CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)
The first CoBL College Exposure Camp of 2021 brought 120 players and more than 40 colleges to the courts at Friends’ Central for a day of drills and games. Each of the 12 teams were stacked with future college-level talent from the Philadelphia area and up and down the East Coast.
Here’s who stood out in front of the CoBL staff:
Omari Banks (above) is a physical, speedy combo guard who was making plays all day long Sunday. (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)
Omari Banks (2022 | Phelps School)
Banks showed an impressive all-around game with leadership potential as he was vocal on and off the court, encouraging teammates and showing intensity. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard has size and length at his position, using it to frustrate the offense. He has midrange touch and can get to the basket at ease using his quickness and change-of-direction. He has a solid handle and 3-point range, and gets up and down the court in a hurry; one of the better athletes at camp, Banks could very well find himself in scholarship territory before long.
J.P. Baron (2022 | Pope John Paul II)
Baron’s 3-point proficiency was on full display at camp. The 6-2, 185-pound guard drilled an abundance of 3’s from deep while also showing a team-first attitude on a skilled Team 5, always making the correct extra pass or swing. Baron’s shooting prowess isn’t limited to beyond the arc as he has soft touch from midrange and at the rim. He finished camp as one of the highest scorers with a 17.3 ppg average, and should be one of the better scorers in the PAC this winter.
Quadir Brown (2022 | Cheltenham)
Brown got it done on both ends of the court; he had a chase down block early in Sunday’s session that had the gym abuzz, but he was just as impressive on the offensive end. His athleticism allows him to finish above the rim and he’s also a crafty finisher around the basket. Brown’s handle is tight and that combined with his explosiveness allows him to get to his spot with little effort. He showcased a nice jumper as well that caused defenders to play him honestly. In transition as well as the half court Brown looks to get his teammates involved, he shows a strong IQ and takes what the defense gives him. If Sunday’s camp was an indication for how this high school season will go for Brown, Cheltenham should be excited.
Brady Cole (2022 | Phelps School)
The 6-7 rising senior showcased a diverse skill set on the offensive end that made him stand out. First he has a nice three-point shot that he is comfortable shooting off the pick-and-pop or as a trailer behind the fast break. Once the defense starts to respect his range he uses a reliable pump fake and has a nice one-dribble pull-up that he can hit after his defender blows by him on the pump fake. Cole is also a skilled passer, his outlet passes hit his teammates in stride and he’s a talented playmaker from the high post, especially in high-low, big-to-big passing situations. Defensively, he can hold his own when switched on to opposing guards but he has work to do as a help defender.
Jared DeMara (above) waas one of several 2023 prospects who more than held their own against the 22s. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Jared DeMara (2023 | St. Joe’s-Hammonton, N.J.)
DeMara brought the intensity to camp on every level: offense, defense and even the sideline, staying engaged and communicating with his teammates at all times. Pair his high energy with a smooth shooting stroke that allows him to get hot from 3-point range at any given moment, and the 6-4 rising junior serves as a ready-made spark plug for any team he plays on. DeMara provided his team with reliable scoring, posting 10.7 points per game.
Marquis Ferreira (2022 | Lebanon)
Ferreira was one of the most confident scorers at camp. He has a strong dribble pull up game that he combines with a quick release making him a threat from deep who can score in bunches once he’s hot, that scoring prowess was evident in a 20-point showing during one of his games Sunday afternoon. He also navigates the pick and roll well and can get his teammates open looks because of the attention his jumper garners. On the other end of the court the rising senior has quick hands and he can turn opposing guards over if they get lackadaisical with the ball.
Maasai Harris (2022 | Cardinal O’Hara)
A track standout for the Lions, Harris’ speed stands out from the very first time he runs a fast break. He’s an absolute blur from one end to the other and handles contact well allowing him to finish in the paint consistently. But Harris is not just a transition player, he can attack off the dribble with an explosive crossover that creates plenty of separation for him. His game becomes even more impressive when he is hitting from the perimeter, he has a reliable jumper from deep that defenders have to respect, but there were very few defenders who had the foot speed to match Harris, who was impressive throughout camp.
Josh Parks (2022 | Delco Christian)
Parks unveiled the makings of a proficient two-way guard at camp. Offensively, he’s smooth as a pick-and-roll ball handler, uses his quickness to run the floor in transition and finishes well in traffic around the basket. On the other end of the floor, the 6-2 rising senior possesses versatility on defense. He has excellent length, which allows him to collect steals and interrupt passing lanes, as well as protect the rim better than other guards on switches or help defense. At the same time, Parks has the agility to defend other guards of the same height or shorter out on the perimeter.
Spring-Ford big man Gavin Schauder (above) showed off an improved inside-out game on Sunday. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Gavin Schauder (2022 | Spring-Ford)
At 6-9, Schauder showed the ability to play both in the post and on the wing. He has a soft touch on his jumper, consistently knocking down foul shots and midrange shots. Defensively, his length allows him to disrupt shots and passing lanes. Schauder has certainly improved in a significant way since the beginning parts of the summer, playing with a higher-running motor, crashing the glass and utilizing his length to his advantage; he should be a major factor in the Pioneer Athletic Conference this season.
Connor Shanahan (2023 | Downingtown East)
At an unassuming 5-10 and 150 pounds, Shanahan might not be the most physically imposing player. But the rising junior still turned plenty of heads at camp, even prompting an opposing coach to ask, “Who is this kid?” after a particularly impressive stretch in one game. The Cougars’ point guard is a willing and creative passer with good vision, and also a plus defender who forced plenty of steals throughout the day. He spent much of the day setting up teammates for assists, but can also score on his own when needed. Shanahan is a left-hander with a certain shiftiness with the ball in his hands, throwing a different look at defenders to maneuver his way into the paint. When he gets by them, the rising junior is also a crafty finisher around the rim when he’s not kicking out to shooters for open shots.
Zaki Alston (2023 | Sankofa Freedom), Chad Anglin (2022 | Imhotep Charter), Jordan Bochanski (2022 | Marple Newtown), Evan Cabral (2023 | Don Bosco Prep), Allen Cieslak (2022 | Devon Prep), Luke Collins (2022 | Lebanon), Liam Cummiskey (2022 | Central Bucks East), Denzel Figueroa (2022 | Eng. & Sciences), Jalen Flowers (2022 | Father Judge), Jacen Holloway (2023 | Devon Prep), Tate Landis (2022 | Warwick), Seve Leoni (2022 | Monsignor Pace, Fla.), Gabe Massenburg (2022 | Phoenixville), Seamus McDermott (2023 | Holy Ghost Prep), Chase McDonnell (2022 | Phoenixville), Lucas Orchard (2023 | Devon Prep, Pa.), Matija Radunovic (2022 | Roman Catholic), Cooper Shivers (2023 | Church Farm), Ben Stanton (2022 | Penncrest), Joey Suarez (2023 | Downingtown West), Matthew Sullivan (2023 | Church Farm), Madison Tatom (2023 | Upper Merion), Matt Tiernan (2022 | Upper Moreland), Joey Weimer (2022 | Cheltenham), Elisha White (2022 | Edison, N.J.), Miles Whye (2022 | Phelps School), Eric Zhang (2023 | Dulaney, Md.)