Class of 2018
It was the first major camp for Kamaka Hepa, and the native of Alaska didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Hepa measured in at a legit 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, and that allowed him to show his elite basketball IQ and tremendous passing ability. Also Hepa is more than capable of stretching the defense and scoring from the outside. Beyond that while he isn’t an elite rebounder, Hepa did give effort on the glass and showed toughness going after the board.
Recruiting: Hepa has interest from UCLA, Stanford, Gonzaga, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Headed to Washington, Jontay Porter is simply one of the most consistent performers in the class. He measured at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, and Porter used his length to bother shots at the rim all weekend long. Also Porter’s jump shot looked improved out to the three point line. While not an elite athlete, Porter is a very good rebounder and someone who is as consistent as they come against his age group.
Recruiting: Porter is committed to Washington
One of the best athletes in all the country is Silvio De Sousa. Despite the fact that he arrived late, De Sousa made a huge impact on the camp. Quite simply he attacks the rim and finishes as well as any forward in the country. Also he is a tremendous rebounder who will contribute on both ends of the floor. In fact at times other prospects looked scared to get in his way when he was driving to the rim.
Quite simply not many prospects in the class rebound at a more prolific rate than Daniel Oturu. The Minnesota native has a 7-foot-2 wingspan and tremendous hands which allows him to get boards that most of his opponents have no chance at. Add in a terrific frame and the ability to score right around the rim, and Oturu is definitely becoming one of the better bigs in his region.
Recruiting: Oturu has an offer from Northern Iowa and is hearing from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Providence.
He isn’t the most talked about player in the region, but Thomas Kithier more than proved that he belonged. Kithier is a very good athlete and is tremendous finishing in transition. Though he is only 6-foot-7, Kithier can finish well above the rim and solid moving his feet. He isn’t super long, so he needs to continue to develop his pick and pop skills, but the toughness, athleticism, and motor already make him a very solid contributor.
Recruiting: Michigan, Michigan State, and Xavier are the schools most involved with Kithier.
Class of 2019
Some will look at the stats and not be overly impressed by James Wiseman, but the reality is he is one of the highest upside players in the entire country. At 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Wiseman is a lefty who can score inside and out. Beyond that he is an excellent athlete who can finish above the rim and grab rebounds at the top of the square. As he gets stronger and more experienced, Wiseman will grow into one of the elite players in the class.
Recruiting: Wiseman has offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas, and Alabama with interest from North Carolina and Stanford.
You won’t see many prospects who can impact a game with sheer length the way Chol Mariol does. In bare feet he measured at 6-foot-11 with a ridiculous 7-foot-9 wing span. Mariol also has some skill on the offensive end. He can face the rim and make jumpers that no one can challenge while also scoring off of offensive rebounds. On defense he protects the rim as well as most anyone his age while also showing a rare ability to run the floor for someone his size.
Recruiting: Connecticut and Providence are already in contact with Mariol.
The son of a former NFL offensive lineman by the same name, Vernon Carey has a big time future on the basketball court. He is 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds, but already moves very well for a kid his size. On top of that Carey is a solid shooter out to the three point line and has a good motor. With good hands and a solid feel for the game, Carey is also a very good rebounder and someone who knows how to impact the game on both ends of the floor.
Recruiting: Carey has offers from Baylor, Miami, and Florida
Though he only measures at 6-foot-7, Babatunde Akingbola plays much taller than that thanks to high level athleticism and a 7-foot-4 wingspan. Akingbola is still a bit raw on the offensive end, but he does show solid hands and will dunk everything he can. Where he does the most damage is on defense where he was one of the premier shot blockers in the class. Add in a high level motor, and Akingbola knows how to impact the game even if he isn’t scoring.
Recruiting: Akingbola has an offer from Rutgers and interest from Stanford and Florida State already.