Best of the 757 All-Camp Basketball Team

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Best of the 757 Basketball Showcase took place on
Sunday, October 14th at the Boo Williams Sportsplex
in Hampton, VA.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A total of 73 athletes participated in the growing
event, including many of the area's top underclassmen who are expected to make
a major mark this winter. In fact, of
the 10 players we selected in consultation with the coaches running the event
for the All-Camp Team, eight of them were underclassmen.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Below you can check out a Photo Feature from the event,
plus notes on each of the players from the All-Camp Team and other Award

Johnson's Photo Feature

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>There's an awful lot to like about Gray, who transferred
to Cape Henry from Woodside and re-classed to 2015.
style=> He's an athletic, inside-outside forward who
plays with a lot of energy, finishes at the cup and gets rebounds.
style=> Off running and jumping ability alone, there might
not have been a better prospect in attendance as he possesses some unique D-1
qualities that separate him from most players.
In addition to scoring in the paint or on the perimeter, Gray can put
the ball on the floor adequately, making it even trickier for defenses to stop
him unless they have someone much quicker or bigger than him.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Maybe the forgotten guy on a loaded Cape Henry squad,
Morris is poised to make some noise for the defending State Champs this winter
if the Best of the 757 was any indication.
An All-TCIS Tournament Team selection in volleyball as well, Morris won
the three-point shooting contest for the forwards/bigs.
style=> Not only did he shoot it proficiently, but he
was also willing to stick his nose in there, mix it up around the basket and
defend well. Two years ago, he blew his
knee out, so you have to like how he has battled back from adversity.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Transferring to Bishop Sullivan after three seasons at
First Colonial and re-classing to 2014, Barber has been a name on the basketball
scene in Hampton Roads for some time now (and
not just that Cat guy in Hampton either).
DeAndre showed off a mid-range jumper that was
solid throughout to go with being one of the better ball-handlers at the event
as well as in the entire Tidewater area.
Barber brings a certain level of confidence and poise at point
guard. He'll definitely be a pleasant
addition to the Crusaders as he can get in the lane, get to his spots
exceedingly well and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Those that watched Haskett on
the 15-Under circuit during AAU began to whisper that he has the potential to
be the next great Peninsula District point guard and the evidence of that
coming to fruition is starting to show.
Last year as a freshman, he shared the starting point guard duties alongside
Nate Motley. Haskett
brings noticeable quickness to the table that makes him difficult for defenders
to keep him in front of them, plus causes havoc defensively.
style=> His harassing, on-ball defense will make him
a major contributor, regardless of what he does on the offensive end of the



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>While he's yet to play a game of High School Basketball
at the varsity level, Orlina is a name we'll be
hearing plenty from in the years to come.
Already blessed with good size and length, Orlina
gets in the lane, attacks in the paint and on defense shows a willingness to
draw charges. He's got pretty good form
on his shot for a freshman, is mobile and plays with a high motor and energy.
style=> As he matures and continues to develop, the
sky is the limit. This forward has a
chance to be really special, and D-1's may soon to be keeping a close eye on



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>There are some really talented underclassmen at
Woodside and Carter is one of them. The
point guard has a certain swagger about his game, and for a ninth grader, that
stands out playing against several guys who are bigger, stronger and more experienced
than him. Still, he didn't flinch under
pressure, playing under control with steady handles and knocking down a couple
of off-balanced jumpers to turn coaches' heads.
If he can make others around him better and impact the game in a variety
of ways, then Carter is sure to be one of the state's top prospects from the
Class of 2016 because skill-wise he has the tools.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A rising sophomore for the Warriors who checks in at
6-foot-4, Spencer is an impressive looking two-sport athlete that does damage
from the wing position. Not only does he
have hops and the ability to impact the game with his athleticism, but his
jumper was on point during the camp. He
contains himself well in small spaces and is efficient with his movement and
body control as well. Spencer is a
natural scorer and the type of talent whose game should only continue to get
better, so expect him to be challenge for All-District honors, maybe even
All-Region before he graduates.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To me, Marshall was the sleeper or surprise of the
camp, simply because he wasn't a name I knew all that much about before the
event took place and has been kind of a hidden gem from the Phoebus program.
style=> He might not be a secret much longer.
style=> While he may not be a dead-eye shooter, what
Marshall does have in his favor is that he's super quick and athletic.
style=> These are the types of wings and guards that
colleges tend be intrigued by since there are a few things that can be polished
up, but he already possesses some raw attributes that are an asset at any
level. Speed-wise, he ranked right near
the top of this talented group.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Entering his sophomore year at First Colonial, Simpkins
becomes 'the man,' in the backcourt for Mark Butts' Patriots this season and
his freshman season showed signs he has what it takes to get the job done,
averaging 6.9 points per game with 16 points against State Tournament qualifier
Kecoughtan in the Eastern Region Tournament.
style=> On the court, Simpkins what we like to call 'spurt-ability,'
(i.e. the ability to score in spurts) and overcomes being a little out of
control at times with his penchant for scoring points in bunches.
style=> Simpkins has a nice change of direction dribble,
and should he continue to progress at the rate he's headed, a nice future likely
awaits him.



"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Often times the phrase 'a coach on the floor,' is uttered
and those that speak that probably have Thomas in mind.
style=> From a pure scoring and outside shooting
perspective, he doesn't offer a ton, but he makes a number of positive plays
that don't show up in the box score, fitting the description of a team guy and
role player. The way he defended and
competed for loose balls caught the eye of our evaluators.
style=> Look for Thomas to take on an increased
scoring role this coming year with the Pilots, counting on him for senior
leadership as they try to defend their Eastern District title.

More Awards:

Vertical Jump: Grassfield's
Marcus Anderson (35.6 inches)

Court Sprint: Alliance Christian's
Wilson Thomas (2.96 seconds)

Ball Toss: Nansemond River's Scott
Spencer (34.5)

Shooting Contest: Nansemond River's William
Goodman (9+10)*
3-Point Shooting Contest: Cape Henry's
Terry Morris (8+3)**

* Indicates
for guards
** Indicates for forwards/big men



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