#OTRHoopsReport: More Standouts from #EBATop40 – March 16, 2015
Class of 2016 forward Will Springer of Buford, Ga., set himself apart at the EBA Top 40 Camp. Read about his game here. Photo cred – Ty Freeman
BUFORD, Ga., – Although the Elite Basketball Academy Top 40 Camp presented by Peach State Basketball started only a year ago, it quickly grew into one of the region’s biggest camps in the month of March. The afternoon camp gave prospects the stage to evaluated by national scouting services while also training with some of regions top trainers. Shun Williams wrote about some of the camp’s biggest performers last week. You can read his recap HERE. This week we look at a few more names that provided depth at the camp.
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Aleem Ford (Grayson, Ga.), – Archer – 2015
We have mentioned Ford numerous times over the past year as one of the top unsigned forwards in the area. At 6-foot-7 he has the length to affect the game on the defensive end and also has the athleticism to rebound his position. His ball skill gives him the ability to play facing the basket, which is a luxury for many coaches. He showed the ability to attack the rim today from the wing, but did not shy away from trying to score on the block. Ford helped lead the Archer Tigers to a Sweet 16 birth this year in the state tournament. He should be atop of college coaches lists when it comes to finding an unsigned forward with length and skill.
Elijah Jenkins (Marietta, Ga.), – Riverwood – 2017
Jenkins is no stranger to the Elite Basketball Academy as he competed at the EBA All-American Camp last September (Click here for his EVAL). Jenkins showed a progression in his game from last year until now. A year of playing varsity basketball on a competitive Riverwood High School team gave him confidence that was evident at the Top 40 Camp. Jenkins made a name for himself as a shooter last September, but now showed the ability to handle the basketball and make plays as a lead guard last Sunday. Already standing at 6-3, he has ideal size for a back court player. Now his skills appear to be catching up with his already lengthy frame. Jenkins will be a prospect that we will track closely in this area over the next 18 months.
Christian Mancillas (Dacula, Ga.) – Mill Creek – 2017
A player that caught us by surprise was the local shooting guard in Macillas. Standing at 6-3 he proved he has the size and the physicality to play alongside of some of the areas most physical guards. What really caught our eye was his quick hands and unmatched vision when passing the ball. He drew oohs and ahhs in game play as he set up teammates who cut to the rim to finish. Just a sophomore, Macillas appears to be on a trajectory that will have him playing productive basketball for years to come.
Will Springer (Buford, Ga.), – Buford HS – 2016
A player who elevated his stock last weekend was Springer. The junior put himself on our list as one of the areas best shooting forwards at the Jared Cook Classic last November. He showed up to the EBA Top 40 Camp and solidified that evaluation and proved that he has a total floor game as well. Standing at 6-6 he is a perfect pick and pop forward who can punish defenders for helping off of him around the top of the key. Yet he showed the athleticism to be able to defend and rebound his position as well. Those traits combine give Springer a well rounded skill set that should make him a recruitable prospect heading into his senior year for the Buford Wolves.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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