'''In the final installment from the St. Joseph's University Team camp we'll take a look at some under the radar players who improved their stock with good performances at the event and one newcomer who bears watching:

'''William Humer 6'7' '20 Bishop Eustace Prep ' This young man is the newcomer I mentioned as he hails from Sweden but he can surely play the game. He proved to be a very good rebounder who has a nose for the basketball and he threw some serious outlet passes in the two games I viewed including 2 on the money three quarter court passes to Soph Chris Tomasco (6'7' '21) which led to athletic dunks by the big fella. Like most European players he has a good fundamental understanding of the game and clearly was not fazed by the speed of the action. He made measured moves to the basket always mindful of his teammates positions on the floor and didn't force anything that wasn't there. He seemed to relish his role of facilitator from the top of the key and made several nice passes to cutting teammates for buckets. It will be interesting to see his continued development as he bears keeping an eye on moving forward.

''Rhys Merritt 6'5' '20 Scranton Prep ' I barely noticed him'on Friday'evening but'on Saturday'he definitely caught my eye as he showed a willingness to bang inside as well as an ability to put the ball in the hole. In both'Saturday'games I viewed he proved a' very capable compliment to his more heralded teammate Leo O'Boyle forcing teams to keep tabs on him as well. He showed a nice touch on 10-15 foot jumpers and was able to make plays at the rim thru contact. His passing game is coming along and his ability to put the ball on the deck is a work in progress too. Defensively he showed he wasn't overmatched as he held up well in the paint even against the big front line of Bergen Catholic in their first game of the day. In their later game vs. Shawnee HS he kept up his offensive production in a 16 point win. He may be a late bloomer who with increased playing time will prove to be a true find but only time will tell.

''Matt Kempter 6'5' '19 Bishop Eustace Prep ' Kempter is known around South Jersey for his shooting ability and having seen him quite a few times in the past I can understand it because he absolutely can shoot the basketball. Like all players that pick up a label deserved or otherwise Matt realized that his game needed to expand in order to attract college interest and he showed this weekend that he's willing to meet that challenge head on. He handled the ball with confidence this weekend that I hadn't seen before and in the two games I saw I don't think he turned the ball over but once or twice. He also drove to the basket quite a bit more than usual getting to the basket and finishing in traffic. Of course that jump shot still works but having that added dimension in his skillset can't hurt. He battled on defense hard in both games as well where in the past he struggled on that end of the floor and while he is not a finished product the future bodes well for him if he continues this upward trend.

''Gary Francis 6'4' '19 Pennsbury HS ' Francis has gotten better at a steady pace since his Freshman year and that has paid off in his rise within the SE PA rankings as people have learned that he's a player you can't sleep on. I only caught a game and a half of their action at St' Joe's but Gary was all over the court making plays off the bounce to finding teammates with beautifully executed passes for assists. His jump shot has improved vastly from his more erratic past as well as his shot selection and as he has matured the game has slowed down for him and he is not rushing and turning the ball over. He still has a tendency to stand around on offense instead of moving without the ball but with time I believe he'll overcome that trait. He also plays credible defense using his feet to set up his opponent instead of the waving his arms I couldn't be bothered style and his quick hands came up with multiple steals in that short window I observed. His recruitment is a mixed bag to be sure but one D-1 program has been keeping tabs on him this spring so as we head into summer and July we'll be sure to monitor his progress.

''Carl Gibson Jr. 6'2' '19 Cherry Hill East HS ' Bucket getter is an adept term to use when discussing this young man as he fills up the hoop with all manner of offensive moves. On first observation Gibson doesn't appear to be super athletic or a speed demon who runs by people and shoots layups all day. On the contrary he possess deceptive speed but he can score on you in all sorts of ways. He has a competent handle with good change of speed and direction skills thrown in and he can operate in tight spaces because he has very good instincts of when to pass or when to shoot. He has range out to the arc and in two games I viewed him here if you didn't pay attention to him he would bury a three off the dribble before you could react. He gets into the lane and can drain pull up jumpers or runners and again if you sleep on him he'll blow by you and get to the hoop for a deuce. He's had a great spring so far despite questions about other aspects of his game and I can tell you he does what his coach needs him to do to win games.

''Brian Basile 6'5' '19 Germantown Academy ' Basile was coming off a bout of Mono so his first action of the spring was at the Penncrest Shootout the week before so this is a process to shake off the cobwebs in his game so to speak. Watching him in action this weekend you could see he is starting to get back on track as he moved more fluidly and definitely shot it with more confidence. While more of a wing player his 6'5' size will force him in the paint at times but he has played there in the past and aquited himself well in those instances. He has a smooth stroke with range to the arc and he did hit a few while I was watching. He has the toughness to rebound on both ends and his passing skills aren't bad either. As a defender he has trouble guarding smaller quicker players on the wing but he holds his own inside against opponents his size or bigger. The question with Brian has always centered around his eventual position and fit in a system but when he's on his game he can be a huge help to any program fortunate enough to recruit him and in todays game where position isn't as important I think he can find a good fit at the D-II level and a big Senior year could ultimately decide what level he'll play at.

''Ryan Ems 6'7' '19 Eastern Regional HS ' A few years ago I was told that this young man was a budding star on the diamond and not the hardwood. Well today he seems more and more likely to play hoops in college as he has gone from awkward and turnover prone to a legitimate low post scorer and ferocious rebounder. His smooth left hand jumper has continued to improve and though I only caught one of their games this weekend he was very good in that contest. He finished with around 16pts and was close to double figures in boards going up against that formidable front line of Bergen Catholic. He also made several nice passes against pressure that showed his maturity and improvement over the last two seasons. He has become a leader for Eastern and he shows that with his motor and hustle and a willingness to dive on the floor for loose balls which a lot of kids today won't do. As his game has improved an assortment of D-II and D-III programs have started to pay attention so it will be interesting to see what level he winds up at.

''This concludes our look at the St. Joseph University Commuter Team Camp.

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