- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The second day of the 2012 USA Basketball Men's Developmental Mini Camp gave players an opportunity to showcase their talents through morning scrimmages and fullcourt drills. Several players had good days, but three players really stood out. Let's take a look at who made a big impression.
Malik Newman (Jackson, Miss./Callaway)
2015, SG, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds
Offers: Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi State and UCLA.
Newman is a true shooting guard who can score in a variety of ways. He can finish above the rim in transition or spot up from behind the arc when he runs the floor. Newman spaces to the open area on dribble penetration and can knock down the midrange jumper off the catch or the dribble. Newman is capable of getting hot and knocking down two or three shots in a row with ease.
"I can shoot from any area on the floor,” Newman said. “Scoring is what I do. I am working on becoming a better defender and leader."
Eric Davis (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill)
2015, CG, 6-3, 161,
Offers: Iowa State, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina, Kansas and Iowa.
Davis is a versatile player who is very productive at either guard spot. Off the ball, he will slash to the rim and in between defenders. Davis can hit the midrange jumper off the catch or dribble, and he can drill the open trey without hesitation. Davis still looks to score first when playing the point, but he can run the offense and get the ball to teammates thanks to his stellar playmaking abilities.
“I am a scoring point and good facilitator,” Davis said. “But I have to get better on defense and be more vocal.”
Elijah Thomas (Rowlett, Texas/Rockwall)
2015, C, 6-9, 260
Offers: Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Texas A&M and Texas
Thomas is a wide-body post who provides passers with a great target. He can score with his back to the basket with either hand using his strength, power and touch. Thomas is a good area rebounder on both ends and a solid on-ball shot blocker. Thomas plays hard and is active and aggressive. He can do a lot of damage from 12-feet and in.
"I rebound, block shots and score in the post,” Thomas said. “I am a matchup problem for other centers. I have lost a lot of weight and I am working to get and stay in shape so I don't get my shot blocked."