Tuesday, July 1, 2008

U of M: Elite Camp

(Elite campers at work )

(Jones was at his best during the elite camp)

Coach John Beilein and his staff invited 60 campers to participate in Michigan's first elite camp late last week. The two day camp was a total success as campers participated in intense and hard fought drills. Of the 60 campers, 33 were Michigan players. Below is a breakdown of most of the campers and a quick breakdown of their performance at the camp. Players listed in alphabetical order.

Lee Bailey, Country Day, 2011- Bailey used the camp to prove he's one of the top players in Michigan's 2011 class. His fundamentals were way above average and there was nothing he couldn't do.

Pierre Bracket, Lansing Eastern, 2011- Pierre was the one player in camp that didn't forget about hustling and playing defense. He was good in every drill no matter if it was post work or guard work.

Carlton Brundidge, Southfield, 2011- Brundidge was great in the ball handling drills as well as the shooting drills, but I was more surprised with how well he handled the ball.

DeAndray Buckley, Romulus, 2010- proved to have more offensive skills than just slashing. He got after it on both ends and played hard through out the camp.

Dan Chilcote, Jackson Lumen Christi, 2011- Chilcote showed some point guard skills in the games and faired well. He was also solid in the drills with his fundamentals.

Brian Coleman, Southfield Lathrup, 2010- Coleman might have been the biggest surprise of the camp, he can really stroke it from deep. Games, drills, it didn't matter- he was filling it up.

Mohamed Conde, Belleville, 2010- Conde went with the guards when they separated and he struggled. He's a gamer but struggled trying to defend on the perimeter.

Anthony Fields, Det. Southeastern, 2010- Fields was solid in the drills but looked good in the games. He did an impressive job of pushing the ball up the floor.

Alex Gauna, Eaton Rapids, 2010- had to miss Saturday due to a cut that resulted in stitches but he was dominating the bigs in the camp up to that point. He was phenomenal in the drills Friday night.

Percy Gibson, Det. Southeastern, 2011- the 6-8 horse did a heck of a job battling on the block against older players, he even got the better of Jordan Morgan when they matched up in a game.

LaDonte Henton, Lansing Eastern, 2011- "Buckets" was average in the guard drills but did extremely well in the games.

Josh Herbeck, A.A. Gabriel Richard, 2010- another player that looked good in the drills but average in the games. He shot well but struggled defensively.

Dedo Jackson, Buena Vista, 2010- played well and made Coach Beilein a fan of his game with his heady play and ability to get to the basket and make a play.

Maurice Jones, Arthur Hill, 2010- Jones had a good showing in the individual drills by finishing third in the 3-point drills. He was a tough cover for any of the other guards to handle in the games.

Vonn Jones, Hartland, 2009- if there was a camp MVP it would of went to Jones. Jones won the 3-on-3 tourney Friday night. Through out the camp he did a beautiful job of setting up the big fellas.

Matt Kaminecki, Clarkston, 2010- like his teammate Stanton, he proved his value as one of the top players in his class. looked good on the wing and the block.

Brandan Kearney, Det. Southeastern, 2011- BK is starting to look healthy from his hip injury , now he just needs to get back his explosion. Still did a nice job running the point and was impressive in drills.

Kevonte Martin, Brother Rice, 2010- has really put on some muscle. He handled his own at the camp but I think he just needs to focus on playing football.

Jordan Morgan, U of D Jesuit, 2009- has really slimmed down and it shows as he gets up and down the court better but he did struggled against some of the other bigs.

Sultan Muhammad, Grand Rapids C.C., 2010- looked better in the games than the drills. He needs to focus on some fundamentals but at the end of the day he's a D-1 player.

Matt Poches, Hartland, 2011- had to shut it down Friday morning after reinjuring a bad ankle sprain. On Friday he player like a high major prospect and was solid in every drill.

Ben Simons, Cadillac, 2009- Simons only participated on Friday and he struggled to get shots to fall but he did look good handling the ball in the open floor.

Tom Staton, Clarkston, 2009- during the camp he proved he is a top 10 player in Michigan's class of 2009. He knocked down shots all over the place and proved to be tough enough to play some defense.

Booker Stoudmire, Belleville, 2009- I guess I was wrong- Booker is a D-1 player. He stole the show Friday night with an electrifying tip dunk.

Michael Talley, Melvindale B.A.T., 2010- Talley is a player, no doubt about that but at times he gets carried away in trying to score himself. I would like to see him become a complete point guard. He was still one of the players at the camp.

Darren Washington, Det. Southeastern, 2011- nobody in the camp worked harder than the 6-9 15 year old did. During breaks he still worked in drills with Michigan's staff.

Shannon Williams, Det. Cass Tech, 2010- more polished than I thought he was. Has a good feel for things near the basket. Was able to get out and run the floor as well. Great attitude kid that seems to have a love for the game.

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