NBA 3-point Champ – Craig Rosen
NBA Free Throw Champ – Jack Coolahan
NBA ALL STAR MVP – D’Nathan Knox
NBA Playoff MVP – Losini Kamara
NBA Best Playmaker – Canaan Donawa
NBA Best Defender – Kevin Buron
NBA Best Rebounder – Brian Haggerty
NBA 6th Man – Aaditya Jain
NBA Mr. Stations – Austin Talikatilov
NBA Station 13 – Craig Rosen
Archive for July, 2013
Day 1 began with a wave. 160 campers were in attendance for tryouts. Yes, that is the highest enrollment at this camp ever, which means that each camper will work that much harder to catch the eyes of coaches before the evening draft. The night would begin with the traditional Five-Star evening stations, a camper’s chance to leave a strong impression with their coaches. With the majority of the campers being 8th, 9th and 10th graders, this camp is filled with young talent. The intensity was easily recognizable as campers were clearly determined and motivated not be lost in the shuffle.
Here are some of the images from the evening:
Day 2 was all about the games. With 16 teams in the camp, each camper was going to get his fair share of game action and have a chance to play against other campers in the NY/NJ area. The competition was intense from the opening whistle of the opening game. The best game of the opening round of play in the NCAA division was between Syracuse and Rutgers. The Rutgers team featured an up-tempo attack led by Jhadir Charles and Mehmed Terzic who combined for a solid 30 points. The Syracuse team fought hard behind great efforts from combo guard, Mark Scott and all-around talent, Justin Galea (a possible call-up to the NBA division). In the end, after a tight game throughout, Syracuse would pull away and win by a final score of 53-52 earning the first victory of camp.
The best game of the 2nd set (NBA division) was between Coach Vincent’s Pacers and Coach Storm’s Lakers. The game was close throughout. Never was a team up by more than five points. Led by Justin Polesuk (Randolph HS), the Lakers kept pace with the more athletic Pacers who was led by their own playmaking guard Jain Aaditya (Edgemont HS). Despite the strong play from Mario Gonzalez (Puerto Rico), the Pacers had no answer for Brendan Allen (LUHI) who controlled the point with grace and precision using his uncanny passing ability. But he came up with the big shot when he had to with the game tied at two and the clock going all the way down to the final buzzer. His shot would help the Pacers win the game 39-37 and get off to a 1-0 start to the camp season.
In the early evening match-ups, we had Louisville take on North Carolina. Louisville would win the game by a final score of 62-53. Despite several attempts to get even, North Carolina was never able to make the comeback. Louisville was led by Ryan Lee (Terrill) and Bryan Adon (Rich Hill). This guard-wing combination sliced and diced their way around North Carolina’s defense. North Carolina would fight hard throughout the game behind a strong backcourt that has Matthew Degaetano and Zack Foley. Zack has been a camper since he started walking and now his game is really taking shape. The game would also feature a lot of solid defense, which is a sign that these two teams will be competing late in the playoffs.
In the final game of the night, the Bulls faced off against the Nets. Having spoken to many of the campers, this one everyone expected to be a good one. It was highly anticipated as we had some of the top draft picks squaring off after solid performances earlier in the day. Throw it the right to remain undefeated and we had the making of a great game. But the game did not materialize as the Bulls came out strong, took a commanding lead early and never looked back. The favorites to win the camp championship, the Bulls featured a high-powered attack led by Deonte Rowland (Glassboro HS), Kevin Buron (Garfield HS), and Vincent Conn (Rye County Day). This dynamic trio of guards put relentless pressure on the Nets from the jump and turned it into a rout. Coach Guest’s team will respond, especially since a leader in Tyler Sullivan (Ridgewoord HS, NJ) was born. Tyler stepped up to lead his team in defeat to the tune of 23 points and asserted himself as a vocal leader. First round pick, Brian Haggerty (St. Francis Prep) will have better days ahead as he looks to live up to his draft grade.
Day 3 marked the beginning of what everyone already knew heading into the morning was going to be a competitive opening round in the playoffs. The game of the day was between Timberwolves and Spurs.
The player of the game was without question, Duane Causwell (Northview) who finished with 10 Pts, 10 Reb, and 8 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks for a terrific all-around performance.
While the NCAA started their playoff games, the NBA had its 3on3 tournament. In the end, the trio that came out on top was Andrew Fisher (Glassboro), Dumani George (Eagle Academy), and Losini Kamara (LUHI). The trio was simply lights out from the outside. And just when opponents started to step out to protect against the outside shots, they took it to the floor and attacked the rim with authority. They would win the tournament in the championship round by a final score of 3-0 by ousting 24 other teams. Congratulations to our winners.
