Elite 100: Top 2016 prospects

ST. LOUIS - There weren't a ton of 2016 prospects in attendance at the Nike Elite 100, but there were some good ones. Players like Thon Maker, Oscar Frayer, and Malik Monk all stood out with their play.

Cassius Winston, PG/SG – The scoring point guard from Michigan really showed well for himself. Winston is fast with the ball, can make shots, and also showed some solid floor vision. Also Winston was never out of control and even in a camp environment really showed some feel for the position. Still he is at his best when it comes to putting the ball in the basket, and he can do it both off the bounce going to the rim and from deep. It was a very good camp for Winston.

DeAaron Fox, SG/PG – Fox is a slithery guard who can really score and is a very good athlete. He likes to use his dribble to go left and get by guys, and then his quick release and athleticism to rise up and shoot the ball. He did have a few inconsistent moments, but overall Fox was very good and showed why he is one of the better guards in his class.

Zack Norvell, SG – Norvell finished off the camp with a huge exclamation point when he threw home a contested dunk to win it for his team, and that was only part of the story. The 6-foot-4 guard was a scoring machine all week long. He got into the paint using the dribble, he shot it from the mid-range, and then used his strength to bully people and make plays. Overall Norvell had a big showing, and proved why he is one of the top players in his class in Illinois.

Howard Washington, PG – There might not have been a more steady and consistent player from the point guard position than Washington. He can make shots so he is threat in that way, but what he does best is run a team and show people his feel for the game. Washington handles the ball well, is fairly quick, and just has great intelligence in setting up teammates and making everyone look better. That is hard to do in a camp, and Washington did it proving how good he is at the position.

Oscar Frayer, SG/SF – From the West Coast, Frayer was very impressive. He is a wing who can do a little bit of everything. He is a very good athlete, has long arms, and can also make shots. He is a bit more comfortable from the perimeter than off the bounce right now, but he does both things fairly well. Also he has the versatility to guard all over the floor, and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be.

Malik Monk, SG – Monk might have been the best athlete and scorer from the 2016 class in attendance. He can flat out put the ball in the basket and he does it from all three levels on the floor. Monk might be most comfortable attacking the rim and finishing that way, but he shots it well and also has a nice mid-range jumper. Still he needs to focus a little more on efficiency as opposed to just going out and dominating the ball, but there is no questioning the upside of Monk who scored it as well as any player at the camp.

Dedric Lawson, SF/PF – The young forward from Memphis was one of the most intriguing and impressive prospects in attendance. He measured in at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, and then showed some ability to play on the perimeter along with nice athleticism and the ability to finish down low. He is still a work in progress with his refined skills, but Lawson has major upside and showed at camp he can be as good as nearly anyone.

Kassoum Yakwe, SF – There aren't too many better athletes in the country than Yakwe. Defensively he contests everything at the rim despite being 6-foot-5. Also Yakwe is getting better on the offensive end, though he is still raw in that area. He will rebound the ball well and finishes around the rim with his length and excellent leaping ability. Now he has to refine his handle and just pick up on the nuances of the game.

T.J. Leaf, PF – Leaf had a pretty good showing. He of course needs to get stronger to compete down low, but he is a good athlete who is skilled. Leaf had a few nice tip dunks crashing the offensive glass, and then hit from the mid-range several times as well. Also Leaf will really run the floor. He needs to improve on the defensive glass, but Leaf overall showed well for himself in this setting.

Thon Maker, C/PF – The upside for Maker is through the roof. As someone who has been on the radar for a little while, Maker's skills were known coming into the camp, and he clearly justified the hype. Maker is a big time shot blocker, and then on the offensive end he is skilled, can catch, and knows how to pass the ball. He must continue to get stronger and more aggressive on the glass, but there is a whole lot to like going forward.

Caleb Swanigan, C – Swanigan looks like someone who should play football, but make no mistake about it, he is a very talented player on the basketball floor as well. Very few players at the camp showed a better feel for scoring on the low block. He has an excellent touch, great hands, and solid feet. He is only about 6-foot-7 and not an explosive athlete, so there is some concern going forward, but Swanigan clearly is as productive as any player and went against highly thought of bigs and either was even or got the best of all of them.


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