NCB On The Trail: Seventh Woods

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The opening day of the 2014 NBPA Top 100 not only brought out some of the nation’s top prospects in the 2015, 2016 and even 2017 classes, but some recruiting news as well.

HOUSTON -- The Under Armour Invitational brings local travel teams together to compete under one roof and create an event loaded with high school talent from around the country.

Let's take a look at a few of the impressive performances that we witnessed.

Best true scoring point guard


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Pittsburgh Jam Fest recap 

April, 28, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The Hoop Group’s annual Pittsburgh Jam Fest brought hundreds of talented grassroots programs and college coaches alike to the Steel City for the only evaluation weekend of the spring.

The event also served as the opening of the season for the Under Armour Association, and it was a team making its UAA debut, New Heights, that ended up stealing the show on Sunday, winning championships in both the 16U and 17U divisions.


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2016's Woods more than a highlight 

December, 21, 2013
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 12th annual Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament features another standout group of future college and likely NBA stars. One of those future stars is 2016 ESPN 25 No. 21 Seventh Woods (Columbia, S.C./Hammond School).

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound high-flying guard has been a YouTube sensation since middle school, and his all-around game id developing and catching up to his special athleticism.


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#AskCoachB: 2016 G Woods is explosive

October, 21, 2013
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Class of 2016 prospect Seventh Woods (Columbia, S.C./Hammond School) first introduced himself to the basketball world on YouTube with some electric dunks in middle school. I had the opportunity to scout him over the summer and spent time with him at the Elite 24 in August and came away impressed with him as prospect and a person.

At this stage of his career, Woods, who is ranked No. 21 in the 2016 ESPN 25, is a combination guard as he is best at scoring off the bounce. He is also is a willing passer.

First and foremost his athletic ability blows you away at such a young age. He is explosive with a crazy vertical to make any dunk look easy and has the body control to finish in the lane when he can't get all the way to the rim. He loves to play in attack-mode. He is learning how to process the game and keep his teammates involved while staying aggressive as he is still learning how to play point guard.

Woods must learn to talk to his teammates and coaches more, and from a scoring standpoint his jump shot from distance needs to be a priority.

We have a detailed evaluation and a scout's grade here.

USA developmental team camp recap 

October, 6, 2013
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The USA Basketball Developmental National Team minicamp featured some of the nation's best high school talent representing the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Head coach Don Showalter and his staff put the players through numerous intense and competitive drills, controlled scrimmages and game situations in this four-workout, two-day minicamp.

Note: ESPN 100 No. 1 overall player Jahlil Okafor didn't play on Day 1 after rolling his ankle during a one-on-one in the post drill.

Here are a few players who were impressive this weekend from the ESPN 100, 60 and 25 rankings.

ESPN 100 Standouts

Best Motor
Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Trinity)
C, 6-foot-11, 225 pounds
Considering: Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Turner's talent and shot blocking is well-documented, but his consistent motor also makes the big fella special. Regardless of the outcome of the possession, Turner never stops playing. He runs, jumps and competes at a high level, which makes him stand out.


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Ten things to know about 2016 ESPN 25 

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The Class of 2016 is led by the super-talented trio of C Thon Maker, SF Josh Jackson and PF Harry Giles, giving this group an opportunity to be versatile and deep at a variety of positions.

Here are 10 things to know about the ESPN 25 Class of 2016, a small number of prospects who possess big-time potential.

1. Serious upside
The Class of 2016 first and foremost could be better than the Classes of 2014 and 2015. The early report card is tremendous not only for the top 25, but from reports coming in from around the country about players who have yet to be evaluated and added to the rankings when they are extended to 60 then 100. The overall talent and depth and the number of potential NBA players could be the difference.


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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Under Armour continued its "Grind" session circuit this week at Inglewood High School and the talent on display was high level. The Undeniable Camp introduced the players to a variety of skill-development drills, as well as some freelance scrimmaging.

Whether it was 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) blitzing the ball up court or 2016 guard Derryck Thornton (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep) putting defenders on their heels, several of the nation's elite rose to the top at the Under Armour Undeniable Camp, including a pair of 2014 Maryland commits.

However, the most perplexing aspect of the camp was the lack of urgency -- whether it was in a particular drill or scrimmage -- from many of the prospects in attendance. These camps should be a privilege for these players, and assertiveness should not be an afterthought.

Here were some of the top performers from the camp.

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5 things to know about the 2016 class 

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The new player rankings are out, and that means the 2016 class of rising sophomores enters our rankings for the first time with our debut of the 2016 ESPN 25. It’s still extremely early for this group, but here are five things you need to know about the Class of 2016.

1. Giles is a generational talent

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