USA Basketball: Headlines

What were the biggest storylines from the USA Basketball Developmental Training Camp? Scout.com takes a look at three of the standout performers.

Oubre turns it up a notch

Heading into the USA Basketball Developmental Training Camp we knew Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-7 Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep product, was a high-level talent.

But it's safe to say that he surpassed expectations during the event.

Oubre left Colorado Springs as arguably the most productive player at the event. Whether it was consistently knocking down deep jumpers, locking down the opposition on the wing or scoring through contact at the rim, Oubre did it.

Coming out of July, Oubre was known as a solid three-point shooter. Now he looks the part of an elite shooter. With his size and ability to shoot it he'll be a major weapon on the wing for Kansas.

Oubre's improved shooting also opens up the rest of his game. While he's not known for his ability to score from mid-range, he's certainly a capable scorer from that level. Plus with his strong frame and elite athleticism, he's a very good scorer at the rim and in transition.

Oubre is ranked No. 11 overall and as the No. 4 small forward. Based on his performance at USA Basketball, he's likely to move even higher.

No. 3 too low for Stone?

Diamond Stone moved his way up to No. 3 overall in the 2015 rankings following a strong summer.

After evaluating him at the USA Developmental Training Camp it's safe to say it's time for us to begin considering Stone, a 6-foot-10 center out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, as a candidate for the No. 1 spot in 2015.

His performance, at times, was that dominating. Stone's comfort level on the block was notable throughout the event. With Jahlil Okafor out with an ankle injury, the only physical presence that made it difficult on Stone was Myles Turner, arguably the best post defender in high school basketball.

Stone was able to carve out deep, low position in the post because of his pure size and leg strength. Once he caught post entries, Stone showed an assortment of ways to put the ball in the basket.

He's consistent with jump hooks over either shoulder, plus he's able to throw in counters and drop step dunks. Stone is also capable of facing up and hitting jump shots from mid-range out to the three-point line.

At this stage, Stone appears to the best pure post scorer in his class and is only second in that category to Scout.com's top 2014 prospect – Jahlil Okafor.

Tatum takes off

One of the revelations coming out of the USA Developmental Training Camp was Jayson Tatum's growth both physically and in his game.

In July, Tatum stood 6-foot-6, he appears to have grown a full inch and even appears slightly more athletic. Working with basketball trainer Drew Hanlen, Tatum has even changed the release point on his shot, as it's higher than it was in July.

While he's a shot maker out to the three-point stripe, Tatum's strength from a scoring standpoint lies from mid-range and in. He's a crafty scorer, as he's comfortable pulling up for jumpers and also has a one footed fade-a-way in his repertoire.

Although he's projected as a wing prospect, Tatum can post up small defenders and does so with success. In transition, he scores it well through contact and is able to adjust his shot at the rim.

Defensivley, Tatum moves his feet well and keeps defenders out in front. He has good length as well and uses it to get deflections and contest shots.

Tatum is currently ranked No. 4 overall in the 2016 class.


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