WEST DEPTFORD, N.J.- Much of the top underclass talent in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York region hit the court Saturday at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp. One of the day's standouts was 2014 big man Benjamin Bentil.
A high-energy big man with strength and athleticism at 6 feet 8, Bentil was an impact player all over the court. With his tough-minded approach on the defensive end, he controlled the paint.
Offensively, Bentil continually beat his man down the court and finished in transition. As the day went on, he also showed promise as a skilled player in the half court.
In regards to his overall athleticism, Bentil, who came to America a couple years ago from Ghana, is also one of the top soccer players in Deleware as a goal scoring forward.
Bentil is just now hitting the national radar but schools in the east are aware of his abilities and potential. Currently Villanova, Maryland, St. Joe's, Penn State and Rutgers are expressing the strongest interest.
Shep Garner, 6-foot-2, Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic, 2014 class
A combo guard with explosiveness, Garner impressed with his ability to get into the lane and also find the open man while on the move.
Horace Spencer, 6-foot-8, Willow Grove (Pa.) Tennet, 2015
There is a lot of buzz surrounding this freshman big man, and it is warranted. Spencer is understandably raw at this stage as an offensive player, but he has the long athleticism and big time motor that you can't teach.
Darnell Foreman, 6-foot, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony, 2014
A talented lead guard with a lot of substance to his game, Foreman consistently made plays as both a scorer and distributor.
Malik Starkes, 6-foot-4, Philadelphia (Pa.) Math, Civics & Sciences, 2014
A high-level athlete, Starkes did most of his damage in transition and on the offensive glass.
Jahyde Gardiner, 6-foot-5, Philadelphia (Pa.) Friere Charter, 2014
Gardiner impressed with his ability to impact the game in a variety of ways. He scored off slashing drives, post up moves, put backs and a respectable jumper. But he also defended, handled the ball well and defended.
Jaquan Newton, 6-foot-1, Philadelphia (Pa.)Neumann-Goretti, 2014
A highly touted guard out of Philadelphia, Newton proved very difficult to contain off the dribble.
Isaiah Briscoe, 6-foot-3, Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's, 2015
The guard with the biggest reputation coming into the camp, Briscoe proved his worth on Saturday. He has a composed game that is marked by physical strength. His pull-up jumper is one of his greatest weapons.
Samson Usilo, 6-foot-5, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Nazareth Regional, 2014
One of the more explosive athletes in the camp, Usilo made an immediate impact with his high energy and athletic play. He is best in transition, but Usilo also showed promise of being a productive player in the half court.
Levan Alston, 6-foot-3, Haverford (Pa.) School, 2015
A natural scorer, Alston stepped up to the competition and produced throughout the day.
Sean Lloyd, 6-foot-4, Philadelphia (Pa.) Franklin Learning Center, 2014
Similar to Jahyde Gardiner, Loyd is a wing prospect who does a lot of things well. His playmaking off the dribble was impressive.