Four-star guard Isaiah Whitehead finished off an impressive spring at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and…
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Energy bigs thrive at camp NBPA Camp was full of active, aggressive and energetic post players. Since the early spring I've raved about Cheick Diallo's motor and he certainly didn't slow down at camp. The 6-foot-9 big man was an animal on the glass, contested shots and was a live body all camp long. "I always playing hard," Diallo told Scout.com. "I like to defensive rebound and offensive rebound. I like to get the ball and dunk. I'm running all the time." "I have this energy," he added. "I don't know why." Through six games at NBPA Camp, Diallo averaged 11 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He also left camp with the MVP trophy. He's put together as strong of a spring as anyone in the 2015 class. His motor never stops, but he's more skilled on the offensive end than he's been given credit for. Look for him to make in Scout.com's next batch of rankings. Heading into the spring, Angel Delgado wasn't a household name. Now he's known as the power forward that led the EYBL in rebounding through the first four sessions. At NBPA Camp, he was up to his old tricks reeling in 5.8 boards a game and finishing No. 7 overall in that category. Delgado was also effective offensively, scoring 9.8 points a game. Much like Diallo, Delgado is active and aggressive in the paint. He hunts for offensive put back opportunities, but also has good touch with his right hand inside. 2014 power forwards Craig Victor and Kevon Looney both had great weeks in Charlottesville, Va., as well. Victor left camp with averages of 10.4 points and four rebounds a game, while Looney went for 10.4 points and seven rebounds per outing. Since the first April evaluation period weekend, Victor has made it clear he's ramped up his game and his effort on the court. He runs the floor well, has an improved mid-range jump shot and plays with intensity. Similarly to Victor, Kevon Looney is one of the hardest playing prospects in the 2014 class. He has a nose for the ball and pursues it aggressively off the rim. He's also versatile, can face up defenders and attack and has a jump shot to 21-feet. Turner's rise looks familiar There was a moment Saturday morning where I looked at the person sitting next to me and said ‘I'm having another Anthony Davis moment.' I remember watching Davis' development a few years ago. It started in the early spring. As he rolled into March and June the improvements were clear. Then on the second day of Peach Jam, it hit me that he was the top player in the class. His ascension to No. 1 was quick and swift. Myles Turner's rise to prominence in the 2014 class has been similar. Now I'm not quite ready to say Turner is the nation's best player, but I don't think it's out of the question that he could get there. Turner, a 7-footer, impacts the game by just being on the floor. He's such a good shot blocker that the opposition is scared of him and when he's defending low post prospects, they rarely get a clean look at the basket. At this stage, his defense is ahead of his offense. His size, lengthy, athleticism, mobility and instincts make him the nation's best-shot blocker. On the opposite end, he's still developing his back to the basket game. But where he excels is with his ability to shoot. He's a capable shot maker to 21-feet. In the particular game I saw Saturday, he hit a three, two mid-range jumpers, a right jump hook and a turn-around jumper over a 6-foot-11 defender. Turner's confidence is building and I've seen it grow from event to event. When rankings are updated, he will move into our top 10. How high has yet to be determined, but he's certainly earned that type of bump. Whitehead shows out again All spring I've raved about the play of Isaiah Whitehead and on a big stage, he proved himself once again. For me it started at EYBL Dallas, where I saw him hit five three-pointers in a half, including a couple from well past the three-point stripe. He was much more comfortable shooting long range jumpers and certainly was more consistent than in the past. Then at the Under Armour Invitational, Whitehead's scoring prowess was on display with the Juice All-Stars. The threes continued to go down, but he also mixed in mid-range jumpers and strong drives to the rim. At times during NBPA camp, Whitehead seemed to have it all working. The 6-foot-4 strongly built guard was aggressive with his drives and found ways to get scoring opportunities from both mid-range out to three. Through five camp games, Whitehead averaged 10.6 points a game. Nationally the shooting guard position is lacking depth. Rashad Vaughn certainly had his moments this spring, but few stepped up and changed the perception of their game like Whitehead did. Oubre, Jackson have strong camps Kelly Oubre had his coming out party at NBPA Camp. Although this shouldn't necessarily be a surprise, as Oubre averaged 16.1 points a game through four EYBL session with the Houston Hoops. Oubre actually led the NBPA in scoring with 13.8 points a game, beating out AAU teammate Justin Jackson, who went for 13.6 points a game. Offensively, Oubre was aggressive. He consistently knocked down three-point jumpers, but he also made strong drives to the rim, finishing at the rim and scoring well through contact. Sure he needs to spruce up his middle game and his ball handling could get better, but he's approaching the game with intensity and he's consistently making plays on the offensive end of the floor. For Jackson, NBPA Camp was business as usual. Many raved about his performance at camp, and don't get me wrong, he played great all weekend. But it's gotten to the point where I expect this type of showing from Jackson. The lengthy and versatile wing is one of the premier scorers in the 2014 class. He's had a terrific spring, is playing with confidence and has certainly proven that he's worthy of his top 10 ranking. By now most know Jackson has the best floater in the high school game, but he continues to get more creative with his shots and is knocking down runners from 15-feet. Jackson doesn't tee up many three-pointers, but when he does he usually shoots them with consistency, especially when he has his feet set. That was the case at NBPA Camp. After his spring with the Houston Hoops and NBPA Camp, Jackson has made his case as the No. 1 small forward in the 2014 class.
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