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July 11, 2012

Hoop Group Elite Camp Day Two

READING, PA - On day two of Hoop Group Elite Camp Session II, numerous players began to assert themselves as the cream of the crop at this years camp. With college coaches getting in the gym during the middle of the day, the excitement reached a new high. Here is a breakdown of some of the top performers from day two, as well as a few recruiting updates.

Horace Spencer - 2015 Small Forward from William Tennent (PA)/Gym Rats (NY)
It appears that Spencer is finally living up to the hype he has honed for several years now. The rising sophomore showed why at camp today as he played fairly similar to Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist . Spencer can pass, play in the post, attack the rim and is extremely athletic. Similar to Gilchrist, he is in need of a jumper, but cannot handle it as well as the No. 2 NBA draft pick. Standing at nearly 6-foot-9 right now, he is starting to get stronger and show off his full artillery of skills. While he is not aware of any offers thus far, the likes of USC, North Carolina, Villanova, Rutgers, UCLA, Temple and Virginia Tech have expressed interest in the highly touted 2015 talent who is showing how good he could be when all is said and done.

Bryant Crawford - 2015 Point Guard from Gonzaga Prep/Team Takeover DC
After recently turning 15 years old, the Team Takeover DC talent was an absolute terror on the court as he used his old school floor general game to score in a variety of ways and distribute the rock. Crawford finds his open teammates in a swift manner, can create his own shot and is a true playmaker on offense. If his energy on the offensive end translates to the defensive side, as well, he could be a special player. He must also working on establishing a pure jump shot. Currently holding scholarships from Indiana, Seton Hall, Georgetown, South Florida, Rutgers and Texas, the 2015 guard says that Indiana and Georgetown are currently standing out to him, however, he would be open to the thought of Syracuse getting involved as that is his dream school. With no visits under his belt, look for the talented point guard to start visiting schools after July.

Chinonso Obokoh - 2013 Power Forward from Bishop Kearney/Albany City Rocks (NY)
One of the most unique prospects at the camp, Obokoh is a 6-foot-10 defensive stud who can really impact the game on that side of the ball. While he needs to work on his post game and handle on offense, his athleticism makes him such a high reward type of prospect in the long haul. After a solid spring with the City Rocks - despite missing the Nike Peach Jam - the rising senior picked up all the looks he needed as his recruitment is at an all time high. With offers from Syracuse, Temple, Villanova, James Madison, Dayton, Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, USC, Oregon, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Texas, there are a variety of high-major suitors for the Rochester native. He also holds some interest from Georgia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Oklahoma. While reaching Obokoh is tough due to the lack of a phone, he has a strong handle on his recruitment as he plans to look over his situation following July. He has already been on the Syracuse, Temple, James Madison, Pittsburgh and West Virginia campuses.

Marcus Derrickson - 2015 Combo Forward from Paul VI (VA)/Team Takeover DC
With Indiana, Villanova and Virginia looking on, Derrickson showed why he has the capability to be a high-level combo forward going forward. He can shoot the rock with range, go in and out, and runs the floor extremely well with his big body. If the rising sophomore can improve upon his handle, he will have the ability to be utilized at the small forward position. With a Kevin Love body, the 6-foot-7, and growing, forward holds offers from South Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Rutgers, Villanova and Georgetown. With big offers already, interest is pouring in from North Carolina, Syracuse and UCLA, as well. He has only visited one campus - that being the Georgetown campus. "I liked it a lot because of the way they develop their players," he told Rivals.com. Derrickson also said that his close friend and teammate, Indiana commit Stanford Robinson , is recruiting him to the Hoosiers, but the talented Paul VI stud has no idea of where he wants to go to college just yet.

Franklin Howard - 2015 Combo Guard from Paul VI (VA)/Team Takeover DC
As Howard matched up against Crawford, he showed off his skills, too. A long and lean 6-foot-4 combo guard with a bright future, the rising sophomore can make plays, create his own shot, and get his teammates involved. He needs to improve upon his overall defensive scheme, including rebounding. Seton Hall, Florida, South Florida, Georgetown and Villanova are the schools who have offered Howard, while Indiana, Virginia, Miami and Virginia Tech are also looking at his progress this summer. A frequent visitor on the Georgetown campus, Howard is wide-open at the moment but simply enjoys shooting around in the gym and walking around the campus. Look for both Franklin Howard and Bryant Crawford to develop their game and take it to the next level for Team Takeover this summer.

Recruiting Notes from Day Two of Hoop Group Camp

After deciding to part ways with Dayton, 2013 point guard Jevon Thomas has a plan for this fall. For now, he will attend St. John's Northwest Military Academy in Wisconsin for a postgrad year. Thomas - who doesn't turn 18 years old until February - decided against going to Dayton simply because he felt he was not ready on and off the court for college basketball. As his college options are starting to pick up, schools such as UNLV, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Kansas State are pursuing him. Look for Thomas to try and take a few visits once July is over.

As a surprise to most, the No. 51 player in the Rivals100 for the class of 2014 made an appearance from Texas. With major athleticism and the ability to create havoc on the fastbreak, Melvin Swift has a large list of suitors. Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Marquette, LSU, Florida, DePaul, Wichita State, Arizona and Seton Hall are pursuing the forward from Yates High in Texas. Swift will run with Houston Hoops this July.

While he is still unknown by most after two days of camp, 2013 Robinson School (NJ) small forward Shackquiel Scott is showing mid-major schools why he is the right fit for them. An athletic specimen who could use a jump shot, Scott is catching the attention of Quinnipiac, Houston, Tulane, Virginia Tech, Morehead State, Morgan State and Western Kentucky. Look for a few offers to come his way following the camp.

For continuous coverage of Hoop Group Elite Camp Session II and other July tournaments, head to The Recruit Scoop forums, as well as the site for many updates on top performers and their recruiting situation.


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