Which 2017 prospects stood out at USA Basketball?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some of the top talent in the 2017 class was represented in Colorado Springs for the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp. Scout takes a look at the top performers.


A year after making his name at this camp, Schwartz showed just how much he's developed since then. A versatile small forward who will be able to play and defend multiple positions at the next level, Schwartz' handle, jumper, confidence and feel have all expanded over the last year. He's a player who has the chance to be really successful in the Pac-12 if the last year of development is any indication.

Recruiting: D'shawn Schwartz is committed to Colorado.


Five-star point guard Collin Sexton entered this camp a Top 10 prospect in 2017 but only improved his stock this weekend. He's the ultimate competitor and the kind of fiery leader who can put a team on his shoulders and lead them deep into the NCAA tournament. He's absolutely elite as a driver, especially in transition, and no one showed the ability here to stay in front of him. He can handle and pass well enough to run an offense, but he's a primary ball handler who is a born scorer.

RecruitingAlabamaKansasNC StateOklahoma StateGeorgia and Georgia Tech are all in the running for Sexton.


An extremely well-built shooting guard, Gary Trent was able to create his own shot at will against younger and significantly less physically mature defenders in Colorado Springs. While Trent is shoot-first, there's no questioning his shot creating and making ability and there were times this weekend he had no trouble getting his points. Not just a shooter, Trent also has the size, strength and competitiveness to be a plus defender at the next level.

RecruitingDukeUCLA and Michigan State are Trent's finalists.


One of the most versatile athletes in the 2017 class with an extreme upside, Kevin Knox showed how far he's come since he put his name on the map at USA Basketball a year and a half ago. Then more of an athlete who did most of his work on the glass and in transition, Knox is a significantly improved shooter and spent a good portion of the weekend showing how capable he is with his jumper. Given his physical tools, Knox' improved skill level is a great sign for him moving forward.

Recruiting: Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina are involved with Knox.


Five-star center Wendell Carter was his normal productive and efficient self at the USA Basketball mini-camp. Carter, a 6-foot-9 post player, was effective in the paint, especially as a scorer. When he got opportunities, Carter finished at the rim, showed off his impressive scoring touch and even hit short and mid-range jump shots. Carter’s scoring attacking is versatile and he continues to add to it.

Recruiting: Duke and Harvard are in the running for Carter.


During the first session of the first day of camp, Austin Wiley had a dominating performance. The 6-foot-11 center headed to Auburn took care of the backboard, played physical and aggressive in the paint and even showed consistency in some of his scoring moves. Wiley has always been known for his ability to rebound and his defensive presence, but the improved confidence in his offense was notable. He went over his left shoulder multiple times for jump hooks and also looked to overpower defenders for close range finishes or strong dunks in the paint. Wiley is will be an immediate contribute for the Tigers.

Recruiting: Wiley is committed to Auburn.


Washington commit Michael Porter has such an effortless shooting stroke and he showed that off during the two-day USA Basketball mini-camp. Porter, who has grown to 6-foot-9, obviously has good size for a perimeter prospect, but he’s also showing more and more confidence in his perimeter attack. This weekend he had the jumper working from three, but he also made mid-range pull-ups, fadeaways off post ups and had transition finishes. As Porter enters his senior season, he appears to playing every bit of the elite prospect he’s been made out to be.

Recruiting: Porter is committed to Washington.


On the last day of mini-camp, Trevon Duval ramped up his play. The 6-foot-3 point guard competed on both ends and showed why many believe he's the top point guard prospect in the class. Duval has a lightning quick first step was able to get into the paint. Once there, Duval showed off his ability to finish through contact and adjust his shots at the rim. Duval is arguably the best lay-up maker in high school basketball. To go with his scoring ability at the rim, Duval also passed it well and competed on defense. During one stretch in the competitive scrimmages, Duval recorded three straight steals and took over the game on the defensive end.

Recruiting: Kansas, Duke, Seton Hall, Arizona, Maryland and Villanova are all in the running for Duval.


Trae Young, a native of Oklahoma, had a solid showing during the USA Basketball mini-camp. Young, who played both on and off the ball during camp, shot the ball pretty well from distance, especially when he got good, clean looks at the rim. Young is a crafty ball handler and does good job of keeping defenders off balance with hesitations and changing speeds.

Recruiting: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech, Washington and Oklahoma State are involved with Young.

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