NBPA Day 3: Afternoon Update

It was a good afternoon of basketball at the NBPA Top 100 Camp with players like Trevon Duval, Omari Spellman, and Derek Funderburk standing out with their play.

It has been an up and down camp so far for Jaylen Fisher, but Friday morning’s game was definitely a high point. The 6-foot-1 Fisher put it all together and showed why he is one of the more heavily recruited point guards in the class.

Fisher usually at his best attacking the rim and making plays with his speed and athleticism, and he excelled with that, but it was his outside shot that was most impressive to see. Fisher hit several outside jumpers which has been a work in progress for him as a player. When he is making jumpers like he was today, that is when he really stands out.

Recruiting wise Fisher remains wide open in the process. Memphis, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Ohio State, Arkansas, Baylor, and NC State have all been mentioned at different times with Fisher.

It has been a boom or bust camp for Sam Cunliffe. Needless to say the morning set of games was a high point for the current Arizona State commitment. Cunliffe put the entire skill set on display, and was one of the top performers on the court.

The future Sun Devil was on top of his game. As usual he showed off his impressive shooting stroke hitting several shots from deep, but it was his ability off the bounce that really was impressive. Cunliffe got to the rim and even finished above the rim.

It was an impressive showing for Cunliffe who was clearly one of the top players from the early session of games.

It’s been a productive week for 6-foot-11, strongly built big man Schnider Herard. Perhaps the eye opening thing about his game has been his steady progression on the offensive end of the floor. He’s always been a bruising, physical post player that owned his area from a rebounding standpoint and played like an enforcer in the paint. But at NBPA Top 100 Camp, he’s shown an ability to finish half hooks with his right hand. He backed down defenders this morning for easy buckets and had a power dunk.

Herard has a wide range of interest from high majors, including Kansas, Connecticut, Arizona State, SMU and a host of others.

Everyone at the camp has been raving about the play of 6-foot-2 wiry lead guard Trevon Duval. Duval has been aggressive on the offensive end of the floor, while rarely forcing the issue. He plays at a great pace and changes his speeds quite well. He has a strong and nifty handle and is able to dribble through tight spaces on his way to the rim. He’s also equipped with impressive court vision and is a quality all around passer. He’s one of the best lead guards in the country, regardless of class.

Among the schools that have offered Duval are Villanova, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, NC State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Maryland and others.

Villanova commitment Omari Spellman put forth a dazzling performance during the morning session. Competing against a frontline that included DeAndre Ayton and Michael Porter, it was Spellman who dominated the action. The rotund, yet currently in-shape big man has looked bouncy all week and when fit and trim, simply is one of the best post scorers in the class.

Spellman’s balance is excellent, enabling him to use his body as a weapon to knock opponents off their lines while he remains in position to shoot. That’s how he racks up buckets on short bankshots and interior hooks, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll struggle translating those shots to college. Meanwhile, he also can step out and knock down some threes — including a highly clutch long bomb on Fridaymorning — and is a fairly impressive handler and passer for his size.

Spellman will be one of Jay Wright’s most naturally gifted post recruits during his tenure with the Wildcats, and look for Spellman to step in as a freshman and make an immediate impact.

At a time when legs are beginning to go, Derek Funderburk merits attention here for his consistent activity level. The slender power forward — who committed to Ohio State this past spring — competes with much more vigor than his slim frame might suggest. He’s unafraid of contact and works hard to get his hands on rebounds and loose balls.

Though he must mold his offensive game into shape, Funderburk should be able to contribute early — at least a little — to the Buckeyes’ program based on his athleticism and sheer energy. A player with quickness, length and desire can find a way to help his team to the winner’s circle. From here, he’ll need time to fashion a complete game.

Billy Preston has made big strides in his game over the last couple months and he’s continued his recent impressive play in Charlottesville. Friday morning was another step in the right direction for the five-star prospect.

The four man can really shoot it – especially from the high post - for a power forward but he’s improved his willingness and efficiency playing with his back to the basket and also gotten more confident and comfortable from the perimeter.

Preston says UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and UConn are recruiting him the hardest.

A center with a huge frame that is a man amongst boys at the high school level, there aren’t many players at this level who can put a body on Udoka Azubuike and he’s certainly been a man child at this event as well.

The powerful post is a near automatic two points every time he receives the ball around the rim and while his efficiency wanes when he drifts further from the basket, he’s so tough to stop in the low block that he’s going to be one of the most efficient players in high school basketball until he graduates.

Kentucky, Kansas and Florida State are amongst the schools involved here.

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


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