LAS VEGAS -- Dillon Brooks was stellar again on the final day at the LeBron James Skills Academy, as was Henry Ellenson, Prince Ali and elite 2016 recruit Jayson Tatum.
Class of 2015
, SF: The biggest surprise out of the LeBron James Skills Academy has been the emergence of Brooks. He’s taken control of his camp team and is clearly their go-to scoring option. Brooks is a strong, physical driver that scores well at the rim and doesn’t mind a little contact along the way. He connected on floaters, hit mid-range pull-ups and even worked in multiple threes in a game on Saturday. Expect his recruitment to pick up after a strong showing at a camp full of talented players.
, PF: An early Syracuse
pledge, Diagne played his normal tough and forceful brand of basketball. Diagne likes to play physical inside and his ability to rebound is among his best attributes. He also stays active looking to block shots and got his hands on a few on Saturday. Offensively, he tossed in a right jump hook and threw down a handful of dunks off drop passes.
, PF: During the afternoon games session, Morrow, a 6-foot-7 combo forward, was lively and playing harder than anyone on the court. He got easy scoring opportunities in transition, but also posted up hard and finished well at the rim. He showed good touch around the basket and used his quality athleticism to continuously make plays at the rim and rebound.
, PF: A player who has really boosted his stock nationally over the spring and summer, Ellenson definitely further proved himself on Saturday. He was drilling one three-pointer after another, while also driving and scoring in transition, rebounding and defending. Ellenson's size, length, motor, mobility and skill make him one of the nation's top prospects.
, SG: It's hard not to love this kid's approach to the game. It didn't matter that it was a camp setting, Ali competed as if a national championship was on the line. His ability to drive has always been impressive, but Ali's outside shot has improved as well. He's one of the toughest players in the 2015 class and someone who is helping whoever lands him win.
, PG: One of the best point guards in the country, regardless of class, Brunson was showing off his big time passing ability on Saturday. A lot of pass-first point guards have difficultly adapting to camp ball, but Brunson fit in perfectly, doing a very good job creating for others, while also getting to the basket and hitting pull-up three-pointers.
, SF: Easily the best outing I’ve seen from him this spring was in the championship game on Sunday. Mann, a 6-foot-6 wing, has a lengthy set of arms and a frame that will quickly add weight at the next level. He used his athleticism to snag boards, put back misses and make plays in transition. He competed on both ends of the floor and showed an aggressive nature that I hadn’t seen before. It was an eye-opening outing and an inspiring effort from Mann.
, SG/PG: A combination guard, Lindsey took over the on the ball duties in the championship game for a bit and he made a few crisp passes to set up teammates. He also worked in a pair of three-pointers, showed a crafty handle and looked to create for others. He did take a couple of shots that he probably shouldn’t have, but he showed some ability and competed in a game that was full of high major athletes.
, C: At 6-foot-8, 270-pounds, Swanigan is a load to handle in the paint, especially when he’s in the mood to by physical with the opposition. He did just that at times during the championship and carved out good position on the block. His soft hands catch entry passes with ease and he’s able to back down defenders for easy finishes, toss in right jump hooks or face up. He’s also tough to keep off the glass because of his size and strength.
Class of 2016
, SF: It's been an excellent week for Tatum and he certainly continued that on Saturday. He can beat you in a number of ways once he gets the ball, as he'll either catch and shoot, score on a two-dribble pull-up straight up or fading away, or attack the basket. Tatum played hard throughout and scored almost at will. He's validated his status as the current top prospect in 2016.