WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – From players’ self-reflections about where their games are at currently to hoopers showing off the type of football skills that could have them excelling on the gridiron if they so choose here are a couple of things that we learned at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp this past weekend.
Trae Young is the best shooter in the country.
It almost seems unfair that Young could even potentially be the best marksman in the country, with him being in strong position to challenge Trevon Duval as the top point guard in the country. But Young proved again and again why, when it comes to knocking down three-balls, he’s the Best in Show.
Young zipped through drills knocking down shot after shot from the NBA three-point line with ease; even showing up the college group of point guards in terms of efficiency.
When campers broke for lunch, Young skipped out and stayed on the court the entire time hoisting and draining threes all by his lonesome.
“Shooting is a strength for me and that’s because I work on it so much,” Young said. “It’s definitely something that I take pride in.”
Players are realistic about how far they have to go.
No player at the camp lacked for confidence, but most of the high school guys agreed that one of the biggest things the camp revealed for them was how much work they still need to put in.
The general consensus was as simple as it was profound; contrary to popular belief, they really don’t have it all figured out yet… And that’s OK.
“Just looking over there watching the college guys work was humbling for me,” said Tyger Campbell, who is ranked No. 2 among point guards in the ESPN 25. “Just watching how fast they move through drills and how fast they pick things up is crazy. It definitely motivates me to work harder.”
Blake Harris could be a Division I wide receiver.
If things don’t pan out for Harris, a four-star floor general, on the hardwood (Just for the record it’s pretty obvious that they will), if his skills during an impromptu lunchtime passing drill were any indication, Harris could excel as a speed receiver at the D-I level.
Harris stands 6-foot-3 and, despite nursing a sore wrist, he burned wildly athletic players off the line with his speed and agility.
Harris’ gridiron prowess shouldn’t come as a shock, his father, Bernardo Harris, retired from the NFL in 2003 and won a Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers in 1997.
Blake wasn’t alone, Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox was also displaying skills as a dominant receiver, evident in the video below.
College coaches need to learn pronunciations.
College coaches know all about how well the elite point guards they’re recruiting can run a team, shoot the three and lock up defensively. They even know what music prospects like and, in some cases, what their girlfriends’ names are, but word among star guards this past weekend was that some college coaches don’t take the time to learn how to pronounce their names.
Talk about dropping the ball.
Mispronunciation is nothing new; back in 2014, Jahlil Okafor expressed his annoyance that coaches called him JUH-LEEL instead of JAH-LEEL. Same for Shabazz Muhammad in 2012; coaches said SHA-BAZZ instead of SHA-BOZZ.
And, yes, just like it mattered to Okafor and Muhammad, it matters to the current high school stars.
Check back this week for our more in-depth story on college coaches’ mispronunciations.
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