We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Elijah Ormiston of Cannon.
We’ve seen Ormiston various times, including at our NC Phenom 150 Camp prior to the season, where we stated, “Continuing onto a player that quietly stood out as one of the breakout performers from camp, Elijah Ormiston. He’s a long-bodied big man that impacts the game in a variety of ways with his complementary, fairly well-rounded skillset. Ormiston typically operated and scored around the basket, but also showed the ability to step out and knock down perimeter jumpers at a quality rate. He’s a solid two-way rebounder that moves quite well for his size to find open space and position himself on defense. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it’ll allow him to take slower opponents off the dribble from the perimeter. Coach Hughes on Ormiston: “Elijah moves well without the ball to find open space on the court. He rebounds the ball and runs transition lanes well. He needs to work on lateral movement. He follows his misses well and has a great sense as to where his misses will go on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a good help defender but needs to work on his on-ball defense.” Ormiston had some really strong moments throughout camp and should be able to carve out a useful role this season at Cannon.”
Ormiston emerged as a perfect complement to the other starters and rotation pieces within Cannon’s roster. He showed a clear willingness to make hustle plays and do the dirty work, but also scored and rebounded the ball at a consistent rate throughout the season. His low-maintenance role was an underrated wrinkle to Cannon’s success last season. However, his production should steadily expand going forward, especially with more available touches after the departure of Jaden Bradley. There should be obvious appeal for Ormiston at the next level, so it’ll be exciting to see what college programs get involved over the next calendar year.