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Posted On: 08/7/18 8:30 AM
Yesterday, we were in attendance for Stevenson’s annual team camp where teams from all over the state of Maryland came to compete. It’s a great chance to not only catch up on top players from around the area, but also find some diamonds in the rough from under-the-radar type of leagues.
Throughout, we saw a handful of impressive forwards. Here are a handful to start this series.
Justin Lewis | 6’7 | Poly 2020
Lewis was easily the best overall player throughout the day. The 2020 forward, who saw his recruitment pick up rapidly in July, was a dominant paint presence. Lewis had multiple dunks, a few of which were put backs off of offensive rebounds. The offensive glass was the area where he was most effective. Lewis was also active defensively acting as the anchor and shot blocker. What I really liked from Lewis was his willingness to push his teammates and hold them accountable. As he continues to mature physically, it’s good that we are seeing him become a stronger leader as well.
Curtis Jacobs | 6’5 | McDonogh 2020
Jacobs had himself a day for the Eagles by displaying his ability to score from all three levels. Last season, you didn’t see Jacobs step outside much and when he did, he was rarely cashing in on his three point attempts. Aside from preparing to star on the football field as he has been known for, the 6-foot-5 forward displayed a confidence shooting from outside that only comes from getting up a ton of reps. When he was presented opportunities, he showcased his athleticism by finishing above the rim. McDonogh has a young, exciting roster that should be fun to watch this season. With Jacobs being one of the few returners, he’ll be leaned on heavily on both sides of the ball.
Albert Jackson | 6’5 | Atholton 2019
Jackson is a transfer to Atholton after spending three season at Mt. St. Joseph. He didn’t get many opportunities to play there, but will looked at as a main piece for his new school. The 6-foot-5 forward did a nice job utilizing pick-and-pop scenarios to covert on open three-point looks. He was effectively handling double teams on the block and passing to the open opposite guard.
Isaac James | 6’6 | Gerstell 2020
If Saturday was any indication on what to expect for this season, James should put up solid numbers for Gerstell. He offers an athletic, versatile presence in the frontcourt who can score from all three levels and be dependable when it comes to guarding pick-and-rolls. It was good to see him crashing the glass aggressively and sometimes even initiating the fastbreak on his own.