SNOW: NBPA Day One Recap

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - Day One at the NBPA Top 100 Camp was impressive. Prospects from the 2015 and 2016 class were impressive, and some under the radar names really showed they belonged.

Class of 2015


Samir Sehic, PF – Not the most highly rated or the most talented, Sehic was tremendous during the evening session. At 6-foot-7 he was dominant down low scoring nearly at will, and then he stepped out and hit a three and also was good from the mid-range. While Sehic is clearly not the best prospect at the event, he is definitely one of the more productive players and has a high IQ with a good understanding of how to score.

Cheick Diallo, C – One of the toughest and highest motor players in the class, Diallo did what he always does during an impressive showing in the morning session of games. Diallo blocked shots, some in incredibly spectacular fashion, and then also rebounded like a man as well. Add in a few nice moves on the offensive end, and it was an extremely impressive showing for Diallo who continues to have a tremendous spring and summer.

Ray Smith, SF – There is just no ceiling to how good this kid can end up being. Smith is one of the most naturally talented players in the country and he keeps getting better. He hit a pair of deep triples to start things off, and then used his size and athleticism score around the rim on a few occasions. As Smith begins to realize just how talented he is, that is when his game will go to even another level, and already he is pretty darn good.

Dejounte Murray, SG – The Washington pledge was clearly one of the top players in the morning set of games. Murray, who is a natural scorer, had it working especially from distance. He was using his quickness and nice handle to create space for himself, and when he did he would knock down shots. Then Murray mixed in a few nice drives to the rim and overall showed how talented he can be on the offensive end of the floor. His size, athleticism, and ability to score is very impressive and it was on display all morning long.

Malachi Richardson, SG/SF – A Syracuse pledge, Richardson got things going in a big way during the evening session of games. A big time shooter, Richardson had it working, at one point knocking in three in a row from distance. He didn't go to the rim and attack very much, but when he did he was usually effective. Richardson was a bit of a volume guy, but he had it working from distance and the showing was impressive.

Derrick Jones, SF – The highly athletic Jones showed off that impressive bounce with a few nice rebounds and put backs during the morning games. Jones has long arms, incredible athleticism, and when he is playing hard he is difficult to handle. He also hit one mid-range jumper which was good to see, but more than anything Jones looked locked in and focused during the game which was big and it showed with his production.

Dwayne Bacon, SF – There are very few more naturally talented players in the class than Bacon. He has good size, good athleticism, and an advanced skill level. During the evening games that was on display as Bacon put up good numbers. He was hitting from deep, he got to the rim a few times, and overall looked like the elite prospect that he has the ability to be. Bacon can be a bit hot and cold, but on Wednesday night he was very impressive and looked like one of the best players at the event.

KeVaughn Allen, SG – The future Florida Gator had an impressive showing during the morning games. Allen was especially hot from distance. He hit several threes and perimeter jumpers to get things going. On top of that Allen was impressive on the defensive end with his combination of strength and athleticism. At times during the spring Allen struggled, so it was good to see him show well for himself on the big stage.

Edward Morrow, PF – There might not be a harder playing dude in the country than Morrow, and he showed that once again on Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-7 forward was productive due to energy and toughness combined with his athleticism. While he doesn't have the ideal skill level for a guy his size, Morrow did find a way to contribute in a big way and did so going to the rim and on the glass. Overall Morrow has his holes, but the bottom line is he competes and always finds a way to be productive.

Kenny Williams, SG – On the AAU circuit Williams is only a stand still shooter. He sits in the corner and hits threes, but on Wednesday he showed he is capable of more. In transition he had a few buckets off the dribble and then he even got one down in the half court as well. As usual Williams hit from deep, but overall showing that he could be more than just a one dimensional guy was a very good thing to see.

Class of 2016

Payton Pritchard, PG – There aren't too many players that have a better idea of what they are doing on the court than Pritchard. He scores it well, has great floor vision, and an excellent feel for the game. That was on complete and total display during the evening game. Pritchard hit threes, got to the rim, but most importantly he controlled the game by getting others involved and seemingly always making the right play.

Eron Gordon, SG – In the morning session of games Gordon was very good, and then he continued that strong play in the evening. A big time scorer, Gordon was getting to the rim virtually at will. When he does get going downhill, Gordon is very crafty and finishes with athleticism and effectiveness around the rim. Not necessarily the biggest guard out there, Gordon just has that sense for how to score and it was on display all evening long.

Jarrett Allen, C – Allen is really coming along in a big way. He showed signs all spring long, and now he is shining on one of the brightest stages in high school basketball. Allen is a solid athlete who can finish in traffic, has a nice touch, excellent hands, and he runs the floor very well. Right now he is still in the process of putting everything together, but Allen is showing his ability against the best, and more than holding his own.

Derryck Thornton, PG – Clearly Thornton is one of the better floor generals at the camp. He can make a few bad decisions with the basketball that lead to turnovers, but in terms of quickness, shot making, and floor vision he is excellent. Also Thornton has very good size for the position, and in a morning showdown with classmate Seventh Woods, Thornton clearly came out on top with his play.

Malik Monk, SG – There is just no limit to how good Monk can be. He is a gifted scorer as he always shows off, a tremendous athlete, and he keeps getting better with the dribble. Monk finished above the rim, hit from the mid-range, and then was also making shots from the outside. There is no denying how good Monk can be, and he continues to prove that he is one of the elite players in the country regardless of class.

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