CP3 Camps Report

Chris Paul has become more than a famous basketball star to emerge from North Carolina's Triad region; he has embarked upon his own vision for staging camps and held his signature, national event in Winston-Salem this past weekend.

The Elite Guard camp featured a blend of 2014, 2015 and 2016 prospects, while the parallel Rising Stars brought together 2017, 2018 and even some 2019 prospects. I spent time at both events, but obviously at Scout.com we don't write about players in those lower age groups and therefore this report focuses on the Elite Camp.

That said, some of the young guys did earn an asterisk beside their name and you'll be reading plenty about them in the future.

Business As Usual for Jones

The Elite camp's focus was directed at skill development, rather than games, and even many of the drills were non-competitive. Nearly all of the players to attend — approximately 25 total — have competed in plenty of summer basketball, so the CP3 Camp's goal is to enhance the finer points of players' games.

Tyus Jones easily was the most celebrated player in attendance. And yet, despite his top-three national status and a recruitment that struck close to home for attendees — Winston-Salem is about a 1.5 hour drive from Duke's campus — he enjoyed a mostly low key day.

Jones has proved over the past several years to be among the country's most talented and intuitive scorers, and that despite not possessing truly A-grade athleticism. He has received more comparisons to Paul (obviously unfair) than he ever would to a John Wall or Derrick Rose.

Not surprisingly, Jones excelled at many of the drills and buried his share of jump shots. In the competitive portions he did have some defensive lapses, but he never has been touted as a lockdown defender.

Nothing about his summer suggests he's anything other than the star he's widely forecast to become.

Lesser Knowns Prove Themselves

Clemson recently won out for Gabe DeVoe, who arrived at camp as one of the few prospects who hadn't already been thoroughly scouted. Devoe is a power guard who uses his strong body to horse weaker defenders on the way to the rim, and he's also a solid set shooter who possesses three-point range.

The Tigers historically have uncovered gems from N.C., and they hope they've added another who simply hasn't received the same exposure as the other high-major commitments in the state.

Meanwhile, fresh off a pledge last week to Appalachian State, Kendrick Flomo certainly appeared to belong against his national, more heralded peers. Flomo shot the ball well in station work and physically conceded nothing against his skill-work opponents. He's a big-time addition for the Jason Capel and the Mountaineers.

Slender, junior point guard Glynn Watson is small (5-11, 160) but quick and wields a feathery release from medium-range. He's also a good handler and, based on his body of work thus far, has garnered an offer and heavy pursuit from Purdue, with others likely to follow.


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