Nike Elite 100: Post Prospects

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A number of prospects stood out at the Nike Elite 100. But a handful of post prospects stood above the rest. Among those were Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Noah Vonleh.

Brian Bridgewater, PF – One of the more energetic prospects in the 2013 class is this 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward. Bridgewater is a tough customer that doesn't back down from the opposition. The Baton Rough (La.) Episcopal standout is most effective scoring inside and snagging rebounds. In a camp setting there aren't many guys hitting the deck for loose balls, but Bridgewater will do so and plays the game with passion

Jarquez Smith, PF – Heading into the weekend there wasn't much information out there on this 6-foot-9, 220-pound post prospect, but during the Elite 100 camp he impressed scouts in attendance. Smith has a terrific basketball frame and is blessed with long arms and a strong overall body. He's versatile enough to step out and shoot jumpers to 21-feet, but has the athleticism and strength to mix it up in the paint and make plays. He's a high major recruit.

Isaiah Hicks, PF – The state of North Carolina had a strong showing at the Elite 100 and Hicks was among the states top talents. At 6-foot-8, Hicks is terrific in run and jump situations and will run the floor looking to score. Defensively he's active and will use his length, athleticism and timing to contest and block shots. Offensively he has good touch inside and was able to secure a number of put backs.

Jarrell Martin, PF – It has been just over a month since Scout.com last saw Martin at the Real Deal in the Rock, but he already looks taller. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward has a long, wiry frame and he moves up and down the floor with ease. His ability to face up defenders and knock in jumpers is impressive and he has range out to the three-point stripe. He also has good touch around the basket, but must continue to develop his post moves.

Christian Wood, PF/C – A talent from the west coast, Wood, a 6-foot-9, 190-pound big man, used his long, wiry frame to block shots and score inside. The Palmdale (Calif.) Pete Knight standout is a willing runner, who scores it well on the break. He also has a nice looking jump shot with range to 21-feet. He needs to add weight to his frame and get stronger, but his length is a factor on the defensive end.

Moses Kingsley, C – Kingsley, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound center, played to his strengths during his time in St. Louis. A terrific shot blocker, Kingsley made his presence felt anytime the opposition tried to score at the rim. Using his length, athleticism and timing he was able to record a number of blocks. He also rebounded his area and finished drop off passes.

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Vonleh has good showing
Noah Vonleh, P/SF – One of the more talented prospects in all of camp, Vonleh certainly had his moments. At this stage he's in between positions, but with his imposing frame and strong legs, there's a good chance he ends up with a perfect size body for the power forward spot.

On the court, Vonleh showed an impressive all around skill set, high-level athleticism and the ability to finish in the paint at a high rate. Offensively he likes to face up defenders and attack, as he's a strong and athletic enough to finish through contact at the rim. Austin Nichols, C – As the camp wore on, Nichols, a standout at Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest, got better. In fact, he was a major part of the Utah squads run to the championship game. He has a great set of hands, good touch in the paint and can face up for mid-range jumpers. He still needs to get stronger, but he's able to mask his lack of strength with his skill, solid athleticism and ability to run.

Goodluck Okonoboh, C/PF – While Kinglsey was probably the top shot blocker at camp, Okonoboh wasn't too far behind. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound big man actively pursued shot blocking opportunities and was effective in contesting the ones he couldn't get too. On top of that he was more aggressive than earlier in the spring and finished with both hands at the rim.

Tyler Roberson, PF/SF – During the first night Roberson was among the top performers. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound combo forward went to work both in the paint and from the perimeter. He's a tough, hard playing forward that took defenders to the post and showed a jump hook. The form on his jump shot looked good and he was able to connect on a three during his big game Thursday night.

Kennedy Meeks, C – From a pure production standpoint there wasn't another post prospect that accomplished what Meeks, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound center, was able to. He locks down his area on the rebounding front and isn't afraid to go outside his and take boards from the opposition.

For his size, Meeks is quite mobile and showed good footwork on the interior. Throw in a great set of hands, touch on his moves and an ability to face up and shoot and you have an impressive all around player. He was one of the bigger standouts through the four-day camp.

Austin Colbert, PF – The last day of camp proved to be Colbert's best day. Colbert, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound post player, is known for his ability to shoot mid-range jump shots and he worked some of those in, but he showed a handful of solid post moves in the paint in the semi-finals game. He still needs to get stronger and rebound better, but it was nice to see him get aggressive and score on the final day.

Khadeem Latin, PF/C – Houston is pumping out a lot of young talent and Latin is another one of their terrific looking prospects. Like most bigs his age, Latin, a 6-foot-9, 190-pounder, needs to get stronger, but he has a long set of arms and runs the floor quite well. An elite athlete, Latin is going to end up a very good shot blocker should be able to make major impact on the defensive end.

Craig Victor, PF – The New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine standout had a terrific game late Saturday night. The 6-foot-8 long, lean power forward prospect fought inside, showed great touch on his scoring moves and finished well in the paint. He also worked in a fade away jumper and is a capable shooter from 15 to 18-feet. For a guy his size, he has an impressive skill set and will be a guy that breaks out nationally in July.

*Torren Jones, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man, played well at Elite 100 camp. He played his role well, as he rebounded, contested shots and gobbled up offensive rebounds and put them back in.

*Kyle Washington played his best ball this past weekend. The former 2012 prospect is reclassifying to the 2013 and will head to The Hotchkiss School. The 6-foot-9 big man showed a nice jump hook over his left shoulder.

*Mike Kobani, of Ft. Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy, is a hard working post prospect. He fought for rebounds and had a number of put backs off others missed shot attempts.

*Memphis native Leron Black has a bright future ahead of him. At 6-foot-7, 190-pounds he's an athletic face up four-man that cannot only score off of mid-level jumpers, but hooks inside.

*In his first major camp, Derek Willis was able to showcase his impressive overall skill set. Now, he needs to focus on rebounding better, but he's a face up four-man with great touch and solid athleticism.


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