USA Fall Mini-Camp: Day Two

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It's not the first time we've been to an event highlighted by Michael Gilchrist. The St. Pat's junior was the talk of the first-ever USA fall mini-camp.

Day One Recap

After two days of practice with 20 players, a consensus was reached in Colorado: Michael Gilchrist was the top prospect in attendance.

The 6-foot-6 Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick standout used the event to demonstrate his overall game and showcased an improved jump shot from behind the line. Almost as Gilchrist's game was his approach. He went out of his way to blend in with a core group of guys that won the gold medal last year.

Gilchrist's play certainly didn't catch anyone by surprise. However, when the best player is also among the most competitive in attendance it ratchets up the play of the other 19 guys. In Gilchrist's case, the improvements with his jumper combined with his transition game were noteworthy.

Marquis Teague, PG: The scoring oriented brother of an NBA player, wound up sharing the camp assist lead with L.J. Rose and was the top scorer in competitions where stats were kept. He did all this by getting to the basket and showing a variety of ways to score off the bounce.

Quinn Cook, PG: He's a unifying player at his position. A constant prankster, Cook contributes as much to team chemistry as he does at his position. Excellent camp for him as his offense continues to improve. He's a vocal leader no matter who is on the floor with him.

Adonis Thomas, SF: Talk about a player who has quiet self-confidence, Thomas is that guy. Able to go from passer to scorer with zero difficulty, his poise is an asset. Athletically he hits the accelerator as needed. Near perfect demeanor on the court.

Johnny O'Bryant, PF: After watching him for two days, there was a difference in his play in the morning versus the afternoon. O'Bryant was better after lunch each time out! Said he wants to become a dominant player and there's no question the tools (shot, bounce, ability to run) are all there. He's in the Scout.com Top 10 for a reason and should he maintain his consistency, it's where he'll stay.

Justin Anderson, SF: There wasn't another guy like him at camp. Energy giver who lives above the rim. Still needs to tone up his jumper and has room to improve in shot selection. However, his leaping ability and athleticism impacts games. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. Passed and shot the ball above expectations.

Tony Wroten was scheduled to attend camp but his football injury prevented him from participating. Wroten will visit Villanova later in October and Washington for Midnight Madness. ... Glichrist is at Kentucky this weekend and Chasson Randle is on Iowa State's campus for the festivities. …

L.J. Rose has game and genes. His father Lynden was co-captain of Houston's Final Four team in 1982. … Thomas' GPA is 4.3. Just as smart off the court as he is savvy on it. … Angelo Chol was the event's top rebounder. Kyle Anderson fared well in the category too. … Sterling Gibbs and Justin Anderson was the most accurate shooters during brief scrimmages. …


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