Danuel House, SG – Over the course of the spring House, a 6-foot-6 guard, has gotten quite a bit of ink. On Thursday he earned a little bit more. His size, athleticism and ability to shoot it from long range make him a tough guard. The scary thing is the light is just blinking right now and when it comes on he's going to be even better.
Kyle Anderson, SF – At this point I'm done worrying about what position to list Anderson at. Regardless the kid can play and he can play at a high level. He made a number of impressive passes in transition on Thursday and looked to lead the break at every opportunity. His mid-range is a weapon too, as he's able to create space and uses his size to shoot over defenders.
Alex Poythress, SF – After a so-so performance by his standards at NBA Camp a few weeks back, Poythress returned to his form. The athletic 6-foot-7 combo forward faced up defenders and attacked the basket looking to score. Around the rim he uses his athleticism, strength and ability to adjust his shots. He didn't shoot many jumpers today, but that's certainly in the arsenal.
Brandon Ashley, PF – Picking up where he left off at NBA Camp, Ashley did a little bit of everything. His mobility and athleticism are certainly impressive, but he also appears to be more confident in scoring situations. He has use of both hands around the basket, soft touch and is active on both ends of the floor.
Charles Mitchell, PF – You have to give Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound undersized post prospect, credit. The Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler standout plays hard each and every possession. He fights for boards, bangs with the opposition and doesn't back down from a battle. Inside he's a crafty scorer with good hands and nice touch around the rim.
Terry Rozier, PG – Easily the best outing of Rozier's summer came on a big stage. With college coaches searching for a talented available lead guard, Rozier put together a pair of strong games. A pretty good athlete with a decent speed, Rozier pushed the tempo, knocked down long-range shots and created opportunities for his teammates.
Gary Harris, SG – As usual, it was another solid and consistent effort from the Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern standout. Harris, a five-star prospect, can score it from all three levels. A terrific athletic, he doesn't have any trouble getting to or scoring at the rim. On top of that, he's turned himself into a pretty good shooter and he's an underrated passer. He's off to a great start in July.
Chris Obekpa, PF/C – An intriguing post prospect out of New York, Obekpa is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound jumping jack. Arguably one of the top shot blockers in the class, he's a high-class leaper that gets off the floor quick. Offensively he doesn't have much, but he's still able to have an affect on the game because of his ability to protect the rim.
Adam Woodbury, C – His confidence is at an all-time high. Fresh off his NBA Camp MVP performance, Woodbury put together a pair of strong games during the first day of games. Because of his size and IQ he's tough to defend. His touch is impressive and he can always get his go-to hooks off over either shoulder. He earned his last bump in the rankings and if this continues he may be due another.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG – In a night match up with UNC commit Marcus Paige, Smith-Rivera brought his game. He played both on and off the ball and was effective in both settings. A true scorer, Smith-Rivera attacked the basket, scored through contact and a three-pointer. He won't wow you with his athleticism, but he's a high level scorer that attacks the rim.
James Young, SF – At the Nike Elite 100 a few weeks back Young earned his way into camp. On Thursday he proved he belonged. At 6-foot-6, Young has good size for the wing, he's a very good athlete and he's developed a consistent jump shot.
Nick King, SF – One of the top performers of the day, King, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Memphis, certainly didn't play like an underclassman. The southpaw knocked down at least four threes during his two camp games. King, who is blessed with a strong frame, made plays on both ends, fights for rebounds and can finish through contact at the rim.
Jaren Sina, PG – His opening camp game was the best outing we've seen from the Alabama commit. He ran his camp team with poise, made the right play when he was presented with it and dropped in a pair of three-pointers. Sina also showed nice touch on a mid-range floater.
Jabari Parker, SF – The nation's top junior played his normal game on Thursday. With loads of head coaches looking on, Parker, a 6-foot-7 wing, was dominant at times. His offensive skill set is advanced and his scoring moves are crisp and effective. Parker mixes it up and because of his offensive package he's able to keep defenders off balance.
Allerik Freeman, PG – The rise of Freeman continued. First he was terrific at Nike Elite 100. Then was solid at NBA Camp. On Thursday he impressed on lookers with his feel, ability to get to the rim and his pull-up jump shots. He's molded himself into a lead guard, as he's a good passer with impressive vision.
Matt Jones, SG – During the second session of games, Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Texas, got hot from long range and buried five straight three-pointers. The first was a step-in three, and then he hit four spot-up jumpers. In the second half, Jones cooled off, but he did manage a strong off hand finish at the rim.
Julius Randle, PF – While Jabari Parker is currently ranked No. 1, Randle continues to make it hard. His motor and aggressive nature was at its finest today. His ability to face up defenders and attack is effective and he doesn't have any issues scoring through contact. At 6-foot-8, he has a strong frame, is a willing rebounder and he has a legit jump shot to 21-feet.
Nerlens Noel, C – It was fun watching the opposition try to find ways to score over Noel. The 7-footer didn't allow many shots to get by him. His length, athleticism and timing are just a few of the reason he's such a strong defensive presence. Sure he'll need to add some offensive ability, but he's a high level prospect that appears to be scratching the surface of his long term potential.
Anthony Bennett said he is planning to wait until the spring to make his college decision. He listed Florida, UConn, Xavier, UNLV, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Florida State and North Carolina.
The list of head coaches in attendance was deep and long. Nearly ever school among the big six conferences were represented with a head coach or assistant.
Among the head coaches in attendance were Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Billy Donovan, Darrin Horn, Seth Greenberg, Mike Brey, Brad Brownell, Oliver Purnell, Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Buzz Williams, Leonard Hamilton, Mark Turgeon, Brian Gregory, Tony Bennett, Jim Larranaga, Mark Gottfried, Jamie Dixon, Bruce Weber, Tom Crean, Fran McCaffery, Isaiah Thomas, Gary Waters, Scott Drew, Frank Haith, Travis Ford, Rick Barnes, Jim Christian, Tubby Smith, Thad Matta, Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Mike Montgomery, Ben Howland, Lorenzo Romar, Anthony Grant, Tony Barbee, Dana Altman, Mark Fox, Trent Johnson, Cuonzo Martin and Kevin Stallings.