Logan Collins (above) was one of many standouts at Thursday's CoBL College Exposure Camp. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
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The third CoBL College Exposure Camp of 2017 took place this Thursday at the University of the Sciences, with 80 high school juniors and seniors participating in a day of drills and games.
Here’s who played well in front of our staff on Thursday:
Josiah Burns (2018/Pocono Mt. West)
With the ball in his hands, Burns is a threat on the court to do just about whatever he wants. The 5-foot-11 guard scored at a high clip all day long, and it didn’t matter how: if his defender sagged off, he’d knock down a three; if pressed, he had no problems taking his defender off the bounce, getting through defenders and scoring through contact and on some rather difficult finishes. He’s a competitive, athletic guard who doesn’t quite play “above” the rim but can certainly get up to it, and he’s If he can start to see the court better and find open shooters with more consistency on the drive, his rim-seeking abilities could become even more pronounced and his shot selection wouldn’t be as difficult (even if he makes them); passing at this point is a secondary thought.
Logan Collins (2019/Littlestown HS)
One of several central Pennsylvania prospects to make the trip to Philly for the day, Collins made an early impression in drills, hitting shot after shot on one court while showing off a solid handle and defensive instincts on some of the others. So he was clearly feeling good rolling into the afternoon, where he didn’t seem to mind in the slightest that he was one of the younger players in attendance. Though Collins didn’t need to shoulder a heavy scoring load for his team at the camp, his on-ball presence at 6-4 and ability to keep the offensive flow going was noteworthy, and he did seem to knock down the shot opportunities he got, not forcing the action in that regard.
Danny Cooper (2018/Plymouth-Whitemarsh)
The type of player Cooper is was defined during his final game of the afternoon, when an opponent -- trying to save a ball from going out -- saved it right into the P-W point guard’s sensitive areas. Though Cooper was clearly in some pain, he played through it, and within a trip up and down the court was acting like it never happened. The 5-10 guard, one of the best ball-handlers at the camp, has plenty of toughness and a basketball acumen that makes him a valuable asset on the court. What really elevated him onto this list was his ability to make shots in all three games; a big fan of the floater, he also hit at least one 3-pointer in each game.
Travis Elmore (2018/Pocono Mt. West)
With prototypical size and athleticism, Elmore showcased his ability to attack on both sides of the floor. The 6-6 forward did most of his damage offensively from the post, using his build to muscle layups past tough defense. He occasionally stepped out to take mid-range shots, showing a solid form but still a work in progress. The most impressive part of his game was the defensive effort. Elmore was consistently altering his opponents shots and gathering in the subsequent rebounds at will. He was very vocal with his teammates, ensuring that the group functioned as a team on the floor. This trait will be especially valuable in his upcoming season at Pocono Mt. West where he will play in an increased role for the reigning 6A District 11 champs.
Jordan Harding (2018/William Penn, Del.)
Though he calls himself a guard, Harding is really more of a positionless wing who can play any and all positions on the court depending on matchups. With his large frame and long arms, Harding was one of the best fundamental rebounders at camp on Thursday. Harding went up to grab the ball with both hands, and with his impressive leaping ability for a big man, was unbothered on his way back down. Harding also showcased his soft touch around the rim, whether it was off of an assist or a putback from an offensive rebound. At 6-6, Harding was also running the floor well for someone of his size. With a developed shot, expect Harding to be pursued by local D-III schools.
Isaiah Leonard (above) stood out with his motor and rebounding ability at both ends despite his 5-8 frame. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Isaiah Leonard (2018/Motivation)
A 5-8 point guard, Leonard showed a propensity to make some highlight reel passes that created buckets out of almost nothing. The Public League prospect used his superb court vision to find the tiniest of cracks in the defense, and more often than not delivers the ball on a silver platter to his target. On top of his playmaking ability, Leonard also crashes the glass in a way that you would not necessarily expect for a guard of his size. On the other side of the ball, Leonard is a strong defender, consistently causing opposing guards to differ and make rushed passes, and he came away with quite a few steals as well. While not the best shooter, he more than makes up for those holes in his game with his motor and athleticism, as well as effort at both ends.
