Foster shines at Super Soph Camp
CLEVELAND -- The Super Soph Camp on the campus of Cleveland State University featured a terrific group of young prospects from the Class of 2013. Camp director Clay Dade did a terrific job assembling such a deep pool of elite players, especially considering the number of events that are available around the country. The players worked extremely hard in the drill work and during team practices before playing numerous intense scrimmage games.
Marcus Foster (Wichita Falls, Texas/Hirschi)
2013, PG, 6-foot-0, 155 pounds | AAU team: Dallas Mustangs
He is a very skilled, athletic scoring point guard who has a quick first step and plays with great pace. Foster can score in a variety of ways and has a knack for getting the ball to open teammates. He has the ability to receive the outlet pass and be at the rim in an instant. He also can knock down mid-range, pull-up jumpers and 3s off the catch. Foster likes to advance the ball down the floor to a teammate ahead of the pack and is also an excellent penetrator who can kick when he draws multiple defenders. This young guard has a bright future if he continues to improve.
Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte)
2013, C, 6-8, 240 pounds | AAU team: Team United
He is a wide-bodied, low-post scorer who can also comfortably knock down open perimeter shots with range to about 17 feet when given time and space. Meeks finishes drop steps through contact with ease and proved he was the best true post player at the camp. When doubled, he passed very well out of the post by using great ball fakes to move the defense out of position and he also put numerous outlet passes right on the money. Meeks also uses his good hands to be a terrific area rebounder, especially defensively. He must pay special attention to his strength and conditioning, but he has he has the size and skill to be an excellent player.
Dimetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian)
2013, SG, 6-1, 172 pounds | AAU team: MBA Elite
He is a strong, physical wing player who was very productive on both ends of the floor. Jackson attacks the rim on the break and with his powerful drives in the half court, where he does a great job of drawing fouls. He is capable of defending all three perimeter positions with his quick hands and excellent lateral foot speed. He can also hit short jumpers and moves well without the ball, where he can catch and finish at high speeds off cuts to the rim. Jackson must work to expand his perimeter game, but he's tough, competitive and very productive.
Player to watch
Torren Jones (Gilbert, Ariz./ Basha)
2013, PF, 6-8, 200 pounds
He is a long, mobile athlete who has good strength for his age with off-the-charts upside. This true power forward runs the floor extremely well and has good hands. Jones is a terrific area rebounder and runs with long strides, where he finishes above the rim with a clear path. He can make short jumpers in or near the lane but is very raw, especially when it comes to scoring with his back to the basket. He only showed a turn shot and, at times, had trouble finishing at the rim. Jones is also good shot blocker on or away from the ball; however, he must hone his skills. If he improves at a steady rate, he has an opportunity to be an excellent player.
• Jordan Swopshire (O'Fallon, Mo./ Fort Zumwalt South) is a 6-6 wing who is long and athletic. He has a low release on his jumper but can knock down open 3s off the catch and can get into a flow and hit three or four in a row.
• Local prospect Mark Williams (Richmond Heights, Ohio/ Benedictine) was also very impressive. The 6-7 power forward is an excellent area rebounder with good strength. He scored in the post with power moves and quick baseline spins. Williams plays with great energy and has terrific upside.
• Wesley Jordan (Ware Shoals, S.C./ Ware Shoals) impressed with his power drives, slashes to the rim in transition and ability to finish in traffic.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to '90 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season.