Elijah Hardy and Damon Harge have long been two of the most exciting players of the 2018 class. They have both accrued countless YouTube hits, but had never squared off against each other…until CP3 Rising Stars Camp.
Hardy is a dynamic point guard who already has legit size at 6’0. He will be taking his ridiculous court vision to Bishop O’Dowd for his high school career, giving him one year to drop dimes to 6’10 senior Ivan Rabb. Not just a passer, the lefty has shown the ability to shoot it from deep and has already shown off a solid IQ running the pick and roll.
Harge, on the other hand, has been highly touted since he began playing varsity basketball as a sixth grader. Having led Orlando Christian Prep to a state title last year as an eighth grader, his level of production has began to mirror the amount of publicity that he has received in the media. Now standing 5-foot-7, Harge showed off a much improved ability to finish in the paint. He still shot the ball from NBA three point range, displayed ridiculous handles, and made pinpoint passes in the open floor. Already owning offers from North Carolina Central and Depaul, Harge will have to continue to get stronger if he hopes to reach his maximum potential.
The class of 2018 is already shaping up to be a very strong class and as far as point guards are concerned, these are two of the very best.
After featuring Jalek Felton yesterday, we continue in the line of guards that have strong basketball lineages. Just entering the high school ranks, Antoine Davis has been learning the game for a long, long time. Not only does he routinely train with former #1 pick/NBA head coach John Lucas, but he is the son of former Indiana and current Texas Southern coach Mike Davis.
Standing around 6-foot-1, Antoine has proven to be a lethal shooter for a young guard. He is capable of shooting it from the catch or off of the bounce, then on the move or with his feet set. The rising freshman has shown the ability to create his own shot too, making him a tough guard at his age.
Antoine will be home schooled this upcoming season and already has an offer to play for his father at Texas Southern. Based on the success that the elder Davis has had as of late, don’t be surprised for him to land a job in a BCS conference…and for Antoine to follow come 2018.
Jalek Felton has been putting in work for a while now on the grassroots level, long having established himself as one of the elite guards in the class of 2017. We have been following him for a while now, as have a number of college coaches. In fact, many believe that Jalek is the youngest player UNC coach Roy Williams has ever recruited.
The nephew of Dallas Mavs’ guard Raymond Felton, Jalek has a rich basketball pedigree. The 6-foot-4 combo guard is as explosive as they come for a guard entering his sophomore year of high school, but also has the type of flare that you rarely see out of a player his age. He utilizes pass fakes in a way that has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, rebounds the ball exceptionally well from the backcourt, and can finish well above the rim at the rack. Jalek is still gaining experience playing the point guard position full time, but the pure talent that he has leads us to believe that he should have no problem making the transition down the road.
North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Wichita State and Northwestern are amongst the colleges currently recruiting this 16-year old who just began his sophomore year of high school. However, most feel that Jalek will ultimately follow in his Uncle Raymond’s footsteps to eventually suit up for the Tar Heels.
It is becoming a growing trend for players to receive scholarship offers before they reach high school and things are no different for Ladarius Marshall. The best athlete in the class of 2018 has received no shortage of media attention and as we found out one week before he started at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi, he has received no shortage of college attention either.
“Ole Miss, Baylor, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Tennessee have all offered Ladarius,” his AAU coach Omhar Carter of MBA Hoops told us. “LSU hasn’t offered yet, but they’re about to.”
Standing 6-foot-6 already, Marshall has the size and athleticism of an ideal wing in the SEC. He is a downright freak vertically, has unbelievable end to end speed, and has shown outstanding instincts on the defensive end. The biggest area for growth is certainly in his skill level, but there has been significant progress as of late.
Ladarius appears much more comfortable shooting the ball from the perimeter with his feet set and has proven to be a devastating straight line driver with his absurd first step. He is undoubtedly the most explosive player in the class of 2018 and is his skill level continues to grow the way that he has athletically, look for Ladarius to remain one of the truly elite players in the class of 2018.
Antonio Blakeney has been getting buckets and highlights for a while now on the circuit, and that didn’t change at the Nike Global Challenge. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard had this pair of dunks during one game over the weekend, leaving the crowd in Chicago awfully impressed in the process.
6’10 Marques Bolden exploded this past spring on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Texas Titans and only appears to be getting better by the day. He showed off his explosive athleticism at the Nike Global Challenge with this dunk on a defender from Brazil who shall go nameless.
Everyone who watched VCU knew that Treveon Graham had some serious game. However, not many on the national level really knew the talent that the DC native had. That all changed at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.
As the biggest guard in the camp at 6’6 and a jacked 220 pounds, Graham was physically dominant over every guard in the camp. His size, tremendous wingspan, and strength was simply too much to handle. Not just a bully, he showed off his skill level at the camp with a variety of crafty takes to the rack and the ability to shoot the ball consistently to the collegiate three point line. On the defensive side, the 20-year old senior (he’s exceptionally young for his grade) showed the ability to put the clamps on guys who were much smaller than him.
Graham’s senior year will ultimately decipher whether or not he is a sure fire selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, but he certainly helped his cause at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.
Keifer Sykes has long been an incredibly productive and exciting player who somehow managed to always fall under the radar. Coming from Marshall HS in Chicago (home to Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley and Hoop Dreams star Arthur Agee), he didn’t receive the pub that he quite deserved. However, after wining the Horizon League Player of the Year award this past season, people are starting to take notice.
Standing just over 6-foot in shoes, Sykes is one of the most explosive athletes in the country, as seen by this absurd windmill that he had at the CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp. Not just a leaper, he also impressed the 30 or so NBA scouts that were in attendance in Winston-Salem with his ability to get to the rack and overall tenacity.
Be sure to keep checking CityLeagueHoops for plenty more on Sykes.
Tyger Campbell has long been known as one of the best players in the class and while we’ve been watching him for two and a half years now at various camps throughout the country, felt that it was best to hold off on releasing film of him. Now an eighth grader, Campbell is ready. We first saw him in Las Vegas at the John Lucas Future of The Game camp and he has gotten better ever since. Having grown to 5-foot-9, he has solid size for a lead guard at that age and the game to back it up. Tyger is very shifty and has a nice handle, enabling to get in the paint at will. He has nice court vision and leadership for a player his size, as seen by his ability to constantly get everyone involved in the game. Additionally, due to his mature physical makeup, he has shown the ability to put the clamps on people defensively. Ranked as the top player in the class of 2019 by some services, Campbell is a player who we will be following closely over the coming years.
Adidas Nations has long established itself as the grand finale to the July evaluation period. Bringing in some of the top college players in the country to join many of the nation’s finest at the high school level (regardless of shoe affiliation), the event brings some of the best amateur players to LA for a three day weekend. To top things off, adidas Nations proved as a springboard for players such as Dante Exum and Clint Capela to find themselves selected in the NBA Draft. With talent like that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that guys like Thon Maker, Dennis Smith Jr., and Abdoulaye Ndoye put up the big plays that we saw in the first day of action.