The Class of 2015 was well represented at the Austin All American Prodigy Camp. Seeing new youngsters for the first time is probably my favorite part of the business. Seeing players improve and not rest on their laurels would be a close second. 2015 will be a banner year in the City of Killeen, TX. Here are some of the top camp performers in alphabetical order:
Mikell Clark G 6'0" Killeen
Clark was one of the most physical players in camp. Would play varsity if not for the transfer rule. Knows how to use his body and get where he wants to go on the floor regardless of what class he's competing against. High energy player who is tough.
Cress will get significant minutes for the Runnin' Roos and is their heir apparent PG in the mold of alum Tre Nichols (Boise State). Cress has mad range from DEEP and his High School Coach Jason Fossett made it clear that he will have the green light.
From little 1A Mumford comes a bad dude in LaKendrick Hyson. He's a long, lean hopper with lots of bounce and a fearless attitude when attacking the rim.
We push the pace hard at our camps, and this young big didn't skip a beat. He may be skinny and knock kneed at the moment but he's got a nifty little hook shot with either hand, is not afraid to compete and will be a nightmare to guard in a couple of seasons.
Part of the stacked 2015 Class in Killeen. May well get called up to varsity during the year. great timing as a shot blocker and a nice face up game out to 15 feet.
Tough, physical guard who gets after it on the defensive end of the court in addition to the offensive. Plays in a great high school program where he'll continue to increase his strength, skill and mental toughness.
Owens used to be one of the smallest guys at my camps a few years back, but he's now sprouting. His footwork is improving, he's growing into his body and he's got a nice little face up shot. Outstanding student and person as well.
Smith is one of those quick, smallish guards that will give players fits in high school. Very coachable and works hard. We'll watch him to see how he grows.
One of the most pleasant surprises of the camp. Sneed is capable as a ball handler and decision maker but SUPERIOR as a shooter from every spot on the floor. It was obvious through all the drills but then cemented when he won the shooting contest hands down, blitzing everyone in all rounds of the competition.
Thies is one of those guys that doesn't wow you athletically but when the game's over you scratch your head and ask, "how'd he beat me"? Does all the little things well; thinks the game, makes shots and distributes the ball.
Ven Zant deserves mention with the freshmen. Handles the ball as if on a string and has a floater that he will unleash on the biggest of players. Loves the game, competes hard and once he grows he'll be one of the best hoopers in West Texas.