The NBPA Top 100 Camp kicked off on Wednesday afternoon and there are numerous Arizona prospects in attendance. We gathered the evaluation from each prospect:
Frank Jackson: It is tough to imagine anyone having a better start to camp than the one Frank Jackson had. The five-star point guard was extremely impressive in all aspects of Wednesday's game. Jackson was scoring going to the rim, using his athleticism, tough on defense, and also made jumpers to go along with it.
Jackson’s 18 points were good for second best in the early session and he did it in a very efficient fashion. Overall he showed off his entire game, and proved more than worthy of his five-star status.
The one time BYU commitment will be visiting Duke after the camp as well as North Carolina and Maryland. Beyond that Stanford, Arizona, Notre Dame, and others remain on his list.
Markelle Fultz: One of the class of 2016’s most versatile guards, Markelle Fultz has the size, length and athleticism you’re looking out for guard.
His ball skills, shiftiness and athleticism make him tough to stop off the dribble, but he has the skill set to score and the vision to create for others, something he did plenty of on Wednesday evening.
Fultz is being most heavily recruited by Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, Washington and Miami.
D.J. Harvey: One of the best scorers in camp is 2017 wing D.J. Harvey. A standout at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, Harvey showed an advance mid-range game Thursday and an extreme amount of comfort pulling up off the dribble.
Harvey hit five field goals on his way to 15 points. Two of his shots were pull-ups from 15 feet, while his other three shots came from three and were off the bounce as well. He’s solidly built and plays well through contact.
Among the schools involved in his recruitment are Arizona, Texas, Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Louisville, Oregon and Maryland.
Brendan Bailey: A small forward with good size at 6-foot-6, Bailey has always been one of the top wings in the west at creating his own shot. On Thursday morning, he did plenty of that, using his ball skills and craftiness to create space and hit jumpers.
Bailey showed up to this camp a year ago and had flashes of success as a young scorer, but he’s made a nice jump as a player since then and is now a pretty consistent scorer off the dribble.
Amongst those targeting Bailey are UConn, San Diego State, Gonzaga and Arizona.
Mohamed Bamba: Maintaining the trend of underclassmen showing out at camp, Mohamed Bamba turned in an outstanding performance during the morning games. The 6-11 rising junior big man not only is very tall, he's extremely long. Bamba blocks shots, picks down rebounds and generally shoots and passes over his opposite number.
Meanwhile, he's also very fleet and loves to race ahead of the pack for alley oops, and additionally his quickness off the floor makes him unique. He also boasts exceptional hand-eye coordination for a big man, making dribble moves in the open court that, perhaps while not fully functional in a real basketball setting, illustrate his ultimate potential.
He also can put the ball on the floor along the baseline, which certainly will serve him well as he moves into the sport's higher levels. His jump shot needs work but shows promise as well. All in all, Bamba is an elite prospect in the Class of 2017.
Not surprisingly, despite the fact that he has two more years of high school remaining, Bamba's recruiting list includes the national elite. Indiana, Syracuse, Arizona, Maryland, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida State, Villanova, West Virginia, Penn State, Georgia Tech and others are among his many suitors.