2016 West Coast Elite Colorado Camp
It's now going on five years that Ryan Silver has taken his West Coast Elite staff to Colorado, and the talent continues to impress. There were a number of standout performances and the depth at this camp may have the best ever led by Colorado commit D'Shawn Schwartz, the vastly underrated Jaizec Lottie, and the next up-and-coming stud in the state in Daylen Kountz.
This dynamic trio put together a highlight reel of superb skill and feel. However, waiting in the wings is a sophomore class that is littered with size and athleticism, led by the ultra-talented Samba Kane.
Jaizec Lottie (Aurora, CO./Cherokee Trail)
2017, PG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds
Joel's take: Lottie was the most dominant point guard in camp due to his strength, uncanny ability to blow by his defenders, and terrific vision. Toss in his ability to knock in jump shots and the whole package is there.
D'Shawn Schwartz (Colorado Springs, CO./Sand Creek)
2017, WF, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds
Joel's take: The game comes very easy to Schwartz. The smooth left-hander who is headed to Colorado affects the game with his savvy, improved ball handling, and feathery jump shot.
Daylen Kountz (Denver, CO./ East)
2018, PG, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds
Joel's take: Kountz has "some" Brandon Jennings (NY Knicks) to him with his ability to get to the rim off the dribble and drain deep jump shots. The slick lefty has broad shoulders, explosiveness, and just scratching the surface if he focuses on his half court facilitating skills.
The Next Wave
Assane Diof (Denver, CO./ East)
2019, C, 7-foot, 250 pounds
Joel's take: Huge frame with long arms and broad shoulders. His post skills are raw, but he does show touch in the paint as well as a subtle nastiness on the defensive end as a rim protector. Projects as a Top 100 recruit.
Samba Kane (Aurora, CO./Regis Jesuit)
2019, PF, 6-foot-10, 210 pounds
Joel's take: Would like to see a more aggressive motor, but conditioning may have something to do with that aspect of his game. However, he has the prototypical frame, quick feet, and soft touch to dominate out to the elbow. Definitely Top 100 material.
Jaedon Bradley-Bowles (Denver, CO./ Manuel)
2019, WF, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel's take: Has all the physical tools be a solid Division 1 wing-type. Has a strong burst off the dribble and the explosiveness to finish over the rim. His ball skills are on the come as is his shot, but overall he scored at will much of the time.
Jon'il Fugett (Denver, CO./East)
2018, PG, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds
Joel's take: His defensive prowess is impressive as he forced numerous turnovers. However, I came away just as impressed with is improved playmaking skills and savvy from the point guard spot.
Calvin Fugett (Denver, CO./East)
2017, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds
Joel's take: Like his brother, he is a menace on the defensive end utilizing his strength, lateral quickness, and active hands. He too is improving his point guard feel, but his jump shot needs to be polished.
Corey Seng (Highland Ranch, CO./ Thunder Ridge)
2017, WF, 6-foot-5, 175 pounds
Joel's take: Immediately caught our eye with his IQ and hustle. This hard-nosed wing-type has a nose for the ball at both ends and made a number of plays inside-and-out to help his team. In a nutshell--a glue-type with bevy of moxie.
Adam Thistlewood (Golden, CO./Golden)
2018, 6-foot-6, 180 pounds
Joel's take: Long and rangy 4-man has a terrific frame that should fill out nicely going forward. He possesses an feathery shooting touch and capable ball skills in transition. Once he gets stronger
Mo Diallo (Denver, CO./George Washington
2018, WF, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds
Joel's take: Diallo, who is the brother of Providence freshman Alpha Diallo, is Division 1 prospect in his own right. Plays both ends with equal aplomb in terms of production and overall is a natural scorer, but his jump shot needs polishing.
Kwane Marble (Denver, CO./East)
2019, 2G, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds
Joel's take: One of the biggest revelations of the camp. Marble is wiry combo-guard who projects well as a scoring point guard in the future. He excels in slashing his way to the rim for the bucket, but he also can advance the ball in transition and shows a natural feel for the game.
