The UW Elite Hoops Camp took place yesterday and over 50 recruits were in attendance. The players where there to learn and grow as recruits, while at the same time the coaching staff was able to see what athletes in the 2013 and 2014 class are worth recruiting.
The day was set up around competition and the recruits were expected to compete against each other, in drills and in scrimmages. The competition was fierce at all the positions but the big men seemed to really go after each other. Players like Tristan Etienne from Canada were openly showing off their skills against other big men. Etienne is listed as one of the top big men not only in Canada but in the USA. In AAU ball during the Las Vegas tournament, he played up two levels and was competing with 17 year olds.
Talent from all over the country and Canada were in attendance; lots of local talent and even recruits as far away as Maryland. The camp was full of potential and current recruits for the University of Washington. Local recruits included players from Garfield, Rainier Beach, Gonzaga Prep, Mt. Rainier, etc.
Adrian Davis from Mt. Rainier said that his favorite part was the 5 on 5 scrimmages and having the ability to learn from Terrence Ross specifically for his shot. He said, about learning from Terrence Ross, “like how to go hard in all the drills and square up with the basket more.” He went on to say that he felt like a better basketball player after attending this elite camp.
Terrence Ross wasn’t the only UW player helping at the camp, Tony Wroten Jr., Desmond Simmons, and many of the other current UW athletes were on hand to help. The coaches also helped teach the next generation of college basketball players. All the players I talked to, spoke of how they felt that they left the gym as a better player and ready for their next year of high school basketball.
Coaches now have a better impression of how these recruits play and what the work ethic of each player is like when training and working on the basketball court.