Second July Eval Period: Top Performers

During the second July evaluation period, Scout's basketball recruiting team covered events in Atlanta, Dallas, New York City, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Who stood out during the period?

Malik Monk | Class of 2016

There is no doubt that Monk is one of the elite players in the country, and he was extremely impressive at the Nike Global Challenge. Monk was a scoring machine as usual. He made shots from deep, scored off the dribble, and used his athleticism to finish in traffic. On top of that Monk showed better floor vision than he has in the past, and really looked the part of a complete guard. Recruiting wise Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oregon made sure to be front and center for every game, though Monk insists he is open within the process and will narrow things down at a later date.


Tony Bradley | Class of 2016

There is only one word to describe Bradley, and that is “solid”. At the Nike Global Challenge Bradley was one of the most efficient and consistent big men in the event. He showed off his great hands, good touch around the rim, and even mixed in some mid-range jumpers. Also Bradley was one of the best rebounders at the event. Recruiting wise Bradley doesn’t like to talk too much, but Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Florida State were constantly at his games.


Tyson Carter | Class of 2016

MBA Select was one of the most exciting teams to watch at the NY2LA Summer Jam, and the biggest reason for that was Carter. The 6-foot-1 guard is extremely explosive athletically, and also can really shoot the basketball. Consistently Carter was scoring 30 plus points during the event, and gave teams everything they could handle. He is a combo guard who gets a lot done, and is just beginning to explode onto the national scene. Recruiting wise Mississippi State is seen as the team to beat as his dad played there, but Memphis, Iowa State, Miami, and South Alabama are all firmly in the picture.


Jonah Mathews | Class of 2016

All Mathews has done for three straight years on the AAU circuit is produce and this week at the Double Pump Best of Summer, he didn’t break character. Mathews’ top asset is his ability to shoot off the bounce but he also plays hard and has become a much bigger force defensively. He can get to the basket in transition, hit threes and has a high basketball IQ. Mathews is one of the most consistently productive players on the West Coast. USC, Gonzaga, San Diego State and Utah are all pursuing him.


De’Anthony Melton | Class of 2016

The bottom line is that there aren’t many defenders nationally as good as Melton. The shooting guard takes pride in his ability to lock up the opposing player’s best scorer and not only does he consistently do the job but he creates several buckets for his own team in the process by creating turnovers. Melton is also a very good passer who thrives at getting to the basket in transition. USC and LMU have offered, with Boise State and San Diego State showing interest.


Andrew Jones | Class of 2016

Andrew Jones should have been included in the Breakout Performers piece we did last week for the first July Evaluation Period. But after watching him a couple of times at the Great American Shootout, Jones has solidified himself as a high-major guard. He has very good speed and is an impressive athlete that excels in transition. With Marques Bolden and Schnider Herard out for the week, Jones stepped up and helped lead Pro Skills deep into the GASO. Scott Drew, Bruce Weber, Travis Ford, Larry Brown, Billy Kennedy, Shaka Smart, Tubby Smith and Lon Kruger were among the head coaches tracking him at the event.


Markelle Fultz | Class of 2016

It seems like every time Markelle Fultz hits the floor he looks a little bit better. During one viewing of Fultz at the Under Armour Finals he went for 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Over the past eight months or so, Fultz has progressively gotten more comfortable shooting the ball from long distance and it’s to the point where his jump shot is a weapon. He made five threes in the game we took in. Fultz also flashed his tremendous athleticism, court vision and passing ability. Among the schools involved in his recruitment are Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.


M.J. Walker | Class of 2017

During our time at the Under Armour Finals, we only saw M.J. Walker play once. But it was one loud performance. The 6-foot-4 strongly built wing prospect pumped in 37 points and scored them in a variety of ways. Walker is shooting the ball particularly well and he knocked down deep jumpers, as well as pull-ups from mid-range. A gifted scorer, Walker is one of the better wing prospects in the 2017 class. LaSalle, Florida, Maryland, Florida State, Auburn, Memphis, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State are among the schools involved in his recruitment.


Kyle Guy | Class of 2016

Virginia commitment Kyle Guy was outstanding at the Adidas Uprising Camp. Surrounded by other blue-chip prospects, the slender guard produced a consistent, highly impressive week. He’s slender but plays with an aggression that defies his body type, and he led his camp team both in scoring and field goal percentage — a highly atypical efficiency for a backcourt player. The Indianapolis native shot a whopping 60 percent from the floor and buried half (11-22) of his three-pointers, including a sudden death game-winner on the camp’s final day. Guy projects as an immediate contributor to Tony Bennett’s excellent program and could become an ACC impact performer before his time in Charlottesville is finished.


Lamar Stevens | Class of 2016

We featured Lamar Stevens during our coverage from the Lawson/Oladipo Camp, but his play there warrants extra consideration. Simply put, his No. 90 ranking in the rising senior class appears it may be significantly lower than it should be, and we can fix that at a later time. For now, suffice it to say that Stevens has become a prominent figure on the grassroots scene thanks to power, athleticism and a competitive tenacity that matches or even exceeds his physical attributes. The Philadelphia product said that Indiana, Marquette, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Temple “probably” constitute his top five, but he insisted he remains open to other schools as well.


Trevon Duval | Class of 2017

On the opening night of the period, Trevon Duval, a 6-foot-3 junior point guard, has the entire gym buzzing when his team matched up with One Nation and Josh Jackson. Duval was nothing short of magnificent and scored the go ahead bucket as the buzzer sounded. Duval has impressive physical characteristics for a point guard. Duval uses his quickness and a crafty dribble to get by defenders and once he's in the paint is a fantastic finisher at the rim. To go with his ability to get to the basket and score, Duval is a gifted passer with very good vision. He also excels in transition, competes on both ends and has a lot of potential as a defender. With his play this spring and summer, Duval has made a case for being the top overall point guard in high school basketball, regardless of class.


Jacob Young | Class of 2016

He’ll need to tweak his style for college, but Jacob Young unquestionably was among the top performers at the Adidas Uprising Camp. The slender guard actually has been a force on the Adidas circuit all year and deservedly is gaining increasing attention for his scoring exploits. Young definitely thinks shot first and will need to add balance as he progresses, but he also makes a lot of those shots and does so in diverse fashion. He’s a quick penetrator who scores on drives and also has a hair trigger release from long range. He does force the action at times but is so aggressive and confident that he applies tremendous pressure to the defense. This Houston product will suit up for Texas and give Shaka Smart’s program an immediate scoring boost upon his arrival in Austin.

Brian Snow, Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon & Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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