'St. Joseph's University in Philly ran the first of their 2 team camps on June 15th-17th'utilizing 7 courts on campus for the 28 teams in attendance playing 6 games over the three days. The following players stood out over the course of the weekend:

''Matt Zona 6'8' '20 Bergen Catholic HS ' Zona was a standout at the camp a year ago and nothing really changed in a year except he's gotten bigger and stronger in that time. A skilled shooter with range to the arc he has expanded his game to be effective at the rim as well. He could always rebound with the best of them but as a guy who could light it up from downtown he tended to play on the perimeter more but this year while he got his share of jumpers he was a more than willing participant in the paint. He defends well inside and he can run the floor on the break looking for the oop pass to slam home. With two more years of HS ball ahead of him I suspect that his skillset will get even better as he already is on the mid major radar with most hoping to snag him before the big boys find out about him though Rutgers has offered.

''Zach Freemantle 6'8' '19 Bergen Catholic HS ' One word is used to describe Freemantle in my opinion and that is relentless. Playing with the EYBL NJ Playaz he has been one of the better board men on the circuit and every time I've seen him he has been just that grabbing double digit rebounds at every turn. Having watched 4 of their 6 camp games and part of another I can say that nothing has changed as he was a beast on the glass and did most of his scoring in close as well. Teaming with Zona they dominated inside in winning all 6 games by double figures. Zach also excelled defensively blocking shots and keeping his man away from his comfort zone then rebounding the ball and outletting it to start their transition game. He has definitely attracted mid major interest with the July periods coming and a chance to improve his stock. I really like his work ethic and relentless pursuit of missed shots which should entice college coaches to pay close attention to his progress.

''Doug Edert 6'3' '19 Bergen Catholic HS ' Edert is a shooter first playmaker second but he does shoot the ball well. He has great range on his jumper and while at times he rushes it he makes a good percentage of them to justify the ones he misses. He has a good handle and showed it off quite a bit this weekend and just so you are aware of his playmaking skills he can set up his teammates with crisp passes that often lead to scoring plays even if he's not a true PG. he has an excellent motor and he engages on the defensive end using his smarts and toughness to frustrate his opponent. This Bergen Catholic team is deep and well coached and while it's only June they looked prime to step up and avenge their NJSIAA Non-Public North A loss to Don Bosco Prep this past season and players like Edert can make that happen.

''Jayson Earle 6'3' '19 Bergen Catholic HS ' Another player that BC will depend on is Earle who can double as the lead guard since he's a very good passer or the off guard cause he can create his own shot and has nice range and touch from the perimeter. This weekend he played within himself taking what the defense gave and not forcing things and turning the ball over. Like his teammates he will be recruited at least at the low D-1 level or high D-II and he's earned it with his floor vision and heady style of play. Where he impressed me the most over the games I watched was at the defensive end where he constantly made plays either stripping the ball away or forcing his opponent to make a bad play in the face of the pressure Earle applied forcing a turnover. With the talent on hand on this squad I can see no reason they won't contend for next seasons North A title.

''Christian Ray 6'5' '19 Haverford School ' Ray arrived a few minutes late for his'Friday'night 5p tilt no doubt attributed to the Philly area rush hour traffic from his Chester County home but once he got in the game he wasted no time in asserting his presence as he was a beast in the paint getting to the rim at will for finishes in traffic no pun intended and ripping down rebounds on both ends. He defended the post and ran the floor looking to make some noise since he was not going to be there the next two days. Christian in the one game I saw was playing at a high level and it's easy to see why some low D-1 programs like his game because he has a non-stop motor and a strong desire to win. It will be interesting to see if his recruitment can expand in July but if he plays like he did on this night who knows.

''Leo O'Boyle 6'8' '19 Scranto Prep ' This young man is highly skilled around the basket with good footwork and patient but effective moves around the basket and he showed all that in the two and a half games I watched over the weekend. He finished thru contact and in traffic and he battled on the glass getting boards on both ends. He also showed some nice touch on his jumper from 10 feet to 20 feet with a smooth and quick release. While not an elite athlete especially on the perimeter he more than holds his own down'low using his sturdy upper frame to bang with guys in the paint and he can block some shots or at least change it. O'Boyle is a solid student as well so it will be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out.

''Donovan Rodriguez 6'1' '20 Monsignor Bonner-Archbihop Prendergast Catholic HS ' Rodriguez played well in all 3 games I viewed as he used his speed to penetrate the lane and make plays at the basket. He also shot it well knocking down 3 bals with more consistency than I've seen in the past. Still his greatest weapon is his speed as he gets up and down the floor at breakneck speed with a very tight handle that can break pressure and leave defenders flat footed grabbing at air. On the downside he does over dribble at times and he tends to make some bad decisions as well but over the course of the weekend in the contests I watched he stayed under control and made solid choices when distributing the basketball. Donovan however is not a PG as he doesn't have a feel for the position but if these games were any indication he looks primed to increase his production from last season and keep teams from conentrating on his more heralded teammate Isaiah Wong who was at the NBPA Top 100 camp and missed the festivities at St. Joe's.

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