Alex O'Connell has good size for a wing and the offensive versatility to play either the two or three at the next level. He’s a knockdown shooter who can hit jumpers off the catch or pull, while he also handles well enough to create his own shot.
O’Connell sees the court very well thanks to his plus vision. He’s also an above average athlete and moves his feet very well on defense. O’Connell will need some time to fill into his young frame, but he’s got a combination of high floor and high ceiling.
Recruiting: Alex O'Connell is being recruited by Mississippi, Tulane, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Butler, Syracuse, Arizona State and Duke.
One of the surprise cuts of the USA Basketball U-17 team was Romeo Langford. The nation’s No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class used that as an opportunity to make his way to NBA Camp, and upon arrival he showed why he is such a ballyhooed prospect.
The word to describe Langford is smooth. He never looks like he is playing hard because he is so smooth and consistent on the court, and with that he is almost always able to get where he wants off the bounce. Add in being a good outside shooter, and an explosive athlete, and Langford provided what has him as one of the most sought-after players in the country regardless of class.
Recruiting: Louisville, Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, and North Carolina are involved with Langford.
Donnie Tillman is a unique player that has elements of both forward positions but there is plenty to like about him with how hard he plays on both ends of the court. He makes a lot of plays in transition out-hustling others down the court, but he’s also become a competent jump shooter as well.
On Defense, Tillman’s size, athleticism and toughness make him a guy who can give multiple positions fits. Whichever coach gets him is likely going to appreciate what he brings to the table with his energy and toughness.
Recruiting: Donnie Tillman listed Boston College, Cal, Iowa State and Marquette as the four schools recruiting him the hardest.
He might be one of the smallest players at camp, but Tremont Waters is having a huge impact. In both of his team’s games on Wednesday he was impressive. Waters was making jump shots from deep, and then using his speed and quickness to get into the lane.
There is no doubt that Waters is the type of point guard that looks to score first, but he is far from selfish and definitely isn’t out of control on the court. He gets buckets, but also gets others involved and is a good passer in pick and roll situations.
Recruiting: Kansas, Duke, Creighton, Connecticut, and Stanford are all involved with Waters.
The NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp is typically a place where underclassmen struggle. That however wasn’t the case at all with Zion Williamson. The South Carolina native used his toughness, explosive athleticism, and scoring mentality to have a major impact on day one.
As always Williamson was getting to the rim off the dribble, and then he was able to finish quite nicely in the lane through contact. Add in a motor that never stops, and he was a force. Also it is good to see that Williamson made sure to rebound and defend as well.
Recruiting: It is still early but Williamson has interest from Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Texas A&M, and others.
Jaylen Hands has been an elite prospect since he stepped foot in high school at Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei as a freshman and the way he’s played this spring and summer, he is well on his way to finish his career with that same distinction.
His decision making is at an all-time high, while he’s got total control of his handle and does an excellent job balancing finding teammates and creating his own shot. He’s an explosive finisher who can also drain jumpers. He can play up-tempo or at a slower pace. There’s very little missing here.
Recruiting: Jaylen Hands is committed to UCLA.