Nike Elite 100: Top Wings

Camp Settings tend to be great for wing players to show their ability, and Nike Elite 100 was no different. Several high level prospects proved their worth, led by Jordan Goodwin and Kris Wilkes.

There was clearly no tougher player on the court the entire weekend than Jordan Goodwin. The power wing who doesn’t have a defined position, but just gets stuff done, was dominant in many facets of the game. He is an excellent rebounder for his size, very long, and can score in a variety ways. Some will get caught up in figuring out where he plays, but one thing is for certain, no matter what position he is put in, he won’t be spending much time on the bench. Illinois and Missouri have already issued early offers to Goodwin.

All high school season and spring long, Kris Wilkes has been showing his improvement, and this weekend was no different. The 6-foot-7 forward looked the part of an elite prospect. He has improved athletically, and also is skilled to the three point line. A good rebounder with long arms, Wilkes continues to get stronger and was one of the more consistent performers in all aspects. Already Wilkes has serious interest or offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, and Michigan.

A kid with an elite motor, long arms, and high level athleticism, Terrence Lewis made a statement this weekend. Now Lewis is more skilled than ever before and is shooting the ball better from the perimeter. With his improved ability to make shots, it opens up lanes for him to drive to the rim and finish in traffic where he is excellent. Lewis is already hearing from Wisconsin and Marquette along with many others.

There might not have been a more consistent scorer the entire weekend than DeAundrae Ballard. The wing from Atlanta absolutely lit things up both from deep and the mid-range. He is at his best attacking off the dribble, and though the form on his shot isn’t text book, it does go in fairly regularly. Add in that he is a tough kid and a good athlete, and it is easy to see why Ballard is considered one of the better prospects in the South. An academically inclined kid, Ballard already has interest from Stanford and Harvard.

One of the players who looked much improved from the spring was Kimani Lawrence. Playing in this setting where he was more of a focus allowed him to show his entire offensive arsenal. Most important it seemed that Lawrence has improved his ball handling which allows the rest of his game to shine through. A powerful kid with a good shooting stroke, Lawrence is someone who knows how to put points on the scoreboard.

A late addition to the camp, V.J. Bailey did not disappoint. A tremendous athlete with the ability to really get to the rim, Bailey scored at will at times. Also Bailey mixed in a few deep jumpers which has been a growth area for him in the past. As improves as a jump shooter, Bailey will continue to be able to exploit defenses with his ability to get into the lane. Also Bailey is someone with high potential on the defensive end. Ohio State, Illinois, Texas, and a host of other schools are involved early with Bailey.

During the spring Hameir Wright had the look of someone who was a bit more of a stretch power forward, but during the camp he showed he can make his fulltime home on the wing. Wright is a good shooter and someone who can get it done both off the dribble and off the catch. He is big and rebounds well, and can also block shots. How he fills out physically will determine where he plays in college, but it was a step in the right direction over the weekend for Wright. Already Cincinnati, George Mason, George Washington, and Maryland have been seriously involved in his recruitment.

Marred by inconsistency at times during the spring, Charles O’Bannon was able to put it together in a big way at Elite 100. O’Bannon checked in with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, and that length allows him to be as versatile as any wing in the class. He also is a big time scorer when he has it working from deep. As he continues to learn to play hard all the time, the upside is through the roof for O’Bannon. Currently O’Bannon holds offers from Arizona, California, UCLA, USC, Washington, and UNLV.

He disappeared at times, but there is no doubt that Darius Banks can shoot the basketball. He had some games where he absolutely lit it up from deep. Also Banks has a very impressive 6-foot-10 wing span and is an above average athlete. He needs to continue to refine his game off the dribble, but in catch and shoot situations he is impressive.

Because he plays at a smaller school, Alfred Hollins hasn’t gotten the attention of some of the other wings on the West Coast, but he proved he has major potential at Elite 100. At 6-foot-5, Hollins is a very capable ball handler who can even run a team at times, though his future looks to be on the wing as a do it all player. He is the type of kid who does everything well, but nothing at an elite level. With solid athleticism and a strong frame, colleges are going to be very intrigued with his skill set. Already Hollins has major interest from California, Florida State, USC, San Diego State, and Virginia.

A wing with a lot of heart and toughness, Brandon Rachal really stood out throughout the weekend. He measured in at 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-8 wing span and he uses those long arms to finish over taller defenders and also to crash the boards. Beyond that he showed an improved ability in the mid-range, and overall looked the part of a high-major player. Schools like Vanderbilt and LSU are already involved in his recruitment.

One of the best wing scorers at the Nike Elite was Chaundee Brown Jr., a 6-foot-5, 195-pound wing that was measured with a 6-10 wingspan. Brown is strong, tough, aggressive and athlete. He has good form on his jump shots and managed to consistently make mid-range pull-ups as well as a couple of threes. Brown is wired up to get points and he made an impression as a perimeter scorer at the event.

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