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NBPA Camp: Thursday AM, Part I
Justin Jackson, SF – There isn't a better mid-range player in the country than Jackson, and he had that on display during the morning session. Jackson was excellent going to the rim and finished over players with floaters and also converted down low. He didn't shoot it much from deep, but kept players off balance by changing speeds and overall was extremely productive. Leron Black, PF – The Memphis native hit a pair of threes early, and that caused him to settle too much at times, but then he got back to his bread and butter which is scoring down low. Black went through defenders with strength and then showed some of his explosiveness dunking things. He needs to do that more often and let the jumper come, but overall it was a solid outing in the morning for Black. Joel Berry, PG – Berry looked quick, explosive, and showed good point guard instincts all game. He can really get to the rim where he is more than capable of finishing through contact or finding open shooters. Berry is just someone who flat out knows how to play, and he combines that with nice physical gifts as well. Isaiah Whitehead, SG – As usual Whitehead was a scoring machine. The New York City guard is absolutely one of the premier scorers in the class. He is strong and athletic which allows him to score going to the rim, but at least this morning what he did best was hit from deep. While Whitehead did force a few shots, in general he took and made quality looks and showed why he is lethal on the offensive end of the floor. B.J. Stith, SF – Playing on his future home court, Stith showed why he was an early offer for Virginia. The athletic forward was really hitting from deep, and then combined that with the ability to finish above the rim. He needs to do this consistently and repeat the performance, which at times has been a struggle for Stith, but overall it was a very good start for him. Joe Burton, SF – It has been an excellent spring all around for Burton, and again that kept going in the morning game. Burton hit a few shots from deep, used his strength to get to the mid-range and finish, then he even mixed in a few nice passes. Also Burton played hard consistently and overall just showed why he is fighting for four-star status. Tyler Ulis, PG – There can't be a better camp point guard than Ulis. Not only is he a willing passer, but he pushes the pace, finds open teammates, and simply knows how to make everyone around him better. In turn by making everyone else better, Ulis makes himself look good. He is small, but it really doesn't matter, the bottom line is Ulis knows how to play and makes things happen for everybody on the court. Devin Booker, SG – Booker definitely didn't have the look of a knockdown shooter, but he did perform fairly well. He is strong and knows how to change speeds which allows him to get by guys using the dribble. Also he is a capable shot maker, especially in the mid-range. He did nothing flashy, but at the end of the day Booker was effective with his play. Devin Robinson, SF/PF – Robinson is fresh off of an impressive showing in Italy, and he fought through the long travel to have a pretty solid opening game at the camp. He is long and athletic at 6-foot-8 which gives him great versatility. Robinson can handle to the ball well and get to the rim, and then he rebounds okay as well. He might struggle to guard some wings right now, but added strength likely mitigates that some. Still he is an impressive prospect and had solid showing. Brekkott Chapman, PF – Chapman had an up and down spring to be sure, but his showing during the morning session was impressive. The 6-foot-8 prospect showed his significant skill level by hitting from deep, making some nice passes, and scoring off the dribble. He didn't rebound, and that is a major growth area for Chapman, but he did show how he can be a matchup problem with his highly skilled game and good size. Myles Turner, C – Camp settings tend not to be the best for big centers, and that was the case in game one for Turner. Offensively he didn't get a ton of touches, and the ones he did get he didn't do a ton with, but on defense as always he was dominant. Turner just has great timing and incredible length which allows him to complete take away the rim. He made life difficult on his opponents with that, and showed why his stock is soaring. Derrick Jones, SF – The one hole right now in Jones' game is that he isn't a knock down three point shooter, and that was clear early. Jones had a few nice looks and none of them went in. Still despite missing his perimeter jumpers he managed to put together a very impressive game. Jones got to the rim whenever he wanted, defended very well, and used his big time athleticism to make plays all over the floor. His potential is through the roof, and Jones also is someone who knows how to produce. Stephen Zimmerman, C – The left handed post prospect had a solid game. He struggled at the beginning by taking jumpers and missing, but then he did what he does best and that was go down low and score. Zimmeran scored mostly with his left hand, and showed good touch around the rim. He battled on the glass as well and showed he can rebound both in and out of his area. While it wasn't a dominant game, Zimmerman definitely looked good.
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