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Hoop Group Elite Team Camp: Part 1
Sunday, 12 July 2009

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Ishaq Pitt
By Brian Crownover
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Following the Reebok All American Camp, it was back to Reading on Thursday and Friday for the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp.  Many of the top high school teams from the region were on hand to compete.  Here is a look at some of the best performances over those two days.

Ridge

Ishaq Pitt (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
We only caught a brief glimpse of Ishaq in the regular season of camp.  He was solid then, but he took it up another level when playing with Ridge.  He's a big guard who is very strong and has the build of a football player.  Bullying his way to the rim and punishing defenders is Ishaq's forte.  He uses his strength to finish through those defenders.  He'll attack in either direction off the dribble.  Ishaq isn't super quick, but instead brings a steady handle to the table.  He plays under control and doesn't force things.  Although he played a lot of point guard for his team, he's more suited to be a shooting guard at the next level.  He was quiet from the perimeter and would help himself out a lot more if he showed an outside game.  Ishaq dominated going at the rim though. 

Gonzaga

Cedrick Lindsay (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Cedrick had an outstanding tournament.  He's not the biggest guard, but few players do finish around the rim better than him.  He adjusts very well in traffic and has excellent body control.  He often wound up with three point play opportunities.  Cedrick is a silky smooth side to side ball handler who can get to the hoop.  He'll hit an assortment of shots in the lane, including runners.  He often used the glass too.  He excels in transition and makes good decisions on the break.  Cedrick can step outside and knock down the three point shot as well.  Even though he's more of a scoring point guard, he can make some nice passes to his teammates as well.

Malcolm Lemmons (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
Malcolm likes to get out and run the floor.  Several of his baskets came in transition.  He has good size and is a pretty nice ball handler.  Malcolm drove to the hoop and drew several fouls or finished around the rim. 

Oliver Ellison (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
Oliver is an intriguing young big man.  He's very long and athletic and moves well.  He'll get some points in transition because of that.  He can work inside too.  He banked home one shot on the interior.  Oliver also hit a hook shot.  The lefty needs to get stronger.  He didn't have a lot of touches, but he did take advantage of the opportunities that he had.

Boys & Girls

Leroy Isler (2010, 6-5 SF)
This big wing looked good the other day at the individual camp and stood out again here.  Leroy loves to attack.  He scored in a variety of ways off the bounce.  He banked home one shot with a foul for an old fashioned three point play.  Two other times, he used a spin move before hitting a floater in the lane.  He has a quick handle gets to the rim in a moment's notice.  Leroy does play too fast and out of control from time to time.  From the outside, he hit a three pointer on one of his few attempts.  He rebounded well at both ends of the floor.  Leroy had a strong week.

Mike Taylor (2011, 6-3 PG/SG)
Mike is a big guard who brings a smooth stroke to the table.  He can really shoot the ball from the outside.  By our count, he hit on three shots from beyond the arc, including one of the pull up variety.  He is a very capable ball handler too.  Mike had a beautiful behind the back dribbling move in which he never broke stride and thus got to the hoop in a hurry.  He showed that he's a talented player in this one.

Peddie

Stephen Frankoski (2010, 6-2 PG)
Stephen is a lead guard with some impressive size.  He can really create with the rock in his hand.  He's a crafty ball handler who doesn't waste dribbles and he can get into the paint quick.  He looks first for his own offense.  Stephen hit a runner in the lane and drew several fouls.  More impressive was his ability to knock down three point shots, including one of the pull up variety.  He can setup his teammates too, but he's definitely a score first type point guard.

John Golden (2010, 6-6 SF)
John didn't have a great game.  He had a few nice drives and was able to get at the rim.  He had trouble finishing though and didn't convert from the perimeter either.  He has made some very athletic plays in the past, but those were non existent on this day.

North Catholic

Woody Redding (2010, 5-9 PG)
Woody is speedy and always finds a way to get by the first defender.  He has great court vision and excels as a setup man.  He dished off outstanding pass after outstanding pass.  We'd like to see him look for his own offense a little more, but there's no denying that Woody can play the lead guard spot.

