Collin Sexton showcases his passing
Alabama signee Collin Sexton has built a reputation as an elite scorer, but at the Nike Hoop Summit practices, Sexton, a 6-foot-2 combination guard, showed off his vision and craftiness as a passer. In fact, even after his impressive passing in the McDonald’s All-American game, it’s the best I’ve seen him distribute the ball. During the Thursday scrimmage, Sexton was particularly impressive, as he found teammates for lobs, pushed the ball ahead in transition and was effective in pick and roll situations. Sexton was his normal aggressive self, but he looked for teammates more than I’ve seen from him, which is notable, considering how well he can score. Sexton continues to make advancements to his game.
Iowa State has their Monte Morris replacement
Monte Morris is the all-time assist and steals leader at Iowa State. He owns more wins – 99 – than any other player in the history of the program. So replacing him is going to be tough. But Iowa State signee Lindell Wigginton sure looked up to the task at Hoop Summit. Wigginton is much different than Morris, but effective in his own right. The 6-foot-2 guard was aggressive off the bounce and showed an impressive blend of scoring and facilitating, which was nice to see, considering his reputation as a scorer. Wigginton made plays in transition, created shot opportunities for teammates and finished through traffic at the rim. Wiggington was the most impressive of the World Team’s players during the practice sessions. http://www.scout.com/player/204252-lindell-wigginton
Jaren Jackson’s rise continues
Michigan State signee Jaren Jackson has been on a steady incline as a prospect since early last spring and that continued at the Nike Hoop Summit. Not only has Jackson gotten better over that time period, but he’s grown to 6-foot-11. Jackson has terrific hands and very good touch and his offensive attack is becoming more and more versatile. He can score with his back to the rim, but he’s also able to stretch the floor with his jump shot, which looks unorthodox, but he’s shown consistency with it. Defensively, he’s able to impact the game with his length. He’ll get his hands on shots, as well as rebound his area. Jackson scored 13 points, reeled in 10 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots in USA’s win over the World Team. http://www.scout.com/player/193446-jaren-jackson
Kentucky pledge Jarred Vanderbilt looks healthy, improved
It’s been a while since Kentucky pledge Jarred Vanderbilt has been healthy and playing on a big stage. Well, we found out what that looks like at McDonald’s and at the Nike Hoop Summit. Vanderbilt particularly shined in Portland, where he played with tremendous energy and used his athleticism to impact the game. Vanderbilt, who has grown to at least 6-foot-8, has a versatile game that allows him to impact things in a variety of ways. In the game itself, Vanderbilt scored 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting and reeled in 10 rebounds. He was active on USA’s press, used his motor and athleticism to get on the backboard and finished off plays in the paint.
Mo Bamba, Michael Porter impress during week
During the USA practices, especially the Thursday night scrimmage, which featured local standouts and former NBA player Steve Blake, Mohamed Bamba and Missouri pledge Michael Porter were the most impressive prospects on the court. With 100+ scouts and a handful of NBA General managers looking on, Bamba, who has a 7-9 wingspan, impacted the scrimmage with his length. He ran the court for easy finishes, protected the rim and rebounded in and out of his area. Porter was very good in the scrimmage and also led the actual Hoop Summit game in scoring with 19 points. At 6-foot-9, Porter is becoming more aggressive as a scorer and with his size, athleticism and ability to make shots; he’s a promising prospect. Bamba and Porter are in the conversation with DeAndre Ayton as the top prospect in the country.