Crossroads Elite Camp Recap

13 Aug

The Crossroads Elite Camp last weekend in Nashville brought over 150 of the nation’s top class of 2017 (rising high school freshman), and a few 2018’s, to the Music City for some spirited competition. Hosted by Adam Shoulders and assisted by Ohio’s own Kurt Stubbs, the camp featured drill work as well as game matchups between the class’ best young players. Over twenty Ohio prospects from the 2017 class participated, with several standing out even against the toughest competition. Here’s a look at some of the top Ohio performers….Elite125_FINAL-01-e1358396142906

  • Tyler Mitchell – Cincinnati Kings PG/SG: Mitchell was one of the big surprises of the camp, dominating more highly touted guards with his crafty play in the full-court. The 6’0 guard showed the ability to pass the ball in transition or the half-court, making the game easier for his teammates in the process. While he might be a little smaller then most of his competition, Mitchell brings a strong understanding of the game for a player his age, and also plays with exceptional confidence.
  • Storm Cook – Dayton Piqua PG: The 6’0 guard showed some real toughness as a strong perimeter player who can defend multiple positions on the wing. In addition to his strength, Cook is a good decision maker who looked like the prototypical young Ohio point guard that isn’t going to make many mistakes with the ball in his hands. A tough competitor who is probably a better scorer then he gets credit for, Cook could have a huge impact in year one at Piqua.
  • A.J. Gareri – Akron Ellet PF: There were a lot of skilled big men at Crossroads, and Gareri was able to compete with even the best of them. The 6’6 combo forward from Akron showed the ability to step out and make a long-range jumper, could effectively put the ball on the floor and showed a nice offensive IQ for a young forward. As Gareri gets stronger and more nimble his skill-set could allow him to have a very nice career as an inside-outside forward who can really score.
  • Derek Culver – Warren Harding PF: Culver wasn’t the most dominant prospect at the camp, but we loved the potential that the 6’6 power forward showed us. Culver is a good athlete and plays with a motor on every possession, leading to him being a very solid rebounder on the defensive end. Offensively he’s mostly a finisher around the basket, but with his athleticism he could become a nice transition player who can outrun opposing power forwards on the break.
  • L’Christian Smith – Dayton Huber Heights Wayne SF: Smith, along with Mitchell, was the top Ohio performer at the camp. However, he was moved to the bottom of this list, because it was announced yesterday that he will be reclassifying to 2018, meaning he’ll be an eighth grader again next season, so we won’t have any more coverage of him until next spring or summer. Smith is an athletic and strong-bodied wing that can really score the ball. He’s skilled enough to hit a deep jumper, can handle the ball and has an aggressive mindset. We’re not sure what the 2018 class looks like in Ohio, but after already being one of the top 2017’s look for Smith to find his name near the top of that class down the road.

In addition to the previously listed prospects, some other Ohio standouts from the camp included Ahmad Davis (Cincinnati Hughes PF), Nick Pluta (Dayton Springboro SF), Jonathan Williams (Akron SVSM PG/SG), Kaleb Wesson (Columbus Westerville South C), Jayden Sayles (Cincinnati Kings PF/C), Caden Sanchez (Columbus DeSales C), Evan Kuhlman (Cincinnati Lakota East PF), Armon Nasseri (Youngstown Ursaline PF), Jazz Howell (Elida SF) and 2018’s Ernie “E.J.” Williams (Middletown).


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