9:50: Chase Jeter found his rhythm in the nightcap. He buried numerous hooks, played more tenaciously around the rim for dunks and defensive boards, and just generally competed with greater energy than others.
That concludes today's blog. Be sure to check out tomorrow's, as games begin once again at 10:45am. See you then!
9:33: Rising junior specimen Udoka Azubuike just tossed several shots emphatically. He's a tank who absorbs contact almost in comic book character fashion. He appears to have pretty good hands and he needs them, given how much physicality he generates and the fact that he isn't a straight-tup leaper. He needs polish but certainly possesses high-major ability.
UCLA-bound point guard Aaron Holiday has turned in a strong performance. He has jets in the open floor, likes to attack baseline and also has stuck a couple jumpers on the move.
Ben Simmons has been his usual, consistent self. He has hustled for points flashing to the post and beat his defenders ahead in transition. His coordination is truly top-notch, though he's less explosive than your average 6-8, top-three prospect. How NBA types view him next spring will be fascinating to observe.
8:42: The junior roll continues. Guard De'Aaron Fox was outstanding in the second half, using his quickness to create and capable — but very streaky — jump shot to light up the scoreboard.
Bam Adebayo also impressed. The rugged 6-8 PF ran the court hard, ripped down offensive boards and finished above the rim. He shoots a high-arching jumper that's a little too high-arching, but he did make one from 15 feet along the baseline. He gets a lot of his stuff on effort, strength and athleticism, and that's just fine.
In the senior class, Derrick Jones nailed a couple threes. The southpaw isn't known for his perimeter skill, so that's a good sign. Also, in the name of full disclosure, Mustapha Heron hit back to back threes in the second half. After I wrote that he's less effective from that distance. And that's typically true, just not this time. ... credit to him.
P.J. Dozier lacks athleticism relative to other blue-chip wings and doesn't wield a textbook jump shot, but he's a very talented handler and passer who also competes unselfishly and intelligently. He projects as a fine fourth or fifth starter for a strong collegiate program.
8:03: A couple of 2016s are standing out early this evening. Pittsburgh commitment Mustapha Heron is utilizing his raw strength and quickness to fly to the rim, and he also buried one nice looking 15-foot jump shot. Heron actually isn't a bad shooter from that distance, he simply doesn't yet hit them consistently from deep. But he's a warrior who plays older and meaner than his class.
For overall natural ability, rising junior Malik Monk is one of the best prospects here regardless of class. He elevates effortlessly for jump shots from 12-22 feet, and he's the kind of athlete who actually becomes more explosive during the course of taking his two steps. He's considered an elite player in his class for good reason.
7:32: Buckled in for the evening session! Two more rounds of games this evening to play.
12:55: The second round of games has completed, and two players stood out most on court 2. Terrance Ferguson remains one of the most talented and intriguing talents in the Class of 2016. He has frustrated in the past due to an over-reliance on jump shooting, but there's no question he can hit them. Today, he dialed in from deep yet also made gorgeous drives with his left hand, getting full extension at the rim. He also demonstrated top-notch leaping ability.
Stephen Thompson also caught fire. The very skinny wing struggles at times versus muscle, but he found a groove from long-range and also moved intelligently without the ball.
The next set of games tips off 7:30EST and we'll check back then.
12:30: Interesting matchup between centers Daniel Giddens and Chase Jeter. There's no question that Jeter is the more skilled of the two — he possesses one of the most polished jump shoots in high school basketball — but Giddens is far more physical and bothering him some with his body.
I've also enjoyed the battle between Dwayne Bacon and Tevin Mack. In this case Bacon is a perimeter scorer with deep jump shooting range and a strong frame. Mack doesn't have the same halfcourt offensive tools but is a more fluid athlete and should excel in a utility wing role in college. He also has hit one deep jump shot.
The more you watch Esa Ahmad, the more you're likely to appreciate his game. Ahmad fills empty spots on the floor with action, whether that's chasing down a loose ball or long rebound. He also sees the court and is a fine passer who will be a strong, if undersized, post scorer with some face-up flourishes.
11:56: Oak Hill power forward Trevor Manuel had a very active second half. He faked a shot from deep and drove to the rim, threw down an impressive tip-dunk and blocked a shot from the help side. He's more mobile than he is explosive but is a skilled all-around player with a frame he can grow into.
11:16: One half is in the books, and already there have been some solid takeaways. Recently de-committed (from UConn) shooting guard Prince Ali has showcased his quick first step and attacking driving style along the baseline.
Shooting guard Antonio Blakeney also has had some good moments. Blakeney likes to drive left into a jumpstop, then elevate for close-range jumpers.
From a purely visual perspective, it's very odd to see Thon Maker get dwarfed by anyone, but the seven-footer is down a few inches to 7-5 Tacko Fall.
10:40 Camp opens in a few minutes, with multiple excellent games tipping off on three different courts.