Trevon Duval appears to be on the fast track toward becoming the nation’s No. 1 rising junior point guard. The We R 1 product broke out his full bag of tricks on Wednesday evening, utilizing his quickness and exceptional — truly exceptional — ballhandling ability to make plays for himself and others. Duval not only possesses a fully stocked toolkit, he creates action while moving at full speed. His ability to score on the move impresses all who watch him, including one absurd running hook shot over two big men in traffic. He holds offers from multiple high-majors, including Villanova, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, NC State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Maryland and others.
Albeit one of the smaller players in attendance, Shamorie Ponds more than proved himself worthy of the invitation on day one. He’s quick and fast with the ball in the open floor and can change directions without pause, enabling him to score with either hand and before opposing big men can react. Meanwhile, he also knocked down some jump shots, fed teammates for clean looks of their own and was a nuisance as a defender to opposing ballhandlers. Ponds holds an array of regional major conference interest and is likely to attract even more by the end of summer.
DeLaurier was active and assertive during the evening session. He ran the floor with purpose, rebounded in and out of his area, contested shots and finished through contact around the basket. DeLaurier is tough and competitive and certainly lived up to his recent bump to No. 38 overall in the 2016 recruiting class.
To go with his finishes at the rim and put backs, DeLaurier also flashed good hands, touch and an ability to make short and mid-range jump shots with ease. He’s one of the most improved players in the class, but he continues to make advancements to his.
Crump is quick, long and athletic. He was aggressive when he had the ball in his hands and was tough for opposing guards to keep out of the lane. He hit a three, a mid-range pull-up off the dribble and scored a handful of baskets around the rim. Crump, a Georgia commit, also showed good vision and an ability to facilitate.
In a game that was a bit sloppy, Eron Gordon really stood out with his ability to score the basketball. The 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis hit from deep, but it was his ability to get to the rim that was the difference maker.
A good athlete who is powerful off the drive, Gordon scored through contact several times, and took good shots, making most of them. The play from Gordon was impressive, and he was the leading scorer for his team.
You couldn’t have a much better day than Hamidou Diallo had on Wednesday. He excelled in the afternoon game session, and then repeated that impressive performance in the evening. Diallo was excellent going to the rim, and showed the athleticism and skill necessary to be a big time player.
With a lightning first step, long arms, and a fairly good shooting stroke, Diallo proved to be very difficult to guard. Add in that he brought it on the defensive end of the floor, and it was clear that Diallo asserted himself as one of the top guards in the class of 2017.
On Wednesday afternoon, DeAndre Ayton’s inside/out scoring ability along with his commitment to the glass were particularly impressive. On Wednesday evening, it was Ayton’s shooting that stood out.
Scout’s top prospect in high school basketball is 7-foot with an ideal frame for a center and clearly an ability to shoot that keeps improving, if Wednesday’s showing was any indication. Ayton found a spot from the elbow that was in his comfort zone and he drained multiple jumpers from it.
One of the class of 2016’s most versatile guards, Markelle Fultz has the size, length and athleticism you’re looking out for guard.
His ball skills, shiftiness and athleticism make him tough to stop off the dribble, but he has the skill set to score and the vision to create for others, something he did plenty of on Wednesday evening.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article