One year ago, Jaden Bradley was at the forefront of North Carolina basketball, playing an unselfish, high-level brand of basketball. He made everyone better, led Cannon to a state championship, and then relocated to IMG Academy to further solidify his status as a nationally coveted prospect. In doing so, Bradley left behind guys like Elijah Ormiston to reconfigure their approach without a superstar floor general at the helm. Thus far, he’s figuring it out quite easily. In Cannon’s ten games, Ormiston has been a major contributor yet didn’t require a ton of touches to make a lasting impact.
We watched Ormiston countless times over the unique summer season, including at our Top 80, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that simply knows how to carve out a role as a glue-guy with any collection of teammates, Elijah Ormiston. He’s a sturdy, steady, well-rounded forward prospect with a natural understanding of how to affect all facets of the ball. Ormiston is a great two-way rebounder with the necessary skill to push the break decently well in transition. He finishes, does the little things, doesn’t require a ton of offensive touches, and shoots the ball at an efficient rate from beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Cherry on Ormiston: “Elijah played very strong inside. He finishes around the basket with either hand and had a couple of plays where he finished at the rim. He displayed the ability to step out and knock down the three-point jumper as well. Elijah provides great effort on both ends of the floor.” Ormiston made a quality impact during his time at camp and should continue to see an uptick in his recruitment over the upcoming season at Cannon.”
Although Ormiston isn’t flashy or throwing down powerful dunks on opponents, his game and sheer production speak volumes about his value. He’s a phenomenal two-way rebounder with a strong, sturdy frame and great overall positioning. Ormiston can reliably space the floor and understands how to knock down spot-up opportunities at an efficient rate. He possesses a great nose for the ball, makes the extra pass whenever available, and carries his weight defensively. Ormiston is a natural glue-guy with capabilities of adapting to various different roles, which is a large part of what makes him so enticing to college coaches. With a Belmont-Abbey offer under his belt, one should expect his recruitment to continue trending upward throughout the current season.