Jun 26, 2011

Local Boys Shine in the Volunteer State

CPHR just returned from a long day of making the trip to the University of Tennessee, along with two of Cincinnati's finest young prospects, for the Volunteer's Elite Camp. Withrow's Devin Williams ('13 PF/C) and Tyonte Robertson ('14 PG) were the talk of the camp as they played focused and dominant basketball all day long. Thrown together on the same team, along with '13 Louisville Trinity combo guard Darryl Hicks, the two Withrow teammates seamlessly executed the two man games by playing pick and roll ball or throwing it inside and having Robertson cut off. Here is a more detailed evaluation of their performances:
Tyonte Robertson and Devin Williams

Devin Williams- The 6'8 warrior dominated the paint all day long, finishing everything through contact. Williams showed a nice array of power moves, hook shots, and finesse spin moves to keep the defense off guard. His ability to step out and face up, where he can shoot out to 17 feet or put the ball on the floor, is what stood out to the Tennessee coaching staff. Also displaying his ever improving athleticism with several dunks, Devin probably would've walked away with camp MVP if there was one. Coaches also raved about his tenacity and competitiveness, which they believe will be the separating factor for Williams as the recruiting process continues. At the conclusion of the event Tennessee became the latest high major school to offer (joining: Illinois, Xavier, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Purdue; while West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Arizona, and several others are showing significant interest.

Tyonte Robertson- The 6'0 lead guard was probably the most dominant pure PG on the court today, impressive considering that he was also the youngest. Robertson showed a great feel for the game, including adding a more consistent pattern to his playmaking by eliminating unnecessary turnovers. That's not to say he wasn't flashy; as Robertson constantly blew by his man and scored in the lane or found a teammate for an assist. Tyonte also displayed a nice jumper from deep as he picked his spots and shot the ball well in rhythm each game. Coaches praised his toughness on the defensive end and his fearlessness against older competition as reasons why he has a great opportunity to become an elite prospect. Tennessee, along with several other high major programs, will be keeping an eye on Tyonte during the July recruiting period.

Cincy Prep Hoops Report would also like to thank the Tennessee staff for allowing us full access to the camp. 

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