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1st Annual Ball is Life All-American Camp Recap Part 1

Ballislife All-American Camp Nov 30 - Dec 1

Ballislife All-American Camp Nov 30 – Dec 1

First of all, WCE25 would like to thank all ballers, parents, and coaches who supported and helped make the 1st Annual Ball is Life All-American Camp a successful event.  We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to our event partners, Open Gym and Ballislife, for their passion, commitment and respect for the game.

During the next few weeks, we will be adding exclusive Ball is Life All-American Camp content (recap, pics, video, as well event schedule for 2014).  


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Special From Open Gym (available at http://opengymoc.com/camps/bil-all-american-2013-recap):


ANAHEIM, CA.The first annual Ball is Life All-American Camp presented by Open Gym and West Coast Elite brought out some of the top players from not only Southern California, but also throughout the Western United States. Top prospects ages 8-14 were in attendance from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Washington D.C.


The first three hours of the camp each day began with rigorous skills training from some of the most well respected club coaches in Southern California. Skill stations incorporated a high level of intensity while focusing on the fundamentals of basketball.


The intense nature of the station work set the stage for a competitive camp and the games that took place later in the afternoon. All of the trainers that worked the camp have experience working with high-level players, and several have experience working with NBA players. The energy from the coaches at stations rubbed off on the campers, who really focused on bettering their skills in these morning sessions.


Players were evaluated on the games that they played in and during competitive drills where they went up against one another. The “Ball Is Life Game” at the end of the camp represented the camp’s top performers according to the coaching staff.

Zion Harmon was named 5th grade camp MVP. Harmon, who plays for CJBA in Sacramento, CA, was dominant all weekend. He takes a very no-nonsense approach to the game, rare in such a young player, and possesses a skill set that was unmatched this weekend. Other standouts in the 5th grade division included Dylan Andrews (Game Time Elite), Josiah Johnson (CJBA), Lonnie Whiteside (I-10 Celtics), Matthew Coleman (LA Bobcats), and Jaden Phillips (I-10 Celtics).

For the 12U/6th grade division, players from the Southern California area stood out. The MVP of this division was Paris Dawson from the Tri City Ballers. Dawson is very fundamentally sound, and possesses a high basketball IQ. In the Ball Is Life game, Dawson showed great game management skills and the ability to control the tempo down the stretch of a game.

The San Diego Rebels 12U team had two players make the All-Tournament team this weekend in Alex Wade and Chibuzo Agbo. Chibuzo showed all weekend why he is widely regarded as one of the top players in his class, while Wade was stellar all weekend running the point guard position.

Fred Burton (P. Miller Ballers) is another national prospect that stood out in the 12U division. Burton projects to be an elite wing that can get to the basket at will. Jordan Pineda (City Stars) and Marcus Joseph (Open Gym) also had stand out performances. Few 12 year olds can match the strength of Joseph when he plays from the mid post as well as the low post, while Pineda was deadly from the outside throughout the weekend.

EJ Jackson of the City Stars was named MVP of the 7th grade division. The 13U/7th grade division had the most participants of any division during the weekend. Jackson possessed the best ball handling skills of any player at the event, and he is a true pass-first point guard. What makes him special is his ability to distribute as well as take over a game scoring if he has to.

Javon Blacksher (Team Bibby), Jaelen House (Team Bibby), Jake Kyman (5 on Five), Jacob Ray (City Stars), and Dillon Depina (Aim High) were the remaining members of the All-Star team for the 7th grade division. All were a part of a tightly contested Ball Is Life game at the conclusion of the camp, which saw the team led by Jackson, Depina, Ray, and Kyman come out on top.

Lastly, Kiwon Bradford (I-10 Celtics) was named MVP of the 8th grade division, and David Atencio (Surf City-also 8th grade) was named MVP of the entire camp. Bradford had an excellent showing and his athleticism and ability to get up and down the court was a great fit for the camp setting. Atencio continued his strong push since the summer to be among the best players in the class in Southern California. He has a very diverse offensive game, and can beat teams from three, from midrange, and by getting to the rim.

Harrison Butler (I-10 Celtics), Matthew Bradley (MOC Magic), CaCoa Chatma, Oscar Lopez (OC Vision), Austin Galuppo (I-10 Celtics) were the other players named to the All-Tournament team. All five of them will be four-year varsity players once they reach high school next season.

Thank you to all coaches, players, and parents for making our inaugural event go so smoothly. Also, a special thanks to all families who traveled from out of town to be attend. We appreciate the support, and look forward to next year’s event.



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