This year was no different, as the Nike staff put together a strong collection of talent and formed one of their deeper camps in recent memory.
Although the talent at the top wasn't quite what it has been in the past, the depth provided for a competitive camp at Saint Louis University's recreation center.
Allerik Freeman, PG/SG – It's been a productive spring for the 6-foot-3 guard. Every event he's participated in he's played a little bit better and at the Elite 100 it fully clicked. Freeman played a confident brand of ball and was able to mix his ability to create with his knack for scoring. His shot from long range was on point, but he also was able to showcase his passing and mid-range game. It was a statement weekend for Freeman and he was heard loud and clear.
Jahmel Taylor, PG – Taylor shined the brightest in the camps championships game. As the game approached crunch time, Taylor began to make winning plays. He tossed in a runner, giving his squad the lead and then buried a deep three-pointer to create separation for his team. Just a play later he forced a turnover on the defensive end and was a big reason his squad walked away with the tournament title.
Davon Reed, SF – Throughout the camp Reed, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing, was aggressive and attacked the rim at every opportunity. He took advantage of his touches and showed he can score it from inside and out. Reed was willing to mix it up in the paint and even posted up smaller guards a few times, but also showed he could step out and hit threes. He's a hard playing wing that brings energy to the table.
James Young, SF – Young had already developed a reputation in the Midwest as a fine scorer. But his player at the Nike Elite 100 is just a snippet of what is to come this summer. One of the better pure scorers in the 2013 class, Young had a strong showing at camp. The southpaw is a pretty good athlete that loves to attack the rim. Once he's there the 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing is crafty and capable of scoring through contact.
Anthony Barber, PG – Of all the prospects at the Elite 100, Barber, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Virginia, possessed the best speed. Blessed with an extra gear, he pushes the ball and wrecks havoc when he attacks the basket and gets into the lane. Now Barber still needs to learn how to harness his speed and change paces better, but he's quite a talent that is extremely tough to guard.
Billy Garrett, PG – When Scout.com extends the rankings, Garrett will certainly find his way into them. A bigger lead guard, Garrett sees the floor, has impressive ball skills and can pass. He shared lead guard duties with Cartwright and Nate Britt and the three played well together taking turns at the point guard spot. Garrett has a nice pull-up jump shot and can finish with either hand at the rim.
Nate Britt, PG – From a pure point guard standpoint, Britt, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard out of Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, may have been the top lead guard in attendance. The lefty knows how to create opportunities for his teammates, puts his passes on point and can run a team. When he attacks the rim he's a crafty finisher and he's also developed a solid mid-range pull-up jump shot. He had a fantastic weekend in St. Louis.
Brannen Greene, SG – After a so-so camp by Greene's standards at Pangos last week, Greene rebounded with a strong outing against his peers at Elite 100 camp. He's known for his ability to shoot the basketball and he worked in deep jumpers and pulls off the dribble. He also impressed with his scrappiness, as he locked up on defense and hit the glass.
Greg McClinton, SF – One of the better athletes in attendance, McClinton, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward, strung together a good weekend. On Saturday, McClinton was especially effective attacking the basket and he used his athleticism to finish above or through contact once there. He also worked the mid-range area for floaters and rebounded the ball well in traffic.
Matt Jones, SG – First and foremost, Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Texas, is known for his shot making ability from beyond the three-point stripe. He managed a number of long-range shots, but he also answered the bell by making some plays going towards the basket and on the glass. He fought for rebounds and was able to sneak into the paint for a few put backs.
Nick King, SF – A physical specimen, King put his full game on display against the best underclassman in the country. At 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, King is a physical wing that uses his strong frame when he attacks the rim. He finishes through contact with either hand and is a tough to guard off the dribble. His jump shot was somewhat spotty this weekend, but he was still one of the best wing prospects in attendance.
Bryson Scott, PG – With a handful of very talented lead guards participating in camp, Scott was able to prove his worth among the best. A strong, tough competitor, Scott attacked the basket, was strong with the ball and mixed in some jumpers. He can put up points in a hurry, but with weapons around him Scott shined dishing out the rock just as much as he did scoring.
Justise Winslow, SF – Talk out of Houston about Winslow has him tabbed as one of the better prospects from the area in recent memory. At Elite 100 the 6-foot-5 powerfully built wing prospect showed why he's such a hot commodity in Texas. A pretty good athlete, Winslow is an attacking forward that finishes well at the rim. The lefty will need to continue to develop his jump shot, but he's certainly a talented sophomore-to-be.
D'Angelo Russell, PG/SG – The combination guard out of Kentucky didn't show up until the second day, but it didn't take long for him to make his presence known. A 6-foot-2, 165-poung guard out of Louisville (Ky.) Central, Russell displayed impressive vision, a solid handle and pure jump shot from both mid and long range. In transition he's especially tough to guard, as he's a talented passer and finisher.
Wayne Selden, SG – Arguably the top scoring guard in attendance, Selden led his team to the championship game at Elite 100 and was one of the best performers of the week. Using his strong, developed frame, Selden can bully defenders to the rim, but he's also the owner of a jump shot that is much better than expected. He has legit range and shoots it effortlessly.
Parker Cartwright, PG – Don't worry about his size (5-foot-9) or slight frame, as Cartwright is a good overall basketball. Playing on a team that had two other impressive floor generals, Cartwright picked his spots and made plays for himself and his teammates. His long-range shot is a weapon, but he's also a crafty driver that picks his spots.
Kevon Looney, SF – The Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton standout is a terrific looking long-term prospect, as he stands 6-foot-6, has a long, wiry frame and plays on the perimeter. He'll need to add weight and play with more confidence, but he's a guy with a lot of natural ability and is a future high major prospect.
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG/SG – One of the better prospects participating in the Elite 100 camp was this 6-foot-4 combo guard. Mudiay, a standout at Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep, can play either guard spot, is a talented passer and a guy that always seems to find his way to the basket. He has an impressive overall skill set and an improving jump shot.
*Michigan native E.C. Matthews is a nice looking guard prospect. At 6-foot-4 he has great size for the point guard spot, as well as impressive ball skills and good vision.
*Although this wasn't Anton Gill's best outing, he still worked in some buckets and showed a little of why he's such a highly regarded prospect. The southpaw is a nice scorer from mid to long range and has good court vision.
*Junior-to-be guard Duane Wilson is at his best attacking the basket. Using his wiry strong frame he can finish at the rim and often times through contact. We'd like to see him create a little more, but he's a more than capable finisher at the rim.
*Despite not playing his natural position – point guard – Devon Hall was still able to catch the eye of scouts with his poise, passing ability and touch when he gets in the paint.
*Ohio State commitment Marc Loving spent nearly the entire week playing on the perimeter. The 6-foot-7 forward needs to strength his upper body, but he's a solid athlete with nice ball skills and a good-looking jump shot.
Our report on the top post performers will be up tomorrow.