DUBLIN, Ohio -- Elevate Basketball Academy was once again host to the 270 Hoops Proving Grounds for the third-straight week. Sunday’s event theme was the 2021 Small College Challenge, as 24 hopeful rising seniors played in front of a handful of college programs in person and more than 70 online through the use of a livestream broadcast.
Team 2 took home the title, winning six out of eight games and winning their last three in a row to end things much quicker than last week. Let’s take a look at the top performers from the event.
Camden Primmer (6’4 WG / Teays Valley / 2021): Absolute workhorse and grinder. Gets things done on both ends of the floor, not afraid to get physical and challenge for 50/50 balls. Came up with several key offensive rebounds, steals and second chance opportunities that helped his team win the title and helped him get MVP honors. Primmer is a knockdown three-point shooter, has the strength to finish inside and also sports a GPA well above 4.0. Look for Primmer to have a breakout season for Teays Valley, as he will be the go-to option on the offensive end. Going to be a great get for a high academic program looking for toughness and work ethic.
Elijah Jackson (5’11 PG / Archbishop Moeller / 2021): After injuries plagued most of his three years at Moeller, Jackson is back healthy and ready to compete. The 5-foot-11 senior guard was one of the best players in the gym on Sunday, looking healthy and confident in his game. The son of East Carolina coach Antoine Jackson, Elijah Jackson is a natural coach on the floor and exceptional leader. Communicating at a high level and playing with a mature pace, Jackson set himself and others up countless times for scores, while making play after play on the defensive end. Jackson is a sleeper point guard prospect in the 2021 class that showed off a knockdown three-point shot, leadership and toughness. Jackson’s bigger frame and physicality caused problems for opposing guards all night, as he had an advantage in most of the matchup due to his size alone.
Jaylon Jackson (5’11 PG / Centennial / 2021): Tough grinder of a point guard that plays both ends. Jackson takes pride in his defense, pressuring the ball with great physicality and toughness. Jackson fights through every screen, has an exceptional feel on both ends and plays to win, whether that requires him to score or not. On Sunday, Jackson was needed to be a scoring threat and he did just that, hitting back to back threes and finishing a tough drive to the rim to go on a personal 8-0 run to help his team win the title. Jackson knows how to create advantages, as he was able to break down defenders off the bounce and deliver accurate passes to open shooters. With what he already can provide defensively, Jackson’s stock can really increase if he scores it like he did on Sunday.
Will Miller (6’4 WG / Bishop Hartley / 2021): The best shooter in the gym on Sunday, Miller was dialed in early and often and powered Team 1 offensively. A brute 6-foot-4 wing guard, Miller’s size alone makes him very difficult to defend for most high school wings. Miller combines that with his knack for getting open off the floor to set himself up for opportunities along the three-point line. Miller took advantage of every one of those opportunities, putting on a dazzling shooting display and being one of the most reliable offensive weapons in the event.
Caleb Conard (6’7 PF / Big Walnut / 2021): A few hours after the event, Conard picked up his first offer from NAIA Rio Grande. The 6-foot-7 forward quite literally proved himself at the Proving Grounds in weeks 1 and 3, putting together strong performances each time out. Conard is an athletic stretch four who can score it from anywhere on the floor. While his shot wasn’t falling as much as it did in Week 1, Conard still showed a strong ability to create his own looks against strong defense. In an age of positionless basketball and versatility being so high in demand, Conard is a unique big in the 2021 class that can compete among the best prospects in the area.
Jahki Henderson (6’5 PF / River Valley / 2021); Henderson has been one of the highest stock rising forwards in the area over two weeks at the Proving Grounds. The 6-foot-5 forward played some of his best basketball on Sunday, showing to be a really reliable offensive threat who was his team’s most consistent contributor. At 6-foot-5, Henderson has a physically imposing frame and natural strength that helps him create advantages against smaller and skinnier defenders. We liked how Henderson got to his spots and didn’t take many ill advised shots, things that helped him really impress from mid-range and in. We love Henderson’s attitude and demeanor, as he is a guy who is fun to be around and helps get the most of his teammates.
Steven Martin (6’3 WG / Lansdale Dock Academy, PA / 2021): Flying all the way in from Philadelphia, Martin arrived to the event late due to a delayed flight, however, he could not have come at a better time as he hit back to back game winners to help lead Team 2 to the title. While it was a relatively limited viewing, Martin was very solid, playing within himself and showing off an advanced feel for the game. Martin has a quick first step, can create for himself and has the ability to consistently knock down shots from the perimeter. We look forward to watching Martin play again, as he clearly has ability and was a great addition to the event.
Keshawn Harris (6’0 PG / Independence / 2021): Harris is one of the smoothest guards in the area, as he plays with great pace and purpose. One of the most talented ball handlers in the senior class, Harris knows how to create an advantage and constantly makes the right basketball play. On Sunday, Harris was his team’s most reliable scorer and playmaker, getting to the rim where he finished consistently. It’s been a pleasure to watch him mature both on and off the floor, as he seems to really be rounding the corner as a prospect and will be a big reason why Independence is going to surprise people in the City League this winter.
Ethan Bell (5'10 PG / River Valley / 2021): Sharp-shooting senior guard who plays with a big chip on his shoulder. We liked the way Bell was able to create his own looks, especially out of the ball screen game where he makes great decisions. Bell can fill it up from the three-point line and is a talented and smart passer that showcases strong vision and decision making. With River Valley receiving a transfer in the form of Jevin Beard from Buckeye Valley, Bell and the Vikings will be a sleeper team to watch in Division II this winter.
Charlie Bean (6’5 WF / Fairfield Union / 2021): Lengthy sharp shooting wing with plus athleticism. Bean was the perfect compliment to the players on his title winning team. Bean has plus level athleticism, showing it off with a few impressive blocks and finishes at the rim. Confidence is everything for Bean and he was playing like someone who knew he belonged on that floor on Sunday. Look for Bean to Fairfield Union to once again be contenders in the MSL-Buckeye.
Maurice Collins (6’6 WF / Thomas Worthington / 2021): When it comes to intriguing length, Collins has it. The 6-foot-6 wing is playing some of his best basketball, as he has overcome a great deal of adversity over the years and is starting to look like the high-level player that the coaches at Thomas Worthington have always thought he could become. Knocking down a handful of shots and impacting the game with his versatility on both ends, Collins was his team’s best rebounder and defender, while having the ability to grab and go to make plays in transition.
Evan Justice (6’3 WG / Circleville / 2021): Jump shooting wing with quality size. Justice hit several key shots to help his team win the title. Justice competes at a high level, was not fazed by the size and athleticism of the event and showed a competitiveness that fit in well with the rest of his teammates.
Caleb Brigle (6’1 WG / Whetstone / 2021): Brigle is 2-0 when it comes to titles at 270 livestream events this summer, taking home the title at the Proving Grounds Week 3 and at the Small College 2021 Challenge earlier in July. The 6-foot-1 guard is a strong competitor, can fill it up from the three-point line and has improved as a ball handler against pressure defense. Brigle put up big numbers at Whetstone last season and will look to do the same as a senior.