This weekend TSMD was in Atlanta, Georgia covering the Super Sophomore camp, which has highlighted some of the elite rising sophomores up and down the east coast for years now. On hand were a number of players from the Mid-Atlantic area, including a few local DC-metro area players who fall right in line with the Terps interests.
Overall, there were plenty of high-major prospects involved in the fantastic event, and the competition level allowed for some good barometers as to how talented these players are. Below are a few of the local standouts
2017 PG Chris Lykes (Gonzaga)
The best scorer at the camp happened to be one of the shortest players there. Chris Lykes, Gonzaga’s rising sophomore point guard, put on a shooting gallery in Atlanta over the weekend and probably earns camp MVP as a result. Because of his height (he’s about 5’7) Lykes may not appear daunting, but his shooting stroke says otherwise. During the first game session of the camp, Lykes scored 30 points in a myriad of ways (from deep, from midrange, at the rim) and turned heads with his playmaking ability in transition. Rather than stop there, Lykes continued to dominate throughout the tournament, averaging over 25 points per game and 5 assists in his three outings and looking like the best guard there. Lykes was a Super Sophomore Top 20 player.
For being a sophomore, Lykes has an advanced feel for the open court. Because of his size, it’s tempting to compare him to Aquille Carr, but that is a bit off. Lykes isn’t going to dunk over anyone the way Carr did, though he is as lightning quick as him. If anything, Lykes is more like a shorter Ty Lawson or Tyler Ulis than Carr. He also plays hard on defense, and uses his stature to his advantage, as he proved himself to be quite the thief all weekend. Look for him to pick up a lot more interest as colleges realize his size is not a major detriment. Lykes has heard from Xavier, Miami, Richmond, Davidson, Notre Dame, and Villanova so far.
2017 PG Matthew Coleman (Maury)
Matt Coleman, a southpaw rising sophomore for Maury in Norfolk, Virginia, was another guard who left quite the impression over the weekend. Simply put, Coleman is wise beyond his years both on and off the basketball court. Coleman was hands-down the best passer over the weekend, making very few mistakes with the ball and showing off a creativity with the ball that can’t be taught. Coleman used hesitation moves to make defenders freeze up all weekend, and found players in traffic with ease. In the halfcourt or in transition, Coleman showed off an uncanny ability to control the game. In his first game of the weekend, Coleman had 25 points and a handful of assists, and followed that up with a 23 point outing, and finally a double-double performance of 18 points and 10 assists. His play earned him a spot in the Top 20 game.
Coleman is a solid shooter already, but he is absolutely a point guard, and likes to set teammates up whenever he can. With his combination of scoring ability and definitive point guard mentality, Coleman should rocket up boards over the summer (more than he has already). Coleman plays his AAU ball for the top Boo Williams team, and has been on the radar for awhile now with offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Cincinnati, and VCU. He’s also gotten interest from Ohio State, North Carolina, Miami, Notre Dame, and Florida.
2017 PG Jamir Moultrie (Bishop McNamara)
Moultrie was another WCAC rising sophomore who impressed most of the weekend at the Super Sophomore Camp. The 6’2 guard for Bishop McNamara displayed great end-to-end speed coupled with solid burst all weekend, and showed off his hard-nosed approach to the game. A uncanny ability to finish at the rim, Moultrie scored over 14 points in each of his games played while being coupled in the backcourt with Matt Coleman. Moultrie led his McNamara team in scoring as a freshman, and his shot has continued to develop into an extremely dangerous weapon to his game.
Moultrie is an opportunistic player who likes to get out and run when his great on-ball defense creates turnovers. Moultrie picked off numerous passes over the weekend because of nice anticipation. Currently, Moultrie has heard from North Carolina, Old Dominion, George Mason, Virginia, Towson, Maryland, and Vanderbilt, as well as a few other programs. Without question, he will continue to hear from more schools as his DC Thunder AAU season progresses.
2017 G Trevon Duvall (St. Benedict’s Prep)
Duval isn’t as local as the rest of the group, but being from Delaware means he still falls into that group. Duval was one of the most athletic players at the Super Sophomore Camp over the weekend, and possessed better bounce than most guards in attendance. Duval impressed with high rising dunks along the baseline all weekend, and his explosive first step allowed him to get to the rim at will. The 6’3 guard also has a very sound midrange pullup shot, however, and hit from deep a few times over the weekend. He was a Top 20 invite at the Super Sophomore Camp.
Duval is a playmaker and a hard worker on the court, and is a can’t miss talent for that athleticism. Duval had a couple high scoring games over the weekend, and also created opportunities for his teammates with his athleticism every game. Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Villanova have already offered him, while he’s receiving attention from assistant Bino Ranson at Maryland.
2017 SG Chyree Walker (Paul VI)
The 6’4 Team Takeover wing Chyree Walker played well enough to earn an invitation to the Top 40 game of the Super Sophomore Camp. Walker measured one of the better vertical’s at camp on the first day, and has an above the rim game to show for it. Walker showed off a midrange game at time, and didn’t seem to mind scoring from inside. His length helps him as a defender as well, and as he continues to grow into his body he will only get more dangerous.
Walker has heard from Maryland for now, but should get a lot more interest from schools with a strong AAU showing.
2017 G Eddie Scott (Gonzaga)
Scott, teammates with Chris Lykes, made the Top 40 game of the Super Sophomore camp with his solid play. Scott has good size at 6’4, and plays hard on both ends of the court. Scott was active on the boards all weekend long and scored on putbacks and transition plays quite a bit. Scott had 18 points during the night session on Saturday, and had another ten point game during his third game.
Scott should improve a lot over the summer and start to pick up more interest as time moves on.