The Fall Edition of the D1 Nation All American Prodigy Camp was held in Austin, TX today on the beautiful new campus of Concordia University. Historically this is where fresh, young talent makes themselves known to the basketball world. With such illustrious young alumni as John Henson (North Carolina), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Cody Doolin (San Francisco), Paul Garnica (Northern Colorado, D.J. Stephens (Memphis), Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa) & Daniel Alexander (Texas A&M) just to name a few this camp has spawned stars long before Nike & D1 coaches were even aware that they were prospects.
Today's camp will be no different. Under the watchful eye of D1 Nation's Max Ivany, Speed Killz Period's T.J. Garza & Camp Director Tremaine Wingfield (Louisville & Texas) these fresh faces really got after it. The format of the All American Prodigy Camp is limited scrimmaging. Instead we split the day into station work in the morning, followed up by integration of those lessons into the afternoon's array of 2 on 2, & 3 on 3 competitions.
We'll do several write ups on the camp over the next couple of days, but a quick arap up of the major award winners were as follows:
3 on 3 Tournament Champions After warming up with 3 on 3 drills including "no dribble" and "one dribble" games of cut throat the trio of 2013 G 5'9" Darius Brooks (Pflugerville), 2013 6'3" G Rasmus Bach (Austin Anderson) & 2012 G 5'10" Malik Brooks of Cibolo Steele won a thrilling victory over the runner up team of 2012 G 5'11" Michael Hardge (Georgetown), 2013 G 6'0" Travis Jenkins (Austin Hyde Park) & 2011 W 6'5" Demondre Harvey (Minden, LA).
Below Left to right: Malik Brooks, Rasmus Bach & Darius Brooks with Coach Garza after capturing the camp 3 on 3 Tournament
2 on 2 Tournament Champions: Darius Brooks & Bach picked up hardware for the second event ina row as they ran the table in 2 on 2 with an exciting nip and tuck win over 2012 6'4" W Brooks Norman (Rouse) & 2013 G Napoleon Oneyeje (Pflugerville).
Below: Left to right, camp 2 on 2 Tournament winners were the duo of 2013 Darius Brooks & 2013 Rasmus Bach along with Coach Garza.
Hot Shot Shooting Competition: 2012 WG 6'3" Hayden Graham (Austin Anderson) showed he had the smoothest stroke in camp as the lefty captured the Hot Shot Shooting Tournament in picture perfect fashion. It took overtime to do it in the final though as 2013 G Napoleon Oneyeje gave Graham all he could handle.
2013 WG Hayden Graham (left) is the D1 Nation Shooter Deluxe, shown below with Camp Director Tremaine Wingfield.
Mr. Hustle Award: 2012 G Michael Hardge of Georgetown was all over the court. He made his mark offensively as he got to the rim at will with his ultra quickness, while defensively getting into anyone's jersey he was defending. By the time Hardge leaves Georgetown as a 4 year starter he'll own every school offensive record in the books. It's easy to see why Texas State pulled the trigger early this summer with the promising junior as he received his first of what's sure to be many D1 offers.
Below left: Michael Hardge was Mr. Hustle
Defensive MVP: 2012 G 5'10" Malik Brooks of Cibolo Steele was the most physical player at camp. He hit his share of shots, and when he got to the bucket played much bigger than 5'10". However, it was defensive intensity that made us feel he was a must have player and a winner as his motor never stopped. The Charles Barkley-esque junior should make a big splash as Steele graduated almost their entire team from last season.
Below left: 2012 G Malik Brooks of Cibolo Steele was Defensive MVP
Camp MVP: 2013 G Darius Brooks of Pflugerville garnered the MVP Honors by his stellar all around performance. In addition to being a part of the winning 2 on 2 & 3 on 3 squads, Brooks showed high level quickness, leadership and intensity which made him a unanimous choice amongst the Camp Staff for the MVP Award.
Below: 2013 G Darius Brooks holds his hardware