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June 18, 2012

Scoutsfocus All-American Recap

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Over the weekend, two big events hit the Charlottesville area. With NBPA Top 100 Camp being the main event filled with nationally ranked superstars in the class of 2013 and 2014, the Scoutsfocus All-American Camp made headway as it featured some top notch talent in the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Here is a rundown of the top performers.

A.J. Lapray - 2013 guard from Oregon/Grassroots Canada
The talented 6-foot-4 guard from Sprague (OR) had a big weekend as he took home camp MVP. A more versatile Nik Stauskas , Lapray can run the point, pass the rock with precision, get into the lane, use his pull-up jumper from range and has a very accurate floater. He attend Riverside Christian in North Carolina for his senior season. Lapray took an unofficial visit to Virginia on Monday and also recently visited Maryland, George Mason, Oregon and Oregon State. He holds scholarships from Oregon State, Rice, UTEP and San Francisco with some interest from Florida, Oregon, Arizona State, Pepperdine, California, Stanford, UConn, Vanderbilt, Maryland, George Mason, Virginia and Georgetown. The rising senior says that Arizona State is recruiting him the hardest, but he has the best relationship with Oregon State. Along with that, Lapray is close with 2013 Beavers commit L.J. Westbrook , which could play an impact in Craig Robinson's plans for next year.

Will Ferguson - 2013 point guard from Herndon (VA)/ Team Takeover DC
The 6-foot-1 Ferguson excelled at getting his teammates involved with quick and deceiving passes. His quickness got him past defenders and led to many opportunities. Ferugson's pull up jumper still needs some work but is a big part of his game, as well as getting to the basket. While he still needs to get strong, schools like what they see. Long Beach State, George Mason, Xavier, VCU, St. Joseph's, UMass, UCF and Miami have all offered. He is picking up new interest from Memphis and Tennessee remains in the picture, as well. The rising senior is looking at an end of the summer decision with hopeful trips to Tennessee and Memphis. With a big July, these two schools could end up offering. He will visit VCU on Friday.

Chris Clarke - 2015 point guard from Cape Henry (VA)/ Boo Williams
Clarke is an extremely deceiving player due to his length and body at 6-foot-5 with a wingspan that could reach 6-foot-8. Surprisingly, he is a point guard and handles his role quite efficiently. Clark - who plays alongside Devon Hall - is a great passer, has excellent handle, can slash and rebound very well for his unique situation. Because of his size, he is not as fast as your typical point guard so mismatches can go in his favor or against him. As his first offer could come as early as August, Clark has interest from Old Dominion, Richmond and a number of CAA and Atlantic 10 schools. He has already visited Old Dominion and Richmond. As schools looking at Devon Hall continue to notice his talented, young teammate, Clarke's stock is bound to rise.

Jamar Ergas - 2015 shooting guard from Montverde (FL)/Grassroots Canada
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from has learned a lot under Kevin Boyle. Ergas still has a long way to go, but his athleticism will get him far. As a run and gun style of offense fits his game, Ergas is a quick and high-energy slasher who can finish at the rim. He needs to improve on the release of his jumper and just being more active on the court. Syracuse, Missouri, NC State, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, VCU, George Mason and others are already after him and he has visited NC State, North Carolina and Florida already.

Rising freshmen Kobi Jordan-Simmons and Mark Vital
Two of the most impressive performers hadn't played a game of high school basketball yet, and neither are heading to national high school programs, but Mark Vital and Kobi Jordan-Simmons showed why they can be special. Vital is a 6-foot-3 wing who is an athletic slasher that can also slow things down and show off his jumper. He goes right constantly, and needs to work on going left. The Louisiana native from Southern Elite will attend Washington Marion next year. While his teammate, Khalea Turner , is receiving a fair amount of attention, Vital should be in the same boat, too. He has already visited Tulane. Kobi Jordan-Simmons, who played alongside Vital, was just as impressive. The 6-foot-4 point guard from the Southern Kings in Georgia made his presence felt as a point guard who could do it all. He can shoot, drive to the basket, get teammates involved and is deceivingly athletic for a point guard. While his body is not yet ready to make him an elite high school point guard entering in the fall, he will be groomed at St. Francis in Georgia. Schools are already showing interest in him as Baylor, George Mason, Georgia and Kennesaw State are jumping in early. He was invited to elite camps at those schools, as well as Kentucky. The Wildcats are one of his dream schools along with Florida, North Carolina and Duke. The only eighth grader invited to last weekend's Under Armour Grind Session in Atlanta, things are looking good for the rising talent that is Kobi Jordan-Simmons, along with Mark Vital.

R.J. Curington - 2013 guard from Oak Hill (VA)/Team Loaded
The 6-foot-5 guard a fantastic all-around, old school player who will do it all for a team. He shoots it well, plays strong defense, gets to the basket and makes plays for his team. Curington can be a bit predictable on the court because of how old school his game is, but he seems to get the job done even if he isn't flashy. With offers from UCF, UAB, Cornell, Maryland, Stanford, Murray State, Wake Forest and Tulane, Curington is starting to take some visits. He went to Maryland last week, where he spent time with his former teammate Pe'Shon Howard . The Terrapins offered him and he likes the school a lot. Florida State, Miami, Illinois, DePaul, Georgetown, Michigan State and Northwestern are also involved. Curington will wait it out on a decision but hopes to visit Tulane, DePaul, Illinois and the Florida schools this summer.

Other Notes from Scoutsfocus
- Isaiah Briscoe had a big camp as he showed scouts that he is a true point guard. As he fed his teammates and used his pull-up jumper and ability to cut into the lane to his advantage. Following the camp, the 2015 New Jersey native took an unofficial visit to Virginia and picked up an offer from Tony Bennett and staff.

- 2013 point guard Isaiah Tripp only spent a day at the camp, but the UA Bmore's Finest talent continues to see improvements in his recruitment. Florida Gulf Coast offered over the weekend. He visited ECU and will take a trip to Tennessee this coming weekend.

- Lastly, Shanquel Watson emerged as a top talent in the camp. The 2013 6-foot-7 small forward who transferred from North Hampton (NC) to JH Rose (NC) this spring made a strong impression in the gym. He blocked shots, showed great athleticism and strength, and is still very raw. He will likely reclassify to 2014, but is already hearing from Tulsa, Appalachian State and Old Dominion.


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