PHILADELPHIA - The Reebok Breakout Camp came to a close on Friday with some impressive play. Skal Labissiere dominated at times while Derrick Jones and Asante Gist also showed well for themselves.
Class of 2015
, PF – Labissiere battled an injury during his high school season and by his own admission he didn’t have the spring he is capable of, but on Friday he was absolutely dominant. Labissiere was hitting shots from the mid-range, finishing well around the rim, and rebounding at a high level. On top of that he also extended his range to the three point line and brought the energy every single possession. Overall it was a needed dominant day from Labissiere as he seemed to regain his explosion and got back to showing the elite talent that he flashed last summer before his injury.
, PF/C – There is a lot to like with Spencer who is one of the most active bigs in the class. Spencer has extremely long arms, is a great athlete, and plays with a motor that is second to none. He isn’t the most skilled kid, but his energy and toughness translate in a big way. He was scoring and rebounding at a high level, and his enthusiasm seemed to spread to his teammates who genuinely liked having him on their squad. It capped a good camp for Spencer and showed that despite being undersized, he can definitely be effective.
, SF – A camp setting which is typically more and up and down and less organized is always going to suit a player like Jones, and on Friday it was no different. Jones was extremely impressive with his play. He finished well above the rim with numerous highlight caliber dunks, scored a few times off the dribble, and then hit a few shots from deep. The athleticism is always there for Jones as is the length, now if he can build on this and continue to make shots at a respectable level he will become one of the most difficult talents to defend in the class on the wing.
, SF – Bacon wasn’t quite as good here as he was at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, but that was a very high bar he set for himself. Bacon still showed his big time upside for a big wing with athleticism and skill. He creates space extremely well for himself off the dribble setting up his jumper, and then is athletic enough to finish in the lane over taller players. Add in that he is a good rebounder and a solid passer for a wing, and Bacon did a little bit of everything on Friday.
, SG – Gilder had to play a little bit at the point guard which isn’t normal for him, but he handled that role admirably. While not natural to the position and not extremely quick with the ball, Gilder did show solid floor vision and didn’t turn it over. Also as usual he made some shots and created for himself. It was good to see some more versatility to Gilder’s game and it makes him someone who could be more of a threat at the college level if he can steal some minutes on the ball.
, PF – A tough kid with decent touch around the rim, Blackshear made plays all game long for his team. He has good hands and finishes when he gets an angle. Also he mixed in one jumper to show that he has a solid release and a decent touch. He can run the floor pretty well, and never backs down. Physically he doesn’t have the best tools to work with, but Blackshear is pretty darn good and proved it with his play.
, SG – There has never been any doubt about Mitchell’s toughness or athleticism. He has shown that for years, but on Friday he continued to show an improved jumper. Mitchell was consistently hitting from the mid-range and three and then would also mi in his usual dunks and tough defense and rebounding for a guard. He brings so much to the table, and now that he is getting more skilled his stock is beginning to go through the roof.
, SG – Illinois
got a good looking scorer in Jordan. He is at his best in the mid-range where Jordan uses his long arms and good size to get his shot off. On top of that he is a good outside shooter, especially off the catch. Jordan is solid handling the ball, though he definitely needs to improve his left. Still he is a scorer who isn’t flashy, but is efficient and effective.
, SF/PF – This is a kid with good size, really nice athleticism, and some developing skill. McDuffie hasn’t been mentioned as a definite high-major type of player, but his play at the camp could help him get to that level. McDuffie rebounded the ball pretty well and scored it going to the rim while having the athleticism and upside to continue to improve in a big way.
, C – He committed to Penn State
early, and while Watkins had a bit of an up and down spring, he was very good on Friday. Watkins can really run the floor for a player his size and has enough athleticism to finish in traffic. Also he has good hands and is able to rebound fairly well. As he continues to get stronger and more assertive his game will go to even a higher level, but at the camp he was already in a very good place with his play.
Ahmad Gilbert, SF – Gilbert doesn’t standout a ton during the AAU season on such a loaded roster, but given the chance to perform in the camp setting and he looked good. A forward with some versatility, Gilbert scored in the mid-range, rebounded fairly well, and looked somewhat comfortable off the bounce as well. It will be interesting to see him in July to see if he can capitalize and continue this, but he definitely opened eyes with his play.
, PF/SF – A combo forward who has made a name for himself recently, Grimes had a very solid showing all day long. While not an elite athlete, he is a good athlete who showed he is more than capable of scoring both inside and out. Grimes was one of the more consistent performers all camp long and showed toughness to go along with a solid offensive game.
Class of 2016
, SG/SF – After a somewhat disappointing spring at times, Battle looked back to his old elite form on Saturday. Battle was making shots at a very high level both from deep and from the mid-range. Add in that he is a big and physical wing who can score going to the rim, and it was good to see Battle show the skills that had him as such a highly rated prospect from the very beginning of his high school career. There is no doubt that he was one of the best prospects at the entire camp.
, PG – A strong playmaking point guard, Gist had a very good day. He made shots at a high level, and then also showed the ability to go into the paint and make plays for others. Gist has to continue to develop his outside game as his size can work against him at times, but he is a heady player who had a very good day on Friday.
, PF – The long and athletic power forward had a solid day. He is a bit undersized for the position, he plays hard and has a good understanding of the game. Moyer has to continue to get stronger and work on his outside jumper, but right now he finds a way to productive and made an impact on both ends of the court with his play.
, PF – Killeya-Jones is a solid forward who has good size and runs the floor fairly well. His touch is solid around the rim and he does a good job of creating angles for himself on the block. He needs to get tougher and do a better job of rebounding out of his area, but he is good looking prospect who helped his stock.
Faces in the Crowd
Donovan Mitchell had Providence
boss Ed Cooley and Boston College
head coach Jim Christian tracking him all day long.
P.J. Dozier was seen by assistants from South Carolina
Matthew Moyer drew Xavier
boss Chris Mack as well as Illinois Head Coach John Groce
. Also assistants from Northwestern
, Michigan, and Iowa
were tracking him.
Skal Labissiere had Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy and an assistant from Kentucky keeping close tabs.