"ScoutsFocus" All-American Camp Opens Play at U-Hall

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email
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Almost 150 under-the-radar high school basketball players from the United States and Canada are at University Hall in Charlottesville for the third annual ScoutsFocus All-American Camp.

Organizer Joe Davis says the camp is meant to shine a spotlight on younger players and players who may not be as talented as those across the street at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at John Paul Jones Arena, but should be better known by scouts and recruiting services.

"The whole key to this is we have a lot of under-the-radar kids, and we have a lot of top talents too.," Davis explained. "Obviously we don't have the talent of the NBA camp but a lot of times these are the younger kids who next year go on to play in the NBA camp and really blow their recruiting up with that."

The camp also features a handful of local players looking to improve their games over the summer.

Albemarle rising sophomore Austin Katstra was a first-team All-Jefferson District pick as a freshman last year, and is at the camp to help him take his game to the next level.

"I think it's pretty cool. It will give me great experience and allow me to realize how good I want to be to get to where I want to be," katstra explained. "It will help me work on my fundamentals and realize what I need to work on. It's a pretty good opportunity for me to see where I stand among some of the best players and what I need to do to get to the top and where I want to be."

Another fun aspect to the camp for Katstra is the fact he gets to play on the same court at U-Hall his father Dirk played on when he was a Cavalier from 1987 to 1991.

"It's like nostalgic that this is where my Dad played and to run on the same floor he did is pretty cool," the younger Katstra said.

Jaylin Reed is a rising freshman who will be at the Miller School this fall after transferring from the R.E. Lee program in Staunton.

Reed says he was enticed to make the switch because of Miller's history with placing players at the Division I level.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Reed said. "It's great, I can't wait to get out there and show people what I can do. Basketball is my main thing, it's what I want to do and Miller School just fits me right."

While Reed is joining one area school, Sacha Killeya-Jones is leaving another.

The 6-10, 190-pounder spent the last two seasons at Woodberry Forest but will spend this fall at Virginia Episcopal.

Killeya-Jones is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2016 and is receiving interest from Tony Bennett and Virginia.

"They're definitely a program on the rise," Killeya-Jones said. "They're going to be one of the top schools in the country for the next couple of years. Playing in the ACC everyday is just great competition and you've got to prepare for that."

He also believes last season's ACC regular-season and Tournament championships help boost the program's profile.

"What I like (about UVa) is they play the Dukes, North Carolina, Syracuse, and we saw last year they can really score the ball and play defense. They're going to be one of the top-5 teams next year."

The ScoutsFocus camp runs through Saturday with the championship game set for 1 p.m.

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