Playing in his home state, David McCormack was tremendous on Wednesday. The big man who is one of the hardest playing kids in the class used that motor to his advantage and found a way to have a big game. McCormack rebounded well and showed a better scoring touch than usual on his way to a monster performance. McCormack averaged a double-double for the day and was also a force on the defensive end using his size and physicality to create problems on the low block.
One of the top scorers at the event so far has been Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu, who is an athletic and assertive point guard from Chicago showed his unique ability to get to the rim in a big way all day long. He was nearly impossible to keep out of the lane all day on Wednesday, and scored bucket after bucket. Now Dosunmu could be a bit better at getting others involved from the point guard position, but he still has an impressive combination of size and explosiveness, and his jumper continues to show signs of improvement.
Simi Shittu entered this event as one of its top prospects on paper and certainly has lived up to that through one day. He has good size, decent length and is a plus athlete, but what he does best is handle the ball for his position. He's extremely difficult for opposing four men to contain in transition due to his handle and shiftiness, and he took advantage of those attributes on Wednesday, consistently attacking the basket without much resistance. Shittu was also active on the glass, hit outside jumpers and got to the line.
While from a scoring perspective Scottie Lewis doesn't put up the numbers that will blow people away for a top five prospect, his versatility is elite and that's what helps make him such a good prospect. He has the size, length, athleticism, motor and feel to defend three positions, is a terrific passer, can put the ball on the ground, goes after rebounds and can mix in an open jumper. Lewis played extremely hard on Wednesday and made his impression felt with all the ways he can impact the game besides scoring.
One of the most impressive players on the first day of NBPA Top 100 Camp was 5-foot-10 point guard Kendric Davis. Davis was aggressive off the dribble and in the night session was especially difficult for the opposition to keep out of the paint. Davis has a quick first step and good overall speed. Davis also plays the game with a sense of toughness and competes on both ends of the floor. He's particularly quick laterally and doesn't back down on that end of the floor.
Recruiting: Committed to TCU
Arguably the best performance of the day came from Anfernee Simons, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Florida. Simons, who has already committed to Louisville, showed his ability to get hot in a hurry, scoring 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting, including 6-for-8 from three. Simons has deep range on his jump shot, is able to break down defenders and create space for shot opportunities and is very confident in his ability to score from all three levels.
Recruiting: Committed to Louisville
Five-star point guard Cole Anthony has been in the midst of a terrific spring with the PSA Cardinals. On Wednesday evening, Anthony continued his impressive play, scoring 19 points, tossing out nine assists and grabbing six rebounds. Anthony was aggressively looking for his shot and had no issue getting but he first line of defense and into the paint. An exceptional athlete, Anthony is especially impressive in transition, where he's a very good finisher and uses his explosiveness around the basket.
You won't find many players that will match the intensity and competitiveness of 2019 guard Ashton Hagans. In the opening round of action, Hagans picked up full court and forced turnover after turnover. Then on the offensive end, he never let off the gas, consistently attacking the basket, finishing at the rim and finding open teammates. What's impressive about Hagans' game is he doesn't need to score to have a major impact. In two games, he took just four shots, scoring on three of them, but tossed out 14 assists and made things difficult on the opposition with his ability to defend.