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November 3, 2013
The 1st Annual Phase 1 Hoops Fall Freshman/Sophomore Camp took place in Las Vegas, NV on October 5th-6th at Clark HS, and saw a very nice group of camp participants who were eager to help decide P1H's rankings of the west coast kids as it concerns the Las Vegas Valley.
With a strong performance by a number of participants, some stood a chance to be inserted in the 2016-2017 rankings that go out to college coaches. What made this camp unique was unlike other camps, there was a panel dedicated to judging the participants fate. The panel was comprised of Ron Holmes (father of former rivals.com #1 player in the country for 2012, and current Minnesota Timberwolves' rookie Shabazz Muhammad), Jerry Gardner (Mr. Gardner has been an avid basketball follower on the west coast for 50+ years, from Southern California to Las Vegas), Tyrone Lofton (Detroit Stars/LA Stars, trainer of many college/pro players), Chris Popoola (premierball.com), and Chris Cook (Phase 1 Hoops).
The strongest performance over the weekend came from Troy Brown (Centennial HS). We have Brown rated as the top 2017 prospect on the west coast, and he did nothing to disappoint, in fact exceeding all expectations. What made Brown's performance even more impressive is the fact that outside of Jamal Bey (8th grader), he was the youngest kid in the camp, having turned 14 yrs. old 2 months ago. The 6'5 PG did what he wanted, when he wanted, and how he wanted throughout the weekend.
Jake Hutchings was our 2nd rated player and stands to make quite the tandem with Brown at Centennial HS. Hutchings stands 6'5 as well, and is a 2016 kid that plays SF. He displayed a feathery shooting touch, knocking down 3 balls all over the place throughout the weekend, as well as mixing in a couple of big-time dunks.
Justin Harris (Clark HS/2016) was our 3rd rated player. Justin is a 6'8 Center and is very stout, approaching the 300 lbs. range. He is a prototypical left tackle type with great feet, long arms, and big hands. But those very assets are also a plus on the basketball court as well needless to say. Harris is very efficient and doesn't waste many opportunities to finish around the basket. He had a monster weekend.
6'3 SG Darius Jackson (Clark HS/2016) comes in at #4. Jackson put his athleticism on display several times throughout the weekend, including a baseline dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. He shoots it well enough to keep the defense honest, but has a penchant for slashing to the basket and that's where his bread is buttered.
Rounding out the top 5 was 6'6 SF Greg Floyd Jr. (2017), another Clark HS product. Floyd has about as much upside as anyone who participated in the camp and is a unique blend of skill set, length, and size for the position. He shot it, handled it, and rebounded well on the weekend.
The rest of the top 10 was comprised of Ryan Kiley, a PF/SF, inside/outside type (6'4 - 9th - Bishop Gorman HS), Jamal Logan, SG/prolific scorer (5'10 - 10th - Bonanza HS), Christian Thomas, a slashing SF/wing (6'2 - 10th - Mojave HS), Aariyen McGriff, a gritty PG (5'9 - 9th - Clark HS) and Daryl Adams, maybe the top true PG in the 2016 class (5'11 - 10th - Mojave HS).
1. Troy Brown Jr. - 6'5 - 9th - Centennial HS
Andrue Aguilera - 5'10 - 10th - Centennial HS
Ali Amhaz - 6'6 - 10th - Green Valley HS
Special thanks as well to Chad Beeten (Clark HS varsity basketball coach) as the event was a Clark Chargers basketball fundraiser with proceeds going to Chargers Basketball Club.