Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Reading, PA (Future150) -- Future150 stopped in to HoopGroup’s elite camp this week to kick off the July AAU circuit while on the way to Indianapolis, and while we were expecting a nice warmup for the rest of the month. Chad Babel and the HoopGroup staff assembled a talented group that featured some of the top talent from the Northeast and the east coast. In just a day and a half of action, plenty of players stood out at the camp; truly proving that the Hoopgroup is a force to be reckoned with on the summer circuit.
Shadell Millinghaus, 2013 PG, Albany City Rocks: Millinghaus was arguably the best guard in the entire camp both days and would have a stranglehold on that distinction if it weren’t for the play of Isaiah Whitehead. A talented lead guard who gets to the rim whenever he wants, Millinghaus both scored the ball and created for his teammates at an exceptionally high level throughout the tryout scrimmages and the games on day two. Oregon, Tennessee, Cincinnatti, Penn State, Iona, and others are all involved; look for that list to grow in July.
Isaiah Whitehead, 2014 SG, Juice All-Stars: He was easily the most gifted scorer at the camp bar none. Time and time again Whitehead blew past his man for layups as no one could stay in front of him. He also showed off his three point stroke, something he admits still needs work. Regardless, he is an undeniable talent and it’s no surprise that Syracuse, Kentucky, UCLA, Rutgers, and others are all recruiting him at this point. The talented guard went on to say that Syracuse and Kentucky are his dream schools so don’t be surprised if his recruitment comes down to those two.
Junior Etou, 2013 PF, D.C. Assault: Etou had the best performance out of any big man on day two of the camp. He showed off ball handling skills that he didn’t have during the high school season and even hit a couple of 18 foot jumpers as well. On the block he was a beast, scoring in the paint while rebounding and blocking seemingly everything.
Marcus Derrickson, 2015 PF, Team Takeover: While he was one of the younger campers he was easily one of the most impressive. Derrickson is highly skilled for his age and did a little bit of everything during the games. Size wise, he is a prototypical four man, but he is working on his perimeter skills. His passing ability is highly advanced for a big man and he is truly an elite prospect in the class of 2015
Jevon Thomas, 2013 PG, Team Melo: The one time St. John’s and Dayton commit was one of the best shooters on the first night of the camp. While he struggled to get involved at times, when he got touches he was extremely effective on the offensive end. He also exceled as a play-maker and showed decent court vision. Seton Hall, UNLV, Kansas State, Penn State, and Oklahoma State are all involved at this point.
Kahron Ross, 2014 PG, Arkansas Hawks: Ross is a consummate lead guard who possesses elite court vision. While he is definitely a pass-first guard, he can also get to the rim and create shots for himself as well. While he doesn’t play for an elite program he is already attracting interest from the likes of Arkansas State, Arkansas, Vandy, Memphis and Tennessee. Look for the rest of the SEC to jump on board after this live period.
Conrad Chambers, 2014 PG, Team Scan: Chambers is a high IQ guard who can both score and distribute the ball. He has great size for the position and has a college ready body to boot. It was nice to see him hunt his own shot for once as he is a secondary option on both his high school and AAU team. Despite being so talented Chambers is very grounded and humble and will be a quality addition to any college program.
Evan Roberts, 2013 PF, Vista Murrietta High: Roberts made the longest trip of any of the players in the Hoopgroup camp. Despite the long trek, Roberts impressed with his ability to consistently drill three pointers. At 6-foot-8 his ability to stretch the defense is a major weapon and he should draw serious interest from programs around the nation.
Tristan Polnitz, 2013 SG, Shawnee High: The New Jersey native burst on the scene on Tuesday night. Polnitz did a little bit of everything during the tryout sessions. He is a high level athlete who can both put the ball on the floor and shoot it from deep. He looked to get his teammates involved and was one of the top players on day 1.