CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - Day One at the NBPA Top 100 Camp was impressive. Prospects from the 2015 and…
DANIELS: NBPA Day One Recap
2015 Checklist Esa Ahmad, PF: The four-star power forward out of Ohio had a solid showing during his opening game of camp. At 6-foot-7, Ahmad is a versatile and skilled scorer. He's capable of scoring off face up drives, long-range jump shots or finishes in the paint. Ahmad has a very good scoring touch around the basket and is quicker than most power forwards that attempt to defend him. He seems to be getting a little bit better every time out. Marquese Chriss, PF: The Washington commit made some impressive plays during his first game of camp. Chriss, who stands 6-foot-8 and has a long set of arms, is an impressive athlete that knows how to finish off plays around the rim. He's mobile, athletic and has developed a mid-range jump shot. He hit one of his two mid-range attempts in his morning game. He also had a handful of strong finishes at the rim. He's an exciting prospect that appears to be making strides. Samir Sehic, C: One of the more inspiring efforts of the day came from this 6-foot-9, 255-pound post player out of Katy (Tex.) Cypress Woods. A below the rim guy, Sehic out works and out toughs the opposition, at least he did during the first day of camp ball. Sehic played strong and aggressive inside and pursued every rebound that rolled off the rim. He had a host of put backs and a number of strong finishes in the paints. Sehic is averaging 14.5 points and nine rebounds a game after opening day. Stephen Thompson, SG: A scorer, Thompson came alive during the second half of his first game of the day. Thompson made a trio of three-points, all off the catch, and also scored off a floater and a pair of drives to the rim. Thompson has a smooth game and can heat up in a hurry, which he proved during the opening session. Thompson finished with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three. Charles Matthews, SG: Matthews, a Kentucky commit, utilized his speed, athleticism and toughness in his first game of the day on Wednesday. A 6-foot-4 guard, Matthews got out in transition, made aggressive moves towards the rim and completed plays in the paint. Matthews is a very good athlete that gets off his feet quickly, which is why he's a tremendous rebounder from the guard position. All of his points during the opening game came in the paint. Ben Simmons, PF: The highest rated guy in the morning set of games, certainly played like it. Simmons put on a dominant showing, as he showed his scoring versatility. Simmons, a 6-foot-8 strongly built forward, scored off a right jump hook, multiple times in transition, off strong drives to the rim and dunked in put backs. He's nimble on his feet and maneuvers well in the paint. He's a strong finisher with good strength and touch around the basket. Simmons also showed off his impressive passing ability. He scored 18 points in both of his games on Wednesday. Antonio Blakeney, SG: During his second game of the day, Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 wing out of Orlando (Fla.) Oakridge, struggled to get his long-range shots to go down, but he made a handful of strong, athletics plays at the rim. A tremendous athlete, Blakeney is showing improvement attacking the rim. On Wednesday, he made a pair drives in a half court setting that led to ridiculous slams in traffic. He's scoring ability is rounding out and he appears to be one of the top overall scorers in the 2015 class. Brandon Sampson, SG: Sampson closed out camp with an impressive outing on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Sampson hit a curl three-pointer, a pull-up from 15-feet and his other four baskets came off drives to the rim. At 6-foot-4, Sampson is a good athlete that finishes and adjusts shots well at the rim. Skal Labissiere, PF: In my first look at Labissiere in nearly a year, he looked a bit stronger. The 6-foot-10 power forward was active, ran the floor and showed his versatility on the offensive end. Although he didn't connect on his jump shot attempts, it's a shot he can certainly make. He also showed awareness and skill on the block and looked confident making a right jump hook move over his left shoulder. In all he finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in his second game of the day. Malachi Richardson, SF: After scoring just four points in the first game of the day, Richardson, a 6-foot-6 wing headed to Syracuse, went for 27 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Six of his eight field goal attempts were three-pointers, all of them were off the catch. There's a lot of value in a shooter with size and this five-star prospect can certainly make long-distance shots. Luke Maye, C: Maye had a productive outing in his second game of the day. The 6-foot-7 post player stretched the floor with his jump shot, as he hit three of his four three-point attempts. Despite being a tad undersized and lacking athletically, Maye scored over Thon Maker a handful of times, including dropping in a right jump hook over his outstretched arms. Maye was also active on the glass, reeling in 10 board. He also scored 15 points. 2016 Checklist Juwan Durham, PF: A long, slender power forward, Durham runs the floor with ease and purpose. Using his soft set of mitts, Durham catches everything thrown his way and despite his lack of strength is a good finisher when he's close to the rim. Durham, of Tampa (Fla.) Prep, also showed his shooting capabilities, as he calmly sank a 15-foot jump shot. There's a lot of potential here, as he has all the tools to be a high-major player at the next level. Payton Pritchard, PG: In two games on Wednesday, Pritchard, a 6-foot-2 lead guard, impressed with his feel and IQ. He's a solid ball handler with good speed. He finds ways to get into the paint and once he's there he makes good decisions with the ball. Pritchard can get hot from three, and he hit a couple in his second game, and is also capable of pulling up off the dribble for mid-range jump shots. Dennis Smith, PG: The most impressive point guard of the day was Smith, a standout at Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christina. Smith has a tremendously quick first step and has a burst of speed that most high players don't have. He's a very good ball handler and that was on full display during his second game session. Smith attacked the rim, had a handful of crafty finishes and even rose up and dunked one in traffic. In all, Smith scored 11 points, tossed out five assists and reeled in five rebounds in his last game.
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