Jordan Brand: Day Two Recap

NEW YORK — The second day of practice action for the Jordan Brand Classic produced a more relaxed set of players. Whereas many of the participants appeared nervous and off their games on Wednesday, they generally returned to form on Thursday morning.

On the whole, Nike certainly must be pleased to have assembled so many elite prospects from within the Class of 2015, and particularly given the challenges posed by the senior crop in terms of star talent.

As with McDonald’s a couple weeks ago, NBA scouts are grumbling some about the lack of truly dominant performers, but that’s simply the nature of this recruiting cycle.

Here’s a look at the day’s best.

Top Performers

Skal Labissiere (pictured above), PF — This Kentucky-bound big man already has captured the fascination of NBA scouts and projects as a contender to become the No. 1 draft selection next summer. The thing for fans to remember, however, is that Labissiere doesn’t project as an immediate dominator along the lines of Karl Towns or, especially, Anthony Davis. Labissiere should be outstanding for the ‘Cats, mind you, but he may need at least most of his freshman season to adjust to the physicality of the college game. He didn’t even play his best ball on Thursday, but his length, fluidity and skill level are so obvious, he still stands out.

Dwayne Bacon, WF — Florida State needs some offensive pop, and Bacon should be able to help right away. A strong, aggressive and under control scorer, he knocked in medium-range jump shots and also looked to attack off the dribble. Bacon isn’t a dynamic type of scorer, just a very steady one who should acclimate quickly to the ACC level.

Tyler Dorsey, SG — He hasn’t made many jump shots here, but I’ve appreciated the aggression Dorsey has demonstrated. Though a little too tunnel-visioned when driving to the basket, he certainly generates a lot of contact and should reap the benefits of that when he arrives at Oregon. He could lead the Ducks in free throws sooner than later. His progress as a power guard and huge senior season suggest bright things for his collegiate career.

Antonio Blakeney, SG — Blakeney hasn’t been dominant by any means, but he has maintained his progress through a strong postseason. The primary key for him has been an improved jump shot, which now finds the net from long-range far more accurately than it did last summer. Of course, the future LSU Tiger also possesses outstanding quickness and leaping ability to elevate into his shot off the dribble.

We’ll have complete coverage tomorrow of all the day’s action, including the regional game in which players only participate in the game (no practices), and whom we haven’t profile here yet.

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