Jeronne Maymon, a 6-foot-6, 202-pound forward from Madison (Wisc) Memorial High School was one of the biggest surprises of last weekend's adidas Phenom150 camp in San Diego.
"It was a great camp," Maymon said. "Everyone that is playing here is good. That's going to make me even better."
When Maymon is home he has a help mate on his own high school team that makes him a better player, too. Lining up with Keaton Nankivil, one of the top big men in the class of 2007, has helped him fine tune his game inside the paint.
"He teaches me a lot of post moves because he's so strong with the ball," Maymon said. "I have to get stronger. I don't want to go in there and have him push me around. I actually want to be the guy that can get tough with him."
Maymon is a hybrid forward that can do some damage down low but has success facing the basket and at the high elbows. His passing skills and unselfishness in the me-first atmosphere of the camp stood out the most. Maymon is a good athlete that ran the floor and kept the washing machine at the hotel busy because he will sweat through his gear with his workmanlike effort.
"You can't take plays off," Maymon says.
He never did.
The Big Ten has caught wind of his game as Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa have shown an early interest, he said, while Florida State has Maymon on the mailing list as well. After July, the letters will certainly come faster and more often.