The Northwest High-Academic Showcase: The Best from the Northwest
By: Lior Schwartzberg, West Coast Elite Basketball, Director of Scouting Services
September 10, 2017 (Bellevue, WA) – The high academic showcase season officially kicked off. This past weekend, some of the best and brightest students in the Northwest competed in the West Coast Elite Northwest High Academic camp. The camp, which was coached and recruited by a plethora of Division III coaches included many prospects that will likely land at Division I schools as well.
Elijah Peppers (2019) had himself another impressive camp (after a great showing at the Elite 100). There was nothing he was unable to do on the court, plus he continued to exhibit his toughness. Peppers was one of many high level prospects at the camp.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. (2018) showed why he is one of the best prospects in the class of 2018. The skilled and long forward attacked the rim relentlessly while showing his prowess on the court. The camp took a turn with the addition of Jaden McDaniels (2019), MarJon Beauchamp (2020), and Jamon Kemp (2019) who from blocking shots to dunking in transition, quickly showed their athletic ability and strength right from the tip. However, arguably the dunk of the camp might have been the transition slam by Mutdung Bol (2020) who elevated well above the rim to throw it down on top of the defender. Another two leapers that stood out were 2019 Guard, Clayton Whitman, and 2018 undersized forward, Trey Miller, who had a Kobe-esuqe reverse baseline jam.
Another notable prospect was UW commit, Ed Chang (2018), who showed he can play all five positions on the floor by bringing up the ball, posting up, making plays for others, and putting in work. Alongside, Freddie Brown III (2018), who in his own right could be called Downtown Freddie Brown as well, the team was able to get up and down the floor and keep the game highly entertaining.
6’3” Guard, John Christofilis (2021) showed he arguably may be the best freshmen in the Northwest alongside Shane Nowell (2021), while Cristian Colwell (2019) was solidifying himself as one of the better big men in the region alongside 7’0” Center Zane Foster (2019), who showed his great footwork and ability to post up physically.
One of the best sharpshooters all weekend was 6’4” sharpshooter Nate Kleppe (2019), who connected on a plethora of threes in all four games, including 7 of 8 early in the weekend.
Meanwhile, Azure Holloway Figueroa (2018), Malachy Caffrey (2020), and Ethan McEachern (2020) provided some of the best passes of the weekend – behind the back, off-hand through traffic, pocket passes, and full court passes.
Other notable players were Pierre Crockrell (2019), Jabe Mullins (2020), Charles Elzie III (2019), Jackson Taylor (2019), Calvin Law Jr (2020), Bryson Crockett (2020), Charlie Dietiker (2021), Erroll Richards (2020), Colin Gale (2019), Ryan Wagar (2018), Antony Giomi (2018), Noah Pepper (2021), Jujaar Singh (2018), Matt Wieck (2019), Cameron Andre-Covington (2021), Jonah Zeller (2021), Benjamin Merritt (2019), Spencer Davidson (2018), Calvin Thomas (2020), 8th grade standout Peyton Hanning (2022), Elliott Hohman (2020), 7th grade standout Chas Lewless (2023), Griffin Barker (2019), Bille Sheikh (2019), Antonio Salinas (2019), Andre Best (2020), Bradley Graham (2020), Payton Glasser (2018), Lauren O’Neill (2021), Jordan Potts (2018), and Myles Phillips (2021).
The next event to be held by the West Coast Elite High Academic circuit will be in Dallas, Texas, on September 23-24. Next weekend, West Coast Elite Basketball will be hosting the Arizona All-Star Camp, which has produced and exhibited some of the best talent the Southwest has to offer.