Wichita, Kan. — By many accounts, the 8th annual Crossroads Elite Invitational Camp produced the most talented camp roster of the summer on the grassroots hoops circuit. Despite being an unprecedented year due to coronavirus, CREI director Adam Shoulders will…
Wichita, Kan. — By many accounts, the 8th annual Crossroads Elite Invitational Camp produced the most talented camp roster of the summer on the grassroots hoops circuit. Despite being an unprecedented year due to coronavirus, CREI director Adam Shoulders will be hoping to build on his success, as his independent event attracted more than 300 talented prospects from the Classes of 2022 through 2025 to the Farha Sports Center on August 28th-30th, 2020.
More than 70 campers boasted Division I scholarship offers prior to the event, with dozens more beginning to receive significant attention directly following the conclusion of the camp. A select group of middle school prospects were invited to compete among what was primarily a high school-aged field, and Prep Hoops Next was in attendance to document the action. Here’s a glance at our two-part series recapping the top players from the Class of 2025…
Jake Hansen | Brookfield, WI | Class of 2025
The Wisconsin native has trekked to every corner of the country in search of competition, so there’s no denying his experience in camp settings. Despite being one of the youngest players invited to participate, Hansen played with confidence, once again demonstrating his perimeter shooting abilities, and expanding skills off the bounce. Standing 5-foot-7, his physical growth and overall athleticism will need to be monitored, but the eighth-grader looks like a player that could impact the varsity level immediately a year from now should his improvements remain on the same trajectory.
Darryn Peterson Darryn Peterson 6'2" | WG OH | Canton, OH | Class of 2025
I’m curious to see more of the 2025 group in Ohio, but my experience tells me that Peterson is very likely to be among the top tier of prospects among the state’s guard group. Already productive in the backcourt, the 6-foot-2 guard earned “Top 80” honors at CREI Camp, and is oozing with potential. He’ll undoubtedly stretch out more, and while many were justifiably enamored with his scoring and shooting abilities, I was most impressed by his all-around versatility and knack for makings plays against older competition. In short, Peterson does a lot of things that translate positively to the next level, and I’m excited about his future.
Damion Porter, Jr. Damion Porter, Jr. 6'3" | WF IL | Yorkville, IL | Class of 2025
The suburban Chicago prospect has a big reputation among his peers and showed flashes of why he is so highly regarded at CREI Camp. Porter, Jr. has a strong build at nearly 6-foot-3, and can play a variety of positions thanks to his size and strength, but his future is likely on the perimeter. He does his best work attacking the rim and overwhelming opponents with his aggressiveness and motor. It’s worth noting that Porter’s father, Damion Porter, Sr. stands 6-foot-9, and won an Illinois State Championship playing beside Rashard Griffith at Chicago King High School in the late 1980s. I wouldn’t be shocked if Porter, Jr. added a few more inches to his frame in the coming years, but the continued development of his ball-handling and jumper will be equally, if not more, important.
Kai Rogers Kai Rogers 6'10" | C WI | Brookfield, WI | Class of 2025
Approaching 6-foot-10 and weighing in at nearly 240 pounds, few players across the country can match the physical profile that this fourteen-year-old brings to the court. While toning his physique will assist Rogers in improving his conditioning and explosiveness, he’s surprisingly agile for his size, and displayed promise with his footwork during the skill development sessions at CREI Camp. He’s already playing above the rim and showed patience and touch when catching the ball on the low block. Only an eighth-grader, there’s no denying Rogers’ massive ceiling as a prospect and he’s sure to catch the eye of collegiate programs at all levels sooner than later.
Aaron Rowe | Columbia, MO | Class of 2025
A shifty playmaker, Rowe appears to be one of the top up-and-coming players in the state of Missouri. At CREI Camp, he displayed the quickness to beat older opponents off the dribble, and the vision to make accurate passes in the lane. Perhaps just a shade under his listed 5-foot-10, Rowe has impressive length, which typically indicates more growth will follow. I watched the young floor general push the ball in transition and convert a few floaters as well as some crafty finishes around the rim. He didn’t attempt a lot of jumpers in my viewing, but the handful he took appeared fundamentally sound, leading me to believe he could become a capable perimeter shooter if he isn’t already. Rowe is certainly a talent worthy of monitoring moving forward.
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