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NBPA Camp: Friday PM, Part I
Myles Turner, C – When the rankings are updated Turner is going to be very high in them, and he justified that yet again with a dominant performance on Friday night. Quite simply Turner completely takes away the rim on defense, and he is impossible to score over. Offensively he hit a few shots from the outside and was able to showcase his skill along with his elite defensive prowess. When it comes to long term potential few have more of it, and Turner absolutely dominated on Friday night. Dwayne Morgan, SF/PF – After missing a game earlier, Morgan made up for lost time with his play Friday evening. Morgan absolutely scored every single way possible, going to the rim, from the mid-range, off of rebounds, and from deep. Defensively he needed some work, but his offensive skill set is impressive, and Morgan had a monster game. Justin Jackson, SF – As usual Jackson was impressive. The future North Carolina Tar Heel is simply one of the best scorers from the wing in the class and he had it working again on Friday night. What Jackson also did was take, and make, outside shots. Earlier in the camp he was doing everything from the mid-range, but on Friday he was scoring from deep and showed off a nice stroke. When Jackson is hitting from the outside there just isn't much that can be done to stop him. Chris Chiozza, PG – Chiozza didn't have an elite game offensively, but that didn't matter he was still a difference maker. What Chiozza did was play absolute lockdown defense and pushed the pace in transition setting up opportunities for others. With Chiozza's quickness and energy he pressures the ball very well and takes other point guards out of their game. Chiozza did that quite well, and then mixed in just enough scoring to have a solid showing. Leron Black, PF/SF – Again Black managed to hit a couple of threes and show that his work on the perimeter is beginning to pay off. The outside shooting is an added dimension to Black's game that makes him tough to guard, and his rebounding is still high level. Black also blocked a shot or two and was physical inside, and is becoming the inside/outside threat that he has always tried to be. Romelo Trimble, SG – It has been a broken record this week, but again Trimble was excellent on Friday evening. He ran the point almost exclusively and looked comfortable in that role. Still what he did best was knock in shots, and he knocked down plenty of them. Trimble was big time all game long and got bucket after bucket on his way to another impressive showing. James Blackmon, SG – There aren't going to be many more efficient shooters in the country than Blackmon. His form on his jumper is picture perfect and Blackmon knocked several of them in. As per usual hit from three off the catch, but then he mixed in coming off of a screen a few times, and scored using the bounce by creating space for himself. Blackmon still needs to do more to set up others, but his shot is an absolute weapon and he has to be accounted for at all points in time. Karl Towns, C – Towns isn't the most athletic player around, but man is he skilled. Coming off of a plane trip Towns had a solid first half and really showed why he has so much ability. Towns hit a few in the mid-range, scored down low, and also was solid rebounding the ball. He isn't fleet of foot, so he will have to closely monitor his weight at all times, and while he wasn't great, Towns was still very good. Isaac Copeland, SF/PF – Copeland passes the look test at the highest level. The Georgetown pledge is long, athletic, and really has a basketball frame to him. Also what he possesses is a big time jump shot. Copeland hit several threes, and they all looked good from the moment they left his hand. Also Copeland scored some off the dribble and made a few nice passes. What Copeland must focus more on is rebounding as too often he didn't even get in the mix for boards, but still there is a lot to like with him. Skal Labissiere, C – Quite honestly Labissiere got the best of Towns one-on-one down low. Labissiere was a force blocking shots, he ran the floor very well, and then had his mid-range game and post-game working. Labissere is someone with a world of talent, and he is continuing to get better every time out on the floor, and this was a huge step forward for him. Jaylen Brown, SF – The physical wing was an absolute beast. In the first half of his game there might not have been a better player. Brown was going to the rim, he hit threes, and then showed off some good floor vision. His strength and athleticism make him a matchup nightmare on the wing, and Brown is just one of the truly elite players in the class.
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