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Super Soph All-American Camp recap

6/6/2011

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Woodward Academy was the site of the 2011 Super Soph All-American Camp and director Clay Dade did a terrific job of attracting the cream of the crop in the Class of 2014 from around the country. The camp consisted of combine physical testing, pro skills development, questions and answers with media for players and parents, highly competitive games and all-star games. The depth and quality of players at the camp was terrific, especially at the point guard position, and overall the Class of 2014 looks to be very promising.

Standout players

Tadric Jackson (Tift County, Ga./ Tift County)
SG, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds

Jackson is a freaky athletic, lefty combination guard. He plays above the rim like he is 6-8. He can get to the rim and finish through contact with ease in addition to knocking down the open 3 off the catch or dribble. He has a tight handle and good court vision that allows him to help at the point. Jackson knows how to play, can score big numbers in a hurry and will provide highlights throughout the game, especially in transition. He has Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan State and Purdue on his early list.

Alex Robinson (Arlington, Texas/ Kennedale)
PG, 6-1, 160 pounds

Arizona, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Marquette, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M are all in hot pursuit for the super-skilled point guard who has a great feel for the game. He pushes the ball on the break with the dribble or pass. He can knock down open 3s and also does a great job of creating space for his pull-up shot and can get to the rim with his variety of dribble moves. Robinson is a smooth lefty who also has a sweet handle and excellent court vision. Robinson seemed to have an answer for whatever the defender tried to do.

Tyler Ulis (Matteson, Ill./ Marian Catholic)
PG, 5-7, 140 pounds

Ulis does a great job of organizing and running his team. He is super quick, fast and gets in the lane at will. He has the ball on a string and has terrific court vision. Ulis is a great passer especially lobs. He can knock down the open 3, stop-and-pop on a dime or shoot the floater with great touch and body control. Ulis also does a great job of pressuring the ball on defense. Michigan, Marquette, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina all have a close eye on him.

Anton Beard (Little Rock, Ark./ Parkview Magnet)
PG, 6-1, 180 pounds

Beard is a strong, physical lefty point guard who can get to the rim and finish through contact over or around defenders with ease. He hits open 3s off the catch or dribble and breaks pressure. Beard is also a big-time passer who can drive, draw and kick or penetrate and drop off. UCLA, Arkansas, Nebraska, Memphis and Northwestern are on his list so far.

Zach Johnson (Pembroke Pines, Fla./ Miramar)
SG, 6-2, 180 pounds

He is a strong, physical and very athletic combination guard. Finishing above the rim with flare and power is not a problem. Johnson can knock down the 3 off the catch or dribble and he creates space with his crossover and step-back moves. His tight handle allows him to beat pressure or find the open man when he penetrates, drives and kicks or drops it off. Johnson is also good at pulling down the defensive rebound and starting the break. He is capable of defending both guard positions as well. Miami (FL), Florida State, Alabama, North Florida, Central Florida and College of Charleston all are in hot pursuit.

Melvin Swift (Houston/ Yates)
PF, 6-7, 190 pounds

Swift is a very athletic forward who sprints the floor and plays above the rim on all clear paths in the half court. Swift has good strength which allows him to finish through contact. He scores with short, quick drives over his left shoulder in the low post and on the offensive glass. He is quick to the ball and used his length to deny the low post. His good anticipation skills allowed him to make plays in the passing lanes as well. Swift says he has offers from Kentucky and Arizona.

Leron Black (Memphis/ White Station)
PF, 6-7, 190 pounds

Black is a long, athletic forward who has continued to improve. His ability to handle the ball and knock down midrange open shots is at the top of the list and although he must continue to build his game in the shooting department, he is definitely on the right track. He runs the floor like a deer and will dunk it on all clear paths to the rim. Black attacks the glass on both ends and is a threat to go coast to coast, if not brought under control. He also showed a nice turn shot over his left shoulder in the low post. Black plays with great energy, has terrific upside and Georgetown, Marquette, Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky have all taken notice.

Surprise players

Cliff Alexander (Chicago/ Curie)
C, 6-9, 240 pounds

The big man was all over the glass. He had a ton of two-handed snatch rebounds on both ends of the floor. If the ball came off in his area, it was his. Alexander also did a great job blocking shots in and out of his area, running the floor well and rolling hard to the rim in screen-and-roll situations, where he finished above the rim. Alexander gave us a nice jump hook over his left shoulder as well. He has great upside and Ohio State, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and USC have noticed.

Shane Hall (Prestonsburg, Ky./ Johnson Central)
PF 6-8, 185 pounds

Hall is a highly competitive power forward who plays with great energy and urgency. He has a excellent basketball IQ as well. Hall is sneaky athletic and does a great job attacking the rim from the high post or along the baseline, where he will finish above the rim with a clear path. He uses his great hands to rebound and touch to finish through contact on a consistent basis. Eastern Kentucky and Purdue are checking out Hall so far.

John Davis (Fort Washington, Md./National Christian Academy)
SG, 6-2, 165 pounds

Davis is a smooth combination guard who can get anywhere he wants on the court with his ability to handle the ball. He beats pressure and can get to the rim and finish with either hand. Davis has good court savvy and can also score with range to the arc. Davis can also help at the point because he can penetrate, draw and kick to open teammates but he seems to be at his best when he is in full attack mode. Davis has heard from Stanford, Arizona State, Penn State and Virginia Tech so far.

Players to watch

Darohn Scott (Kentwood, Mich./ Grand Rapids Christian)
PF, 6-8, 200 pounds

Michigan and Michigan State are keeping close tabs on the super long and athletic power forward. He runs the floor and rebounds in and out of his area in a crowd. Scott also is a shot-blocking machine who will give multiple efforts in one possession and what he doesn't block, he changes. Scott will contest shots all over the floor as well. At this stage of his game his defense is ahead of his offense although his elbow jumper didn't look bad with needed time and space. Scott has tremendous upside and is a youngster to watch closely.

Joniah White (Duck Hill, Miss./ Grenada)
C, 6-10, 200 pounds

This super long and lean lefty must add strength, but White runs the floor extremely well and has pretty good touch. He rebounds in his area on both ends with length not strength. He just needs time to develop and his game could take off. We love his potential and at 6-10 he is not going to get any smaller. Definitely one to keep close tabs on. Mississippi State, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon State, Florida State and USC have all been keeping tabs on White so far.

Notes

• There were large number of left-handed players at the camp that are excellent ballhandlers and shooters.

• We were very impressed with the passing and ballhandling ability of lead guard Quentin Snider (Louisville, Ky./ Ballard), who can also knock down open jumpers.

• Super athletic 6-7 power forward Phil Cofer (Atlanta/ Whitewater) had some above-the-rim highlights, rebounds and blocked shots that are worth mentioning.

• Undersized 6-5 forward Justin Johnson (Inez, Ky./ Sheldon Clark) simply wins you over the way he competes and gets things done on both ends of the floor. He won't wow you with athletic ability, but his consistent energy and effort will. He rebounds on both ends like a mad man at times by simply wanting the ball more. He has good hands and touch around the rim and finishes very well, although it is below the rim. He is blue collar and we appreciate the way he played.

• 6-7 SF Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn., Christ Presbyterian Academy) is a flat-out highlight reel waiting to happen in transition. The youngster is super athletic and finishes with his head at rim level at times. Any clear path to the rim and just wait for the crowd to respond with a loud roar.

Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.