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East Coast High School Academy Camp Rewind: Ian Jackson & Justin Edwards Steal The Show

By Eric Hampford, 09/28/21, 1:45PM CDT


2024 G Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson Looks The Part Of 5-Star Prospect

From start to finish at East Coast HSA Camp, it was clear to everyone in the building that 2024 6'5" guard Ian Jackson was the most dominant player in the gym.  A spectacular athlete, he shut the gym down during the dunk contest. In terms of his game, he showed impressively as an on-ball creator who can get to the rim and finish at all times. Progressing nicely as a creator, he's trending in the right direction as a potential five-star talent in the 2024 class. 

2023 WF Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards Backs Up 5-Star Status

Next in line at Pennsylvania basketball factory Imhotep is 6'7" wing Justin Edwards. One of the fastest-rising 2023 prospects in the country right now, he showed some impressive improvements in his game over the past year.  A smooth playmaker with nice court vision and passing skills, when his shot is falling, he's a very tough matchup. After seeing his play on Saturday at camp, it's not surprising that Kentucky is beginning to seriously recruit the Philadelphia prospect. 

2024 PG Tahaad-Pettiford

Elliot Cadeau & Tahaad Pettiford Stay Linked In Their Grassroots Ascent

Good friends and teammates for years, 2024 guards Elliot Cadeau & Tahaad Pettiford continue to stay linked in their basketball journeys. Teammates as 8th graders on the New York Lightning team that won our East Coast Lea8ue, they really began to make an imprint nationally in the class. Two years later, and they're still linked as two of the best guard prospects on the East Coast. For Cadeau, the 6'2" point guard plays a physical brand of basketball on both ends and has excellent court vision. Pettiford, now standing near 6'1", continues to be a premier perimeter shooter with emerging athleticism and playmaking skills. Both are on target to be high-major priority prospects in the coming years. 

2023 WF Jayden Ross

Jayden Ross Heading Toward High-Major Recruitment

Coming off a strong Nike Peach Jam performance in July while playing for Team Melo's 16U group, 6'7" wing forward Jayden Ross is setting himself up for his recruitment to expand to high-major status very soon. A talented scorer who can shoot over the top of defenses with ease, he made quite an impression on all of the coaches and media in attendance at East HSA Camp last weekend. Look for him to continue to make waves playing for Saint James School (MD) this winter. 

2024 F Matt Gilhool

2024 Class Makes Strong Impression At Camp

The strongest class of talent at East HSA Camp came from the sophomore class, with multiple talented prospects who will eventually play at the high-major level. Here are some guys who stood out most to me...

*Matt Gilhool, 2024 Post One of my favorite prospects on the weekend was the skilled 6'10" post who could stretch the floor or do damage in the paint.
*Elijah Moore, 2024 WG: A major shot-maker on the weekend, he has excellent size at 6'5" and plays with a fiery confidence on every possession.
*Moses Hipps, 2024 WG: Another high level shot-maker, his recruitment is beginning to heat up as continues to grow and he adds to his arsenal with more on-ball reps. 
*Nasir Rodriguez, 2024 WG: One of the best two-way prospects in attendance, his name will circulate all winter as he suits up for Monsignor Scanlan and shows his impressive offensive improvements.
*Dwayne Pierce, 2024 WG: One of the most intriguing prospects in the building, the 6'5"+ perimeter prospect has impressive skills and a bruising frame to do damage on all levels. 
*James Brannon-Moore, 2024 WF: Easily one of the highest upside prospects in the gym, the Pennsylvania native pops as an athlete with impressive vision, size and length. 
*Peyton Marshall, 2024 C:  A massive prospect at 7'0" and close to 300 pounds, he has good hands and improving footwork. Most impressive to me though is his post passing and how he sees the floor.
*Royce Parham, 2024 F: The 6'7" Pittsburgh prospect had a quietly productive showing all weekend. He finished well around the rim, defended and showed stretch ability with his offensive play.

2023 WG Aris Rodriguez

Stock Risers From East Coast HSA Camp

*Preston Murphy Jr., 2022 PG: The talented playmaker is healthy and thrived at East HSA Camp, constantly setting the table for others while getting anywhere he wanted on the court.
*Tarique Foster, 2022 WF: The 6'8" wing forward has been a tantalizing prospect for years. He showed positively all weekend with his variety of offensive skills and athleticism. 
*Elijah Gertrude, 2023 G: An impressive athlete who can get to the basket whenever he pleases, when he has it going, he's one of the more impressive guards in the Mid-Atlantic region.
*Aris Rodriguez, 2023 WG: A major breakout performer at camp, the Reading High School (PA) 6'3" wing guard is rapidly improving and should see his recruitment start to reflect that.
*Jeremy Ellis, 2023 F: It's going to take some time, but the bouncy 6'6" forward has the tools to really develop into a solid player if he can gain strength and improve some perimeter skills.
*Kendric Davila-Diaz, 2023 WG: I was very encouraged with how the 6'3" wing guard shot the basketball all weekend, which coupled with his strong frame makes him an intriguing option for schools. 
*Dylan Purnell, 2023 WF: One of the most versatile, high-motor guys in the building, he scored and rebounded at a high level all weekend. The 6'6" wing was a big time producer at camp.
*Xzayvier Brown, 2023 PGOne of the most skilled and effective point guards at camp, I love how crafty he is as a player and he never gets sped up by the opposition.
*Brandon Williams, 2023 F: One of the bigger prospects in the camp at a strong 6'8", he has some nice skills to go along with his frame. He's slowly putting the pieces together and should continue to warrant high level attention this winter.
*Ryan Williams, 2023 WG: Talk about an impressive looking prospect. At 6'6" with explosive athleticism, he was one of the best producers at the camp with long term upside that should have coaches circling him. 
*Babacar Mbengue, 2023 C:  Still learning the game, the 7'0" center is an absolute sight to behold. He dunks everything he can get his hands on, and rebounds and blocks everything in his area. 

2026 WF AJ Dybantsa

AJ Dybantsa Is A Tier One Prospect In 2026 Class

The youngest prospect in the building, 14 year old wing forward AJ Dybantsa has my vote as the best player in America for the 2026 class right now. Already 6'7", he's grown considerably over the past calendar year. He spent significant time at camp with the ball in his hands as a playmaker and ripping rebounds off the glass and leading the break. He's a true three-level scorer with an incredible ceiling at this stage. He heads into our MADE Hoops East Coast Winter Circuit with a target on his back, but one he should carry well. 

East Coast HSA Camp Honor Roll

Wisler Sanon II, Sean Hargrow, Elijah Perkins, Josh Hardeman, Devere Palmer Jr., Seth Joba, Ty-Laur Johnson, Carlton Carrington, Sebastian Robinson, Noah Best, Damani Barley, Kendric Davila-Diaz, Emile Johnson, Ryan Williams, Jaylen Colon, Jaiden Glover, Jaden Kelly, Danny Carbuccia, Markell Alston, Danny Murray, Jared Butler Jr., Shareef Jackson, Jaylen Harrell, Omari Moore

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