NCB On The Trail: NBPA Top 100 Camp

Victor turns heads with play at NBPA 

June, 19, 2013
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Over the past few days we’ve highlighted the strong performances of ESPN 100 prospects Myles Turner, Jordan McLaughlin and Elbert Robinson at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Another performance that deserves mention from the Virginia event was that of PF Craig Victor (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 31 overall player in the rising senior class. His success at the loaded event shouldn’t come as a surprise as Victor is one of the nation’s more sought-after posts thanks to his skills up front.

10 things learned at NBPA 100 Camp 

June, 17, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NBPA Top 100 Camp wrapped up this weekend and while my colleague Paul Biancardi highlighted the top performances from the event, I’ll delve into some other recruiting observations from the star-studded event.

Among the takeaways was the continued emergence of 2015 center Cheick Diallo , Isaiah Whitehead's improving shot selection and Derrick Jones' bounce-back performance.

Here are the 10 things I learned while attending the NBPA 100 Camp.

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Top performers from NBPA 100 Camp 

June, 17, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – This year’s NBPA Top 100 Camp was littered with skilled prospects from top to bottom and was overall a very strong and deep collection of talent. Former NBA coach John Lucas served as the director of scouting at the camp, which annually attracts high-level prep prospects from all over the country.

The contests were extremely competitive as the players really took pride in their performances. Making the most noise at the camp were the event’s big men, who stood out due to their length in blocking and altering shots, overall efforts in rebounding and ability to run the floor and finish. Several, like center Stephen Zimmerman and Thon Maker, also displayed advanced passing and ballhandling skills.

Let's take a look at the final impressions from the NBPA 100 Camp.

Best performers

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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.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NBPA Top 100 Camp features many of the nation’s top high school basketball players. Our staff has already weighed in on what we learned from Day 1 and Day 2 at the camp, here’s a sampling of what some of the best players had to say about their peers and who impressed them.

Joel Berry (Apopka, Fla./Lake Highland)

On Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln): “He can really score the ball. He did something I've never seen before. He was driving to the hole and lost his balance, his body was almost touching the floor and he still put it in the basket. Also, his quickness helps him as a defender. He is a terrific two-way player."

On Robert Johnson (Richmond, Va./Benedictine Prep): "He is not flashy but gets the job done. He scores at will by making 3s and defends his man."

On Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles/Loyola): “His quickness challenges my defense. Over the years it's been hard to keep him out if the lane."

Jordan McLaughlin (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda)

On Abdul-Malik Abu (Boston/Kimball Union): “He is strong inside and has a quick bounce off of rebounds. He is strong on the glass."

On Chance Comanche (Los Angeles/View Park): "Only in the Class of 2015, he is way ahead of his class. He is very athletic, blocks shots and rebounds."

On Josh Perkins (Denver/Huntington Prep): "Playing against Josh Perkins is difficult. He is a very good passer and has great vision. He makes everyone around him better."

Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor)

On Kevon Looney (Milwaukee/Hamilton): “He scores at will on the post, he boards and makes outside shots. He is pretty much unstoppable."

On Tadric Jackson (Tifton, Ga./Tift County): "He has bounce and makes jumpers. He hardly ever misses."

McLaughlin shining at NBPA camp 

June, 15, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- ESPN 100 point guard Jordan McLaughlin (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda), who is competing this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, is a smart, smooth and very efficient point guard who can run a team, is a good decision-maker, and makes his teammates better with his ability to deliver the ball on time and on target.

The No. 18 overall player in the Class of 2014 has some outstanding programs after his services, including Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, UConn, Gonzaga, San Diego State, USC and UNLV.

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NBPA Camp Day 2: What we learned 

June, 15, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The second day of the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp on Friday at the University of Virginia continued to feature some of the nation’s top basketball prospects. Our staff of RecruitingNation experts was out in full force on Friday and here’s what we learned from Day 2, including the strong point guard class in 2014, a future perfect fit at Georgetown and the ESPN 100 talent in Utah.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Combo guard Perry "P.J." Dozier (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is a high IQ prospect with a nice feel for the game and a solid skill-set on the perimeter. The nation’s No. 22 rising junior had his talents on full display at this week’s NBPA 100 Camp, giving evaluators a glimpse of a potential very productive future college player.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard has nearly 10 teams pursuing him, with that number likely to rise significantly this summer and into his junior high school season.

P.J. Dozier
Reggie Rankin/ESPNP.J. Dozier has interest from nearly 10 schools, including Kansas and Indiana.
According to Dozier, Ohio State, Kansas, NC State, Indiana, South Carolina, Clemson, Wichita State and Georgia are currently recruiting him.

Dozier excels in transition with his ability to rebound and push the ball on the bounce or via an advance pass. Dozier has a knack for crafty finishes that end above the rim and he does a great job of using his length and footwork to complete plays in the paint. Dozier has a nice rhythm dribble pull-up and splashes the open 3 off the catch. He also won’t hesitate to attack with quick slashes from the wing in between defenders.

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Notebook: NBPA camp recruit updates 

June, 14, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- This week’s Friday notebook is chock full of info from the NBPA Top 100 Camp, which began Thursday at the University of Virginia. Included this week are recruiting nuggets on new ESPN 100 prospects Tyler Ulis, Myles Turner, Devin Robinson, Brekkott Chapman and much more.

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NBPA Camp Day 1: What we learned 

June, 14, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The first day of the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp tipped off Thursday at the University of Virginia with many of the nation’s top prospects in attendance. Our staff of RecruitingNation experts was out in full force, and here’s what we learned from Day 1, including notes on Florida-bound point guard Chris Chiozza, North Carolina’s strong 2014 contingent and 2015 top-10 prospect Cheick Diallo.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Class of 2014 center Elbert Robinson (Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centennial) was literally the big man on campus during the morning session at the NBPA Top 100 Camp held at the University of Virginia. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound lefty was terrific from start to finish, highlighted by a game-winning jumper in sudden death.

A showing like his on a stage of this magnitude will likely expand the list of teams in the hunt for the No. 60 overall player in the ESPN 100.

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