Quentin Snider, who was one of the top prospects last week at the Nike Elite 100 Underclassman Camp,…
Nike Elite 100: Point Guards
Arguably the deepest position at the Nike Elite 100 was the lead guard spot. A number of high level point guards took the floor at St. Louis' student activities center this week, but none stood out more than junior-to-be prospects Quentin Snider and Shelton Mitchell. While those two led the way, players like Jordan McLaughlin, Devon Hall and Jaquan Lyle also played their way into very good performances at the prestigious underclassmen camp. Quentin Snider, PG – Over the past three months, Snider has proven himself as a player on the national stage. During an event in Las Vegas in April he was tremendous as a leader and point guard, but his performance then doesn't compare to what Snider, a Louisville commit, put together at the Nike Elite 100. The 6-foot-1 guard ran his camp team as well as any guard at camp. What makes Snider such a tough player is his strong mix of creating ability and shooting ability. His jumper from three is consistent, but he's also starting to mix in mid-range pull-ups and floaters, which is making him extremely guard. He also makes guys around him better and even tossed out 14 assists during one camp game. Shelton Mitchell, PG – Mitchell took his game to a new level at the Nike Elite 100. In my other looks in the spring, Mitchell certainly impressed, but his effort in St. Louis was as good as I've seen from him. Mitchell orchestrated his team to perfection on Sunday. He's not particularly fast, but he's creative with the ball and crafty enough to find ways to get into the paint. In transition, Mitchell, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, was especially effective in transition and may have been the best passer at camp. His effort on the final day was his signature performance of the spring. Jordan McLaughlin, PG – One of the best athletes at camp was this 5-foot-11, 165-pound lead guard. His speed and athleticism is game changing in the open court, as he has an extra gear that not many in the country can get to. McLaughlin also proved to be a shot maker out to the three-point stripe and showed runners in the lane. Jaquan Lyle, PG/SG – While some like Lyle on the wing, I think he's more effective with the ball in his hands. When Lyle is used as a decision maker and passer, he's terrific. To go with his size for the position and vision, Lyle's feel for the game is top notch. The 6-foot-5 guard also made shots from three and looked comfortable doing so. Devon Hall, PG – Hall isn't going to impress on-lookers with his speed or athleticism, but when he gets the ball in his hands and is asked to run a team, he excels. He has a desirable feel for the game, makes good decisions with the ball and is a tremendous passer. From a scoring standpoint, Hall can make threes when his feet are set and when he's attacking he will bust out a floater or runner in the lane. He proved to be one of the best point guards at camp. Jaylen Robertson, PG – At the Carolina Challenge, Robinson showed a glimpse of his game. Playing against his peers in another competitive environment, Robinson stepped up to the task. The 6-foot, 155-pound guard has very good speed and athleticism and is extremely difficult to guard in transition. He's creative and crafty when he attacks the basket. Robinson fearlessly enters the lane looking to finish or drop off passes to teammates. He was one of the surprises of camp. Tyler Ulis, PG – He checked in at just 5-foot-8, 132-pounds, but don't let that bother you. Ulis is a tough, hardnosed guard that has winning attributes. He led his three-on-three team to the camp championship and was extremely tough for the opposition to guard. He knows how to set up his teammates, has very good speed and plays the game the right way. JaQuan Newton, PG/SG – At this point, I'm not quite sure whether to list Newton at the one or the two. Regardless, Newton has some combo to his game and is a high level player. He gets to the rim as well as anyone in the 2014 class and once he's there finishing isn't an issue, as he adjusts well, scores through contact and has the use of both hands. On Sunday, Newton particularly had it working. He had his usual buckets at the rim, but mixed in mid-range pull-ups and runners in the lane. Aaron Holiday , PG – The brother of 76ers guard Jrue Holiday is already well known on the west coast. At 5-foot-11, Holiday isn't quite as big as his brother, but he's every bit as tough and smooth as the former UCLA player. Despite his sub 6-foot size, Holiday has a strong, stocky build that allows him to play through contact and finish well around the basket. At this point, Holiday plays on the ball, but his scoring ability is advanced for a sophomore-to-be. Holiday is a high major guard. *Larry Austin, a standout at Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier, put together a solid camp. The 6-foot, solidly built guard showed he could run a team. Austin passed the ball well and created opportunities for his teammates. *While he plays on the ball, JaQuel Richmond is quite the scorer. His jump shot from long range is arguably his best weapon and his range extends well past the stripe. Richmond has very good speed and is athletic enough to make plays at the rim. *Alex Robinson is a better athlete than I've previously given him credit for. The talented lead guard played well at camp and showed he could not only handle the lead guard duties, but also score from mid and long range. He's a high major prospect. *Atlanta native Nate Mason turned some eyes at camp. A steady lead guard, Mason made runners in the lane and proved to be a pretty talented passer. Mason runs with Southern Stampede on the travel team circuit. *Kevin Zabo, of Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian, looked to put up points at the Nike Elite 100. His jump shot is much improved, but he's also an effective finisher at the rim because of his strength. *2014 guard Clayton Custer knows how to play the game. His strengths include his ability to pass and set up teammates, but he also has a nice pull-up in transition. He's a confident player that doesn't back down from competition.
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