In the marquee evening match-ups, Syracuse, the top seed put their undefeated record (4-0) on the line as they hosted Kansas in the NCAA semifinals while the top seeded Bulls hosted the Pacers in NBA semifinals. To no one’s surprise, the games were tight throughout. In the NCAA, Syracuse came out firing behind the hot shooting of Philip Georgio and Ryan Holder. Studs, Justin Galea and Mark Scott would use that momentum and cruised to a solid win over a strong Kansas team. In the NBA, for the first time all camp long, the Bulls went into the half with a 6-point deficit. But they were able to tie the game heading into the fourth quarter behind the leadership of Will Desatulle. Then Losini Kamara started to take over in the fourth. But even then, the Pacers would refuse to lose the game. Cameron Jordan led the way, trading baskets with the powerful Bulls team. But Vincent Conn would ice the game late with clutch free throws to seal the deal and send the Bulls with a final score of 44-38. The gym was certainly rocking during these games as the teams played for the right to compete in the Championship round for the coveted Five Star camp championship.
The finals match-up was between Syracuse and Indiana. In a close game, Syracuse who looked like it could have lost its first game of the camp, found a way to pull out a tough, hard-fought victory against a relentless Indiana squad. Carter McNeal paced Indiana with a near double-double (10pts, 7asts) and really was what kept Indiana in the game throughout. But despite his tremendous performance, it was not enough to help his team win the championship. Congratulations to Coach Max Huang (Binghamton) and Syracuse.
In the NBA, the heavily favored Bulls took their own undefeated record and put it up against Timberwolves. The Timberwolves smelled upset and played with intentions of crashing the Bulls’ party. Led by swingman, Duane Causwell and point guard, Canaan Donawa, the Timberwolves would lead for most of the game. Then came the forth and that’s when the Bulls turned it up, took the lead and never relinquished it again. Losini Kamara made a strong case for Camp MOP with game-breaking plays that had the crowd oohing and ahhing. In the end, the Bulls would win the championship by a final score of 70-65. Congratulations to Coach Jordan Sims (Riverdale) and the Bulls.
***** NBA Orange & White Classic All-Stars*****
(Below) White All-Stars
(Below) Orange All-Stars
***** NCAA Orange & White Classic All-Stars*****
(Below) White All-Stars
(Below) Orange All-Stars
***** NCAA Award Winners *****
(Below)- League Champs-Duke-Coach-Leavon Head
(Below)- 3 on 3 Champs-Ken Wilson, Marcelous Brown and Jordan Davis
(Below)- Most Improved-Alex Newberry-2017-Joliet, IL
(Below)- 6th Man-Max Ortalana-2018-Chicago,IL
(Below)- Best Defender-Marcelous Brown-2018-Chicago,IL
(Below)- Best Rebounder-Tate Eller-2018-Bloomington,IL
(Below)- Best Playmaker & Mr Stations-2018-Jaylen Patterson
(Below)- Mr Station 13-Doug Holmes-2018-Bloomington,IL
(Below)- Playoff MVP-Mark Widdel-2018-Bloomington,IL
All- Star MVP-Ken Wilson-2019-Chicago,IL
(Below)- Most Outstanding Player-Isiah Taylor-2018-Matteson,IL
***** NBA Award Winners *****
(Below)- League Champs-Bulls-Coach-Keith Wright
(Below)- 3 on 3 Champs-Ethan Fennell, Jayme Hill and Ashwin Vadivel
(Below)- Most Improved-Ashwin Vidivel-2014-Chicago,IL
(Below)- 6th Man-Collin Schmelebeck-Slinger,WI
(Below)- Best Rebounder-David Gray-2015-Oak Forest,IL
(Below)- Best Playmaker & Best Defender-Sedrick Jones-2014-Rockford,IL
(Below)- Mr Stations-Jayme Hill-2015-Indianapolis,IN
(Below)- Mr Station 13-Justin Whitten-2014-Heyworth,IL
(Below)- Playoff MVP-David Grey-2015-Oak Forest,IL
(Below)- All- Star MVP-Brandon Wilson-2014-Indianapolis,IN
(Below)- Most Promising Prospect-Peter Blust-2015-Hinsdale,IL
(Below)- Most Outstanding Player-Dustin Barnes-2015-Homewood,IL
