Nike Elite 100: Posts

ST. LOUIS -- In our last look at the Nike Elite 100, we take a look at the post players. A pair of freshman -- Diamond Stone and Jessie Govan -- were among the major standouts.

Kevon Looney, PF – For the third week in a row, I evaluated Looney and for the third week in a row he impressed. Likely the top power forward prospect at camp, Looney, a 6-foot-8, 205-pounder, rebounded his area, as he normally does, and showed off his skill around the basket. He has a great set of hands and soft touch around the basket. Looney's skill level allows him to pull post defenders away from the goal and attacking them off the bounce. He's a five-star prospect in the 2014 class.

Ben Bentil, PF – The buzz in the northeast about Bentil has been positive for the past few months and it didn't take long to see why. The 6-foot-8, strongly built power forward is a very good athlete that rebounds his area well. In camp, he showed he could knock down shots to 21-feet, but was also tough around the rim and played a physical brand of ball. July should be a big month for Bentil, as he'll likely turn into a priority recruit for many.

Jakeenan Gant, PF – With Quentin Snider running the show for Gant's camp team, this 6-foot-7 face up four-man was the beneficiary of a number of drive and kicks. Gant was consistent with his mid-range jump shot and even pumped in five jumpers during an afternoon game on Saturday. Gant is also a very good athlete that will run the floor and fight for rebounds in the paint.

Khadeem Lattin, C – Lattin's effort and energy stood out at camp. He plays extremely hard, runs the floor with ease and is a bouncy big man. Lattin length and quick instincts allows him to impact the game with blocked shots and deflections as well. Right now he's most effective as a shot blocker, rebounder and energy guy. He'll need to continue to develop offensively, but when plays with the type of effort he did at camp he can still have a major influence on a game.

Abdul-Malik Abu, PF – Abu was productive throughout the four-day event. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward is explosive around the basket and gets off the floor quickly when he's pursuing rebounds or looking to score in the paint. His athleticism, aggressiveness and competitive nature helps him compete against bigger post players. Abu showed a right handed jump hook, but could still improve his low post game by adding more moves and showing more confidence in his go-to hook.

Payton Dastrup, C – Offensively is where Dastrup impresses the most. At 6-foot-9, he's consistent with his mid-range jump shot and even flashed a one-footed Dirk Nowitzki like fadeaway. Dastrup, who is Mormon and expected to take a Mission, catches everything thrown his way, has nice touch in the paint and has range on his shot out to the three-point stripe. With his size and strength, Dastrup should turn into a pretty good rebounder, but at this time it's an area that he'll need to continue to focus on.

Trevor Manuel, PF – One of the breakout prospects of the weekend was this 6-foot-8 lengthy and mobile power forward. Despite his thin frame and lack of strength, Manuel mixed it up inside, attacked the glass and contested shot. However, what impressed me the most was his jump shot. He has range to three, is comfortable shooting from mid-range and has a fairly quick release. The Michigan native is still developing his confidence and learning the game, but he has a lot of potential and a nice ceiling.

Leron Black, PF – When Black, who measured in at 6-foot-7, is working from the high post area and in he's at his best. A very good athlete, Black is active inside, will grab his fair share of rebounds and finishes around the basket. Black is also effective in transition, as he runs the floor particularly well and uses his athleticism at the rim. Going forward Black will need to become more consistent with his jump shot and continue to spruce up his ball handling if he wants to play more on the wing.

Diamond Stone, C – Arguably the top overall prospect at the Nike Elite 100, Stone, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound big man, showed a knack for scoring throughout the four-day camp. For his size and age, Stone has advanced post moves. He scores well over either shoulder, can face up and shoot jump shots and even tossed in a running floater during one game. An elite prospect in the 2015 class, Stone finished second in the camp in scoring and proved difficult for the opposition to guard all week long.

Jessie Govan, C – Outside of Stone, Govan may have been the best back to the basket scorer at camp. Govan is confident in his jump hook over his left shoulder and he makes it more often than not. He also showed a mid-range jump shot, great touch in the paint and a nice set of hands. Govan stands every bit of 6-foot-9 and has a thick, but strong frame. A below the rim guy, Govan appears to be one of the better centers in the 2015 class.

*Perhaps the biggest post player at camp, Elbert Robinson, who checks in at 6-foot-10, 280-pounds, contested shots in the paint and cleared out space when he sought out a rebound. There's still some developing to do, but he has good hands and tremendous size.

*One of the premier young prospects on the west coast is Ivan Rabb. A 2015 standout, Rabb is a tremendous athlete that runs the floor with ease. Rabb runs with the Oakland Soldiers on the travel team circuit.

*Texas native Elijah Thomas was solid during the Elite 100. At 6-foot-7, Thomas has a wide, stocky frame that allows him to clear out space in the paint. His touch is good, as are his hands.

*Sophomore-to-be Marcus Derrickson is one of the premier shooters in his class. At 6-foot-6, 235-pounds, Derrickson stretches the floor with the range on his shot. He also showed faith in scoring situations in the paint.

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