EBA All-American Camp Recap: Kingma Shines — Sept. 19, 2012

Kelli Kingma

Kelli Kingma traveled more than 2,000 miles to show she can compete with the best players in the country at her second EBA All-American Camp. *Photo by Ty Freeman

BUFORD, Ga. — The third annual Elite Basketball Academy All-American Camp showcased some of the nation’s top players in the country with many back for their second or third appearance at the camp.  Here’s a look back at some of the players who caught our attention this weekend.

By: Brandon Clay

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Feature Player

Kelli Kingma  (Mill Creek, Wash.) — Henry Jackson HS — 2014

Kelli Kingma

Kelli Kingma of Mill Creek, Wash., made a splash here. *Photo by Ty Freeman


This weekend represented Kingma’s second time around at All-American Camp. The 5-foot-8 off guard put on a shooting display for the ages.  A Washington verbal commit, Kingma showed that she is one of the elite shooters nationwide.  She made multiple 3-pointers off of the catch, showing range out to the volleyball line of the basketball court.  Huskies coach Kevin McGuff will enjoy finding ways to utilize her ability when she arrives on campus.

Spotlight Players

Gabbi Ortiz (Racine, Wisc.) — Prairie School — 2014

Ortiz made an impact in her All-American Camp debut.  The energy and attention to detail that the 5-6 point guard brought to the event made it easy to appreciate what she brings to the game.  With a pass-first mentality, Ortiz endeared herself to the teammates around her with crisp passes and a penchant for making key open shots as well.  Her speed and strength with the ball in her hands is a plus making her one to keep an eye on coming out of camp.

Kelsi Mahoney

Kelsi Mahoney of Concord, N.C. *Photo by Ty Freeman

Kelsi Mahoney (Concord, N.C.) — J.M. Robinson — 2015

Mahoney earned an invite to her first All-American Camp the traditional way, with her play at both our Super 64 Camp and Fab Five Camp.  The versatile forward made shots, defended from the block to the perimeter and was dialed in during each station drill.  At 6-0, Mahoney is a tough matchup for most forwards as she can score it around the rim or step out to knock down the open jumper.  On Saturday morning, Mahoney went toe-to-toe with Notre Dame verbal Taya Reimer, the No. 4 player in the 2013 class.

Parting Thoughts

The class of 2016 represents the future of high school basketball.  Several freshmen made their mark on the game including two Ohio guards, Shayna Harmon and Celina King.  Look out for both this school season.

Special recognition goes out to the class of 2013 members on hand — Kaela Davis, Diamond DeShields and Taya Reimer.  All three are top five prospects in the class nationally, attended several EBA Camps over the past two years and have won multiple gold medals with USA Basketball.

Brandon ClayBrandon Clay is the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc.  The service is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide.  He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. In addition, he serves as a national recruiting analyst for ESPNHoopgurlz and a contributor to SLAM Magazine. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer.  You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @BrandonClayPSB