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The latest CoBL College Exposure Camp brought more than 100 high school juniors and seniors to the University of the Sciences for eight hours of drills, practices and games.
With a few dozen Division III schools looking on, here’s who made their presence felt on Friday:
DeAireus Brown (2017/York Country Day)
One of the leading scorers in the state as a junior, Brown didn’t need to approach his 22 ppg average to have an impact for his team. One of the stronger guards in the camp at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Brown was extremely disruptive on the defensive end, where he bothered opponents into numerous turnovers with his active hands and constant presence. Offensively, he attacked the basket with abandon, scoring occasionally but more often than not making the right pass, whether a dump-off to a forward or a kick to a shooter.
Josh Brownstein (2017/Germantown Ac.)
You won’t find too many big men who can both shoot and distribute the ball like Brownstein can. At 6-5 and 220 pounds, this Germantown Academy forward was one of the most versatile scorers in the entire camp. Time after time, Brownstein would face up on defenders, using his length to shoot over them or his quickness to beat them to the basket for a lay in. Throughout most of the day, Brownstein proved himself a capable rebounder, generating lots of second chances for both himself and his teammates. As he continues to develop his post moves, he’ll only become harder and harder to defend for opposing bigs.
Casey Caruso (above) is hearing from several Division I schools thanks to his sharpshooting ability. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Casey Caruso (2018/Camp Hill)
During the first two game sets, it seemed as though Caruso didn’t actually miss. Standing at 5-10, it may be easy to overlook him, but he proved to opposing players and coaches just how big of a mistake it was to leave him open from three. He opened up on fire, nailing three long-range jumpers in the first half of the first game set. Then, using his pump fake, Caruso beat would be defenders and finished in the paint with either a nifty floater or easy lay in. Capable of shooting both spot-up and off the dribble, the Camp Hill shooting guard is a viable asset to any team because after all, every team needs prolific shooters.
Avery Close (2017/Phoenixville)
One word to describe Close is certainly “versatile.” The 6-6, 180-pound wing has a well-rounded game, which he first showed off in the drill sessions: Close can handle the ball in the open court, is an above-average passer, shoot with range out to the 3-point arc and is a competent interior and perimeter defender thanks to his length and general feel for the game. Offensively, he moves without the ball and benefitted off several timely cuts to the hoop; when he gets the ball around the rim, he’s able to use his length to his advantage and has good feel for where he is around the bucket to adjust on the fly. If he can improve his ability to shoot off the dribble, he’ll be an even more dangerous threat.
Chucky Drummond (2017/Spring-Ford)
Drummond was one of our standouts at our May camp at USciences, so maybe he just enjoys playing in the D-II school’s gym. Drummond is very talented offensively, with an ability to both shoot from the outside and drive past defenders to finish in the paint. The 6-foot-1 combo guard is a willing passer who sees the floor well in transition, kicking out to multiple open shooters for easy looks. To many who watch him, Drummond often makes the game look so easy, with his smooth handle and shooting stroke. Headed into a senior year at Spring-Ford with more workload, the talented guard will have to prove he can consistently score with defenses keying in on him.
Jaeden Dungee (above) had a strong pull-up game working, knocking down jumper after jumper. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Jaeden Dungee (2017/Poly Tech)
A 6-1 guard, Dungee stood out almost immediately in his first game of the day with a quick pair of pull-up mid-range jumpers, followed shortly thereafter by a full-court, no-look outlet pass to a teammate for an easy layup. Playing on a team that shared the ball incredibly well even in a camp setting, Dungee benefitted from several unselfish teammates (and found quite a few of them for open shots as well) en route to a stellar day from the field. A game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left in his team’s first game paved the way for a six-triple effort in the second as the 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard cemented his spot on this list.
Damir Fleming (2017/Ridley)
Fleming seemed to find his scoring touch more and more as the day went on, especially pouring it on in the last game session of the camp, hitting shots from all over the court. Despite playing behind East Stroudsburg's Brett Foster last season and in his first year at Ridley, Fleming still worked his way into the varsity rotation by the time district playoffs came around, scoring double-figures in one postseason victory; now that he should be one of the focal points of the Raiders' offense, he needs to be able to get his looks any time he wants. As long as he cuts down on some over-dribbling and lets the game come to him, Fleming is a terrific D-III scoring point guard.
Justin Gans (2017/Bonner-Prendergast)
It was a terrific day for Bonner, as Gans is the first of several Friars who were amongst the best players all day long. As a junior, the 6-3 guard came on strong at the end of the season, with several double-digit scoring performances in Catholic League play, and it seems like he’s ready to keep that going in his final high school season. Playing all day long with a terrific motor, Gans was tough to stop for long; offensively, he was a terrific finisher through contact, cleaning up the offensive boards on numerous occasions and working his way to a bucket. On the defensive end, he used his length to come up with several blocks coming in from the help side, and could guard all three perimeter positions plus some forwards as well.
George Gordon (2017/Downingtown West)
A sprained ankle cut short his day midway through the second game, but that was plenty of time for the talented combo forward to shine. The 6-7 forward dropped 25 points in the best individual scoring effort of the day in his opener, continuing a strong string of play that began several months back. Gordon’s always been an intriguing prospect with his size and ability to stretch the floor, but he’s really coming into his own lately as a combo forward who likes to play inside-out, showcasing a nifty post game but also scoring from the mid-range and dropping in a 3-pointer. On the defensive end, Gordon was active on the glass and could guard almost every position on the court; if he keeps it up, he’ll have some scholarship looks at the D-II level before long.
Dylan Higgins (2017/Bonner-Prendergast)
Higgins didn't have to shoot a lot to make his presence known on the court. The 6-4 wing shot a great percentage from the floor, taking smart shots around the rim or even stretching out to the elbow; he also seems to find himself under the basket for wide-open layups rather often, a testament to his ability to read the defense and cut to the rim when the opportunity presents itself. Higgins was active on the boards and kept his man in check on the defensive side. After starting all junior year, Higgins will yet again be a key contributor for a Bonner squad that has eyes on moving up in the Catholic League standings.
Justin Kupa (above) was one of the strongest two-way players at the camp. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Justin Kupa (2017/Lenape)
Evaluating at these camps is always a mix of “how good are they now” and “how good could they be,” and Kupa checks off well in both boxes. A lanky, athletic 6-2 guard, Kupa impressed on Friday with his attacking ability from the wing, with a quick first step off the rip that allowed him to get around defenders; he also displayed a smooth shooting stroke from outside, not surprising coming from a Lenape program that loves to utilize the 3-point arc. Defensively, his long arms and quick feet made him a problem for opposing guards. As he gets stronger and continues to fill out his frame, Kupa could a standout player at a D-III program with potentially some D-II scholarship looks to come around.
Christian Lane (2017/Bonner-Prendergast)
A lightning-quick lefty, Lane looks ready to become the dominant on-ball guard for Bonner this season, with another strong day at our exposure camp. At 5-8 and slender, he relies on his foot speed and long arms to be a defensive pest, and turns that pressure into quick buckets on the other end when he can get a strip-steal. He also showed that when he doesn't have the ball in his hands, he knows how to move to open spots, where he has no problem throwing up a 3-pointer if a defender is slow on a close-out and driving right by them if they try to get a hand in his face.
DaQuan Morris (2018/Hill School)
Morris may have gotten off to a slow start in the first game set, but as he became more and more comfortable with his teammates, his play continued to rise throughout the day, culminating in a 19-point performance. Morris is a great all-around athlete, a slasher who can finish through contact. Not only is Morris a great driver inside, but he did also spot up for open threes, displaying a smooth shooting stroke. Perhaps Morris most impressive attribute is his defensive work ethic, as he was constantly pestering the opponent's backcourt, and generating easy transition buckets. As Morris develops his scoring ability outside of the paint, it’s nice to know that Morris can always be counted on for smart, efficient, hustle play.
Ky’Ree Perkins (2017/Appoquinimink)
Our second standout from the First State was Perkins, a 6-2 guard who played the game at a college tempo -- not too fast, not too slow, but in control. Always playing with his head up, Perkins did a good job of finding the open man when he drew double-teams on his drives, though on a team with multiple point guards he often found himself the beneficiary of a drive-and-kick situation that got him some room to work on the perimeter. Hit pull-up jumpers in space and showed great body control around the rim as well.
Alex Serrano (above) was one of several standouts from the Lehigh Valley. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Alex Serrano (2018/Liberty)
A 6-2 guard, one of several who came down to the camp from the Lehigh Valley, Serrano demonstrated a solid all-around game today. Serrano showed the capability to be able to knock one down from 3, connecting from deep in each of his three games, and was equally poised when running offensive sets, moving well without the ball on a team full of players who could get into the lane and dish out to others. Serrano had a knack for making the smart pass on the break and the ability to score on drives when his number was called.
Jesse Turkson (2017/Masterman)
Turkson is an intriguing player, because where he ultimately fits in at the collegiate level will be somewhat different than his role in high school. A 6-4 forward, Turkson is ultra-productive around the rim, with a muscular frame and great motor, and he’s utilized that go already score 1000 points in his high school career. But the lefty could transition to become a scholarship-worthy wing, considering he has a strong handle, keeps his head up on the attack and has the foot speed to defend wings at the Division II level; when he hit knock-down mid-range jumpers, as he did a few times at the
Jahmir Williams (2018/Archbishop Carroll)
Another player who also performed well at our May camp, Williams once again brought his physical and athletic brand of basketball to the court at USciences. He’s at his best in transition, where he can push the ball and get to the rim or run the wing before finishing strong off a pass from a teammate. In the halfcourt, he does most of his work off of cuts or after crashing the glass, but he flashed the ability to create space off the bounce for a nice pull-up jumper. Williams is part of a crowded group of unproven guards and wings at Carroll, but should be able to break through and contribute for the Patriots this season.
Honorable Mention: Jake Bartholomew (2018/Parkland), Quentin Beasley (2017/Bishop McDevitt), Ryan Boyd (2017/Council Rock South), Alec DiPietrantonio (2017/Bishop Eustace), Richard Dean (2017/Bensalem), Conner Delaney (2017/Episcopal Academy), Tuakerser Douglas (2018/Bensalem), Aiden Ellwood (2018/Northampton), Jordon Harrington (2017/Whitehall), Nicholas Hines (2018/Hershey), Charlie Hudson (2017/Whitehall), Lucas Hudson (2017/Southern Lehigh), Luke Godzieba (2018/Lansdale Catholic), Hassan Johnson (2018/Boys’ Latin), Dillon Larkin (2017/Wyomissing), Brandon McCullough (2017/Avon Grove), Joey Monaghan (2017/Pennsbury), Destin Murphy (2018/Avon Grove), Garrett Markey (2018/Central York), Tyler Norwood (2018/Penncrest), Nate Robinson (2018/Central Bucks South), Darien Simmons (2017/Conwell-Egan), Kyle Sullivan (2017/Springfield-Delco.), Brandon Starr (2017/Garnet Valley), Antone Walker (2017/Friends’ Central), Daniel Weiss (2017/Marlboro)
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