SNOW: USA Basketball Day Two

COLORADO SPRINGS - Looking healthy and back to normal Harry Giles stole the show on day two at the USA Basketball tryouts, and several other prospects joined him in impressing in front of the college coaches.

Class of 2015

Henry Ellenson, PF/C – It was another very strong day at the office for Ellenson. He keeps on showing his incredible versatility and made a believer out of virtually every coach in the gym. Ellenson hit some very tough deep contested jumpers, and then was also good around the rim, and showed he could move his feet on defense. Overall Ellenson has been one of the most consistent players all camp long, and continues to make a very strong case for inclusion on the team.

Malik Newman, SG – After a solid day one, Newman really picked things up on day two. He got to the rim when he wanted, created space for his shot, and as usual he was a scoring machine. Now Newman also showed some ability to create for others, but still he was focused on getting buckets and did just that, and at a high level.

Caleb Swanigan, C – It was another day at the office for Swanigan who has probably been the most impressive post at the entire event. Swanigan was again dominant on the glass corralling nearly every rebound that came his way, and on top of that he scored it, and did a solid job of changing shots on defense. It has been an excellent camp for Swanigan who has more than proven his worth.

Ivan Rabb, PF – It was a slow start to the camp for Rabb, but with more and more live up and down action on Friday evening he began to pick it up some. Rabb has long arms, runs the floor well, and really can compete down low. His rebounding was very good, and he showed a few nice post moves as well. He needs to continue to bring the effort Saturday that he brought on Friday, but it was a good bounce back for Rabb after a slow start.

Class of 2016

Harry Giles, PF – There is absolutely no doubt that Giles was the best overall performer on the day. He still might not be quite back to 100 percent, but he is really close to being completely healthy and is definitely back to being his dominant self. Giles finished around the rim, showed his skill with the dribble, hit threes, and just overall completely took over the day.

De'Aaron Fox, SG – It was a very good day at the office for Fox. He is an incredible quick twitch athlete who is so fluid athletically that he can get by guys with the dribble, and then also he has a good looking jump shot. Fox had it working on the offensive end in a major way all day long, and then he also made a few plays on defense as well. He showed his complete skill set, and proved to be one of the wings very much in the mix for a spot on the team.

Josh Jackson, SG/SF – Jackson is one of the best defensive players in the group, and he showed that. He was versatile enough to guard point guards or wings, and then on offense he was solid. Jackson hit a few jumpers, but it was his ability to go to the rim and finish through contact as well as his offensive rebounding that stood out. After blending in on day one, Jackson to his game to a new level on day two.

T.J. Leaf, PF – After missing Thursday due to injury, Leaf showed his great talent level on Friday with the college coaches watching. Leaf was hitting from the perimeter, he converted in traffic around the rim, and showed off his high IQ and good passing ability. Leaf is one of the best power forwards in the class when healthy, and he looked good health wise on Friday.

Amir Coffey, SF – Not the most athletic wing here, Coffey did have a good day, albeit one that wasn’t filled with much sizzle. Coffey is a tremendous passer, and he made several nice looks that set up baskets. Outside of that he hit a few shots from deep, gave effort on the glass, and overall seemed to answer the call of some of the other top wings in the class. He has to get stronger, and learn to play more without the basketball, but Coffey showed his great skill level against some of the best athletes in the country.

Tyus Battle, SG/SF – It was another very solid day for Battle. He attacked the rim well with the dribble and was excellent finishing in the mid-range. Battle was shooting it well from deep, though at times he was a bit streaky mostly due to his footwork being inconsistent. Still he is one of the best shot makers and athletes on the wing in the class and showed his impressive scoring ability all day long.

Payton Pritchard, PG – After struggling a bit on Thursday night, Pritchard picked things up on Friday. Mostly Pritchard was excellent in catch and shoot situations. One of the toughest guards around, Pritchard competed well and answered the bell. Now he did struggle to keep guys in front on defense, and needed screens on offense to create space, but he might have had the best shooting percentage on the day and made a few nice looks for buckets as well.

Faces in the crowd

Friday was the only day coaches were permitted. Head coaches from North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Marquette, Indiana, Purdue, Georgia, Connecticut, UCLA, Michigan, Kansas, Villanova, Michigan State, UNLV, North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Georgetown were all spotted in the gym.

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