Five-Star Chicago Super Session Recap
The most impressive players from this past weekend
Five-Star's famed summer program wraps up with a quartet of Super Sessions in Florida, Illinois, Texas and New York this month.
This weekend, 88 top players from the Midwest descended on the Joy of the Game Sports Center in Deerfield, Illinois for focused training and games with top-level competition. Here were some of the best players.
Romulus, Michigan’s shooting guard EC Matthews came into the weekend having already made a name for himself, thanks to his play this season with The Family. The 6-4 athlete lived up to the hype, winning the camp’s Most Outstanding Player award. Matthews dominated on both ends of the floor and made it clear that he is well-deserving of the impressive list of schools showing him attention. Based on his play this weekend, Matthews should be one of the top 25-50 juniors in the nation.
You might recognize the name William Gates from the award-winning Chicago basketball documentary Hoop Dreams. Gates starred at St. Joseph high school and went on to play at Marquette. Now, his son is one of the top young guards in Chicago. William Gates Jr. is a 6-1, 2013 combo guard from Chicago Foreman High School, and he had his full arsenal of offensive moves on display this weekend, showing why he is a Division I prospect. His game needs polishing, but he has the tools to one day be a mid- to high-major point guard.
The Most Promising Prospect
6-6 small forward Tyquone Greer of Chicago Orr Academy went back to the west side as the camp’s Most Promising Prospect. A long and explosive athlete, Greer’s play was streaky but his talent is undeniable. The 2014 prospect just started playing competitive basketball and might still grow to be 6-7 or 6-8. Greer has a nice outside stroke and is dangerous in transition. If he puts work into his ball handling and gets more reps playing against top competition, he could play four positions in college. Illinois, Baylor, DePaul and Northwestern are showing interest.
Marquis Marshall is a Five-Star Camp veteran, but the 6-5 shooting guard from Reading, Pennsylvania had one line missing from his Five-Star résumé: a camp team championship. The talented senior accomplished his goal on Sunday with a little help from his friends, as his squad defeated a talented group led by high-major guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker. Marshall and his sidekick, 2014 guard Erick Locke, had remarkable chemistry considering they had never played together before this weekend. Locke was on a scoring tear, going stretches where he couldn’t miss a shot. It wasn’t just a two-man effort though — this championship squad had players step up at clutch moments throughout the weekend. One player who played a secondary role to perfection was Chaz Glotta of Zumwalt North High School in Missouri. Last year as a freshman, Glotta led his conference in scoring, carrying his varsity squad to a 18-6 record.
The breakout player
One of the clear breakout stars of the weekend was JD Tisdale - Flint, Michigan’s finest. An impressive athlete who can do a little ofeverything, Tisdale is a prospect who should start seeing the Division One offers pour in over the next year. Last year as a sophomore at Flint Northern, Tisdale was an all-around standout, averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. After competing on the AAU circuit for the Mid Michigan Lakers this summer, Tisdale made a move, transfering from Flint Northern to Swartz Creek High School. His list includes Drake, Toledo, Central Michiganm Western Michigan, Oakland, USC, UCLA, Missouri, Arkansas and Eastern Michigan.
The lock-down defender
Throughout the camp, Tevin King showed the signature defense that earned him a call up from the Mac Irvin Fire 15U team to the loaded 17U squad this summer. He’s not tall and isn’t extremely quick, but his explosive leaping ability and impeccable timing make him one of the best shot blocking guards in the nation. The sophomore combo guard is a fierce competitor and is the type of player who can impact the game without touching the ball. That is why he was named top defensive player in the camp. As a varsity freshman at Providence-St. Mel Tevin, he averaged 18 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. Illinois, DePaul, Clemson, Kentucky and Ohio State have expressed interest.
Khalil Felder is straight up fun to watch. A wizard with the rock, he can get a good look no matter who’s guarding him. He made his presence felt this weekend, going right to work with his killer crossover and step back moves that make guarding his pull-up jumper nearly impossible. Felder might have been the most effective shot creator at the camp. He can play the point, but he was born to put the ball in the bucket. Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo, Oakland, Akron and St. Bonaventure have offered the rising junior.
The comeback player
Jordan Foster, a 5-11 point guard from Seton Academy in Chicago, had interest from a number of low- and mid-major D-I schools when he broke his foot a week before the AAU season started. The dime-dropping point guard made his comeback this weekend and though it will take him some time to regain his ability to blow by defenders, Foster played well. His mid- and long-range jumpers were falling, he handled the rock well and he showed great court vision. With a strong senior season, Foster could see some of those D-I schools regain interest.