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November 2, 2009
Halloween Havoc camp wrap up
RICHMOND, Va - Over the weekend the Halloween Havoc event hosted over 100 players, and showcased some serious talent. A few youngsters emerged from the camp, and headliner Michael Gbinije did not disappoint with his performance.
There were numerous high level performers on display in Richmond for Halloween Havoc. The camp put on by Antwain Fletcher showcased some of the top performers in the Virginia area and beyond.
Michael Gbinije: Gbinije looks noticeably bigger and stronger since the end of July. The highly touted 2011 wing still has that super smooth game where he does nothing that jumps out, but does everything well. He showed an improved jump shot from deep, and also finished in the mid-range and going to the rim off the dribble. There aren't many people around the country that can match Gbinije's size, athleticism, and skill level at this position in his class, and all of that was on display. As he becomes more assertive he is going to improve even more, but he did nothing to hurt his stock, and now that he looks to still be growing he can only get better.
T.J. Warren: This is a good looking sophomore forward from North Carolina. Warren has more of the looked of a skilled face-up power forward than anything right now, but in time he could develop into a small forward. He isn't the most athletic kid, but Warren is capable of finishing at the rim with his strength, and also he has a nice touch. What impresses the most about Warren is his high skill level. He can really pass the basketball, especially in transition, and also his outside shot looks good. There is no doubt that he is going to garner high-major attention before it is all said and done.
LeVon Harper: There is absolutely no doubt that Harper is a unique talent in the 2011 class. He is big, athletic, can really run the floor, and has a good frame for a young post player. However Harper doesn't always bring his intensity. He shoots the ball from the perimeter a lot instead of dominating down low, and also he doesn't always attack the glass. When he did play hard he was nearly impossible to handle because of all his physical gifts. The potential is definitely there, now he needs to turn it into consistent production.
Matt Gorski: In a class lacking many true post players, Gorski is definitely one of them. The 2011 standout has a decent touch around the rim and showed the ability to rebound in his area with good hands. He still is lacking good lateral movement, and he needs to get stronger, but he is a legit 6-foot-9, and knows that he does his damage in the post. Gorski ran the floor well, and finished when he got the ball, so offensively he is definitely making strides.
Braeden Anderson: Anderson is a relative unknown, but the Canadian import has some definite ability. The junior power forward is still raw, but he is dunks everything down low, and has a good frame to handle contact as well grab rebounds. He will be playing his prep ball at Christian Faith Academy this winter, and there is no doubt that as he is seen more his stock will definitely be on the rise.
Tyler Brunson: Brunson is an athletic wing who did a lot of good things during the camp. He has long arms and a great frame for the position. Now Brunson does need to work on his perimeter jumper, but he got to the rim well, finished above the rim, and played with a lot of energy the entire time. Overall he was one of the better looking 2012 prospects at the camp.
Hendrix Emu: Easily the best raw athlete at the event was Emu. He can absolutely fly, and at about 6-foot-5 he has the look of someone who could play shooting guard or small forward at the college level. Emu won the dunk contest and continued to show off that crazy bounce during the games. While he isn't a great shooter, he is capable of keeping defenders honest, and seems to have a solid handle as well.
Shonn Miller: Miller made the trip to Richmond from Cleveland, Ohio, and the 6-foot-6 forward made good use of his time. With long arms and a lot of athleticism, Miller finished around the rim, and also showed his game on the outside by knocking down some jumpers. The 2011 product holds an offer from Akron already, and is definitely making strides with his game. Miller continues to grow physically, and showed more skill than ever at the camp as a true wing.
Andrew White: At many camps kids tend to take ill-advised perimeter shots, but not White. When he took shots they were good shots within the rhythm of the offense, and also when he took them they went in. The 6-foot-4 White is a big time shooter with nice athleticism. He does need to get stronger, but not many kids are able to fill it up both off the catch and off the dribble like White. This 2011 has definitely opened his eyes with his play over the past month.
Erik Moody: The Richmond native was able to have some home cooking and a short commute to the event, and he translated that into a solid performance. Moody is a do it all floor general who is very quick with the ball and really pushes it up the floor. He didn't show a great outside shot, but it was serviceable. However he is very strong, is able to get into the lane, and showed a good ability to find teammates with passes.
Nick Gorski: The younger brother of Matt, Nick might actually have more potential. Nick isn't quite as big as his older brother, but he can really shoot the ball from the outside and also is fairly fluid for being such a young big guy. Just a freshman, Gorski looks like a skilled power forward, but as he continues to grow he could develop into a matchup problem at the center position. Overall he really impressed with his ability to shoot the ball for his size, and also because of his willingness to rebound down low.