativity to finish or he can pull up. Good shooter from 3 point range. Averaged 10 ppg and 3 apg last season.
Clayton Massey (C, 6’6”, Myers Park)
Did a good job in the morning session of post drills. Showed the ability to use either hand effectively. Very strong- one of the strongest post players represented at camp. Solid defender, although he is foul prone.
Matthew Madigan (PG, 6’4”, Reagan HS)
Smart, poised, and confident. High Basketball IQ. Good smooth shooting stroke. Lefty. Handles the ball well. Great shooter off the catch. Has the ability to play either guard position. Is a good enough ball handler and has the IQ to play the PG, but must work on playmaking skills. Has the shooting ability to play the shooting guard, but struggles to defend taller, quicker, and more athletic shooting guards at the other end.
Reed Lucas (G, 6’4”, Greensboro Day)
Good 3 point shooter. Has a slow release, but gets good rotation and arc on shot- very nice stroke. When he misses, he misses off the back of rim- never in front or side to side. Shooting is number 1 skill, but he is more athletic than one would think- had a nice 1 handed alley-oop lay-up finish from bad pass. Has developed a 1 dribble pull-up to complement his set shooting. OK passer. Does not do much with out ball- not very effective- does not move with out ball and does not understand court spacing. Defense and rebounding must improve. Intriguing player nonetheless.
Christian Hairston (SF, 6’7”, Greensboro Day)
Calm demeanor. Solid all- around player- does it all- passes, rebounds, defends, scores.
Good slasher, who can get to rim and finish or pass to open player. Unselfish. Athletic. Good footwork- nice jab step- on balance. Had shot blocked today by the much taller and longer Chuck Ogbodo, but showed zero frustration and kept going at him. Must work on shooting and range.
Chuck Ogbodo (C, 6’11”, High Point Christian)
Very long and athletic. Good shot blocker. Raw offensively. Needs to keep ball higher- brings it low and gets it stripped by smaller guards. Has a high release, but jump shot needs work. Disappears for stretches- needs to run floor harder and be more active.
Codi Miller-Mcintyre (PG, 6’2”, First Assembly Christian)
Good ball handler. Gets good elevation on pull-up. Struggled with his shooting a little bit in the afternoon session of drills, but misses were good. Did not get to see him play in the games today, but did see him in the drills. Committed to Wake Forest.
Class of 2012
Zeb Richardson (C, 6’8”, Ashe County)
Runs the floor well- Tyler Zeller like. Good shot blocker and defender. Keeps the ball high. Did a great job in the post drills, especially with the Mikan Drill. Raw offensively.
TJ Carpenter (G/F, 6’4”, Lakeside)
Good all-around athlete. High a big time 1 hand throw down in the mourning 3 on 3 drills. High volume scorer. Averaged 26.1 ppg last season, 3rd best in the state of Louisiana. Needs to continue to improve play making skills- TO prone- over dribbles. Can fill the break and finish.
Max Eaton (C, 6’6”, Admiral Farragut Academy)
Great pick and pop player. Deep 3 point range. Saw him hit 7 in a row at half time from beyond the NBA 3 line. Sets solid screens. Low release- shoots from side of head- but good rotation and very high arcing shot. Strong. Decent ball handler for a post player. Had a good drive and finish with his left hand in the last game of the day. Good rebounder. Has received interest from several smaller schools.
Elijah Wilson (G, 6’1”, Laney HS)
Most active player I saw in the camp today. Do-it-all player for his team today. Kept his team in the game single handedly. Strong finisher-lefty. Showed the ability to finish with right hand as well. Attacks the basket hard. Athletic- capable of finishing over the rim. Great defensive player- slides feet and has active hands. Plays hard.
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Good Job Raekwon!
Do your thing Raekwon!