KBA Hosted the 1st Annual “Freshman Elite Camp” on September 8th. There was some confusion with this camp falling under KHSAA qualifications. As confusing as the ruling and bylaws are, It was deemed that all freshman are eligible to play in this camp, even kids who have played Varsity in middle school.
The competition level raised as the day went on. Players went through two drill sessions where their individual skills were put to the test. The high school coaches from the Lexington area, led by former KY Mr. Basketball Charles Thomas, demonstrated and taught skill work in all areas of the game. Here are the top performers and award winners (Voted by the coaches):
Camp MVP: Jordan Terry – Morgan County
The guard from Morgan County showed a toughness and array of skills that showed his talent and experience. His team dominated the 5 on 5 competitions, and Jordan received 5 of the 7 MVP votes.
Top Playmaker: Tyler Sharpe – Bullitt East
The lefty guard from Bullitt East left a lasting impression on coaches and other players at the Freshman Elite Camp. His team went 2-1 in 5 on 5 competitions, and Tyler’s ability to make plays for himself and his teammates was on display. Tyler could get wherever he wanted to go on the court, and the players on his team were looking to give him the ball so that he could make a play (which is rare in an individual camp). Tyler also received 2 of the 7 MVP votes.
Top Marksman: Bailey Rakes – Bullitt East
Another Bullitt East product had a good day on the court. Bailey has a scoring mentality, and when he was aggressive, could get his shot off when he wanted. It looks as though the cupboard at Bullitt East will not be bare at all after the 2012-2013 season.
Guard Austin Hill also received votes for this award. The Perry Central product was a high level catch & shoot guy the entire day. If he got a look, it was going down. Coach Spurlock absolutely has one of the top backcourts of the future.
Lock Down Specialist – Ryan Chance – West Jessamine
Ryan stood out as a unanimous pick in the “I want this kid on my team” category as well. Ryan embraces the role of the “big man,” and dominated the camp because of it. In an age when every player lists themselves as a guard, there is a hole players like Ryan will fill. Chance dominated the glass, blocked shots, and finished around the basket with his right and left hand.
Tyler Sharpe – Bullitt East – Strong, Quick Guard, Sharpe commands respect on the court and has the knack for making other players around him better. You will hear his name again.
Cameron Carmical – Harlan County – Cameron was one of the top candidates for the “Top Playmaker” category. Cameron scored in a variety of ways, and had several “WOW” plays throughout the day.
Connor Hoskins – Hazard – Connor was a unanimous pick for the team. He played a little out of position throughout the day, but his skill set was on full display. Connor can shoot, drive and finish, blocks out every play, plays physical, and more. He had a tremendous day, and if he continues to work on his game he will be a very good High School player.
Jaelin Jenkins – Scott County – Jaelin was one of the most athletic players at the camp. Lightning quick, Jaelin can break down his defender almost at will, and has great touch around the basket. I believe we are looking at another future Scott County star.
Ryan Chance – West Jessamine – Ryan had a great camp. He impressed everyone with his physical play and rebounding prowess. He is not afraid to mix it up, and is a real presence in the paint.
Jordan Terry – Morgan Co – Camp MVP, Jordan was the most polished player at the camp. Jordan already has a high skill level and a winning attitude. This is a name people will know soon.
Hunter Cromer – Pulaski Southern – An 8th Grader, Hunter continues a good off-season with another great KBA showing. Cromer has a will to win, and his skills are such that he can do whatever his team needs to get the W. He can shoot it well from 3, and has a tough one-dribble pull-up from mid-range, but he is already a strong high school level defender.
Ethan Snapp – Newport – Snapp has tremendous offensive skills. He can shoot, but he showed that he is very tough to handle off of the dribble. Ethan was second in voting for Top Playmaker, and has now set high expectations for his basketball career. As he continues to grow there is no doubt he will be a top player in Northern Kentucky.