Nike Elite 100: Point guards & Combo Guards

Nike Elite 100 is always a great place to see top underclass talent, and J.J. Chandler led the way when it comes to the point guards and combos in attendance.

When it comes to point guards J.J. Chandler was the top one at the event. He has good size measuring at 6-foot-2, and then also is an excellent athlete who excels getting to the rim. As a lefty he is a bit unique to guard, and his shooting stroke is definitely improving. Right now Houston is the school that has offered and put in the most work, but Baylor recently received a visit, and Texas A&M and Oklahoma are both getting ones soon. Overall his play was as good as any perimeter player at camp, and he saw his stock go up as much as anybody.

Indianapolis point guard Justin Roberts was absolutely tremendous all weekend long. Measuring in at 5-foot-11 he isn’t the biggest floor general in the world, but Roberts is an excellent passer and was able to create by getting into the lane all weekend long. He also showed an improved pull up jumper, and was one of the better defenders at the position as well. So far schools such as Purdue, Butler, Michigan, Xavier, Ohio State, and others have been in contact with Roberts.

When it comes to athleticism, Davion Mitchell has it at the highest level. A big and strong kid, Mitchell can guard either perimeter spot, and is also a threat to get into the lane at any time. I am not sure he is capable of running a team for a full game at this point, but he did make some quality passes, and was able to get into the lane and create. Hailing from the state of Georgia, Mitchell has both in-state schools as well as others like Auburn showing him significant recruiting attention.

Jordan Poole was definitely one of the breakout players at the camp. The Milwaukee native absolutely lit up the nets from deep with his jumper. When given time and space he was one of the most consistent shooters all weekend, and then he also showed some aptitude for being able to play the point. Running a team is still a work in progress, but he has decent floor vision and can really stretch the court, especially off of ball screens. So far it is mid-major offers for Poole, but in-state schools like Marquette and Wisconsin are beginning to turn up the heat.

Some kids aren’t built to excel in individual camps, and others thrive in them. Markell Johnson is definitely one who thrives in the up and down setting. As elite of an athlete as you will find at the point guard position, Johnson had some incredibly athletic dunks and finishes over taller defenders. He still needs to work on his decision making, and his jumper, though that showed improvement. Schools like Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, Michigan State, and others are taking looks now at Johnson who is one that could see his stock go up in July.

There aren’t too many guards who can handle the ball like Daejon Davis that also have his combination of size and athleticism. At this point he is probably a true combo guard as much as anything, but he at times has shown an aptitude to run the point as well. Davis was a terror for defenders all camp long in transition, and mixed in a few deep jumpers as well. Already Davis holds an offer from Washington, and the rest of the Pac 12 is aware of him, so recruiting is going well, and if he continues to improve his game things will only pick up from there.

There was a lot going on every time you watched Remy Martin play. The athletically gifted point guard always seemed to make something happen on the court, both good and bad. Martin was on fire from three for a good portion of camp, and then used his speed and athleticism to get to the rim and finish as well. The problem was he also had too many negative plays in terms of turnovers and bad shots. With a non-stop motor, Martin is always playing at top speed, when he learns to slow the game down some, his natural talent will take him to even another level.

The long and lean R.J. Nembhard opened up eyes with his play all weekend long. Nembhard showed the ability to get into the lane and make plays, and then also was hitting shots from deep. He leans more to being an off guard than a point guard, but he does handle the ball well and proved to be a solid decision maker. Local schools like Texas, SMU, Baylor, and Texas A&M are already well away from Nembhard who has tremendous upside as he gets stronger.

Another product of the state of Texas, C.J. Roberts showed a good ability to run a team and was solid all weekend long. Roberts is a more than capable shooter who also got to the rim and showed a strong ability to finish through contact. He needs to continue to refine his skills in terms of running a team and playing under control, but Roberts looked good and showed he is a more than capable player at the lead guard position. Already Roberts holds an offer from SMU.

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