July 18, 2007

A&M Junior Elite Camp brings in top talent

In basketball recruiting things get started much earlier than in football. For example, USC recently picked up a commitment from eighth grader Ryan Boatright who hasn't even decided on where he will be playing high school next season.

Getting to know these recruits at a younger age, and in turn getting those prospects comfortable with a program earlier, is just the name of the game these days. Monday and Tuesday Texas A&M hosted some of the top prospects in the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 at Mark Turgeon's Junior Elite Camp at the Rec Center on the A&M campus.

Top Performers

A number of players were outstanding at the camp. Class of 2012 point guard Jaevon Richardson is an extraordinary ball-handler and can also score by driving to the basket. His outside shot could use some work, but he is well ahead of the game as he is just entering the eighth grade.

Class of 2012 point guard Mandy Williams is another smooth ball-handler. The 5-foot-10 Houston area native is great in traffic, and has unique court vision and a scorer's ability from outside or off the dribble.

One other point guard from the class of 2012 was impressive as well. Five-foot-10 L.J. Rose was able to handle the point very well, and is a deadly scorer from the outside. Rose is already playing with the Texas Ambassadors during the AAU season.

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