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Posted On: 08/8/18 5:03 PM
More than 90 campers converged on Titan Gym on Aug. 4, the site of CSU Fullerton’s Men’s Basketball elite camp.
The reigning Big West Tournament Champions are riding a recruiting high, and as a result, are attracting high-level talent.
There were a number of standouts at the Saturday camp. I’ll have your breakdown in a series of reports. Let’s start with the overall camp standouts.
Altman was as explosive as ever in this setting, attacking the basket and punctuating drives with emphatic dunks. But, his improvement shooting the ball really stood out. The 6-2 combo guard knocked down shots from beyond the arc (off the catch) with much more consistency in previous viewings. Defensively, he was as intense as ever, taking pride in locking up opponents on the perimeter.
Ezewiro is a beastly prospect blessed with strength, excellent length and a no-nonsense approach to the paint. The 6-8 post aggressively pursues rebounds everywhere on the court, and on the offensive boards he looks to finish with explosive dunks. In one of the camp’s highlights, Ezewiro snagged a rebound from 6-10 Hugo Clarkin and dunked it as if it were a lob pass. His perimeter feel and skill set are quite raw, but in an era where coaches are asking bigs to run the floor, rebound and protect the rim, Ezewiro is a perfect fit.
The 6-7 utility forward had his bouncy athleticism, defensive prowess and improved offensive package on full display at his future school (Bradley committed to the Titans just before the camp). Bradley possesses freakish length, which he uses to defend all five positions on the floor. He’s best in the open court, where he can grab the rebound, attack on the break and finish above the rim. His continued development on the perimeter in the halfcourt will take his game to another level.
Stevenson, a crafty, 6-3 guard, was one of several prospects to report receiving a scholarship offer following the camp. It was easy to see why, as Stevenson was impressive in both the camp games and drills. He has impressive burst and speed in the open floor, and attacks the paint assertively in the halfcourt. Once in the paint, he does a good job getting on balance (jump stops well) and finishes with a nice package of floaters, layups and mid-range pull-ups. He’s a streaky shooter from deep, but hits enough to keep the defense honest. And, as expected from a Dave Kleckner player, Stevenson hounds the ball on defense.
A physically imposing wing, the 6-5 Powell makes it look easy in the paint and from the perimeter. He slashes to the basket and finishes above the rim emphatically, and has the strength and balance to finish plays through contact. He can also score it from deep off the catch, shooting a high-arching ball that is accurate out to NBA range. Powell’s handle has improved, but attention to his off hand will make it even better.