leads a Star Studded, All Action, Jam Packed, Talent Deep Combine!
Diamond knew he had his work cut out for him if he planned to be amongst the
Chicago combine's elite.
was amongst the largest in NUC history, with two sophomore sessions and maxed
out junior session clearly stating the kind of demand there was for this event.
Naturally, more players equals better talent and much slimmer chances to win an
award. Luckily he brought his A game and showed why he is more so a gem than a
diamond in the rough.
291 lb Siemon HS standout may have gone above and beyond his own expectations,
taking home the Overall MVP and Strongest Man honors in the sophomore session.
Diamond bench pressed 185 lbs 24 times, had excellent feet, pro-style technique
and a high intensity level. Between his size and skill, Diamond should find
himself at a big time D1 program.
Overall MVP Melvin "The Assassin" Gordon was responsible for the most
jaw dropping performance of the junior day. The 6'0 185 lb Kenosha Bradford HS
standout had Olympic-type athleticism
and was a gifted running back as well. He had a 35 inch vertical, 10'6 broad
jump, ran a 4.31 shuttle, 4.52 40 and did everything possible during 1 on 1's.
Gordon changed direction like Barry Sanders, runs good routes and has soft
hands. This is what you call a special player folks.
Joshua Jones has the ability and size of a player many years his senior. The
Provo West standout is 6'0 303 lbs of power. He bench pressed 155 lbs 20 times
and was clearly the top 9th grader in the 1 on 1's, using his aforementioned
ridiculous size to shut down the opposing linemen during 1 on 1's.
Performance List Thicker than a City Phone Book!
total number of athletes (near 600) and immense talent level, NUC CEO and
President David Schuman had his hand fill when handing out the awards. With a
number D1 prospects competing at the same position for an MVP, many spots had
co-MVPs and many terrific players didn't
even take home an award.
Catholic rising senior Andrew Elliott was definitely the best non-Overall MVP
of the weekend. The 5'10 182 lb standout had an 8'6 broad jump, ran a 4.41
shuttle, bench pressed 185 lbs 22 times and put on a clinic during 1 on 1's. He
had quick feet, good hands, a nice release and ran with power. Juwan Martin (De
La Sale) was also a gracefully gifted running back. With a 30.5 inch vertical,
4.35 shuttle run 4.55 40 and skills in 1 on 1's, The 5'8.5 210 lb prospect has
the athleticism and strength to make it to the next level.
Lisenball (a teammate of Martin at De La Salle) and Mason Fuller (Urban Prep)
were both on their A game, making it harder than a Rubik's Cube. Both were
around 6'1, had surprising athleticism for big men and played at a high speed.
also a plethora of other unbeliveable players such as Marquette Privott (Rich
East), Rasheen Lemon (Provsio West) Devante Williams (Arrowhead), Yoel Wonsey
(Neuqua Valley), and Hyeong-Joo Brian Kim (Glenbrook North).
Maddie (Aurora Christian) is an elite dual-threat QB. At 6'1 181, he has a 35
inch vertical, 9'0 broad jump, runs a 4.19 shuttle and 4.57 40. Skill wise, he
is also right on the money. Maddie has exceptional footwork, a strong arm, Tom
Brady like confidence and great accuracy. It's quite rare to find players like
Mangieri (Dunlap) and Joey Desimone (Nazareth Academy) ran the show from the
linebacker position. Both men were strong, athletic, moved well on the football
field and gave us every reason to believe that they are the first breaking to
make a tackle.
Collins (Tuoiton), Chase Murdock (Barrington), and Rodney Mosley (Neuqua) were
a tremendous running back trio. All three had power, speed, athleticism and ran
with passion. At just about any other camp, any of these prospects would have
clearly been awarded the RB MVP.
Thompson was amongst the best 8th graders we have ever seen. The 5'7 160 lb
running back had a 30 inch vertical, 8'9 broad jump, bench pressed 135 lbs 22
times and was a phenom during 1 on 1's. He has a great chance of being in
impact player on the varsity level next year and a top prospect shortly
him was Mahone MS' Elijah Garcia wasn't far behind. Garcia has the talents of a
player many years his senior, as a 4.54 shuttle and 8'7 broad jump are
virtually unheard of from a player who is yet to experience Freshman Friday.
(Neugua Valley) led the QB's with honor. The 5'11 201 lb prospect has
exceptional mechanics, a good arm, an 8'10 broad jump and bench pressed 135 lbs
camps like this, Chicago football will be neck and neck with their basketball.