COLORADO SPRINGS -- Nearly 50 high school prospects ascended on the USA Basketball training facility to participate in the Men's Junior National Team Mini-Camp. The seniors were dominate, but some youngsters still managed strong performances.
Historically the Men's Junior National Team Mini-Camp is a competitive atmosphere that gives the Scout.com crew a look at a handful of seniors, plus a bunch of prospects looking to impress the USA Basketball crew in attempts to make one of their national teams.
This go around was much of the same, as 11 senior-to-be prospects and 37 players from the 2017 and 2018 traveled to Colorado Springs to participate in the two-day camp, that consists of competitive drills and five-on-five action.
As one would expect the 2015 prospects dominated the younger players on day one, due to their physical play. With that said, a number of a underclassmen managed to stand out in the spirited atmosphere.
, SG: The Duke
pledge played well during the first day of training camp. Playing alongside much younger prospects, Kennard clearly made an effort to get his teammates involved. A skilled guard, Kennard consistently made impressive passes on Saturday. He tossed out five assists during the first session and was up to similar tricks during the second session.
- A very good athlete as an underclassman, Zimmerman's athleticism didn't look quite the same as a junior but on Saturday it was back in a big way. He got out in transition and had some explosive finishes above the rim, including multiple windmills. Zimmerman's jump shot also looked very good, as he was burying jumpers all day. It was a statement day for the five-star prospect.
- Swanigan was truly a man amongst boys on Saturday, and there wasn't really anyone at this camp who showed the ability to defend him. The center's combination of size, length, footwork, hands, skill, motor and toughness make him an absolute load once he gets the ball in the paint, and he imposed his will on whoever had the misfortune of trying to defend him.
- One of the top shooters and scorers in the 2015 class, Trier did plenty of both on Saturday. Trier can really shoot it off the bounce, but he's also capable of taking his defender and get to the basket, where he can finish with both hands. Not just a scorer, when there wasn't an opportunity to get points, Trier kept his eyes up and found cutters for assists.
- Scout.com's top prospect in 2015, Brown didn't do anything to discredit his ranking on Saturday. He was a man amongst boys, using his size, length, athleticism and strength to take defenders off the dribble and either get to the basket or pull-up and bury jumpers. Brown is also one of the top defenders in the class, while he's always a threat to rebound in and outside of his area as well.
, SF: Already recognized as one of the premier prospects in the 2017 class, Porter, a 6-foot-8 forward, didn’t disappoint through the first two sessions of camp. The two things that stick out about his game are his ability to shoot the ball and his overall skill level. His shot is consistent from long-range, but he’s also pure from mid-range and comfortable shooting on the move. Playing against good competition, Porter played as hard and as competitive as we’ve seen him.
, C: A rising sophomore, Carter appeared to have a grown an inch since last viewing, which was in July. Carter, who looks at least 6-foot-9 at this stage, boasts a strong frame that allows him to play physical in the paint. He impacted the game on day one with his aggressive nature on the backboard. He was active in the paint, pursued put back opportunities and showed the ability to finish with both hands in the paint.
, PG: As camp wore on, Duvall got better. The 6-foot-3 guard has wide shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. Duval has a nice pace to his game and possesses a nice burst of speed in the open court. He sliced his way to the rim for easy buckets, played an unselfish brand of ball and proved to be a good passer. While early on he struggled from long distance, he did connect on a couple of catch and shoot threes during the second session.
- A bulldog on the court who keeps improving, if there's a list of guys at this camp who played harder than Lee on Saturday, it's extremely short. Lee is a big time rebounder who has improved his ball skills and touch around the basket. His motor and athleticism make him a strong defender and he embraces contact around the basket. While Lee's ultimate upside is debatable, the fact that he's going to help somebody win at the next level isn't.
, PF: The Scout.com basketball recruiting team shies away from watching prospects prior to their freshman years, so heading into the event, we had never laid eyes on Bagley, but he had already built reputation. The talk appears to be true, as Bagley certainly looked the part on opening day. At 6-foot-9, he has a lengthy set of arms and a frame that is sure to fill out nicely over the next few years. He’s mobile, a good athlete and showed some promise on the offensive end of the floor. He’s equipped with good hands, nice touch and even connected on hook shots. Bagley is an impressive looking post prospect.
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