NBPA: Day Three Recap

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - Day three at the NBA Camp started to show the tired legs of most of players, but Carlton Bragg proved to have plenty of energy and had the game of the event.

Class of 2015

Carlton Bragg, PF – It wasn't exactly his finest two days on Wednesday and Thursday, but on Friday evening the five-star forward absolutely went off. Bragg was hitting threes, scoring inside, blocking shots, and overall just looking like a beast. He seemed to have more energy than every other player on the floor, and that led to the signature performance of the camp where Bragg scored 36 points and pulled in 14 rebounds. When focused Bragg is one of the elite prospects in the country, and he was most definitely locked in on Friday evening.

Perry Dozier, SF/SG – There aren't too many prospects with a better feel than Dozier. He struggles to beat players off the dribble, but Dozier can really pass the ball and made some shots from deep during the morning game. Add in that Dozier was getting rebounds and showing a good amount of energy, and it was a very solid showing for him as he continues to recover from his ACL injury.

Luke Maye, PF – Athletically he is definitely not one of the standouts at the camp, but Maye had a very good close to his day on Friday. Maye was hitting threes, rebounding, and also scoring on the low block. There are definite physical limitations with Maye, but he is a heady player who just knows how to produce, and Friday he proved that in a big way.

Charles Matthews, SG – It has been an up and down spring and summer for Matthews to say the least, but he made several really good plays during an afternoon game on Friday. Matthews was getting into the lane and finishing, making some good passes, and then he even knocked in some shots from the mid-range and out. Overall it was good to see Matthews producing at the level he has done in the past, and show that he has a chance to capitalize on his immense physical gifts.

Edward Morrow, PF – Morrow's game is most definitely all about energy, toughness, and athleticism, and he showed all that in an evening showing. Morrow attacked the glass, scored on the interior, and even showed a little bit off the dribble. Despite being slightly undersized, defensively he is active and can block shots, and then he is one of the better rebounders in the class. Overall it was a very good showing for Morrow.

Horace Spencer, PF/C – There aren't too many players with the athleticism and length on the low block that Spencer possesses. Add in that he plays with a high motor, and Spencer gets a lot done at times. He needs to continue to get more skilled, but he did score on a few jump hooks and then also blocked a shot and altered others. When the game is up and down, Spencer is usually at his best, and this camp has been no different.

Noah Dickerson, C – The nimble footed Dickerson showed off his impressive skill level on Friday. He scored around the rim with good footwork and a nice touch, rebounded well within in his area, and then surprisingly was a factor on defense which has never been a major strength of his. His offensive ability is impressive, and Dickerson can make athletic defenders befuddled with his combination of moves and craftiness around the rim, and now that he is in better shape Dickerson is showing his skills.

Tacko Fall, C: Perhaps the most intriguing and interesting basketball prospect in the 2015 class is this 7-foot-5 center. Fall is every bit of that size and with that kind of height he's basically able to dunk with out jumping. He has extreme length and can impact a game by just standing in the paint. He was 5-for-6 in his morning game and scored 10 points. He's gained confidence throughout camp and has taken drop off passes and finished with dunks.

Ray Smith, SF: Smith is a tremendous long-term wing prospect. He's made constant progression over the past year and in a big setting, he's excelled. At 6-foot-6, pushing 6-7, Smith is a very good athlete. He plays well in transition and threw down an extraordinary slam in traffic. He also scored off slashes to the rim. The next step is to continue to develop his ball handling and off the dribble game, but there's a lot to like about Smith and the direction he's going as a prospect.

Cheick Diallo, PF: It shouldn't be a major surprise to see Diallo in this space and if you read Scout.com quite often you probably already know that I'm going to rave about his effort and energy. As usual, Diallo was the hardest playing guy on the floor. He ran the floor with purpose and scored nearly all his seven field goals in transition. Diallo finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in his morning game.

Tres Tinkle, PF/SF: Tinkle's best performance of camp came on the morning of day three. Tinkle made a three, hit another long jump shot, scored on an adjusting finish at the rim and also dropped in a floater. Tinkle is a much better shooter than he's looked at camp and good skill set. He finished with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

Antonio Blakeney, SG: Blakeney put together his best and most efficient outing of camp on Friday night. He finished 5-for-7 from the field and made his way to the free throw line 17 times. He hit 12 of the attempts. The first two days of camp, Blakeney settled for long, contested jump shots. In this one he was aggressive off the dribble and repeatedly broke down his defenders and got into the lane. He finished with 22 points.

Class of 2016

M.J. Cage, C: His numbers of seven points and five rebounds during the opening game on Friday weren't exactly eye-popping (although there aren't many players regularly scoring in double digits), but Cage, a 6-foot-9 post player, certainly impressed with his play on the block. He has good hands, can consistently make a jump hook and spends time trying to grab rebounds.

Derryck Thornton, PG: It's clear Thornton has been working on his game and his approach to it. As he did yesterday morning, Thornton played well and ran his team. He set up his teammates, ran the pick and roll to perfection and showed he could consistently make the pocket pass. Thornton was also engaged on defense and took pride in trying to defend Dennis Smith. Thornton hit a pair of shots at the rim, hit four three throws and even tossed in an off hand floater. In all he finished with 10 points, six assists, four steals and just two turnovers.

Kobi Simmons, SG/PG: It's been a successful spring for Simmons. I've seen him at four events and he's played at a high-level at all four. NBPA Top 100 camp has been no different. In his morning game, Simmons was aggressively looking to get to the basket. He scored five buckets at the rim and also hit a catch and shoot three-pointer. He finished 6-for-9 from three for 13 points.

Justin Jackson, PF/SF – It wasn't the best spring for Jackson, but he answered almost all of the questions about him with his play at the camp. He was especially impressive in the evening showing his impressive feel for the game, good passing ability, and the ability to hit shots from the mid-range and out. He needs to do a better job of attacking the lane and improve his handle some, but Jackson definitely has been one of the better forwards at the camp.

Mustapha Heron, SF – The future Pittsburgh Panther was very impressive in showing what he can do. Heron was as usual attacking very well off the dribble, and he either scored or seemingly got to the foul line at will. Add in that he made a few jumpers, and really competed and it was easy to see why Heron has dominated for a very good part of the spring.

NOTES

*Jacob Evans scored six points in his opening game of the day. The 6-foot-4 wing prospect is a strong, physical drive that has good touch once he gets close to the rim. He dropped in a few floaters on Friday.

*Tyler Dorsey scored 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting on Friday morning. Dorsey is at best when he plays to his scoring strengths. He made one of his three three-point attempts, hit a pull-up from 15 and had a trio of finishes at the rim.

*During camp, Chris Clarke, a combo forward, has impressed with his liveliness. He's active in the paint looking to grab rebounds and loves to get out of in transition. He's a good finisher at the rim and is a pretty good athlete.

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