NBPA Camp: Day One, Afternoon Session, Part B

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- It was a lackluster morning at NBPA Camp, but Jabari Parker managed to standout with his defense and 6-foot-10 John Egbunu emerged because of his aggressive nature in the paint.

The opening session of NBPA Camp put two of the nation's best in the 2013 class up against each other.

In the end, the match up between Jabari Parker, Scout.com's top player, and Andrew Harrison didn't full materialize, as only Parker defender Harrison and the favor wasn't returned.

Parker, a 6-foot-8 wing forward, made sure to check Harrison every possession. He moved his feet well, forced Harrison into difficult shot attempts and in general did a great job on the talented combo guard.

On the offensive end, Parker hit a three off the bounce over Allerik Freeman and also added a handful of buckets in the paint, including a number of put backs. Parker finished with eight points and five rebounds.

While Harrison did draw fouls and got to the free throw line, he didn't put up the type of performance that we've expected from him this spring. Harrison finished three points, four assists and two rebounds.

Anton Gill, SG – Consistent with his play this spring, Gill was on top of his game to start the NBPA camp. Gill has developed an impressive comfort level attacking the rim and is strong enough to finish through contact. His driving ability is helped by the fact that defenders must contest his jump shots from both mid to long-range. Gill, a Louisville commit, is an all-around scorer with an advanced arsenal of moves, pull-ups and runners.

Goodluck Okonoboh, C – During the open round session of games, Okonoboh came out with as much energy as I've seen from him this spring. His activity level on the defensive end and glass especially stood out. Okonoboh is quick off his feet and uses his length and leaping ability to get his hands on shot attempts. The 2013 post prospect is also a capable runner, who moves up and down the floor with ease.

Aaron Harrison, SG – Normally it's Andrew Harrison that is touted as the creator and passer, but Thursday morning it was Aaron that showed his creativity and ability to spend time on the ball. He attacked the basket with his normal aggressive nature, but instead of scoring, which he still did some of; Harrison looked for teammates and gave his peers easy scoring opportunities. As a scorer he's among the best the 2013 class has to offer, but his game is much more well rounded than given credit for.

John Egbunu, C – Nationally not much has been said about Egbunu, a 6-foot-10 post prospect, but if the first round of games are any indication he's certainly one that will begin to receive publicity. An early South Florida commit, Egbunu has a big, strong frame and he uses it in the paint. He's a strong rebounder that posts aggressively around the rim and in the opening round of games had no issues finishing inside. He finished with 12 points in the morning session.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG – Throughout the spring Jackson-Cartwright's feel and passing ability has been a topic of conversation. But even in a camp setting that often times leads to selfish plays and questionable decision making, Jackson-Cartwright plays under control, creates shot opportunities for teammates and values the ball. While he didn't look to score often, when he did Jackson-Cartwright showed off his floater and touch in the lane.

*Cincinnati native Devin Williams was as aggressive on the block as I've seen him. Using his strength he scored through contact and even tossed in a floater on a fast break.

*Last week Quentin Snider played against his 2014 peers. This week he's up against the 2013 guys. The junior Louisville commit handled the upperclassman well in the first game, hitting a handful of three-pointers and dishing out a few assists.

*It wasn't until the second half when 2014 prospect Noah Vonleh started to get things going during the morning session. A tremendous rebounder, Vonleh grabbed boards, hit a three and had a handful of put backs.

*In the opening session of games, 2013 prospect Austin Colbert's mid-range jump shot was going down. He hit three different 15 to 18-footers and ran the floor well.

*Tyler Roberson, a 2013 power forward, was solid Thursday morning. A pretty good athlete, Roberson was active around the basket, but also showed off his jump shot from mid-range, dialing up a pair of jumpers from 18-feet.


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