The CP3 Rising Stars annual camp that features the top incoming high school freshmen in the country and now they have expanded to other countries. The camp takes place in Greensboro North Carolina, where the student/athletes participate in three days of media interviews, high level skill work, and very competitive games. In may case, you can forget you are watching incoming freshmen because of the high skill level of the participants. Great opportunity for young men aspiring to improve their skill set while competing against the best of the best.
Tyler Pinder 5’10 PG - GTH 4XII
Pinder had a very strong camp; he demonstrated his ability to play the PG at a high level and make sure the ball was distributed accordingly in an all-star environment. Pinder was cerebral and was able to deliver the ball to team mates in multiple scoring situations, which allowed his team mates to convert many of his passes. He had one particular play at the camp that made the CP3 camp highlights, which was a pass off the dribble from about half court over the top of the defender hands, delivered to his team mate for a dunk. Pinder was efficient with this shot selection, which never impacted the flow of the game and being able to score from all three levels. He got to the basket at will through contact need to be able to convert more of the shots for “And 1’s” Defensively Pinder was tough on the ball and showed ninja hands while defending resulting in many steals.
Jackson Robinson – 6’5 – Team Griffin
I really got to watch Robinson play and I must say the young fella was impressive with a variety of skills on both ends of the floor. Robinson showed some high level set of wing skills on both ends of the floor. Jackson has a really good touch and finishes well around the basket. His challenges came from not being physical enough to get into space and absorb the contact at the camp, but he showed great signs of getting there. His jump shot was not as fluent, but will get there with time. Jackson just needs time to flourish
Marlo Fox 5’11 CG - PWP
Fox took some time to adjust to the environment and soon realize that he was among some Pit bulls and everyone was hungry. Once Fox got past that stage, he began to find his way being more aggressive on offensive and picking up his intensity on defensive. Marlo also demonstrated the ability facilitate dropping some nice dimes and making shots form all three levels.
Elijah Wilder – 6’3 – Impact Athletics
Wilder showed the ability to knock down the long ball at the CP3 camp, young fella has a nice touch from deep. Has a nice tough on the ball. Wilder showed a sound handle on the ball and comfortable against intense defensive pressure. Wilder has the ability to be a nice three on the national level with his sound skill set. Wilder did not play downhill as much, spend a lot of time on the perimeter looking for the long ball. Wilder also demonstrated the ability to be a willing rebounder.
Matthew Stone – 6’4 – Team Griffin
Stone demonstrated the ability to play on the perimeter with elite competition, although he was not as aggressive during the event, he also had to figure out how and where to get into his shot with the game was moving at a high speed. Physically he looked the part mixing it up in the interior and making shot with space. Stone also showed the ability to facilitate the offense.
The talent at the CP3 Rising Stars representing Oklahoma was a beautiful thing, but I would be remiss if I did not mention Trey Alexander who should have been at the CP3 camp and no doubt I thought he would have done well along with a few others. The class of 2021 in Oklahoma has a tremendous amount of talent, which should make the state of Oklahoma very excited about the future of basketball. Last year there were three individuals at the CP3 camp most notable are Bryce Thompson (PWP) and Traejon Davis (GTH 4XIII) and we see the success they are experiencing
Thank you to the trainers, coaches, and parents for their dedication to the development of their child (Student/Athlete) for the growth of basketball in the state of Oklahoma.