Jack O' Neill (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Jack hit a pair of three pointers.  The skilled wing has good size.  He ran the floor a little.  He also blocked a shot on the defensive end.

St. Raymond's

Nkereuwem Okoro (2012, 6-3 SG)
This young guard possesses some good size.  Nkereuwem also has good hands.  He ran the floor and drew a few fouls.  He did struggle to convert on pull up jumpers though.

Joey DeLaRosa (2011, 6-9 C)
Joey was active around the rim, although he didn't finish particularly well.  He grabbed some rebounds.  He also showed that he can put the ball on the floor a little.

Milford Mill

Anthony Goode (2010, 6-1 SG)
Anthony made some plays in the contest.  He runs the floor and can finish.  He had a steal and jam which showed some nice athletic ability.  Anthony is good when going at the rim.  He had a nice drive and dish play.  He can step outside and hit the occasional three pointer

Isaiah McCray (2011, 6-1 PG)
Isaiah possesses a fine all around game.  Early on, he stood out because of his ability to shoot the rock.  He hit a pair of three pointers and a pull up jumper.  Later on, he showed that he is capable of attacking as well.  Isaiah has a quick crossover move and is comfortable attacking with either hand.  He dished the ball off for a few assists too.  On the defensive end, he took a charge.  It was a good outing for Isaiah.

Neumann-Goretti

Daniel Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Daniel made a few nice plays in this game.  He showed some willingness to attack from the wing and he finished after a couple drives.  He even stepped outside and hit a deep jumper.  He really needs to show more of this.  Daniel's game typically involves making plays around the rim.  He actually struggled to finish in this one though.  On the defensive end, he did block a pair of shots. 

Lamin Fulton (2011, 5-9 PG)
Lamin strung together a few nice drives to the hoop.  The speedy guard finished well.  He had a good drive and dish play too.

Derrick Stewart (2012, 6-5 SF) 
The younger of the Stewart brothers made most of his impact on the defensive and when rebounding.  He grabbed several boards and showed his athleticism as he blocked a pair of shots.  Offensively, he made a couple plays around the hoop.  He converted an old fashioned three point play.  Derrick drew a foul inside too.  He has a bright future ahead of him.

Mustafa Jones (2010, 6-0 PG)
This bouncy guard had a decent game.  Mustafa hit a couple of pull up jumpers as well as a three pointer.  His shot is very smooth.  He was inconsistent from the outside though.  He didn't attack much, opting instead to shoot the rock.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Alex Bates (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
This lefty is one of the most physically impressive players we saw all week.  He has a ton of potential and makes a few plays here and there.  On the offensive end, he had a nice spin move before finishing with a short hook shot.  He rebounds the ball pretty well and blocked a shot too.

Prince Okoroh (2011, 6-3 SG)
Prince is a quick attacking guard.  He brings a fine crossover move to the table.  He drove to the hoop and drew some fouls.  He also made several good passes throughout the contest.  He was quiet from the outside though.

NieRonn Miles (2009, 6-0 PG)
NieRonn had a nice outing.  He banked home a shot with a foul.  He has a solid handle.  He stepped outside and stroked a pair of jumpers as well.

Xaverian

Justin Exum (2010, 6-3 SG)
Justin is a small, but quick guard who knows how to score.  He is a shifty ball handler and can get to the rim and finish.  He converted on a scoop on one play and used his left hand after another drive.  He's very comfortable going to the left and he hit a runner while doing so as well.  Justin possesses a smooth stroke and used it to knock down several three pointers.  It was a strong outing for this Xaverian lead guard.

Westtown

Matt Lee (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Matt put together a solid game.  The shooting guard can drive to the hoop.  He's not the quickest player, but he is steady and under control.  Matt has nice body control as well.  He had a fine spin move and banked home a runner.  He had banked in another shot earlier on.  He had a reverse lay-up and left handed finish with contact as well.  Matt played the passing lanes and picked up several steals because of it.  He can step outside and shoot the ball too.  He hit a deep pull up jumper just inside the arc and later buried one from beyond the three point line.  It was a nice outing for Matt.

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