Hoop Summit Scouting Reports - Jackson, Tatum, and Bolden

PORTLAND -- The Nike Hoop Summit is the best spring event for seniors heading into college and the game, once again, featured multiple Duke commits, as well as five-star center target Marques Bolden. Here's a look at how Frank Jackson, Jayson Tatum and Bolden performed during the practices leading up to Team USA's record-setting blowout win over the World Select Team.

As is the case with all of these spring all-star games, the practices were more important than the game because of the presence of numerous national talent evaluators and NBA personnel. 

Frank Jackson -- Duke's future point guard had another stellar week in Portland, as he was focused on staying hot after his tremendous showing at the McDonald's All-American Game. In this setting, Jackson got a chance to run a lot of point guard and play against some very unique guards like Kentucky commit De'Aaron Fox and Washington commit Markelle Fultz. Jackson held his own, as he was solid on the defensive end in terms of navigating ball screens and talking through switches with other defenders on his team. 

Offensively, Jackson hit shots and did a nice job of balancing his looks around the floor. He was a capable three-point shooter off the catch and also did a good job of drawing the defense in and penetrating once they started playing his shot. Jackson was particularly good in the scrimmage in front of NBA scouts despite battling a nagging toe injury that hampered him a bit during the week. Overall, Jackson has played with a ton of confidence and looks like one of the best guards in a very deep Class of 2016.
Jayson Tatum -- NBA scouts were very focused on Tatum once again and the 6-foot-8 small forward didn't disappoint. Tatum was particularly impressive at the Nike Hoop Summit because he didn't try to force the issue offensively while also being incredibly aggressive in the passing lanes. In the USA scrimmage in front of NBA scouts, Tatum picked off multiple passes that led to easy breakaway dunks as he's become a lot more responsive on the defensive end. 

On the offensive side, Tatum's perimeter jumper wasn't falling consistently from 3-point range, but he still did a great job of hitting his spots on the floor and trying to stay aggressive in getting to the free-throw line. Tatum also continues to improve as a straight-line drive threat and he was one of the players that seemed to pick up the flow of the USA's offense better than most -- in-part because of his past USA experiences. Tatum continues to show that he's one of the top players in the class and his advanced offensive game to go with his improved defense off the ball should leave him in position to be one of the best freshmen in college basketball next season. That shouldn't come as any surprise -- given Tatum's lofty status throughout his high school career -- but it's a great sign that Tatum continues to work on his game and get better.

Marques Bolden -- The Nike Hoop Summit was an interesting experience for the 6-foot-11 center from Texas, because Bolden was used more how the NBA would eventually use him. While the McDonald's Game practices saw Bolden get a lot of post touches that let him go to work on the block, the Nike Hoop Summit focused almost exclusively on putting Bolden in high ball screen situations.

It took some time for Bolden to adjust, but he started to improve his play on the perimeter as the week went on, both as a screener and roller. It will also take Bolden some time to adjust to playing defense as a pick-and-roll defender, but he has the length to be a problem if he can recover around the rim. Offensively, the Hoop Summit also had Bolden do a lot of perimeter-oriented drills, such as shooting and handling the ball, which Bolden continues to work at and get better on. Bolden will have to continue to get reps on the pick-and-roll in order to be at his best in college, but he's at least showing a willingness to expand his range and continue to improve in those scenarios. 

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