NBA 3×3 Champs: Alex, Marrow, Vincent Conn, and Cameron Nzeutem
NCAA Camp Champs: Kentucky
NBA Camp Champs: Knicks
NCAA Playoff MVP: Jarred Duncan
NBA Playoff MVP: Joey Daganiero
NBA All-Star MVP: Jerrell Doorbal
NCAA No Dribble Champs and NCAA Situation Tournament Champs: Florida
NBA No Dribble Champs: Nets
NCAA Best Playmaker: Max Valencia
NBA Best Playmaker and NBA Best Defender: Canaan Donowa
NCAA Best Defender: Maalik Hayward
NCAA Best Rebounder: Todd Greene
NBA Best Rebounder: Nicholas Kam
NBA 6th Man: Michael Katz
NCAA Mr. Stations: Justin Gliksman
NBA Mr. Stations: Victor Cohen
NBA Station13: Allie Haber and Aji Grumet-Bass
NCAA Most Improved: Zion Albert
NBA Most Improved: Evan Georgio
NCAA Most Promising: Todd Greene
NCAA Most Outstanding Player: Zion Williams
NBA Most Outstanding Player: Canaan Donowa
PLAYER MVP: MARC CHASIN 6’3 2014 (GULLIVER PREP, MIAMI, FL)
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: ENRIQUE LAFUENTE 6’0 2014 (GULLIVER PREP, MIAMI, FL)
MOST PROMISING PROSPECT: MALIK WILLIAMS 6’5 2017 (DR. PHILLIPS, ORLANDO)
BEST PLAYMAKER: MARLON DANIEL 6’0 2017 (DR. PHILLIPS, ORLANDO)
MR.STATIONS: ALEXIS RIVERA 5’8 2014 (CHRISTIAN MILLITARY ACADEMY, PUERTO RICO)
BEST REBOUNDER: PHILLIP WEBB 6’6 2014 (SANTA CIARITA, CA)
BEST DEFENDER: MARCUS RANSOM 5’6 2015 (TAMPA PREP, TAMPA, FL)
MR. HUSTLE: AARON MAY 6;0 2014 (LEE COUNTY, GEORIA)
6TH MAN: JAROD CLIFTON 5’6 2014 (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, PENSACOLA, FL)
MOST IMPROVED; DA’QUAN FAINS 5’8 2016 (WILSON, REDDING, PA)
ORANGE-WHITE CLASSIC MVP: MALIK WILLIAMS 6’5 2017 (DR. PHILLIPS, ORLANDO)
NBA LEAGUE CHAMPS: CELTICS 6-1 COACH: MARCER THOMAS
NYSHEAN GIDDINS DAKOTA KONICH
3 ON 3 CHAMPS: RONALD BIOUNT, VICTOR UGAQUE, MARCO FELIZ
MR. STATIONS 13: DEWAYNE FRAZIER 6’5 2016 (EUERGLAOES, MIRAMAR, FL)
BEST PLAYMAKER: MAX GENADO
MR. STATIONS GRIFFIN KENNEMER
BEST REBOUNDER ARIN TAYOR
6TH MAN AWARD: ETHAN GROFF
MOST IMPROVED JEFF WATSON/ JOSE COLON
On July 19th the Guilford College Session 3 opened up with a lot of energy. The Five Star Fast Break drill finished with a 105-100 score with Coach Williams and bathe black team finishing on top. After the fast break drill campers participated in tryouts. The night finished with a great set of stations with a lot of top notch instruction and hard work.
Day 3 at camp is always a great day, mainly because this is the day when the semifinals, finals, and all-star game happen. The NBA semifinals had the Heat facing off against Knicks and Nets vs the Spurs. The Heat ran away with the game from the opening tip led by Canaan Donoah for a final score of 32-51. In the second game of the semifinals, the Spurs took on the Nets in a run and gun style game. Alex Morrow (Spurs) led the team in steals and assists to help them run the Nets off of the court, 33-48.
The NCAA Semifinals was one to remember as Louisville took on Forida and Kentucky faced Duke. Louisville played a slow-paced but very effective game against Florida that ended in a low scoring nail biter ending in Florida’s favor, 28-22.
The highlight of the NCAA Semifinals was the match-up between Kentucky and Duke! Kentucky was led by the one two punch of guards Zion Williams and Logan Montillo vs the all-around skilled Max Valenci (Duke). For the majority of the game, Williams found himself matched up against a very determined Valenci whom was outstanding by being his team defensive leader and made a shot when it was needed. Each time down the floor these two studs would match each others shot but Kentucky continued to hold on to their lead. Just when Duke saw daylight and made a run, Montillo (Kentucky) would come and pick up the slack to keep Kentucky ahead in the game becoming the major component as to why Kentucky would advance onto the Finals vs Florida winning by 28-22.