Nike Elite 100: Point Guards

It was a camp dominated by the bigs, but point guards Cassius Winston and Troy Brown showed their tremendous ability at Elite 100.

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Cassius Winston – Winston was absolutely tremendous all weekend long. He is around 6-feet tall with a plus wing span and a tremendous ability to get into the lane and make plays as well as hit shots from deep. Now Winston did turn the ball over a little more than what would have been ideal, but he hit jumpers, got into the mid-range, and also got others involved. Winston has all the tools to be a tremendous player going forward, and showed again why he is one of the best in his class at the position.

Alterique Gilbert – Gilbert arrived late at the camp, but when he did make it in, he made an impact. A very good athlete, Gilbert made things absolutely miserable for offensive players by applying pressure on the defensive end. Guys quite simply could barely get the ball up the floor against him. Add in that on offense Gilbert is tough to stay in front of and also can hit the jumper and it was a tremendous showing for Gilbert.

Howard Washington – Standing 6-foot-1 and measuring in at 172 pounds in bare feet, Washington has excellent size for a point guard. Now Washington won't wow you with physical tools and quickness, but he always made the right play and did a lot to help his team get wins. Washington makes shots from deep, always makes the right pass in the lane, and overall was a very solid and productive player.

Xavier Simpson – A very steady floor leader, Simpson is only 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, but he does know how to play. His very high basketball IQ is apparent and he is a very good passer who never seems to force anything. A good shooter, Simpson hit some shots, though he needs to be a great shooter in order to put himself in the best position to dominate games at his size. Still he is at his best making plays for others and he seems to never turn the ball over.

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Troy Brown – The physical tools are outstanding for Brown who is 6-foot-5, 187 pounds, and has a 6-foot-9 wingspan. Now Brown is more of a combo than a pure point and depending on how his body fills out he could fit himself on the wing before it is all said and done, but right now on the ball he is very good. Brown gets into the lane whenever he wants and then is also a big time athlete. He is a solid passer and someone who can make plays for others, though his first instinct seems to be to get his own in the mid-range. His potential is through the roof and he was clearly one of the top performers at the entire event.

Tremont Waters – His ability to change of speeds and make plays off of that is second to none. Waters puts defenders in such a bad position because he can really shoot the ball off the bounce and then also has the ability to drive right by him. More of a scorer than an assist man right now, but he is also a willing passer who will make the right play when he gets into the lane. His outside shot separates him right now from many guards his size, but then he will get others involved as well.

Trevon Duval – On his AAU team he plays off the ball ceding to five-star 2015 prospect Isaiah Briscoe, but with the ball in his hands he looks like a totally different player. Duval dominated at times at the camp with his ability to score as well as his athleticism. He has good size at 6-foot-1 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, and is a near elite athlete. Duval showed all the physical tools to be an elite player, and now he is beginning to turn that into high level production.

Markus Howard – Unfortunately he got injured and missed the end of the camp, but when he was in the games Howard put on a show. He stands only 5-foot-10, but Howard can flat out score. He was on fire shooting the ball and then also is super quick. Definitely at this point he is a scorer first, but Howard is quick and can make plays off the dribble. He would have put up monster numbers had he been healthy the whole camp, but even with the injury he put himself very much on the national radar.

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