By Jamie Shaw
First off, Marcus Shockley and his Basketball Elite staff showed fantastic hospitality for this event. They did a great job providing ample room and whatever was needed. Access to the players was simple, and the talent pool was much much better than expected. Could not be happier, or more eager, to sing praises.
Secondly, Forsyth Country Day School is a great campus. You’re greeted with a great (HUGE) playground, which my daughter loved. You can tell the school cares about their sports, great baseball stadium and multiple basketball courts. Event put together gets an A.
Now on to the event.
Started off with drills, went into games, dunk contest, and finishes with an all-star game. Like expected the dunk contest was the highlight. Unlike expected, there were some really athletic kids dunking the ball. The finals included Stavian Allen (6’7/185) Ricky Council (6’4/190) and Carlee Clemons (6’/170). All three put down great dunk, Allen a 360 off his own alley oop toss. Council tried to take off from the free throw line, nearly making it. But then came Carlee Clemons. Any of the three dunks he did would have won the competition. He made the 9.5 dunks of the other two just become forgotten. Height, Power, Showmanship, The way Clemmons handled it was a thing of beauty. 6’8 Javis Howard and 6’7 Gary Clark were used as props, Clemons took off just inside the FT line and cleared both with room to spare. It left the entire gym in a roar.
Check out the Final 3 dunks courtesy of this Carlyton Clemons video…
Now To The Players
Justice Cuthbertson 6’3 G Winchester School (Kappa Magic) 2014
It is easy for me to say that Cuthbertson was the best player on the day. He came into camp with a chip on his shoulder and an agenda. Man did he ever take it out on the field. His end to end speed was unmatched. He was beating multiple defenders down the floor off made baskets. He drove, controlled head high and dished consistently and NO ONE could stop him. Double digit assists in each game, he also showed an ability to hit the midrange jump shot consistently. Everytime I looked up Justice was making a play. I know he kept Javis Howard happy.
Carlee Clemons 6’ G Millbrook HS (NC RedStorm) 2014
Clemons was mentioned above, but he is far from just a show dunker. He transitions that explosion to the games as well. He dunks in traffic, he dunks in transition, he dunks in warmups, the kid can jump. Today however was a great day because he was hitting jump shots. He had multiple mid-range shots that he knocked down from the short corner. Also, he chipped in a couple set 3s. All in all, Clemmons scored the ball today. He scored the ball high above the rim and he scored the ball away from the rim.
Ricky Council 6’4 SG Northern HS (Undecided) 2014
The unicorn (he does exist). In typical Council fashion he goes under the radar for a couple months then comes back out just to show you that he a player on the MidMajor and HighMajor bubble. Blessed with a great build and athleticism, he showed an ability to handle and get to the rim. Ricky knows how to score the ball and his bread and butter is the quick silky smooth J. He is a hard worker off the ball. Utilizes screen reads, defenders movements, and great lateral/diagonal ball cuts to get open. He needs a half second to get a shot off and knocks it down from mid-range to well beyond the 3. Council showed today he can handle the ball as well. While I wouldn’t call him a primary, he is capable in the half court. He is down to 3 (2 ahead of the other) AAU programs to play the live period with.
Ronshad Shabazz 6’4 G Knightdale HS (CP3) 2015
Ronshad is one of my favorite players; I have no problem saying that. After this event, I also have no problem saying, I think he will be a star. Ronshad can go get you a bucket, we all know this. His jumps shot is quick, it’s efficient, and it’s deep. He can put the ball on the floor, he will kill you from the mid-range and he can put it down on you in the lane. Ronshad can flat out get you a bucket. Coming into this camp, what I didn’t know is he can handle as a primary. He brought the ball up for his team, got them into sets, and facilitated the offense to keep it moving and everyone happy. Now, let’s not get too excited here, if anyone on my team is shooting it Ronshad would be it. But the fact that he knew he needed his team to be involved in order to win is a show of great maturity. This kid has NO idea how good he is, he will be a star.
Other Kids to Track:
Colton Bishop 6’1 PG Forsyth Country Day (Team Winston) 2014
Always a great pull up and pick and roll kid. Showed explosion today. Attacked he basket and knocked down shots.
CJ Jackson 6’ G Olympic HS (Aim High) 2014
Quick stroke quick release. Attacked the basket today, that was good to see. Was taller than I thought as well.
Daryl Myers 5’11 PG Fredricksburg Christian (Team Loaded) 2016
Myers is fun to watch. Has a great handle, very very crafty and feel for the game. Nice jump shot too.