The new NCAA recruiting calendar helped bring back recruiting to high school basketball, one league that benefited from this was the CHSAA when they hosted their 1st annual team camp at Archbishop Molloy High school on June 28th – through the 30th.
CHSAA teams from all divisions had the chance to play in front of over 100 college coaches from all levels. We had the chance to visit the camp last month and we’re impressed with everything from the competition to the organization by the CHSAA staff.
With the team camp a lot of players liked playing in a different setting with their high school teammates as long as they were being seen by college coaches “AAU definitely has better players and completion but this is a good environment too because we get the opportunity to play with our team in front of coaches and we play our team system which is different from AAU” says Christ The King rising senior point guard Ryan Myers.
Myers earned more offers from schools such as Siena, Stetson, Cal Poly and others after the camp. Myers will look to start taking offers after the first live period.
There are many players who left the CHSAA team camp with their first division one offer while others added, even more, offers or interest. One of many players who earned their first offer was Anthony Lopez Jr. A 6-2 high-flying guard from St. Francis Prep earned his first offer from Maryland Eastern-Shore of the MEAC. Hamdel Mohammed a 6-6 Forward from Monsignor Scanlan had a strong showing at camp and recently added an offer from Fairleigh Dickinson to go along with his offer from Manhattan which he earned in the spring.
In one weekend, Cardinal Hayes forward Shemani fuller earned five offers after a dominant showing at the camp and helping Hayes finish their camp run with a 3-0 record. Maryland Eastern Shore, UMass, St. Bonaventure, Canisius, and St. Peter’s offered all offered the 6-8 Forward after his stellar play.placeholder://
The team camp setting proved to be beneficial to many players who may not perform well when it comes to AAU. As Grassroots basketball consultant Rob James says “ let’s say a kid struggles in the circuit, but he plays extremely well at the team camp. Events like this work wonders for players like that” says James.
The Richer get Richer
Staten Island’s own Liam Murphy has emerged as the next big star to come out of Staten Island. The 6-7 wing added offers from Binghamton, Columbia, and Manhattan. Murphy will reclass into the class of 2021 and do a postgrad year after graduating from St. Peter’s next year.
In our eyes, we know RJ Davis of Archbishop Stepinac is a five-star guard even before he entered the CHSAA team camp and more high majors have rolled in for him. After an impressive showing at the team camp, Davis earned offers from Kansas and UCLA. Since his strong showing at the Team camp, Davis continued to impress coaches at the EYBL Peach Jam
2021 coming on strong
Two players from the 2021 class that have been talked about a lot after their play at the camp were TJ Morris of Nazareth and Malachi Smith of St. Raymond’s.
Smith earned offers from St. Peter’s, Stony Brook and Iona and tons of interest from high major schools such as Oklahoma State St. John’s, Seton Hall and Illinois. Smith helped St. Raymond’s finish the team camp strong with a 3-0 record.placeholder://
TI Morris a 6-4 wing added his third offer which was from Seton Hall over that weekend. Seton Hall has been recruiting Morris since the season. The ultra-athletic wing helped Nazareth finish team camp with a 3-0 record
The End Result
There were 53 scholarship offers and over of 9.4 million dollars in scholarship money offered to players. With an event like this that gives high school coaches more power with recruiting, the team camp proved to be successful. The recruiting calendar could be way better than it is now but one thing that can be said is that Team Camps are here to stay.