As alluded to in our earlier report, the bulk of our coverage last weekend centered around the class of 2032. From what we saw at the T3TV All-American Camp, this class is deep. Moreover, what was clear to us, is the fact that many of the current 2032 class rankings/lists really need to be updated. Case in point, none of the more popular rankings/lists have Isaiah Shands (4’6″/PG/2032/San Antonio, TX) listed. Let us be clear, this kid is NICE! Shands is a highly skilled PG that’s smart and plays the game the right way. Unlike many of the players at this event, he did not shoot the ball every time he touched it; he shot when he was open, and when he wasn’t and he passed the ball to open teammates which can be a rarity at events like this. In addition, there was nothing flashy about his game, no between the leg lay ups, flexing, rocking the baby, etc, he just took what the defense gave him and made actual basketball plays. He’s not big, nor does he appear to be and older kid, but he is very productive. Bottom line, Shands was a pleasure to watch and his upside potential is significant!
Example #2, other than our own Buckeye Prep 2032 Watch List, we’ve not seen any other rankings/list with Erian Love‘s (4’6″/PG/2032/Houston, TX) name on it. We first saw Love in the Hells Kitchen event this past summer and we liked him then, but after his outstanding play over the weekend, we think he’s a top ten player. Although Love displayed a significant skill set and the ability to score at 3 levels, his on-ball defense was the best we saw in Cincinnati. Love was super aggressive to the cup and attacked the defense. From our perspective, it appeared that love arrived in Cincinnati with something prove. As evidence of his ability to score the rock, Love dropped 18 points in the final game against a team with 4 nationally ranked players on it. Watching Love play, it’s clear he’s working with somebody who knows the game!
In terms of upside potential, Cole Adams (5’0″/PG/2032/Houston, TX) has as much talent and as much upside as almost any player in his class. His ball skills are elite, as is his ability to score off the bounce or in catch and shoot situations. Adams has good size for his position and excels under pressure. He also makes great decisions with the rock; he as a great feel for the game, and he plays with great pace and poise. We had him well represented in our watch list before the weekend, but it’s clear to us he needs an upgrade! Another virtual unknown was Jace Vanderbuilt (4’8″/PG/2032/Houston, TX), another Houston star in the making. As we watched Vanderbuilt play, we were intrigued with his potential. Again, nothing real flashy, just solid fundamental basketball. Skilled and smart best describes his game. Oh yea, his uncle plays in the NBA, so genetics and upside potential suggests he’s a player to watch going forward.
Of course, there are a number of kids at this event who have previously received a significant amount of national recognition, and several of them met the challenge. Aydin Garth (4’11″/CG/2032/Indianapolis, IN) was spectacular over the weekend. Although he started slow, by the end of the camp, Garth had clearly justified his national reputation. Blessed with good size, speed, quickness and athleticism, Garth is a bucket getter. He excels at getting down hill and finishing near the rim, while also playing lock down on-ball defense. Much like the players mentioned above, Garth’s stock is on the rise in our eyes. Garth’s camp teammate, Chase Williams (4’6″/PG/2032/Ekin Park, PA), also had a big weekend and consistently put up big numbers. Using his elite ball skills, Williams was aggressive to the cup and finished at a high rate. Garth, Williams, Love were all on the same camp team along with nationally ranked David Johnson III (4’8″/WF/2032/Worthington, OH) and Jordan Taylor (4’6″/PG/2032/Gahanna, OH), both of whom logged in standout performances as well. With that roster, there’s little doubt why this team finished 4-0 and pretty much blew out each team they faced.
We have to give a shout out to Trey Clemens (5’0″/WF/2032/Ft. Lee, VA), who also had a solid camp. As we know, Clemens’ advantage is his shear size relative to his peers, which makes it difficult to keep him out of the paint where he’s a proficient scorer. Once he gets up a head of steam, Clemens is tough to stop. To be fair to some of the other nationally ranked kids who attend this event, camp formats often make it difficult to fully appreciate a player’s talent based on the very nature of these types of events. Consequently, we really prefer to evaluate players in actually games with their respective teams. We also saw some flashes from guys like Daylan Wilks (4’9″/CG/2032/Flat Rock, AL), Omari Smith (4’7″/PG/2032/Memphis, TN), Naz McCoy (4’8″/PG/2032/New York, NY), Penny King (4’6″/PG/2032/Knoxville, TN), Cortez Barnes (4’5″/PG/2032/Louisville, KY), Bobby Peebles III (4’6″/PG/2032/St. louis, MO), Josh Morgan-Green II (4’4”/PG/2032/Maryland) and Preston Hamby (4’5″/PG/2032/Knoxville, TN). Below is a more complete list of the event’s 2032 standout performers.
Although we did not get a chance to watch many 2nd graders, a few guys managed to catch our eye. Harrison Knotts (4’4″/PG/2033/Marietta, GA), Tyson Ash (4’2″/PG/2033/Shelby, IN), Carter Waldron (4’2″/PG/2033/Redford, MI), Karter Potts (4’5″/PG/2033/Oakland, CA) and Calan Howard (4’4″/PG/2033/Atlanta, GA) are all very talented and will be talked about in the next few years. All in all the camp was extremely competitive and represented a great format for players to display their talent. Congratulations to Terry Holt and his T3TV staff for putting on the important event.