USA Basketball Mini-Camp: Day Two

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The first day of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Mini-Camp was dominated by the 2015 prospects. While the seniors like Jaylen Brown and Stephen Zimmerman performed well,’s focus later in the day was primarily on the underclassmen in attendance.

2015 Standouts

Jaylen Brown, SF: Brown was at it again on Sunday, using his elite physical tools and mental makeup to take it to whoever was defending him. His handle and shooting ability keep improving which is a testament to his work ethic. Brown has the size, length, athleticism, motor and approach to the game to be very successful and everything keeps moving in the right direction for him.

Stephen Zimmerman, C: This was a breakout weekend for Zimmerman, who already is regarded as a five-star prospect. He played with what appeared to be an extra pep in his step during both days of camp. Zimmerman was aggressive on both ends of the floor, had his motor running non-stop and looked to dunk nearly every touch he got near the basket. Zimmerman also faced the rim and hit jump shots and went off the dribble and attacked from the high post. Zimmerman played with a sense of confidence and it showed as you could make a case for him as the top performer of the weekend.

2017 Standouts

Jaylen Hands, PG: Sometimes players can be more athletic than quick and sometimes they can be more quick than athletic; Hands is definitely both. He's very fast in the open court but can explode above the rim. His best weapon is his pull-up jump shot, something he can hit from both midrange and three, but Hands also has the handle and passing ability to be a high-level point guard. He played very well on Sunday.

Markus Howard, PG: There's no question that Howard likes to play fast and it's something he does very well. He thrives in transition and gets up and down the court in a hurry. While Howard does a nice job pushing tempo for a young point guard, he's also quite a scorer and is a threat to hit jumpers from all over the court off the bounce. He had a really productive camp scoring with his pull-up jump shot.

Troy Brown, PG/SF: An extremely versatile young player, there is no shortage of ways that Brown impacts the game. He's improving as an outside shooter, and knocked down multiple jumpers from long range, but is also a very good passer, who uses his 6-foot-6 height to see over the defense and make some terrific passes to teammates. He's an athletic player who can defend multiple positions and excels in transition.

Felton shows off passing ability
Jalek Felton, PG: This is a kid with nothing but upside and on Sunday he showed several of the reasons he's such a good prospect. Felton is 6-foot-3, long, athletic and can really pass the ball. Not just a passer, Felton is also a really good athlete that can create his own shot and knock down jumpers. The best part is, he's just a baby physically and when he puts on some strength, he'll take his game to the next level.

Matt Coleman, PG: This 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Norfolk (Va.) Maury possesses all the tools you look for in a quality point guard. He has a good frame with wide shoulders and lengthy arms. His speed is impressive and he has an extra gear in the open court. Coleman handles the ball very well and quickly changes speeds and directions to keep defenders off balance. The lefty has good vision, is a good passer and also made pull-up jumpers here. Coleman is one of the top lead guards in the 2017 class.

D.J. Harvey, SF: The basketball recruiting staff has had the chance to evaluate Harvey quite a few times over the past year. But at the mini-camp, Harvey arguably put up his best effort. He showed improvement in his scoring ability and is a very confident pull-up jump shooter. A wing, Harvey stands 6-foot-5, has impressive athleticism and a solid frame that can take hits when he attacks the basket. Harvey was one of the better wing scorers at the event.

Austin Wiley, C: Already regarded as top 10 prospect in the 2017 class, Wiley only confirmed the notion that he’s an elite level recruit. At 6-foot-10, 235-pounds, Wiley played with impressive effort and energy throughout the event. He was active in the paint looking for rebounds and proved himself as a rim protector that gets his hands on shots and alters plenty of others. At this stage, he’s not polished on offense, but he will flash a right hook, gets his fair share of put backs and looks to dunk everything around the rim.

David Sloan, PG: In an event like this, often times players, especially the younger ones, feel like they need to try and do as much as they can and that often leads to them trying to do too much. Well that certainly wasn’t the case for Sloan, a 5-foot-6 lead guard out of Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County. In fact, Sloan’s poise and demeanor impressed during both days. When Sloan had opportunities, he took advantage of them. He ran the point guard position with confidence, showed an impressive feel for the game and where he stood out the most was with his passing.

Michael Porter, SF: You could make a case that Porter was the top performer of the young prospects in attendance. The 6-foot-8 small forward was aggressive with his moves and looked to use his impressive athleticism to make plays at the rim more than we have seen in the past. With that said, Porter’s jump shot is his great weapon. His range is deep and his shot is consistent from behind the stripe. His mid-range game is improving as well. Porter is currently regarded as a top five player in his class.

2018 Standouts

Connor Vanover,C: The tallest prospect at the mini-camp was this freshman-to-be from Arkansas. Standing 7-foot-1, Vanover towered over his peers. While he lacks strength at this stage, there’s a lot to be impressed with. For his size, Vanover moves quite well. What stood out the most, though, was his superb touch, not only around the basket but also on his jump shots. Vanover consistently made mid-range jumpers and even stepped out behind the three-point stripe and buried shots. Vanover is a terrific looking long-term post prospect.

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