NBPA Day 2: Evening Update

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Markelle Fultz and Udoka Azubuike were among the biggest standouts during the second session on day two. Who else stood out?

After a slow first half things really picked up for five-star shooting guard Markelle Fultz. The Washington D.C. product showed the skills that has so many of the elite programs in the country coming in to watch him and issuing offers.

?Fultz finished with 12 points, but the manner in which he scored them was extremely impressive. He got to the rim, hit from deep, and also created some for teammates. The most impressive things about Fultz is his ability to change speeds and create separation for himself off the bounce.

?Currently Fultz remains open in his recruitment, but schools such as Arizona, Louisville, Xavier, Washington, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech among others all remain very active in recruiting him.

?Things went very well in the evening session for DeShawn Corprew. The versatile wing showed off his entire game and what makes him such a good player. Corprew doesn’t do anything tremendous, but he does everything well and finds a way to make winning plays.

?The full arsenal was shown off on the offensive end, and that is where Corprew was extremely impressive. When he is at his best Corprew is attacking the rim and using his strength and athleticism, and he just that. Also Corprew was good in the mid-range and made a few nice passes as well.

It was a good showing for Corprew who is on the high-major radar with several teams in the ACC showing him significant interest.

When the final games of the evening tipped off, Udoka Azubuike had a gleam in his eye. And why not? The 6-10 center had an opportunity to flex his muscle against No. 1 rising junior DeAndre Ayton. And flex his muscle is exactly what Azubuike did, overpowering all of his matchups for seemingly an exponential number of dunks. He eschewed finesse as he usually does, instead relying upon outrageous upper, lower and core strength to back down defenders and slam over the top.

Azubuike transmitted the signal to everyone in the building, too. He mugged for the mix tape folks, bodied up opponents, talked constantly to everyone around him and generally put on his alpha suit and never removed it.

But he also showcased some skill. Azubuike remains a power guy first, second and third, but he can hit a jump hook and will need more polish in order to thrive in college, where his foes will close the gap somewhat in strength. From that point of view, then, his performance on Thursday night proved highly encouraging.

Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Florida State and others have been linked with Azubuike, who certainly played to his big-time reputation in a big-time matchup.

James Banks hasn't been a dominant performer here, but clearly he has made himself known to those who may not have gained much exposure to him in the past. The slender, long-armed big man runs the court well and blocks shots with either hand, making some very impressive swats with his left.

Additionally, he's able to step out to the perimeter and knock down medium-range jump shots. While he must improve his overall offensive game — and put some meat on his broad frame — the Atlanta area product has made considerable strides since we first put eyes on him in the 2014 spring. Banks is an easy call for high-major programs and has been effective matched against some heavy hitters this week.

His recruitment has rocketed since the two live April weekends. Banks' expanded list includes Auburn, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Kentucky, NC State, Nebraska, Georgia, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Cincinnati and others.

Shamorie Ponds, a 6-foot guard out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Jefferson, had a strong showing on day two, including a 16-point game during the evening session on Thursday. The southpaw is quick and always seems to find ways into the paint. Ponds is crafty with the ball in his hands and a crafty finisher at the rim. He’s mastered the high off the glass finishes and floaters and is pretty consistent with his mid-range pull-ups. Ponds is also impressive on the defensive end, as he takes pride in his defense and is tough for opposition to shake.

Among the schools that have offered Ponds a scholarship are DePaul, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Seton Hall.

An intriguing post prospect, Mamadi Diakite didn’t put up standout type numbers during the Thursday night session, but his play at camp overall has been inspiring. Diakite plays with great energy and is as good of an athlete as you’ll find at camp. At 6-foot-9, 205-pounds, Diakite gracefully runs the floor, bounces off the ground with ease and hunts shots to block. Offensively he’s been better at camp than we’ve seen in the past. He even casually knocked down an 18-footer, where his shot mechanics looked good.

Recruiting wise a number of schools are after him, but the main ones on his list are Virginia, USC, Washington, Louisville, Syracuse, Indiana, SMU, Providence.

Right up there for top overall performer of the camp through two days has been Thon Maker. The center out of Orangeville Prep in Canada has arguably played as hard as anyone in attendance and it’s led to a lot of easy points in transition, blocked shots and rebounds.

More importantly, however, Maker has cut out the turnovers by handling the ball against pressure and not only taken better shots but hit them at a much higher percentage than we’ve seen from him in the past.

Following Thursday night games, Maker announced that he will stay in the 2016 class. The two schools to beat are Arizona State and Indiana.

This is typically a camp that underclassmen struggle at and it can take them a game or two to gain comfort and Alex Barcello hasn’t been an exception to that general rule.

More of a combo than a true point, Barcello is a guy who is capable of creating for teammates, but he’s also a very capable shooter off the bounce and on Thursday night he did plenty of both.

Barcello holds offers from Arizona, Virginia, Saint Mary’s, New Mexico, Grand Canyon, Colorado, Washington State and Creighton.

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

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