U of D Mercy Elite Camp

25 Jun

Five players that stood out at the U of D Mercy Elite Camp.

Davion Williams 6’2″ 2018 guard Belleville- Davion has gone from simply a freak athlete into a polished and division one caliber two guard.  His jump shot is the most improved aspect of his game, hitting from 18-20 feet, and looks good doing so.  Uses hops to rebound ball at the highest point when down-low, can push the ball on the break, and looks to dunk everything in transition.  Patience on the offensive floor has also improved as well, no longer forcing ill-advised shots.  Uses strength and aggressiveness on defense.  Can defend both guard positions.

LaTravion Jackson 6’6″ 2018 wing Ypsilanti Lincoln-  Each year, there is a player who makes his mark at the U of D Team Camp who was relatively unknown before, that was Tray this year.  Jackson Played J.V. for Lincoln this past year, and perhaps could’ve aided the Rail Splitters in having a better year than they had.  Jackson concluded the camp with the most three-pointers made, with his length, and release points, it’s nearly impossible to challenge a Jackson shot.  His defense led to offense, he blocked shots down-low, pushed the ball up the court, and overall has a nice feel for the game with ability to create own shots.  High ceiling as body fills out.  Will compete with Michigan Mustangs-Haney 15u in July.

Malik Ellison 5’9″ 2017 point guard Flint Beecher- Ellison is tough as nails.  A true pesk as on on-ball defender in both the half-court and for opponents bringing the ball-up.  Pass first by nature, but showed he can hit the three-ball here or there.

Miguel Priest 6’5″ 2016 wing Legacy Charter (SC)- Priest was debatably the best rising senior in the entire camp.  He played football earlier in high school, and his physique and aggressiveness are aspects he’s carried over from the gridiron.  When he rebounded the ball, he became a one man fast break, pushing the ball up the court with his left-hand, and attacking in transition/semi-transition.  His three-point shot is a wild-card in Preist’s game, but seemed to have it going on the day.  Priest is worth a look to mid-major/low-major division one schools because of his production as an inside-outside presence.

Javon Lawrence 6’7″ 2016 forward River Rouge- Lawrence has long had the physical tools to become a quality big man in 2016.  Long, athletic, and mobile.  Javon simply needs to find a spark that will allow him see how good of a play he can become.  U of D Mercy was a good place to start for Lawrence.  He did a solid job rebounding on defense in his zone, challenging shots, and even stepped out and hit a few mid-range jump shots from the elbow.  Not a true back to the basket type player, but in the future can become a mismatch problem due to a solid left hand.

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