Monday, August 21, 2017

D Rich TV Camp Day One Standouts-Part 1

Reggie Bass, Sincere Harris, Chris Livingston, Emoni Bates & Elijah Fisher
On Saturday, we had the opportunity to attend the D Rich TV Camp in Akron, Ohio for a few hours, and as expected, there was loads of talent in multiple grade divisions.  One the best players we saw all day was Reggie Bass (6’2”/PG/2022/Muncie, IN).  Bass displayed nonstop energy as he scored and defended at an elite level.  Bass was also proficient at powering his way to the cup and knocking down deep treys.  Bass is a great looking D-I lead guard going forward.  

In terms of dominate performances, Elijah Fisher (6’5”/WF/2023/Toronto, CN), gets our nod.  We saw Fisher dominate at Mike Melton’s camp last year and it’s clear from what was saw on Saturday he has continued to develop.  Fisher is virtually unstoppable at getting to the rim and then finishing with defenders draped all over him. Fisher pretty much does everything himself, as he rebounds, pushes the rock, breaksdown his defenders and finishes near the rim.  We can’t imagine there is a better 7th grader in the class! 

Until Saturday, we had only seen glimpses of him, but from we saw of Sincere Harris (6’2”/CG/2022/Canton, OH) everything we had heard about him was conformed.  Because of his length, athleticism, ball skills and ability to shoot from deep, Harris is a problem!  He’s not just offensively gifted, but Harris is a great defender as well, both on ball and the passing lanes.  He has a great motor, rebounds well and runs the floor in transition with a purpose.  If that wasn’t enough, Harris also has good court vision and the ability to find open teammates. Based on what we saw, Harris deserves much more respect nationally.

We continue to be impressed with Pierre Brooks Jr. (6’4”/WF/2021/Detroit, MI).  On Saturday, Brooks got out of the gates quickly and displayed an elite skill set that included ball skills, three-level scoring and the ability to hit the deep ball from both catch and shoot and off the dribble situations.  In the game we watched, Brooks was matched up against Brent Walker (6’6”/C/2021/Huber Heights, OH), who has gotten bigger and stronger since we last saw him.  Walker does a good job of setting up in the post then using his strong frame to draw contact and finish.  Walker was also more aggressive and is now trying to dunk everything near the basket.  If Walker can grow another 3 inches he has a better chance of growing into a legitimate post prospect.

Emoni Bates (6’7”/WF/2022/Ypsilanti, MI) displayed the type of talent that is a must for anybody to be considered among the best in the class.  Bates’ length and skill set have drawn comparisons to KD, which is a tough standard to be judged by for a player so young; however, he’s almost impossible to defend.  At this point, Bates’ teammates recognize that all they have to do is just throw the rock near the rim and Bates will go get it for a highlight dunk. For his efforts, Bates was selected as camp MVP. Chris Livingston (6’3”/WF/2022/Akron, OH) was impressive on Saturday as well and did nothing to harm his already sizable national reputation.  Livingston’s combination of skill, defense and motor make him an excellent prospect going forward.  Livingston is a fluid athlete that turns defense into offense with easy transition buckets. Teamed up with Harris and Sean Jones (4’6”/PG/2022/Columbus, OH), Livingston was not called upon to take over the game..  We were also impressed with Jones who is the consummate floor general.  Although Jones can score the ball with drives to the cup and a solid stroke, he’s at his best using his elite court vision and passing ability to make plays.

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