CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - The NBPA Top 100 Camp kicked off on Wednesday afternoon. Frank Jackson had a special start, and others also really shined during the first session of games.
It is tough to imagine anyone having a better start to camp than the one Frank Jackson
had. The five-star point guard was extremely impressive in all aspects of the game. Jackson was scoring going to the rim, using his athleticism, tough on defense, and also made jumpers to go along with it.
Jackson’s 18 points were good for second best in the early session and he did it in a very efficient fashion. Overall he showed off his entire game, and proved more than worthy of his five-star status.
The one time BYU
commitment will be visiting Duke
after the camp as well as North Carolina
. Beyond that Stanford
, Notre Dame
, and others remain on his list.
It was a big spring for Kameron McGusty
who saw his stock soar, and he proved his ability once again on Wednesday evening as he put up big numbers in game one of the camp. The 6-foot-4 guard is being asked to play point guard and off the ball, and his proving more than capable at both spots.
McGusty finished with 12 points and two assists while going 5-7 from the floor. Also McGusty was active on the defensive end using his long arms and athleticism to cause turnovers and get into passing lanes.
Recruiting wise McGusty remains open in his recruitment. He mentioned schools such as Louisville
, Texas Tech
, Wake Forest
, Georgia Tech
, Virginia Tech
, and Auburn
I wrote previously that underclassmen generally struggle at this event. Well, based on Wednesday's early returns, that may not prove to be the case in 2015. At the minimum, Hamidou Diallo performed with an utter lack of deferral to his older peers.
The slender guard boasts one of the most explosive first steps at camp. Additionally, he utilizes that speed and quickness to frequently attack the basket in the open floor. He boasts top-shelf body control as well can stop short for little pull-up jump shots — which will become increasingly valuable as he climbs the competitive ladder.
Diallo led all players in his game with 14 points — numbers tend to be evened out here, and by NBPA standards that's a high scoring mark — and did so in part thanks to his ability to draw fouls. He also possesses outstanding defensive potential and the ability to contribute as a rebounder and playmaker as well.
His recruitment has begun to fully percolate, as Connecticut, Minnesota, Louisville, Indiana, Providence, NC State and others all have extended scholarship offers.
While amid a recruitment has has soared to new heights, Sacha Killeya-Jones hasn't forgotten about the basketball part, either. The Virginia big man and former UVa pledge has picked up offers in the past couple weeks from Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, NC State and others, and he demonstrated why during the opening round of games.
Killeya-Jones is playing here alongside No. 1 junior DeAndre Ayton, and he used his mobility to complement the imposing center in their squad's first contest. He raced the floor for blocks and dunks, hit the glass and threw down one impressive tip-slam. He also stepped out to knock in facing jump shots.
His line included 12 points on a perfect 5-5 from the field, along with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. Killeya-Jones will enter the July live period as a hot commodity, given that few coaches bothered to watch him in April while he still was committed to the Cavaliers. He's off to a great start in Charlottesville to punctuate what has been a very hectic month.
’ numbers during the first session of play weren’t eye popping, as he scored four points, tossed out three assists and grabbed five rebounds. But he was certainly one of the top performers.
At 6-foot-6, Jenkins has a lengthy set of arms. He played primarily with the ball in his hands and was able to help facilitate his teams offense. Jenkins is quick laterally and able to get his hands in the passing lane. He’s a perfect candidate for a team that plays likes to press and get up and down.
Jenkins currently has heavy interest from Clemson
, Indiana, Wake Forest, Utah
, Texas, Arizona State
, Clemson, East Carolina
, Indiana, New Mexico State
, Rhode Island, South Florida
, and Virginia Tech
During the opening session, Payton Pritchard
scored 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and tossed out four assists.
Pritchard is always capable of heating up from three and he did just that during a second half run, where he connected on four three-pointers. His shooting is a major asset and arguably his biggest strength.
An Oklahoma pledge, Pritchard also showed off his vision at times and made some key passes. He did the ball over three times, but he was a primary reason his camp team kept it class.
It was a successful NBPA Top 100 Camp debut for Scout’s top-ranked overall prospect in high school basketball, DeAndre Ayton. The 7-footer has very good size, length and mobility for the position and is an elite combination of current production along with upside.
Ayton is usually extremely productive on the offensive glass and looked improved from midrange, where he knocked down multiple jumpers. He also did a nice job using his size and length to deflect shots around the rim.
With Ayton’s stock being so high, the question has always been whether or not he’ll ever actually play college basketball.
Collins had one of the best performances of any post in camp on Wednesday. He’s always been a mobile center with good size, length and athleticism but showed an improved skill level in the afternoon.
The 2016 prospect finished well around the basket, made some nice passes from the paint and high post, played hard, protected the rim and rebounded on both ends of the court.
Collins made an early commitment to Gonzaga.
Rob Harrington, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Evan Daniels contributed to this report