Garrett Markey (2018/Central York)
While playing with the York Ballers on the AAU circuit, Market serves typically as a 3-point specialist, and while he showed the ability to knock down the long ball -- utilizing a shot that comes from one shoulder but works -- he did much better off the bounce at camp today, getting to the rim with regularity, and getting to the line a few times as well. At 6-2, he’s got good length on the wing, and when he really fills out into his frame he’ll be a strong defender who can play more physically on offense as well. On the break, Markey showed a great understanding of how to trail to find open space around the perimeter.
Brian Randolph (2018/Chester)
A 6-3 shooting guard, Randolph uses his precise footwork and strength to score around the basket with impressive efficiency. Randolph averaged eleven points in three games, with a camp high of 16, knocking down multiple 3-pointers in two of those outings, showing some range and a smooth form on his jumper. While he didn’t carry a huge scoring load for Chester last season, his performance at camp suggests that he may surprise some people when varsity season begins.
Marcellus Ross (2019/St. Joe’s-Hammonton, N.J.)
After a big summer with Jersey Force’s 16U squad, Ross showcased his ability to light up the score sheet on Thursday with his deep three point shot and quickness when attacking the basket. At 6-2, Ross was streaky with his shot from deep, but found his shot in his third game, scoring seemingly every time down the floor. Ross also showcased his defensive ability, annoying ball handlers with his quick feet and hands. Ross, who is being tracked by low-major D-I programs, is looking forward to a big year at St. Joe’s-Hammonton.
A bigger and stronger Alex Salata III (above) showed off the improvements he'd made since the spring. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Alex Salata III (2018/Boyertown)
This past summer, Salata opted not to play AAU, but instead spent every day in the gym continuously working on his game. Those hours of work seem to have payed off, as Salata looked the best we’ve seen of him on Thursday. Known for his lockdown defense, Salata was his team’s go-to defender, guarding the opponent’s best player. In addition to his defense, Salata showed improvements in his offensive game, specifically a pull-up jumper and finishing ability to finish through contact. A 6-2 guard, Salata even threw down some impressive slams on the fast break. Salata has been in contact with numerous D-III schools and looks primed for a big senior season with the Boyertown Bears after missing his junior year following a move into the district.
Zach Schade (2018/Council Rock South)
Labeled as a center, Schade’s game transcended his position at camp. The 6-5 rising senior made it clear that he was more than just a typical post player. Even though he was one of the tallest players in the floor on Thursday, Schade still rebounded with sound fundamentals. He was able to close off opponents by working hard for position in the post. This type of play led to a productive day on the glass for him. Rebounds aside, his effort on the defensive end of the floor was enough to catch onlookers’ eyes. There were a couple of instances where he was switched on-ball and the big man was up to the challenge, showing the lateral quickness necessary to slow guards down. It may not have been the most productive day offensively, but he showed a solid touch from beyond the arc in his final game of the day; he could conceivably play the stretch ‘4’ at the next level.
Michael Smith (2019/Chester)
From the moment he stepped out onto the floor, Smith looked a level above his peers. A true mismatch for any defender, the rising junior boasts a well developed offensive game. The 5-10 guard was able to shake defenders with his fantastic ball handling abilities. His handles allowed him to clear space to show off his exceptional jumper. Once defenders got used to his pull-up game, Smith was able to drive past them for easy buckets at the rim. On the defensive side of the ball, Smith was a solid on-ball defender for most of the day. There were some occasional lapses when defending off-ball, but his speed allowed him to quickly fix the mistakes he made. As the day progressed, Smith showed no let up in his aggression, consistently crashing the boards and antagonizing ball handlers.
Honorable Mention: Bryce Barrouk (2018/West Chester Rustin), Max Benner (2018/State College), Rahmaad Dejarnette (2019/Chester), Kobe DeVine (2019/Sankofa Freedom), Harrison Eichelberger (2018/Westtown School) Justin Gause (2019/Cedar Cliff), Jake Giles (2018/Oxford), Donte Graves (2018/Perkiomen Valley), Joseph Kidney (2018/Pocono Mt. West), Lee Mosley (2018/Pocono Mt. West), Destin Murphy (2018/Avon Grove), Jake Reese (2018/Downingtown West), Myles Robinson (2019/Friends’ Central), Craig Turner (2018/Cinnaminson), Khalil Turner (2019/Sankofa Freedom), Joey Umosella (2018/St. Joe’s-Hammonton), Peyton Vostenak (2018/Bishop Eustace), Zach Warech (2018/Montville)