Clearly, then, the plotlines will be numerous and momentous both from a scouting and recruiting perspective, as this is the final major event prior to the July live period.
In advance of the camp, which opens on Wednesday, we asked our national recruiting team this question: Looking at the roster, what are you most excited to observe during those days of action?
Josh Gershon: I'm looking forward to getting another look at Jonathan Isaac. The 6-9, 190-pound power forward from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was terrific in the spring at Nike EYBL, making a big jump up in the rankings, now landing 14th in 2016. Isaac has very good size and length with a frame that is still seriously under developed. He has legit ball skills and shooting ability for the position and can create his own shot.
As Isaac keeps getting stronger and adding reps, he's going to continue to progress as he has over the past year. I'm interested to see how Isaac does going head to head against many other top prospects nationally after such an impressive spring.
Evan Daniels: Mark me down for the 2017 big men. A whole host of very gifted post players are slotted to be in attendance. The nation's best overall prospect — DeAndre Ayton (pictured above) — will be there, as will guys like Nick Richards, Mohammed Bamba and others. As we get close to time to update the 2017 list, I'm excited to see these guys and others match up and go head-to-head at camp.
Brian Snow: For me two fast-rising bigs, James Banks and Javin DeLaurier (recent offers from Florida, Texas and many others), are the two players I am most intrigued to see. Both have excelled on the Adidas circuit, and both have put up good numbers to go along with a high upside. Now, against the best of the best where they will have to battle against big bodies every minute of every game, I am interested to see how they match up and if they continue their rise up the rankings.
Rob Harrington: I feel like I hold a reasonable command of the class elite, so it’s the bottom half of the camp that has me most excited. To this point there’s a great deal of uncertainty surrounding depth issues in the Class of 2016, and thus we could see immense movement both for rankings purposes and in terms of recruitments by the end of summer.
Many college coaches emerged from the April live period with a wait-and-see response, but everyone will have to decide by August which guys to prioritize and which to let slip away. While coaches don’t get to attend this event, it will set the table for those in the 41-100 range who are on the radar but not firmly established in place.
Having said all that, I’m eager to watch the elite point guards go at it as well. Dennis Smith, Kobi Simmons and Frank Jackson are top-15 overall prospects who will compete, and clearly fans of Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia Tech and many others will await reports on their matchups with great interest.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gerson and Rob Harrington contributed to this article