CREI 2020 RECAP PART II
Here is a look at Rodger Bohn’s (SlamOnline) CREI 2020 recap Part II:
Isaac Traudt, 6’9, PF, Grand Island HS (NE) 2022
A player who has continually blew up this spring without playing for a shoe sponsored team, Isaac Traudt continued his stellar play in Wichita. The 6’9 new age forward was incredibly bouncy, utilized his size to exploit mismatches on the block, and showed consistent range from the three point line. Even though he’s not the strongest guy in the world, the Nebraska product didn’t back down against bigger foes and showed why he’s undoubtedly one of the top-50 players in the class.
Ausar Thompson, 6’6, SF, Pinecrest HS (FL) 2022
While his twin brother Amen did more of the damage scoring the rock in transition, Ausar Thompson really stood out with the outstanding court vision that he showed at CREI. He had similar lockdown defense, totally played within himself offensively, and was a monster finisher in transition. The ascension of the twins from their play at CREI was evident, as they’ve both picked up offers from Arizona, Florida State and Kansas since the event ended.
Felix Okpara, 6’10, PF/C, Hamilton Heights (TN) 2022
Okpara is one of the nation’s elite shot-blockers in the class of 2022 and has really developed offensively during his time at Hamilton Heights. He’s extended his range to the three point line, has a nice fallaway jumper out of the post, and is even able to beat slower bigs off the bounce. The agility that Felix brings to the table defensively will virtually give him the choice of any college program he wants.
Isaiah Carr, 6’10, C, Las Cruces HS (NM) 2022
A big time sleeper, Isaiah Carr was one of the truly elite shot-blockers that the camp had to offer. He used his long arms and great timing to totally disrupt the game. He’s already won a state title in New Mexico and as he continues to add to his offensive bag, expect the offers to really roll in.
Demarion Watson-Saulsberry, 6’7, SF/PF, Totino-Grace HS (MN) 2022
A player I’m incredibly familiar with (I live in Minneapolis), Demarion made monstrous strides in his game from the time COVID ended his high school season until CREI. From the forward position, he was the best on ball defender that the camp had to offer. He used his length to bother a ton of elite players, got a ton of deflections, and showed the agility to guard from the perimeter. The intriguing forward has received a lot of interest from high major programs, but expect that list to continue to grow with his three point range continually getting more consistent.
Trevon Brazile, 6’7, SF, Kickapoo HS (MO) 2021
Aside from the Thompson twins, there was not a player who helped himself at camp more than Trevon Brazile. He went from having two low major offers to receiving an offer from SEC in-state dream school Missouri (which he promptly accepted). The athletic forward shot the ball well from deep, played well above the rim in transition, and defended multiple positions. Brazile is certainly a high upside guy who has the potential to make an impact in the SEC.
Cameron Fens, 6’10, C, Hempstead HS (IA) 2022\
A guy who I was completely unaware of going into the camp, Cameron Fens is a guy who really has a chance to explode. Working with former Indiana/Iowa State big Jessan Gray, Fens has developed into a new age center, but also utilizes his size down low. His ability to play both inside and out (along with his deceptive athleticism) make him a guy who Big Ten schools should certainly be monitoring over the next two years.