USA Basketball: Day One Standouts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nearly 50 players from the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 gathered at the U.S. Olympic Complex for the Men's Basketball Junior National Team mini-camp. While there were a host of standouts, it was the upperclassmen that stole the show on day one. Who were the top performers? Scout breaks it down.

Josh Jackson, of Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep, dominated the scrimmages on the first day of camp. Jackson played with great energy, competed on both ends of the floor and was very vocal with his teammates and the younger players in attendance. Jackson made a bunch of plays in transition, but also mixed in a couple mid-range pull-ups and hit one of his two three-point attempts during his two scrimmage games. 

It took a session for Jarrett Allen to get acclimated with the atmosphere and competition, but once he did it was impressive to watch. Allen, a 6-foot-10 post player, is a lengthy, mobile and athletic big man. A quiet, unassuming kid, Allen runs the floor with a purpose and often times beats the opposition to the other end for easy buckets. He also has good touch and can make short hooks over either shoulder. He rebounds his area and will contest shots. 

De'Aaron Fox picked up where he left off in the summer. The 6-foot-4 lead guard changes things on the defensive end with his ball pressure, instincts, quick feet and length. On Saturday, he made plays with the ball in transition, showed off his vision and made a handful of pull-up mid-range jumpers. 

Josh Langford, a Michigan State pledge, had a terrific first day of camp. At 6-foot-5, Langford is a tough, aggressive and physical guard prospect. He scored the ball well off the bounce and used his strength and athleticism to finish plays at the rim in transition. Langford appeared to be out to prove something today and he competed at a high-level on each end of the show.

Although Wendell Carter is a 2017 prospect, he was arguably the best post player of the day and at the very least was the most efficient. Carter is gifted physical. He dominates the low block with his brute strength and physical play. Carter was active on the glass and corralled offensive boards. His hands are exceptional and he has crisp post moves on the block. 

Already one of the best prospects in high school basketball heading into this weekend, Jayson Tatum only boosted his stock on Saturday. He's taken his ball skills to the next level and improved athletically. Tatum played with an attacking mentality throughout the day and hit some extremely tough shots. It's been a long career of impressive days for Tatum, but this was one of his best yet. 

Markelle Fultz is so talented that he would be an elite prospect at both the one and two. While we like him more as a one, he can both score and create seamlessly. Fultz is 6-foot-4 with long arms, above average athleticism, handle, vision and ability to score with his jumper and ball skills. He continues to improve each time out. 

Daejon Davis' best attribute is his versatility and the long list of ways he impacts the game were on display on Saturday. The Washington commit always plays hard, defends multiple positions, can really pass it, shoots jumpers and can get to the basket. He's a flat out winner.

At 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-8 wingspan, Mohamed Bamba's physical attributes are absolutely elite. He has terrific size for the position, great feet and a quickly developing skill set. Bamba can face up and shoot or score around the basket. His size and length makes him a big threat on defense. Once Bamba gets stronger, it's scary to think what he could become. 


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