Jeffrey Gary (Colorado Springs, CO./Sand Creek)
2017, PG/CG, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds
Joel's take: Immediately caught our eye due to his attention to detail, especially on the offensive end. His ball skills, IQ, and savvy were evident throughout each game. Whether it was leading the break and dropping off a sweet dime or nailing a pull-up jump shot, Gary was one of the better talents in camp.
John Harge (Aurora, CO./Smoky Hill)
2018, PF, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds
Joel's take: Harge has the frame, budding skills and mindset to warrant Division 1 interest. Has a knack to score off of face-up drives and he possesses the touch and assertiveness to show consistent production.
Burning the nets
Braxton Bertolette (Fort Collins, CO./Fossil Ridge)
2017, 2G, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds
Joel's take: Bertolette is known for his jump shooting prowess and he knocked in a number of them. However, he also handed out a number of nifty assists. He needs to pick up his defensive intensity, but there is a Division 1 offer out there for him.
Jervay Green (Denver, CO./ George Washington)
2017, WF, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds
Joel's take: Built like an NFL middle linebacker, yet has a game that blends power with finesse. Terrific finisher, excellent body control, and can score at all three levels.
Umar Jalloh (Denver, CO./Abraham Lincoln)
2017, WF/PF, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds
Joel's take: Didn't make the original camp roster, but it didn't take me too long to scramble over to the front desk to ask, "Who is No.9?". Strong frame, ideal length, explosive athlete, and can score at will.
Ryan Holt (Highland Ranch, CO./Thunder Ridge)
2017, PF, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds
Joel's take: Holt plays with a relentless motor and has a high basketball IQ too boot. Swatting shots, sliding his feet, rebounding in traffic, and knocking in shots describes this young man.
Zach Hildago (Greenley, CO./Frontier)
2018, WF, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Joel's take: It's nice just watch a game and see a player who gets it--even in a camp atmosphere. Plays both ends, doesn't get sped up, and makes the right basketball play--that's Hildago in a nutshell.
Dawson Carper (Colorado Springs, CO./Rampart)
2018, C, 6-foot-11, 250 pounds
Joel's take: Like most bigs, it takes time to put the pieces together. Huge frame, good length, and soft hands describe this aircraft carrier. He shows a soft touch in the paint area and he plays with urgency as well. Continued improvement in the area of mobility will elevate his stock.
Will Becker (Aurora, CO./Smoky Hill)
2018, PF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
Joel's take: Stretch 4-man who has extended the range on his jump shot out to 20-feet. However, he is most noted for his above-the-rim finishes and high motor.
Point Guard in the making
Tyson Gilbert (Highland Ranch, CO./Rock Canyton)
2018, PG, 6-foot, 166 pounds
Joel's take: Primarily a scorer a year ago, his evolution as a facilitator was evident at this camp. Converted a number of high-level passes in transition and played with a great pace.
Sam Masten (Highland Ranch, CO./Rock Canyon)
2018, PG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel's take: Leadership and moxie are two attributes that immediately come to mind. He is primarily a facilitator who can break down the defense with his nifty crossover and sneaky quickness. The continued development of his jump shot will be the catalyst to where his recruitment is headed.
Best of the 2021's
Jalen Weaver (Clyde Miller, CO)
2021, 2G, 6-foot, 155 pounds
Joel's take: Weaver had the best combination of size, facilitating, and scoring. Tough to deal with in transition and he appears to have natural scoring instincts.
Garrett Arnold (Thunder Ridge, CO)
2021, PG, 5-foot-10, 145 pounds
Joel's take: Despite his youth, there wasn't a better point guard prospect who impacted the game with his rebounding prowess, passing ability, and overall savvy. Polishing his jump shot should be the next order of business.
Jordan Whitaker (Fox Ridge, CO)
2021, 2G, 6-foot, 155 pounds
Joel's take: Relentless scorer who can convert buckets at all three levels and is unstoppable in transition. There were few, if any, who played harder at both ends.