As expected, the T3TV All-American Camp was highly competitive! Although we watched a lot of basketball over the course of the weekend, we concentrated the bulk of our coverage on the youngest divisions (2031-2033). In terms of the talent level, the class of 2031 brought out some big guns, who arrived to the gym determined to prove some points. In fact, there were at least 7 top ten ranked 4th graders (according to Top25Scout.com) participating in the event.
We got our first look and Kameron Potts (4’6″/PG/2031/Oakland, CA) and could not have been more impressed with his skill level and tenacity. Because he changes speed and direction so well and is so crafty, he easily creates his own shot. Potts is extremely aggressive and is always in attack mode. David Ice (5’7″/PF/2031/Indianapolis, IN), was a monster and was simply unstoppable to the basket. Ice not only scores at a high rate in the paint, he rebounds at a high level and is a great rim protector with his shot blocking ability. At the end of the day, Ice is just too big and too strong for most of his peers.
William Paige (4’10″/PG/2031/Staten Island, NY) had another good weekend, and although the competition level was higher since the last time we saw him play, he still did his thing. Zander Pughsley (4’4″/PG/2031/Gahanna, OH) is an absolute pit bull. Defensively, he’s a problem; offensively, he’s gifted. Pughsley plays harder than any kid in his class, and he impacts the game on both ends of the floor. As a 3-level scorer, Pughsley can go get a bucket at will. We also really liked Honor Tyler (4’9″/PG/2031/Compton, CA), who displayed a mature game and an ability to score and play defense at a high level. Terry Holt III (4’9″/PG/2031/Dayton) looked good as well. Holt has an elite handle, which he uses to keep his defenders off balance and guessing. If you gusss wrong, you’re likely to see it on a mix tape!
Ashton Jolly (4’11″/CG/2032/New Orleans, LA) and Henry Jolly (5’0″/CG/2032/New Orleans, LA) played up in the 4th grade division this past weekend and more than competed. In fact they were as good or better than many of the top 4th graders we saw. Because they both are so skilled, have good size and understand the game, they can be productive against older, more mature players. Joshua Anthony (5’3″/PG/2031/Louisville, KY) played well again and continues to be a consistent standout regardless of the competition.
We plan to keep an eye on Cameron Stone (4’9″/PG/2031) and Cruz Webb (4’11/PG/2031/Manassas, VA). Stone is already nationally ranked, and from what we saw, his national reputation is well deserved. On the other hand, Webb has probably been flying under the radar, because if you’re not paying attention, you won’t see this kid’s potential. He’s super smooth, has a good feel for the game, has great court vision and he finds open teammates with pin point passes. In addition, Webb did not force the action and he made the right plays consistently.
Unfortunately, because of a dust up between some of the top ranked players at the event, the 2031 all-star game was cancelled, which prevented us from seeing more of the top 1-on-1 matchups as well as other players who deserved the recognition. Editorially, some of these parents, coaches and adults really need to do a better job managing these kids! This whole ranking thing has people doing some crazy things! Let these kids play, have fun, make friends and simply enjoy the competition! To be honest, some of the things we saw this weekend were disgusting!
Stayed tuned for Part II of our coverage, which will concentrate more on the class of 2032 and 2033.