RBK Showdown Series/HG Team Camp Recap

On Saturday I spent time in both Reading (Pa.) and Philadelphia (Pa.) covering Hoop Group's Team Camp and Reebok's Showdown Series. Austin Nichols was among the top standouts on the fourth day of the evaluation period.

Austin Nichols, PF, M33M Elite – Up against the SW Illinois Jets squad, Nichols was dominant, especially in the second half. He aggressively pursued post-position and scored nearly every time he touched it on the block. He has a variety of moves, but usually keeps it simple. He's not afraid to mix it up for rebounds and in the mid-afternoon game he got his hands on a number of shot attempts.

Robert Hubbs, SG, M33M Elite – Although he didn't shoot a great percentage from the field, it's easy to see why Hubbs is so highly regarded. The 6-foot-5 wing prospect was able to get his shot off when ever he wanted. His shot this week has been a bit streaky, but he's capable of heating up in a hurry. The range on his shot is deep, but he's also comfortable pulling-up for one and two dribble pull-ups and floaters.

Steve Vasturia, SF, JS Warriors – In the second half against DJH5, Vasturia, a 6-foot-5 wing, made winning plays for the Jersey Shore Warriors. Vasturia used his skill and handle to control the game at times. He made shots from mid-range and in, while also handling ball pressure with ease. It was just a 10-minute viewing, but Vasturia impressed with his poise.

Darin Johnson, SF, PHPS – From an athleticism standpoint, Johnson, a 6-foot-5 forward, is top notch. He glides up and down the court, making plays at the rim and especially in transition. Johnson defends his position, finds ways to get to the basket and is a tough competitor. His euro finish in traffic was likely his best move of the day.

Dwayne Benjamin, SF, PHPS – A recent reclassified wing prospect out of Northern California, Benjamin was all over the rims in a playoff game against Dorian's Pride. Due to Play Hard Play Smart's defense, Benjamin was able to get a number of transition buckets and many of them ended up as dunks. To go with his finishes at the tin, Benjamin also hit a pull-up three-pointer.

Julian Moore, PF, Germantown – Playing for his high school team at the Hoop Group Team Camp, Moore showed a lot of ability. His name has picked up some steam among college coaches recently because of his length, ability to run the floor and his willingness to contest shots in the paint. He has some offense in the paint and also worked in a 15-footer.

Keith Frazier, SG, DJH5 – At times during Reebok Breakout Camp, Frazier struggled to make shots from the field. That changed in a second half contest against M33M Elite. Frazier got hot from deep and dialed in buckets both off the catch and bounce. Once the defense extended, Frazier began attacking the rim and made his way to the free throw line on three consecutive possessions. Frazier has the size, athleticism and skill to be a high level shooting guard in college.

Marvin Prochet, SF, Boys & Girls – On Friday, I didn't get a great look at him during the all-star games. But Saturday morning he managed to catch my eye when I was watching a different court. Prochet is a 6-foot-5 wing that is skilled enough to play some on the ball for his high team. He has good-looking form on his shot, showed some passing ability and has a lengthy, but solidly built frame. He'll be one to watch over the next few years.

*You won't find many power forwards with the range and offensive talent that Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI has. He steps out and hits three-pointers with ease, but also can make plays in the paint. He's a versatile and effective scorer.

*Paul VI sophomore-to-be point guard Kevin Dorsey will be handed the reigns to run the team soon enough and he's more than talented enough to do so. Dorsey is quick, aggressive and can be a lock down defender when motivated.

*Nigel Grant played with energy in a morning Team Camp game. Although he's just 6-foot-6, Grant gets a lot done inside. He hit the glass hard and contested every shot in his vicinity.

*Imhotemp Charter has a bunch of future Division-1 players. 2014 wing Basil Thompson is a scorer, while 2015 post player Dymir Logan plays hard in the paint. 2015 point guard Tyheem Harmon also impaced the game I watched with his speed.

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