Saturday, June 15, 2013
NBPA camp: Quick scouting impressions
By Reggie Rankin
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- There have been a number of terrific performances at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but here are quick-hitting scouting impressions on more than 30 players who have caught my eye on a consistent basis outside of P.J. Dozier, Elbert Robinson and Jordan McLaughlin, whom I already did individual blogs on.
2014 PF/C Payton Dastrup: Attacks the rim with great energy and urgency, finishing and competing at a high level. He simply didn't take plays off.
2015 PG Jalen Brunson: He runs the team, distributes the ball, has feel and court vision, and when you back away he can drain the jumper. He might not make the play to win the game, but he won't make the play to lose it either. He’s rock solid and learning on the job.
2016 SG/SF Josh Langford: He’s a straight bucket getter in a variety of ways. He’s strong, confident and very talented.
2014 C Isaac Haas: He’s a mountain of a post player, a true 5-man who runs the floor well for his size and on consistent basis. Haas is physical, fundamentally sound, smart and can jump hook with either hand. He has offers from Purdue, UCLA, UAB, Clemson, Stanford, Wichita State and Florida and is reportedly a terrific student as well.
2014 PG/SG Tadric Jackson: He’s a strong, physical lefty combo guard who is a little undersized for the 2 but plenty strong enough. He has offers from Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, LaSalle, Tennessee, Houston, Memphis and South Carolina.
2015 SG Tyler Dorsey: He’s an attacking, slashing and scoring guard with great versatility. He has a great catch-and-go move and a terrific shot fake to set things up. He has offers from UConn, Louisville, Florida, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Gonzaga.
2014 PF/SF Kevon Looney: He is long, athletic, skilled and productive both scoring and on the glass on a consistent basis. He’s an elite prospect in the class with great upside and a bright future.
2014 PG Joel Berry: He has a sweet mid-range game, a strong, low handle, and the ability to distribute and defend the ball at a high level. Berry is committed to North Carolina.
2014 SG/SF Isaiah Whitehead: He has much-improved shot selection and decision-making, which has led to more consistent play and production. Whitehead has offers from Syracuse, Louisville, Minnesota, UCLA and St. John’s.
2014 PF Angel Delgado: He’s a warrior on the court but a soft-spoken and nice young man off. He attacks the glass, defends and is a powerful finisher. He competes and plays hard on every possession. Delgado is a coach’s dream: tough, blue-collar and doesn't mind doing the dirty work to help you win.
2014 SG/SF B.J. Stith: He was knocking down shots from all over the floor, with his confidence building on every shot on his future home court at the University of Virginia, where he will follow in the footsteps of his father, Bryant Stith.
2014 SG Robert Johnson: He was a late invite, but his game was right on time. He made shots with range to the parking lot, finished at the rim with either hand, handled the ball and played under control while being productive. He has offers from Florida State, Villanova, Marquette, Wake Forest and more will be jumping on this bandwagon in July.
2014 C Myles Turner: He has great size and shot blocking and competes on every possession. On offense, he can face and drill the open jumper with 3-point range and make turn shots deep in the lane. I heard some Theo Ratliff comparisons by some of the pro players.
2014 SG Trey Kell: He’s a smart shot maker who knows how to play and is strong. He can hit 3s and pull-ups with no problem. His game grows on you. Kell has offers from Gonzaga, New Mexico, San Diego, Pepperdine, Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah State and others.
2015 SF Jaylen Brown: He is a strong, athletic finisher and slasher. Brown has a great basketball body.
2014 PF/SF Isaac Copeland: He is long, talented and skilled and a difficult matchup. He’s playing more aggressive, which is bad news for defenders. Copeland has committed to Georgetown.
2014 PG Chris Chiozza: He has elite court vision and sets up more people than a matchmaker website. He has committed to Florida.
2014 SF Dwayne Morgan: He is aggressive and in attack mode, finishing above the rim and making mid-range jumpers and getting on the glass. He has committed to UNLV.
2014 C Pascal Chukwu: He is a super-long shot blocker on the ball and from distance. He’s also an above-the-rim finisher and rebounder. He looks like a helicopter coming at you to block, contest and change shots.
2015 C Skal Labissiere: He is super long with a nice shooting touch and finishing ability. He has off-the-charts upside.
2014 PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright: He attacks, makes plays, breaks pressure and has a nice floater. He will run the show at a high level for Sean Miller, as he’s committed to Arizona.
2014 PF Craig Victor: He makes plays, defends and is a leader with a great motor. He is also a finisher, mid-range scorer and excellent interior passer. Victor has offers from Ohio State, Kentucky, LSU, Arizona and Oklahoma State.
2014 PG Josh Perkins: He has good size, attacks, distributes and defends. He’s a talented playmaker with a high basketball IQ.
2014 SG James Blackmon Jr.: He is a big-time shooter who is smart and has gotten stronger. Tom Crean can run the picket fence for Blackmon, who has committed to Indiana.
2014 SF/PF Caleb Martin: He is having an excellent camp by competing, making open shots, rebounding and finishing on the break. He has committed to NC State along with twin brother Cody Martin.
2014 PF Leron Black: He is strong, competes on the glass, and finishes around the lane and along the baseline. He attacks the rim.
2014 C Karl Towns Jr.: He has great size and skill. The sky is the limit for this young man, who has committed to Kentucky.
2014 PG Ja’Quan Newton: He is an attacking and competitive guard who can get to the rim and get others involve. Newton is a typical tough Philly guard who has an all-business approach. He has offers from Temple, USC, Minnesota, Villanova, SMU, Xavier, Georgetown and Miami (Fla.).
2014 PG Tyler Ulis: He runs a team, has great court vision and can knock down open shots. He has been on the rise since April. Ulis has offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Florida State, USC, DePaul, Northwestern and Purdue.
2014 SF Devin Robinson: He is a long and skilled lob catcher on the break who is a tough matchup.
2014 PF Reid Travis: He’s a strong and physical true power forward. He can finish through contact and can face and knock down the open jumper when set. Travis also rebounds in heavy traffic.
2015 PF Cheick Diallo: He’s a monster who competes on every possession, blocks shots, rebounds, defends and finishes with power in traffic. He has great energy, effort and motor and will be a head coach magnet during the July evaluation period. Diallo has offers from UConn, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse, Texas and Villanova.
2014 SF Kelly Oubre: He’s a strong, athletic wing with 3-point range and a quick lefty trigger. He’s also a powerful above-the-rim finisher.