NEO Youth Elite Camp Standouts: Part I
The annual NEO Youth Elite Showcase is traditionally a loaded event with high-level prospects from the all over the country. The 2020 version did not disappoint, as several players from various age groups took the floor at The Edge and made a huge impression. After evaluating hundreds of prospects carefully throughout the two day event, these prospects had the strongest performances.
Tre Norman (2023/Worcester Academy)
The Boston-area native was the best overall prospect in attendance. Norman is a sturdy guard that stands around 6’2 – 6’3 and is wired to score. Tre was at his best as an on-ball shot creator that generated space by changing speeds/direction with a live dribble. Norman displayed a potent pull-up game from distance, hitting defenders with step-backs before rising up and burying jumpshots. The rising sophomore also showed a proficient dribble drive game, as his superior strength allowed him to plow through defenders off the bounce and finish through contact at the rim. Tre excelled as a more traditional floor-spacing shooter as well, connecting on multiple catch-and-shoot triples over the weekend. Norman is one of the very best sophomores in the Northeast, with serious potential to receive high-major offers in short order based on his scoring ability and college ready frame.
Keyshawn Hall (2021/Rhodes HS)
Hall is the epitome of the term mismatch. Going around 6’5 with the frame of a DE on the gridiron, Keyshawn proved to be nothing short of lethal on the perimeter. The senior-to-be displayed some shiftiness off the bounce, easily changing directions with the ball while breaking defenders down on several impressive drives + finishes. If that wasn’t enough, Hall knocked down multiple pull-up jumpers from beyond the arch and put in a few as a stationary shooter from the wing for good measure. There was simply no prospect in attendance with adequate size/strength/agility to prevent him from getting buckets as an on-ball scorer. Keyshawn has a nice skillset for a mismatch combo-forward, but he also embraced the blue-collar work, grabbing several offensive boards that resulted in putbacks. Hall has the look of a priority prospect for Division II coaches in the Midwest. He’s only going to get better as he continues to refine his body and sharpen his game.
Chaze Harris (2021/Bedford HS)
Chaze passed the eye test in warmups, with a nice physical profile for a guard at around 6’3 with good length and a frame easily capable of adding 25 pounds of muscle mass without losing agility. Athletically, Harris is a Division I level prospect, plain and simple. The local product from greater-Cleveland displayed good verticality as a leaper and outstanding body control in the air when finishing. Chaze looked very smooth in a lead guard role, easily beating full-court ball pressure with sudden behind-the-back and crossover dribbles that nearly made his defender fall. The defense was never able to make him uncomfortable and he got to his spots on the court consistently. While we can’t assess his perimeter shotmaking ability, Harris has some serious upside as a two-way player at the next level as an athletic guard that can create his own shot and finish at the rim while having the size/length/athleticism to be a disruptive defender.
Collin Albert (2021/Lutheran East HS)
Collin displayed everything you want in a true floor general. Albert likely had the best handle at the event, as he consistently broke defenders down with combination dribbles that often left the opposition wondering where the talented senior had gone. Add in very good first-step acceleration, and there wasn’t a person in the facility that could stay in front of Collin off the bounce. While the ability to get in the paint was noteworthy, Albert capped off those drives by converting at the rim as well. With the ability to elevate off 1 or 2 legs, solid body control in the air and the coordination to get balanced looks when jumping off the wrong leg, Collin showed off an extensive lay-up package from multiple angles. As a playmaker for others, the Lutheran East Falcon made the game easy by collapsing the defense with dribble penetration before finding teammates on dumpoffs for easy layups. On the other end of the court, Albert was a menace at the point of attack. His ability to slide his feet in tandem with active hands resulted in several steals that lead to transition scores. Currently holding an offer from Notre Dame College, Collin has the look of a prospect that would’ve likely seen his recruitment take off with live evaluation periods. Hopefully college coaches are reviewing Summer film from Albert, as he’s a legitimate two-way guard.