On Monday Andrew Jones was forced to miss practice due to dehydration, but he got back into the swing of things on Tuesday and looked good. Jones showed off his excellent athleticism and improved skill set. With good size, long arms, and the ability to get into the lane, Jones showed off significant potential and proved why he become one of the fastest rising players during the summer. A future Texas Longhorn, Jones should be able to slide right into the rotation, and likely should be a key contributor as a freshman.
This is another player who was a late riser in this class, but Markelle Fultz has made up ground on folks in a hurry and that has been very evident in practice. While his team in general didn’t have a tremendous showing during practice on Tuesday, Fultz definitely looked like one of the best prospects on the roster. He was getting into the lane, making plays for others, and showed his high level athleticism. With his size and ability to play all over in the backcourt, Fultz should bring a needed lift to Washington from day one.
Throughout his career Kobi Simmons has had a tendency to be a feast or famine type of player, and he has shown that some so far here. Still when he does look good it is really impressive. Simmons has the elite size you look for in a point guard, possesses solid floor vision, and is a very good athlete as well. At times he doesn’t showcase the finest of decision making, but Simmons does show excellent tools to be a high level player early on for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.
There's never been any debating Jayson Tatum's status as one of the top prospects in the 2016 class and nothing he's done in Chicago has hurt that stock. Tatum has an elite ability to create his own shot for a high school wing and has tremendous footwork for his age. He's a guy who can really score it in a number of ways.
An extremely big center, Udoka Azubuike has long made his name by overpowering opponents in the paint and he's been up to his usual tricks in Chicago. His size, strength and motor are tough to contain and if he gets the ball around the basket it's an easy two points. The majority of Azubuike's baskets are usually dunks but he mixed in a right hook on Tuesday as well.
It's always going to be Josh Jackson's freak athleticism that stands out the most when evaluating the five-star prospect but one of the best aspects of his game is how he uses that athleticism to his advantage. Whether it be slashing, rebounding or defending, Jackson is always using his athleticism to make plays. He'll be as good as his handle and jumper allow him to be.
Arguably the biggest standout through the practices at the McDonald’s All-American festivities has been 6-foot-11 post player Marques Bolden. Bolden, who hasn’t decided where he will attend college, has been active. He’s rebounded in and out of his area, played physical when he’s needed to and contested shots. Offensively, Bolden has been efficient. He’s able to carve out good space inside and makes quick, aggressive moves on the block. Bolden has terrific hands and very good touch either hand inside.
De'Aaron Fox showed up at the McDonald’s All-American practices rated as the top point guard prospect on Scout and he’s done nothing, but back up that notion. Fox has been aggressive and tough for defenders to stay in front. He’s very quick and consistently found ways to get into the paint and make plays. Fox has also been effective as a defender. He moves his feet well laterally and competes on that end of the floor.
Gonzaga signee Zach Collins has had a solid week of practices. The 6-foot-10 post player has been productive and showed his potential as a scorer. Collins has good touch around the basket and has done a good job of completing plays. He’s also showed a jump hook and made jump shots off the catch.null