NBPA Camp: Thursday PM, Part II

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Tyler Ulis, Devin Robinson and Reid Travis were among the top performers in Thursday's evening session from NBPA Camp.

Josh Perkins, PG – He didn't quite perform like he did at Pangos two weeks ago, but it was still clear Perkins was loaded with talent when he took the floor Thursday night. In a match up against Jordan McLaughlin that never materialized, Perkins started to come alive in the second half. He's a set up man that has terrific vision and passing ability. He also knocked in a three late in the final game of the day.

James Blackmon, SG – There aren't many in the class of 2014 that can rip the nets quite like Blackmon can. In his final camp game of the day, Blackmon hit at least three three-pointers, including two off the bounce. He has good shot preparation, a quick trigger and his range extends well past the three-point stripe.

Caleb Martin, SF – In the early morning game, Martin, a 6-foot-5 wing headed to North Carolina State, struggled from the field. In his second session game he turned it around in a major way. He let the game come to him, aggressively attacked the basket and worked in a pair of catch and shoot three-pointers.

Tyler Ulis, PG – One of the top performers of the second session, Ulis controlled the tempo of his camp game. Ulis pushed the play at times, but was also quite comfortable making plays for his teammates in the half court. He's a true pass first lead guard and a creative one at that. He had a number of unique, but quite accurate passes in the second session. To go with his impressive passing, he also defended the ball well and worked in a three-pointer.

Devin Robinson, PF – Over the past couple of days, Robinson, a 6-foot-8 forward, has been the talk of the recruiting world. After playing overseas at adidas Eurocamp, Robinson showed up at NBPA Camp looking to prove himself. Consider that done.

At his size, Robinson has lengthy arms, pretty good athleticism and he races up and down the floor with ease. Robinson hit a pair of three-pointers in the nightcap and added a couple of finishes at the rim. He's a good passer and also has pretty good ball skills for a guy his size. Robinson is due a big jump in our next updated 2014 rankings.

Reid Travis, PF – Travis excelled during the evening session on Thursday. The 6-foot-7 forward ran the floor looking for scoring opportunities, mixed in strong finishes in the half court and attacked the glass looking to reel in rebounds. His best play of the day was when he took the ball rim to rim and showed a good handle weaving in between defenders. Travis also worked in an 18-foot jump shot.

Jaquan Lyle, PG – Lyle isn't exactly known for his ability to shoot long-range jump shots, but the 6-foot-5 guard got hot late on Thursday. With the game out of reach, Lyle pulled up for four three-pointers, including three on consecutive possessions. The finale was a pull-up from 30-feet over an outstretched defender.

Keita Bates-Diop, SF – A versatile forward, Bates-Diop is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2014 class. At 6-foot-7 he's a fluid athlete that has made the move to the perimeter full time. With that said, Bates-Diop isn't afraid to mix it up inside and will hit the glass. On Thursday he hit a turnaround jumper from 15-feet, attacked the rim with aggression and had a coast-to-coast slam over Cheick Diallo that was arguably the top play of the day.

Cheik Diallo, PF – Arguably the hardest playing prospect in all of high school basketball, Diallo was up to his old tricks. He ran the floor with purpose, used his athleticism in the paint to swat shots and rebounds and he dunked every opportunity he had around the basket. His brings energy when he's on the floor and his teammates seem to feed off of it.

*The dunk of the day came from 6-foot-6 lengthy forward Derrick Jones. He caught a ball off the front of the rim and slammed it down sending the gym into a tizzy. Jones is a heck of an athlete that also has good ball skills.

*2015 guard Perry Dozier is certainly an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-5, he's skilled and can spend some time on the ball. With that said, he may be more effective in a scoring role. He changes speeds well, has a floater he'll use in the paint and can make a shot to 22-feet.

*Georgetown commit Isaac Copeland had his moments in the Thursday evening session. Copeland, who is pushing 6-foot-7, is versatile, athletic and seems to get more aggressive every time I see him play. He hit a catch and shoot three, had a strong baseline attack and dropped in a floater.


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