Photo courtesy of Under Armour/Kelly Kline
By David Cordova
This year, the Under Armour Association has had a lot of good players and teams and a lot of great moments. The UAA, as it is commonly referred to, is a league that rivals the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) and the Adidas Uprising circuits. But one thing that you can say about UAA is that there is definitely no shortage of talent.
After the end of the UAA Finals in Cartersville, Georgia, the players on the circuits had one thing to look forward to the following week: its All-American Camp. The UAA All-America Camp, which is in its third summer of existence, showcased most of the Under Armour circuit’s most elite players as well as a dozen collegiate players, took place last week on the campus of Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA.
The camp was held during the second Live Evaluation Period in the month of July, in which brought out plenty of college coaches from schools such as UCLA, Miami, North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse and many others.
The camp showcased plenty of phenomenal five-star talents from the NY-NJ tri-state area such as Archbishop Molloy (NY) center Moses Brown, Seton Hall Prep (NJ) guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim, St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) forward Precious Achuiwa, Hudson Catholic (NJ) guard Jahvon Quinerly and the Ranney School (NJ) duo of guards Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine.
Aside from the college coaches coming out, there were also 35 NBA personnel on hand for the collegiate prospects. Some of the college prospects included St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Kansas’ LaGerald Vick and Udoka Azuibuike, Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan and Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington.
Another great aspect of the UAA All-America Camp is that there were plenty of experienced coaches showing the players skill development. Former college coaches such as Pete Gillen and Dino Gaudio and former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, now at the Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey were on hand mentoring the talented youths about the finer points of the game.
With all of the top-tier talent in the camp, it safe to say that the camp was a major success. Back in the day, Under Armour was an apparel brand that specialized in gear, but in the present day, due to the marketing success of NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, they are doing their best to corner the basketball market. And now with a lot of college programs that were once with the other brands switching over, they are making themselves a dominant force on the basketball scene.
Most Outstanding Players at the Under Armour All-America Camp:
Tyler Harris, Cordova High School (TN)/Team Thad, Class of 2018, Guard
Good shooter, good playmaker. Fearless when getting to the rim. a player that has good passing instincts.
Bryan Antoine, Ranney School (NJ)/Team Rio National, Class of 2019, Guard
Good at penetrating, has good shot selection.
Nico Mannion, Pinnacle High School (AZ)/Earl Watson Elite, Class of 2020, Guard
A guard that rebounds & moves well off the ball. Makes good decisions with the ball. Passes efficiently to teammates.
Miles Norris, Helix High School (CA)/Earl Watson Elite, Class of 2018, Forward
A forward that plays like a guard. Very versatile & athletic. Good ball handling skills.
Joseph Baker, Trinity Christian School (NC)/Team Felton, Class of 2019, Forward
A player that has size, with good athleticism.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege High School (KS)/KC Run GMC, Class of 2019, Forward
Good shot blocking ability. Tough rebounder. Fearless in the paint.
Moses Brown, Archbishop Molloy High School (NY)/New Heights, Class of 2018, Center
A center that dribbles the ball well & also attacks the low post with precision.
Erik Stevenson, Timberline High School (WA)/Washington Supreme, Class of 2018, Guard
A player who goes to the basket & attacks the glass.
J’yare Davis, Sanford School (DE)/Team Rio National, Class of 2020, Forward
A player that slices to the basket well & scores with authority.
Cashius McNeilly, Thornlea Secondary School (CAN)/Canada Elite, Class of 2020, Guard
A player that knows how to put others in position for baskets.
Jaycson Bereal, Jr. Booker T. Washington High School (OK)/Oklahoma Run PWP, Class of 2018, Guard
A smooth wingman that is great at running the floor & attaching the basket.
Javian Fleming, Canton High School (MS)/Team Thad, Class of 2018, Forward
Good footwork & post moves. Knows how to work in the paint.
Jordan McCabe, Kaukana High School (WI)/Wisconsin Playground Elite, Class of 2018, Guard
Flashy ball handler. A guard that knows how to pass the ball to his teammates and make the necessary passes for assists.
Scottie Lewis, Ranney School (NJ)/Team Rio National, Class of 2019, Guard
A guard with a good jumper that also has great explosion when going to the basket and is very athletic.