PHILADELPHIA -- After just a so-so performance by his standards
on Wednesday night at Reebok Breakout, five-star shooting guard
Terrance Ferguson promised that he would step it up on Thursday. Sure enough, the
rising junior lived up to his word and brought it on when he hit the floor for
day two of camp.
READY FOR HIS TURN
During his first two seasons at Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep, 6-foot-6 shooting
guard Terrance Ferguson had a pretty nice crutch to lean on in elite
point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Now that Mudiay has left for SMU,
it is Ferguson's turn to be the man.
Being the man is something that Mudiay has urged Ferguson to do and he has taken
the advice to hear. Primarily a spot up jump shooter and transition dunker
during his first two years of high school, the No. 10 player in the class of
2016 has shown a much more advanced game of late.
"Playing with Emmanuel really helped me to have confidence in my game," Ferguson
said. "He told me he was handing me the torch and it was my turn now.
"I'm handling the ball and attacking a lot more. It is helping to open things up
a lot. I'm trying to also add to my post game and be more of a leader."
During Thursday's first session of games, Ferguson had it all on display. He hit
buttery jumpers, got his head near rim level on transition dunks and showed off
his electric first step on dribble drives.
Given that he is still about a month away from starting his junior year,
Ferguson says that he really hasn't paid much attention to his recruitment. He
is more focused on ending his summer by reaching a big goal.
"If I'm not busy I'll try to set up some visits this fall," said Ferguson. "I
don't know where yet. I'm giving that to my mom to handle for now.
"The last thing of the summer is USA Basketball. My goal is to be a two time
DOZIER HEALTHY, STEADY AND EFFECTIVE
After missing his junior season due to a knee injury, No. 40-ranked
P.J. Dozier is getting back into the swing of things on the
floor. At Breakout camp, the 6-foot-6 guard from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley
has continued to impress with his versatility and ability to play all over the
He's also starting to feel like himself again from a health standpoint.
"I'm getting close and still have a little way to go," Dozier told Rivals.com.
"Every month I feel a little better and a lot stronger. It's just a little
Now that he is pretty much 100 percent, Dozier impresses with his ability to play all
over the backcourt.
"I'm real versatile," said Dozier. "I'm a 6-foot-6 point guard who can play some
at the two the three and the four and also defend those spots which is the key.
I've never been really athletic but that is coming and I am looking forward to
"Most coaches say they want to put the ball in my hands to generate and run the
offense which is where I'm comfortable," said Dozier. "They also thrown in that
they will maybe move me around some."
As for making a decision, Dozier says that he wants to sign early, that he will
set up visits after July finishes up and that he doesn't feel any stress about
the recruiting process.
"There's not really pressure at all," said Dozier. "The only pressure would come
from my household or my family and they aren't putting any on me. They just tell
me the choice is up to me because I'm the one going to school, not them."
MORE THURSDAY NEWS AND NOTES
One of the
biggest stock boosters through two days of Breakout camp is native Texan
Marquez Letcher-Ellis. A high flying 6-foot-7 combo forward,
Letcher Ellis plays in attack mode at all times and will try to dunk anything he
can. While his dunks draw oohs and ahhs, his defense, rebounding and improving
jumper are what really caught Rivals.com's attention. He looks like a younger
version of recent Wichita State stud CleAnthony Early. Letcher-Ellis will attend
Montverde (Fla.) Academy for his senior year and mentioned scholarship offers
from UNLV, USC, Virginia Tech, Depaul and
UNC Wilmington. He has interest from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest,
Arkansas, West Virginia, East Carolina, SMU
and will likely hear from many more after his play at Reebok.
It was good
to see four-star shooting guard Admon Gilder get it rolling a bit on
Thursday afternoon. An excellent defender and skilled offensive player, Gilder
is the type of team first player that can get lost in camp play at times. He is
a confident jump shooter and never rushes things. Word around camp is that he
could be tough to pull out of his home state of Texas and that Texas
and SMU have both positioned themselves well in his recruitment.
2016 forward Matthew Moyer into the top 100 for his class is looking to
have been a wise decision. The 6-foot-7 forward simply has a knack for
recognizing his matchup and attacking accordingly. If he draws a smaller
defender he plays as a skilled four, with a bigger guy he goes to the wing. He
can shoot, competes for rebounds at the rim and is a transition finisher. Moyer
mentioned offers from Iowa, UNLV, USC, Dayton, Detroit,
Xavier, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Butler and Air Force to go
with interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Miami,
Michigan State, Arizona and Arizona State.
Sometimes it is tough for big guys to get the ball in camp situations so credit
Luis Santos for going and getting it on his own. A springy but slender
insider, he showed lots of activity at the rim while racking up a double double.
Class of 2016 point guard Asante Gist is a compact and strong
playmaker. When he focuses on getting into the lane and making plays for others
he can be pretty effective as evidenced by his eight assists in a morning game.
However, Gist is his own worst enemy at times when he forces deep jumpers. At
this point, he doesn't look like a strong jump shooter but that's no problem
when he focuses on running an offense and creating. As he plays to his
strengths, his reputation will grow.
For the second day in a row Chimezie Metu was really impressive. The
6-foot-9 power forward has gone from very good to elite in the athleticism
category and he is becoming more and more comfortable as a scorer. His
development will be fun to watch at USC.
Because of his toughness, defense and solid all-around play, Jagan Mosely
recently earned himself a spot in the 2016 top 100. But, the Jersey native is
also a pretty effective jump shooter from between 12 and 17 feet and a dynamite
transition player. His first two offers have come from Boston and Fairfield
while Virginia, Miami, Oklahoma and Seton Hall are some of the
high major programs starting to take notice.
Teammates at loaded Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep, shooting guard
Donovan Mitchell and big man Jarred Reuter are also teammates at camp.
Both have played very well. Mitchell is known as a high-flyer, but he has stood
out for his jump shooting and tenacious defense at Reebok. Reuter on the other
hand is a grinding big man who plays physical, competes in the lane and never
takes plays off. Reuter says that he won't start to put a list together until
after the summer when he would like to have somewhere between five and seven
programs that he will consider. According to Brewster coach Jason Smith, Reuter
already holds offers from Iowa, Kansas State, South Carolina,
Minnesota, Providence, Rhode Island, Gonzaga and
There aren't many better performers in the open court than Arizona
bound guard Justin Simon. The five-star from California is adept at not
only pushing the tempo but finding open teammates while making life difficult on
opponents. Simon is also a high level defender who can defend all three spots
around the perimeter.
Nate Grimes is one of those players that makes sure he is involved no
matter what. He doesn't need a bunch of touches because of his willingness to go
get the ball off the rim and he runs the floor hard in transition to get easy
buckets. He can defend at the three or the four and is a reliable, lunch pail
type who has backed up his status as a Rivals150 prospect.
Nobody would blame four-star power forward Steve Enoch for getting in
the face of one of his camp teammates and screaming at them to pass him the
ball. He is a top 50 level player in the class of 2015 and has gone largely
ignored by teammates. Still, he has made his presence felt by cleaning the glass
and blocking shots. Even without scoring, he's backing up what Rivals.com felt
about him as a legit high major player after first seeing him at the Pangos
All-American camp in June.