Terry Holt’s 4th Annual T3TV All-American Camp tipped off in Mason, Ohio on Friday and served as a good preview of things to come over the weekend. Full of elite talent, Holt’s national camp attracted over 600 kids from across the country.
Some of the standout performers we saw included: Zander Pughsley (4’6″/PG/2031/Gahanna, OH), who was spectacular on Friday. Pughsley and his older brother Deloni (2029) have established themselves as 2 of the best players in the nation in their respective classes. The younger Pughsley is a force on both ends of the court and effects the game at a high level. On Friday, he was a blur in transition and was equal parts scorer and distributer. If you’re fortunate enough to be on his team, you need only run the court and get yourself open and Pughsley will find you for an easy layup. We also liked what we saw from Miles Curry (5’4″/WF/2031/Johnson City, TN), who showed a knack for scoring, a nose for the ball and an overall good feel for the game. We’ve seen Curry play on multiple occasions and it’s clear to us that he continues to develop nicely.
Other opening night standouts included Jayshawn Coffee ( 5’11″/PG/2028/Lebenon, OH) and Maxwell Joiner (6’4″/WF/2028/Cincinnati, OH), who hooked up early and often in a 2028 showcase game. While Coffee displayed impressive court vision and passing skills, Joiner’s athleticism and developing perimeter game were apparent. In addition, Coffee is smooth and plays with good pace and Joiner is a solid 3-level scorer. Both of these young studs should see early varsity success in a few years. From what we saw from Jeramiah Davis (5’10″/WF/2029/Westland, MI), the future looks bright! An athletic, 3-level scorer, who is always in attack mode is what we saw on Friday. Oh yea, his change of speed and direction is a problem.
In a camp-type environment, defense is often a rare commodity, so when we see it, we point it out. Jordan McDaniel (5’0″/PG/2029/Detroit, MI) was a defensive hawk in one of the showcase games on Friday and did a great job of limiting the production of one of the best players in the class of 2029. Although we’ve seen McDaniel score the rock with the best of them, Friday night was all about his defense. In addition Pughsley, and Jordan Taylor (4’9″/PG/2032/Gahanna, OH), McDaniel’s defensive efforts was some of the best we saw all night. Jace Opoku-Agyeman (5’0”/PG/2029/Detroit, MI) did some pretty impressive things last night. Specifically, Opoku-Agyeman demonstrated the ability to create space and get his shot off even when heavily contested. His change of speed and direction are impressive as is his overall shot-making ability. The Michigan product is also confident in his game and he plays with a certain swag. This kid projects well!
In terms of other opening night success, Cole Adams (5’1″/CG/2032/Houston, TX) and Chase Williams (4’9″/PG/2032/Philadelphia, PA) got out of the gates quickly. While Adams demonstrated his ability to knock down jumpers from deep, Williams was more about scoring in transition and attacking the basket. Both of these top 10 ranked players logged in early standout performances. Aydin Garth (5’0″/WF/2032/Indianapolis, IN) has a solid performance on opening night and demonstrated the ability handle the rock, drive strong to the cup and finish. Keep an eye out for Tre Roper (6’1″/WF/2029/Raleigh, NC), who is a highly skilled solidly built guard, who can go get a bucket. If Saturday and Sunday is anything like Friday, we’re all in for a post Halloween treat! Stay tuned for out post event coverage.