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Posted On: 06/17/18 10:46 AM
Yesterday, we were in the gym for Towson’s annual team camp that featured high school teams and AAU teams from multiple states. For this notebook, we’ll keep the players who were evaluated limited to the teams that hail from the state of Maryland, and many of which are from the Baltimore area.
Will Thomas | 6’5 | Mervo ’19
It’s no secret that Thomas is the bell cow for this Mervo team. He showed why in their first game against Mt. St. Joseph, scoring every way possible and converting free throws down the stretch to help extend his team’s lead. Thomas did an excellent job communicating defensively, as the Gaels executed ball screens almost every time down the floor.
Elijah Rantin | 6’8 | Mervo ’20
This was our first time seeing Ratin in action. The transfer from Overlea who sat out last season, is a raw, but talented prospect and should contribute for Mervo right away. He finished around the basket nicely and was aggressive in controlling the glass.
Emanuel Ludd | 5’11 | Mervo ’20
Ludd will be another new face that Mervo will feature in their rotations this upcoming season. Ludd, who transferred from Digital Harbor, plays with great energy every minute he’s on the floor. Yesterday what stood out the most was his rebounding. He doesn’t wait for the ball to come to him, he goes to it. And with his athletic ability, he’s able to get it at its peak. Ludd also did a good job finishing around the rim through contact, and converting on his trips to the charity stripe.
Ausar Crawley | 5’10 | Mt. St. Joe ’21
Crawley put together a productive day overall yesterday. He seems much more comfortable now that he has a year under his belt in Coach Clatchey’s system and his jumpshot continues to improve. He was involved in many ball screen sets each game, where he effectively found open lanes to attack for mid-range pull ups. When the situation presented itself, he got into the paint, made the defense collapse and found open teammates.
Antonio Hamlin | 6’0 | Mt. St. Joe ’22
Just days after graduating from middle school, Hamlin suited up for MSJ and showed why he’ll be one of the freshman a lot of people are talking about. Even at his age, Hamlin can blow past his match up and get to the rim. Once he got there, he doesn’t shy away from contact and in fact, did an effective job drawing fouls on opposing bigs.
Tyler Brelsford | 6’2 | Mt. St. Joe ’20
The Gaels lost a couple of key guard to graduation this year, but with the likes of James Bishop, Crawley, Hamlin and Brelsford, the backcourt depth is strong. The 6-foot-2 guard shot the ball well yesterday. Last season was up and down for Brelsford, but if he is can keep his confidence, he’ll be a valid option for Coach Clatchey to stretch opposing defenses.
Louis Tang | 6’4 | St. Mary’s Ryken ’19
No matter what gym he is in, Tang always seems to stand out to college coaches watching because of his effort and energy. Tang has improved on his overall game steadily over the past year and will look to be one of the primary options for Ryken this season. He’s the perfect glue guy who can score above the rim in transition, crash the glass on both ends vigorously and defend multiple positions efficiently.
Rahim Ali | 5’11 | Poly ’20
Ali didn’t play as many minutes as he will in games during the regular season, but when he was in, he was the best player on the floor for the Engineers. His ability to break down his man off the dribble and create for not only himself, but for others as well, is what makes Poly the team that they are. He checked out in both categories of finishing with flash in the paint and making great passes to set up teammates for open looks.
Angelo Brizzi | 6’3 | Team BBC ’21
If you watch Brizzi play for the first time, you might think he’s just having a hot shooting game, but don’t be fooled, this kid does it on the regular. The 6-foot-1 lefty is one of the top shooters in his class. He extend out five feet past the three-point line and shoot with efficiency.