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July 10, 2012
Hoop Group Elite Camp Day One
READING, PA - As Day One of Hoop Group Elite Camp Session II came and went, a long list of variety in talent emerged. While only workouts and scrimmages were held, it is that this years field of campers - near and far - is loaded with high, mid and low-major talent from around the nation. Five players stood out on Day One at the camp.
Tevon Saddler - 2013 Shooting Guard from St. Frances Academy/B'More UA Finest (MD)
The brother of Delaware star Devon Saddler, Tevon finished at the rim consistently and created mismatches due to his college-ready physique. His ability to play both guard positions makes him a threat as he has strong court vision, can drive to the basket and isn't afraid to create while on the move. Saddler needs to improve on his jumper, as well as his on-ball defense, but his size and agility makes him a potential high-major steal. He currently holds offers from South Florida, Delaware, Cornell, Towson, UNC-Greensboro and Loyola Marymount, while the likes of West Virginia, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Marquette, Hawaii and Kansas State are showing strong interest in him. Saddler originally planned a visit to West Virginia in mid-June, but was not able to attend. The Mountaineers, as well as Hawaii, Kansas State and Delaware are making a push to get him on campus. Although he has visited the CAA school plenty, it would be a surprise if Saddler joined his older brother as a Blue Hen next year due to the level of BCS schools knocking on his door.
Ahmad Fields - 2013 Shooting Guard from Massanutten Military (VA)/DC Assault
Fields also showed off his unique, big body. The strong and tall 6-foot-5 shooting guard who will spend his senior year at Massanutten is a threat every time the ball is in his possession. He gets to the basket relentlessly but needs to consistently finish at the rim. He has a pull-up jumper that is working, but must improve on his long-range shot in order to play at a high level. If Fields can also gain a stronger grip on the ball, he will be able to convert into a powerful combo guard who creates constant mismatches in college. Currently, the DC Assault product holds offers from Washington, James Madison and Towson, while St. Joseph's, George Washington, USC, Colorado, UNC-Greensboro, Harvard and Richmond will evaluate him this July. With visits to Richmond, St. Joseph's, George Washington and Towson under his belt, look for these Atlantic Ten schools to join Towson in the scholarship pool. As more schools continue to get involved, he expects to hold off on a decision until December.
Doug Chappell - 2013 Combo Guard from Episcopal (VA)/Mid-Atlantic Select (MD)
Another strong and physical guard who can play at both spots, Chappell is the high-academic, mid-major equivalent of Fields and Saddler. The 6-foot-2 talent can shoot and handle the rock making him a dual threat at the guard position. He uses his strength to body defenders and be aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. While his jump shot needs improvement, and he could tighten up his handle, Chappell has the right mindset as his goal is to find a strong academic institution. With that being said, he holds a dozen offers currently from Fairfield, Holy Cross, American, Howard, Furman, Columbia, Dartmouth, Gardner-Webb, High Point, UNC-Greensboro, Stony Brook and LIU, with strong interest from Siena, Drexel, Yale, Penn, Northeastern and New Hampshire. Chappell is focusing in on five schools that he would not specify but says that the academics in the Ivy League are a huge selling point to him. With that being said, schools such as Holy Cross, Fairfield and UNC-Greensboro are making a strong push at him. Look for Chappell to pick a college by the end of August.
Jamall Robinson - 2013 Wing from Paul VI (VA)/Team Takeover DC
The Team Takeover wing showed off his versatility as he did a little of everything. Robinson can rebound, catch and shoot, and drive to the basket. There are plenty of aspects he can improve as Robinson needs to become quicker in the open court though. His jumper isn't as consistent as it should be, but he makes up for it with various intangibles on the court. Due to his versatility on the court, the rising senior has offers from Robert Morris, Kennesaw State, UMBC, Radford, St. Peter's and Manhattan. Quite simply, Jamall Robinson does the dirty work on the court and is an excellent glue guy who makes his teammates better. With no visits lined up until an early August trip to Robert Morris, the Colonials - along with Kennesaw State, Radford and Manhattan - are standing out to him at this point because of the coaching staffs.
Sem Kroon - 2014 Power Forward from Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)/Westchester Hawks (NY)
After deciding to transfer out of Greenwich (CT) and transfer to prep powerhouse Northfield Mount Hermon, where he will repeat his junior year and join the class of 2014, Kroon was the most impressive big man on the court tonight. With that being said, he is not trying to simply be a big man. Kroon can play in the post, but has the ability to handle the rock well enough to run the offense. He can attack from the wing and is making solid progress in transitioning from a big man to a combo forward at 6-foot-10. He runs the court extremely well and can rebound fairly well for his age, too. Kroon needs to improve on his shot and agility if he wants to become a combo forward. If this were to happen, high-academic schools better watch out as the rising junior wants academics first. While Yale is his only offer on the table as of now, Kroon is hearing from Boston College, Princeton, Holy Cross and Lehigh. He has taken visits to Boston College, Yale and Holy Cross, but has a strong feel for Ivy League schools. While he has the ability to play at a very high level, it appears that basketball is secondary to his college degree and career. With that being said, John Carroll has himself a heck of a ball player in Sem Kroon.
More Top Performers From Day One At Hoop Group Elite
2013 point guard Will Ferguson of Herndon (VA)/Team Takeover DC showed off his full package of weapons as he used his quickness, athleticism, court vision and ability to finish at the rim. With a streetball mentality on the court, the rising senior was able to create turnovers and capitalize on them by getting to the rim or distributing fancy passes to his teammates. While Ferguson's recruitment has been fairly quiet, he remains optimistic about UConn getting involved. He fields various offers including Long Beach State, Xavier, UMass, George Mason and others. West Virginia recently came into the equation as Ferguson will attend their elite camp in August.
2014 small forward Cassidy Ryan of CIA Bounce is currently playing his high school ball in Canada, yet that could change soon. With a college-ready body and the ability to score in a variety of ways due to his athleticism and strength, it is surprising that Ryan is not fielding much college interest at the moment. While a move to the United States could be a possibility this fall, college coaches need to put the rising junior on their radar. He is looking into attending La Lumiere in Indiana next year, but nothing is set in stone.
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