Simi Shittu, Keldon Johnson lead NBPA Camp honors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The “Rockets” wrapped up four days of perfection Saturday evening during the final day of the 24th NBPA Top 100 Camp in John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia.

Senior-to-be point guards Luther Muhammad and Jordan McCabe combined for 17 points and eight assists in the first half as the Rockets rolled to a 28-point advantage before cruising to a 92-72 victory over the Celtics in the championship game.

The Rockets, at 9-0, became the first team in the event’s history to go unbeaten, according to Camp Director Purvis Short.

There were approximately 110 players from across the country as well from overseas that were placed on the camp’s 10 teams.

Each squad played at least seven games (including the playoffs).

Selected as the Co-Most Outstanding Players for the week by the camp’s selection committee that is headed by John Lucas (caveat: I’m on the committee) were post Simisola Shittu (a Canadian by way of Vermont Academy) wing Keldon Johnson, who is from Virginia but attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

The strong post play of Armando Bacot (who finished with game highs of 22 points and eight rebounds) and guards Scotty Lewis and Jules Bernard helped the Celtics close to within 73-63 with about seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

But Joseph Wieskamp, who is already committed to signing with the University of Iowa in November, scored 13 fourth-quarter points en route to a team-high of 19 to help the Rockets stifle the Celtics’ rally.

Among the 13 all-camp choices by the committee, only two of those – Southern California residents Bernard and Cassius Stanley – are from west of Iowa.


Co-Most Outstanding Players

Simisola Shittu (Warriors/Class of 2018/Saxons River, VT, Vermont Academy)


Keldon Johnson (Spurs/2018/Huntington, WV, Prep)


All-Camp Selections

Cole Anthony (Lakers/2019/Queens, NY, Archbishop Molloy)

Armando Bacot (Celtics/2019/Richmond, VA, Trinity Episcopal)

Darius Bazley (Spurts/2018/Cincinnati Princeton)

Jules Bernard (Celtics/2018/Los Angeles Windward)

Ashton Hagans (Knicks/2019/Mouth of Wilson, VA, Oak Hill Academy)

Scotty Lewis (Celtics/2019/Tinton Falls, NJ, Ranney)

Jordan McCabe (Rockets/2018/Kaukauna, WI, High)

Luther Muhammad (Rockets/2018/Jersey City, NJ, Hudson Catholic)

Jahvon Quinerly (Bucks/2018/Jersey City, NJ, Hudson Catholic)

Cassius Stanley (Warriors/2019/Chatsworth, CA, Sierra Canyon)

Joseph Wieskamp (Rockets/2018/Muscatine, IA, High)

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