PHOENIX, Ariz. – In the second year of the Elite Basketball Academy Super 64, the camp expanded to a second weekend on the west coast. The camp presented a unique opportunity for high school aged players in the western-most part of the United States to compete and drill with some of the best in the country. Here is a look back at which players made a good impression in the camp.
By: Jonathan Hemingway
Chantel Osahor (Phoenix, Az) St. Mary’s HS – 2013
Upon first glace the 6-foot-2 post player may be pigeon-holed as natural back to the basket center on the court. However, Asahor’s true talent is centered around her ability to facilitate for her teammates and knock down open jumpers. Her talent is unique and effective. Osahor worked the pick and pop game well all weekend and was able to set up her teammates for easy buckets from the high post area. In our brief encounter with the Arizona native, we saw why she was a big part in helping St. Mary’s to an undefeated season and a Powerade FAB 50 National Championship.
Gabrielle Bowie (San Antonio, TX) San Antonio Finest – 2014
The 5-8 wing made a name for herself by playing extremely aggressive on both ends of the court during this camp. There is always room on a team for a player who is willing to go toe to toe with the opponent’s best player and try to shut her down. This is exactly what the rising junior from Texas did in a competitive game of 3 on 3 in day two of the camp. She made it a point to challenge Courtney Ekmark in her own gym. In game play, Bowie showed that she has an offensive skill set to match her defensive aggressiveness. Her ability to elevate and hit pull-up jumpers over the out-stretched hand of a defender makes her a real problem in the half court set. Put Bowie on your watch-list for this July when her San Antonio Finest squad plays in the TeamPSB Summer Invitational.
Avery Queen ( Boerne, TX) San Antonio Finest – 2014
Queen will prove to be a valuable asset to a college program in two years. At 6-2, she has the length to take up space in the lane and make it difficult for small guards to score around the bucket. On the offensive end, she can stretch the floor to 16 to 17 feet with her jump shot. She was effective in the camp offense as a second cutter after she screened for a cutting guard. Plus she has the ball skill to be an adequate facilitator on the perimeter. If Queen can add a few pounds to her frame, her back to the basket skills should improve allowing her to be a complete overall post player at the next level.
The young kid portion of camp was outstanding. We are not sure that the EBA staff has worked with a more concentrated group of middle school aged talent all at once. Joyner Holmes and Amber Ramirez were two of the standouts from the afternoon session.
We really appreciate what Kelli Kingma brings to the camp atmosphere. The kid has struggled with some nagging injuries as of late, but she refused to be pulled off the court because she simply loves to compete.
Chloe Johnson is a character on and off the court. Her running commentary of game-play during the Super 64 camp was quite enlightening. She certainly is mature beyond her years and has an advanced understanding of the game.
Jonathan Hemingway is the Assistant Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com. The service is used by more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. He also serves on the selection committee for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. He has been involved in the community since 2002 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingway