If the question is who is next from the current group of underclassmen, there's a good chance the answer will come from one of these young men. The wing talent, particularly the guys off the ball, comprised the deepest collection of prospects at the Jamboree.
Iverson averaged 8.8 points for the event and led a distinguished group of small forwards. The Connecticut native is a big (6-8) small forward with tools that shouldn't be this obvious in a rising sophomore. Pick your favorite small forward with size – Gay, Villanueva, Durant – and Iverson seems to draw early comparisons. He shoots the ball exceptionally well and with skill. Iverson appears comfortable handling it and scoring won't be a problem. He's going to warrant mention as one of the top young prospects in the country.
Justin Anderson's energy, competitiveness and leaping ability are constants no matter the setting. J.P. Tokoto averaged 11 points a game and his athleticism was the most consistent part of his game. Devonte Pollard is a very intriguing young SF who may end being an athletic hybrid four-man before he's done. Savon Goodman's development is evident. His energy and hustle were undeniable and he's a tough customer.
Ricardo Ledo seemed to make the strongest impression but Chris Thomas, a newcomer to the party, did the most to improve his stock.
Ledo's an elite player in his class, that much was proven on the courts at St. Louis University. What was impressive about Ledo was the manner in which he handled his business. Whether he was pumping in deep 3s or playing in attack mode, he took on all comers with a grin on his face and an air confidence. He was one of the event's top performers and a consensus-building player amongst the scouts in attendance.
Chris Thomas (2013) was the young man everyone seemed to scramble to learn more about. As impressive a young scorer as we've seen this spring, Thomas has the size, athletic genes and ability to be a major force. A native of Denver, he relocated to Maryland and he's going to be a huge name in grassroots basketball in the coming years. Ledo averaged 9.4 points and Thomas finished 5th in scoring at 13.0 per game.
At every Hoop Jam, there's a guy who puts himself on the radar. Meet Archie Goodwin. Who knew? The kid from Arkansas has good grades, can score and its about time we get to know him!
Other shooting guards of note: Rasheed Sulaimon (2012), Gary Harris (2012), Aaron Harrison (2013), Archie Goodwin (2012), Mike Frazier (2012), Anrio Adams (2012), Ladarius White (2012) and Keith Frazier (2013).
This was probably the shallowest position at the camp but don't tell the guys at the top that earned their ink. For our money, Marcus Paige was the best in attendance. Paige, a lefty, is rock solid and has as balanced a floor game as just about anyone in his class. He wasn't the best scorer of the guards, but his shot, vision and presence on a team nudged him past a handful of candidates.
Braxton Ogbueze is in the midst of his position transition. One of the top mid-range shooters in his class, he's a scorer at heart who will get to play the point this season, his first on the ball. He's a smart kid who will be under the microscope but should handle the transition. Tyler Lewis, another North Carolinian, turned in a strong performance and was arguably the top passer at the event. Mix in Kasey Hill, a 2013 athlete at the point spot and you have the cream of the PG crop.