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August 20, 2011The annual Junior All-American Camp was held August 5-7 and brought 150 of the nation's top rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders to Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, GA a suburb of Atlanta. All players received fundamental instruction plus individual skill development,, and participated in a series of games.
In addition to the basketball skills that were emphasized, the camp also offered the opportunity to learn life skills and the players attended academic/SAT seminars. Also included in the camp: each player received a personal evaluation and had the chance to be selected to play in the All-American game at the camp's conclusion.
Director Clay Dade said that four of the best players in camp all came from southern California and were picked for the All-American games for their age class.
Most Outstanding Player honors in the eighth grade went to 5-foot-10 Devearl Ramsey, from Chatsworth, Calif. "He was scintillating with his speed, strength and athleticism. He was unstoppable getting to the basket and in transition."
Seventh-grade Most Outstanding Player honors went to Cody Riley, a 6-foot-7 resident of Hidden Hills, Calif. and sixth-grade Most Outstanding Player honors went to 5-foot-8 Michael Feinberg, who also is from Hidden Hills, Calif.
Another Californian, from Los Angeles, 5-foot-7 Devin Newton also played well and made the 8th Grade All-American game.
But Dade noted that another seventh grader, 5-foot-8 Kel Stotts of Columbia, Ky., "Was unquestionably the camp's best shooter regardless of grade. The range on his shot was astounding. He went on one stretch where he hit four consecutive bombs in one game."
Corey Cooper of Courtcred.com wrote that there were also many others who impressed him. "Class of 2017 guard Justin Roberts from Indiana showcased crafty ball-handling skills as he broke down any defender that stood in front of him. Roberts did a great job a pressuring the defense with his penetration and made plays for himself as well as others."
Cooper said that the most impressive player he saw was Georgian Aaron Augustine (Class of 2016). "He is one of those instant offense type of guys who can give you 30 on any given night. His quick crossover and hesitation dribble is lethal. And don't give him any room behind the arc because he will bury the three.
Another player that earned Cooper's approval was a 6-foot-6 center from Washington, NC Edrice Adebayo (Class of 2016). "Adebayo reminded me of Kevin Garnett a little bit because of his build and agility. He did a great job of gaining position in the post and scoring on dump downs from the wing. This kid has skies the limit type of potential."
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