SNOW: Under Armour Finals

SUWANEE, Ga - Justin Jackson asserted his dominance and other players such as Donovan Mitchell and Jawuan Evans continued their impressive July performances at the Under Armour Finals.

Class of 2015

LeGerald Vick, SG, Team Thad – This is a player who has been racking up offers and making a big impression recently and it is easy to see why. Vick is an athletic 6-foot-4 wing who can really get to the basket and then he also was hitting shots from the mid-range and deep. He is definitely better in transition than the halfcourt, but there is a ton of natural talent here. College wise it may take him a bit to learn a system, but he has all the tools to be productive and he showed it with a solid effort on Friday.

Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – He was solid despite his team losing. Watson is so slippery with the dribble that he can seemingly get into the lane at will, and then he is also improving as a shooter. He made a few big time plays in the second half to keep his team in it. Now Watson does turn it over a bit more than you would like, but those mistakes are usually out of trying to make a play. He needs to get stronger, but there aren’t many point guards who can see the floor and make things happen for himself or teammates like Watson can.

Roosevelt Smart, SG, Illinois Wolves – Smart is a big guard with athleticism and a nice shooting touch. Smart got to the rim on several occasions and finished with his length and good strength for the position and then also showed he is more than capable of making the corner three. The question with Smart going forward will be how much, if any, point guard can he play, because he brings a lot of versatility and athleticism to the backcourt.

Jawun Evans, PG, Carolina Raptors – There might not be a point guard having a better month of July than Evans. He followed up his tremendous showing at the Reebok Breakout Camp with another strong event here. Evans is so fast that he is impossible to keep out of the lane, and then also showed excellent passing ability today. Evans needs to continue to rep his jumper, but coming off of ball screens he is nearly impossible to stop.

Jimmy Whitt, SG/PG, KC Run GMC – In a pinch he can probably play the point guard position, but Whitt showed his dynamic scoring ability and impressive athleticism in a pair of big wins. Whitt is smooth with his dribble and is dynamic when he gets into the mid-range where he is almost always money. He needs to continue to get better from distance, but his improved athleticism has changed him as a prospect which he showed on several occasions with posterizing dunks.

Kevin Puryear, PF, KC Run GMC – A little undersized and not the quickest, Puryear still finds a way to be very effective. He combines a very high motor with some solid explosion and a good skill level to be productive on the look block. Puryear also showed the capability of stepping out to the mid-range and hitting shots facing the rim. He has to be a power forward in college, but there is no denying he continues to improve.

Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, The City – Mitchell just absolutely continued his assault on the month of July with another big time performance. Mitchell was getting to the rim almost any time he wanted, and then for fun he would just hit shots when he didn’t feel like driving and dunking the ball. He is also tremendous at finishing through contact and showing the unique ability to score from all three levels while being efficient and making others on his team better.

Chance Comanche, PF/C, Earl Watson Elite – Comanche has a lot of ability and he showed it in flashes during an emotionally charged game. What Comanche does best is face the rim and make shots in the mid-range. He is also capable of shooting out to three which can make him tough to guard. Beyond that Comanche so showed effort on the glass, which has been a weak spot of his in the past. Right now he is a work in progress because he needs to add strength, but overall it was a solid showing for him.

Class of 2016

Justin Jackson, SF, Canada Elite – Jackson had a bit of an up and down high school season, but this summer he has been excellent, and on Friday he took his game to an entirely new level. He showed what makes him such a unique and elite prospect with his ability to handle, pass, and shoot at a legit 6-foot-7. Jackson isn’t an elite athlete, but he is more than good enough in that regard, and his feel for the game is tremendous. Jackson was quite simply dominant and had the game of the day in a winning effort.

Josh Jackson, SG/SF, 1 Nation – Jayson Tatum put on a show at the Peach Jam, and then Jackson matched it on Friday with one of the more impressive showings of the event. Jackson is an elite athlete which he proved multiple times, including with an incredible tip dunk. Then maybe what he does best is pass the basketball, which he showed with several assists. Add in that he is a competitor with an elite motor, and there is no doubt that Jackson continues to challenge Tatum on the wing for the top spot in the class.

Class of 2017

Jalek Felton, SG/PG, Team Felton – Felton is the complete package as a player. He has the big time athleticism, elite skill, and the desire to win. Even though his team came up short, Felton left it all on the floor and in the process made several extremely impressive plays. He finished with athleticism around the rim, and then also hit from deep. Overall there is nothing he struggles to do on the court, and Felton looked the part of an elite prospect.

Kris Wilkes, SF, UA Grind – Wilkes just keeps on getting better and more athletic. He has long arms and a developing skill set that allows him to play all over the court. Wilkes makes plays off the dribble, finishes above the rim, and then also can hit shots out to 18 feet. The strides he has made recently are impressive, and on top of that he is just now scratching the surface of how good he can be.

Oshae Brissett, PF, Canada Elite – He is just now getting healthy coming off of an injury, and Brissett showed his elite potential in bursts. He is near 6-foot-8 with long arms and big time athleticism. On top of that he has the skill to play in the mid-range, but also the toughness to snag rebounds in traffic. It is likely to be a growing year for Brissett, but the talent is through the roof.

Faces in the Crowd

John Groce of Illinois and Travis Ford of Oklahoma State were joined by assistants from Clemson, Texas, Tennessee, and USC watching Jawun Evans.

Jimmy Whitt drew Arkansas boss Mike Anderson, SMU leader Larry Brown, John Groce, Travis Ford, and assistants from Missouri and Marquette.

Donovan Mitchell was tracked by Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory, Boston College’s Jim Christian, and NC State’s Mark Gottfried. Also assistants from Villanova, St. John’s, and Louisville were there.

Gottfried and assistants from Arizona, UCLA, USC, and St. John’s were present for Chance Comanche.
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