Brad Brownell Elite Camp Insider

CLEMSON - CUTigers was on hand to check out the top prospects at Brad Brownell's Elite Basketball camp this weekend. Read on for insider tidbits and observations.

PF Josh Smith - 2012- commitment
Two pretty obvious reasons why I wanted to watch Smith. First, he's a commitment to Clemson. Second, I hadn't seen a lick of film on him.

Listed at 6-8, 250, Smith's long arms allow him to play a little bit bigger than he is. As indicated by his height/weight, he's a pretty big body on the paint. For a guy with his size, he has good footwork. I think he could make a pretty good offensive tackle prospect, if he wasn't a basketball player.

The best way to describe his game is blue-collar. Between 5-on-5 games, he was out on the court getting shots up or working one-on-one with assistant coach Mike Winiecki, who's in charge of the Tigers' big-men.

Smith isn't afraid to bang at both ends of the floor -- he's active and works hard.

On the offensive end, Smith looked pretty good screening and rolling to the hoop (good feet, pretty good hands). As 5-on-5 play continued he started to gain confidence in his mid-range jumpers and knocked down several shots from an 8-10 foot range. Towards the end of 5-on-5 play, he missed a couple of open dunks, but so did several guys. You can attribute that to tired legs.

It's apparent that Smith wants to prove that he's worthy of playing at the high-major level. Today was a pretty good indication to me that he's going to work his tail off to keep improving his game.



SG Sindarius Thornwell - 2013 - offered
Arguably the top overall prospect at the camp. The 6-foot-3, 160-pound junior from Lancaster High School is the state's top prospect for his class.

With several offers to his name, including one from Clemson, it's easy to see why several many high-major programs have already jumped on him.

Thornwell plays with a lot of confidence. I like the way he carries himself on the court. He's not over-confident, but he's not shy about letting you know how sure of himself he is. For the most part, it shows through his play. Most of the talking is with his teammates.

Thornwell does a little bit of everything, and for the most part, does it well. He can handle, find an open teammate, shoot, attack the basket. He rebounds and defends. On the offensive end, Thornwell is at his best when changing speeds, attacking the basket. He can finish with either hand at the rim.



SF L.J. Peak - 2014 - offered
The other side of the argument for the top prospect at camp.

Only a sophomore at Gaffney High School, Peak, physically, looks like he could be senior. Listed at 6-4, 185, one could assume that he's going to grow before entering the college level.

Scout.com classifies Peak as a small forward, though he could grow into a power forward in the next couple of years. If he does grow into a power forward, Peak will become a very, very interesting prospect to track.

He guarded positions 1-4 during 5-on-5 play and showed that he could play all several positions on the offensive end, too. Peak is very quick and very skilled.



PF Brandon Watkins - 2013 - offered
An athletic big-man, Watkins runs the floor very well for a guy who's listed at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds. The Grady High School [Atlanta, Ga.] showed a nice mid-range game by consistently knocking down shots.

SWatkins was a second team All-Metro Atlanta and Class AAA all-state selection as a sophomore. And with a Clemson offer to his name, he's on his way to being a high-major prospect.






PG Marcus Stroman - 2014
A rising sophomore at Keenan High School in Columbia, S.C., Stroman made his presence felt on the defensive end of the floor as an absolute lock-down defender. On the offensive end, Stroman is a solid passer/ball handler with good vision. He could develop into a solid high-major talent in the near future.

PF Jakeenan Gant - 2014
The Effingham County High School [Springfield, Ga.] sophomore runs well, has a good looking shot and gives solid effort on the defensive end. He'll become a household name very soon.

PG Seventh Woods - 2016
One of the most intriguing prospects at the camp, if not for his name and age. A rising eighth grader, Woods [6-2, 170] was the youngest player at the camp and he played with the big boys. During 5-on-5 play, some of his teammates included Stroman, Thornwell, Smith and Watkins.

Woods, who attends The Hammond School in Columbia, handles well with both hands. Woods has very good vision and solid handles. He should make for a nice prospect as he gets older and grows into his body. He attacks with lots of strength and can raise up and slam.

Others who stood out
C Desmond Ringer - 2013
PF Dante Buford - 2013
PG Isaiah Williams -2013
PF/SF Austin Ajukwa - 2013
PF Jordan Neff - 2013

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