NBPA Day 2: Afternoon Update

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The NBPA Top 100 Camp continued on Thursday and there were several impressive performances, including five-star center Thon Maker.

Thon Maker’s early morning performance at NBPA Top 100 Camp was arguably his best performance of the year. Maker, a 7-footer that plays for Orangeville Prep in Canada, was active, aggressive and played tough around the basket. He finished with 19 points and five rebounds.

At times during the spring and high school season, Maker faded to the perimeter and hunted long-range shots. Here he played mean and used his length in the paint to contest shots. Offensively he had a putback, finished at the rim and made his way to the free throw line 12 times. A mobile big man, Maker raced end to end and was able to get some easy buckets in transition.

On the recruiting front, Maker may attempt to go to college following the first semester in December. He also may finish out next high school season. Arizona State and Indiana are two of the schools in contention.

One of the best scorers in camp is 2017 wing D.J. Harvey. A standout at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, Harvey showed and advance mid-range game and an extreme amount of comfort pulling up off the dribble. Harvey hit five field goals on his way to 15 points. Two of his shots were pull-ups from 15 feet, while his other three shots came from three and were off the bounce as well. He’s solidly built and plays well through contact.

Among the schools involved in his recruitment are Arizona, Texas, Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Villanova, Louisville, Oregon and Maryland.

A small forward with good size at 6-foot-6, Bailey has always been one of the top wings in the west at creating his own shot. On Thursday morning, he did plenty of that, using his ball skills and craftiness to create space and hit jumpers.

Bailey showed up to this camp a year ago and had flashes of success as a young scorer, but he’s made a nice jump as a player since then and is now a pretty consistent scorer off the dribble.

Amongst those targeting Bailey are UConn, San Diego State, Gonzaga and Arizona.

It can be tough for posts to get many touches in camp environments which means they have to make the most of their chances with the ball. Siewert has been no exception to that general rule but he’s maximized his possessions.

Siewert has always been a very good shooter for the position and he’s showed that in Charlottesville as well, but he’s also made some nice passes from the perimeter and high post and some good touch around the basket.

Siewert, who recently decommitted from Arizona State, is hearing from Creighton, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, U.C. Irvine and Boston College.

There aren’t many players as big and skilled in the country as Omari Spellman. The future Villanova Wildcat was very good in an afternoon showing. When Spellman is at his best he is playing inside first, and then occasionally moves to the perimeter where he can be a pick and pop guys.

What Spellman shows is tremendous hands, a little bit of explosion, though that needs to get better with improved conditioning. Also Spellman showed a nice touch out to 12 feet. His line was impressive in that he rebounded well both in his area and out, and then offensively was able to finish through contact.

It was good to see him show the potential that he has flashed at times in the past, and he has the potential to be a force for Villanova when he arrives in the Big East.

Playing on his future home floor, Kyle Guy was excellent in an afternoon game. Guy played almost exclusively as a point guard, which is a bit of a change. Earlier in the camp he struggled with turnovers, but Guy had no such problems this afternoon.

As always Guy made shots, but it was his ability to take his man off the dribble and then also finish around the rim that really stood out as a growth area in this one. As a future Virginia Cavalier, Guy looks very comfortable and is showing himself to have made major improvements to his game.

Maintaining the trend of underclassmen showing out at camp, Mohamed Bamba turned in an outstanding performance during the morning games. The 6-11 rising junior big man not only is very tall, he's extremely long. Bamba blocks shots, picks down rebounds and generally shoots and passes over his opposite number.

Meanwhile, he's also very fleet and loves to race ahead of the pack for alley oops, and additionally his quickness off the floor makes him unique. He also boasts exceptional hand-eye coordination for a big man, making dribble moves in the open court that, perhaps while not fully functional in a real basketball setting, illustrate his ultimate potential. He also can put the ball on the floor along the baseline, which certainly will serve him well as he moves into the sport's higher levels. His jump shot needs work but shows promise as well. All in all, Bamba is an elite prospect in the Class of 2017.

Not surprisingly, despite the fact that he has two more years of high school remaining, Bamba's recruiting list includes the national elite. Indiana, Syracuse, Arizona, Maryland, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida State, Villanova, West Virginia, Penn State, Georgia Tech and others are among his many suitors.

Georgia center Chris Lewis earned his way into our national top 100, and the Harvard-bound big man has reinforced that lofty status thus far this week. Albeit undersized for the middle at 6-8, Lewis boasts long arms, huge hands and high shoulders that enable him to play taller than his height. He's also a skilled, natural basketball player, despite his football physique.

Lewis is a true powerhouse who does squeeze the most production he can out of his muscle, yet he's far more than that. He possesses impressive footwork with his back to the basket, and he also has nice interior shooting touch. His big mitts allow him to absorb hits and swipes at the ball while still finishing accurately. His hands and strength also make him a formidable rebounder, though at times taller big men can score over the top of him. Still, he's an extraordinary pickup for Harvard, as not too many Ivy League big men can compete at that level of excellence. Lewis is well on his way to constructing a first-rate camp experience.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article


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