Day two of Terry Holt’s T3TV All-American Camp provided us with the opportunity to find both “under the radar” kids, as well as those kids who we’ve previously evaluated. Case in point, we’ve seen William Paige (5’0″/PG/2031/Staten Island, NY) ball on several occasions and have always been impressed with his game. Well, from what we saw on Saturday, Paige is still on track to play major college basketball if he continues to develop. Paige is ranked among the top 10 players in the nation for a reason; he can straight ball! He’s still dynamic. He’s still aggressive, and he can still score that rock with the best of them!
In terms of under the radar guys, Derek Coleman (4’9″/CG/2032/Memphis, TN) exploded onto the national scene on Saturday, with an impressive display of skill, grit and production. We heard Coleman was coming to the camp intent to prove his worth, and he did just. Not only did Coleman shine in a game we watched early Saturday, but excelled in a highly contested game against some of the best kids in the class. Coleman is a sturdy guard, who is both physical to the rim and skilled enough to shoot it with range from beyond the arc. One of the things we liked most about Coleman was his pace of play, poise under pressure, decision making, and the fact he could not be sped up. Oh that’s not all; Coleman is a 3-level scorer who is also proficient at finding open teammates with pin point passes. People often question the value of these national camps and showcases, but what they often provide an opportunity to shine and to gain national recognition. Misson accomplished. Welcome to the show Derrick Coleman!
Josiah Belfor (5’2″/PG/2031/Bronx, NY) had another solid day on Saturday. Much like some of the other New York standouts, we’ve seen Belfor on a couple of prior occasions, and he continues to impress us with his overall game. Belfor has good size for his position, excellent court vision and passing skills, and he can also go get a bucket when needed.
He did not make it in for the showcase game on Friday night, but when Keylon Thomas (5’0″/PG/2032/Nashville, TN) arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday, he went right work. Coming off an impressive showing at a recent Atlanta camp, Thomas again displayed the ability to create his own shot and to get to his spots. Thomas has good length for a PG, excellent ball skills, can shoot the heck out of the rock, and he projects well going forward with continued development.
The more we watched Jordan Stephens (4’10″/PG/2032/Kissimmee, FL), the more we were impressed with him. What we liked the most was his shear size for a floor general, his ability to handle the rock under pressure, find open teammates, make good decisions and to run a team. Moreover, Stephens played at his own pace, was always calm, and he had a mature feel to his game. All that we can say is, Stephens is better than a lot of kids we currently have on our Buckeye Prep 2032 national list! We also really liked Kash Tolliver (4’8″/PG/2032/Indianapolis, IN), who is a quick, crafty little PG who is always in attack mode. Tolliver also has excellent ball skills, which he uses to stay in the paint.
Trustin Farmer (4’9″/PG/2031/Flint, MI) had another good day on Saturday. We’ve also seen this kid on multiple occasion, and it was good to see that he is still handling his business. We only caught glimpses Shane Gordon (5’2″/CG/2031/Atlanta, GA), but from what we did manage to catch showed that he can straight hoop! In closing, although we featured their success in our Day I Report, we would be remised if we didn’t point out the continued success of Zander Pughsley, Cole Adams, Chase Williams and Aydin Garth, who all were still ballin at a high level on Saturday. We can’t wait to see what goes down on Sunday. Stay tuned!