Scouting Elite 100: Next Up, 2017

The class of 2017 nationally is one of the best in a while. The prospects at Nike Elite 100 Camp displayed that potential. Here we take a look at the top 2017 prospects at the camp.

Guards

CG Troy Brown (Centennial, NV)

Brown had possibly the most impressive performance all week in his first game of the event. The 6'5" combo guard has a 6'9" wingspan and is an elite athlete. Brown is a complete player that showed his ability to change the game in a variety of ways.

In the opening game he displayed elite vision and passing ability both in transition and the half court. He can see above the defense with his tremendous size for the position. As camp went on he decided he was going to be a dominant scorer and had his way. He can slash from the wing getting to the hoop while being slippery in the lane. His shot was falling from all over the place including step backs and threes. Brown was phenomenal in transition pushing the ball in the open floor.

His ability defensively was very good as well as he was super-aggressive, recording multiple steals a game. One of the more impressive plays was when he got a steal, went end to end, used a spin move in the lane, and then dunked on his man. Brown is a strong contender for the #1 spot nationally in 2017.

PG Markus Howard (Perry, AZ)

Howard played only one game at Elite 100, but it was a signature performance. The 5'10" point guard plays with a lot of flare and can pass and score equally well. The well-rounded prospect was great distributing the rock to open shooters. He ran his team in the half court to perfection.

Howard can handle the ball well and easily gets penetration in the lane. The rising sophomore works well in the pick and roll. He showed the ability to shoot it from behind the screen. He was considered one of the best point guards at the camp.

PG Tremont Waters (South Kent, CT)

Waters is a 5'11" playmaking point guard with the ball in his hands. He pushes the tempo, plays with a lot of energy, and is a great leader. Waters is a plus passer that creates shots for others and always finds the open man. He works well in space and in the pick and roll.

Waters shot the ball well, knocking down jumpers from all over the place. Defensively he was impressive getting deflections and being disruptive in passing lanes. Waters has a knack for always being around the ball.

PG Trae Young (Norman North, OK)

Young is a point guard that plays with a lot of confidence. The playmaker makes good decisions with the ball in his hands and can also really score. Young is a very good perimeter shooter from three point range.

SG Trevon Duval (St. Benedict's Prep, NJ)

Duval is a combo guard that makes winning plays. He got in the lane all week with relative ease and consistently got by his defender. When in the paint he finished well through contact and got to the foul line on a regular basis.

Small Forwards

Brian Bowen (Arthur Hill, MI)

The 6'6" wing has great size and can see above the defense. He is at his best in transition in the open floor with the ball in his hands. Bowen has smooth acceleration and had several strong takes to the hoop. He is a plus three point shooter especially in the catch and shoot.

Bowen will need to continue to add strength and refine his shot selection a little. Bowen is one of the better 2017 prospects nationally.

Michael Porter Jr. (Fr. Tolton, Columbia, MO)

Porter has all the physical tools you look for in a young wing. At 6'8" he has tremendous size and can see over almost any defender thrown at him. The rising sophomore has long arms and a projectable body. He is smooth with the ball in his hands and can get to the rim with ease when he wants.

Early in the camp he wasn't very assertive and was settling for his perimeter jump shot as he said his ankle was bothering him. The last day of camp he showed the immense potential he possesses taking his man off the dribble, handling it in the open floor, and knocking down some impressive jump shots.

D.J. Harvey (Dematha, MD)

Harvey is a physical wing that has a scorer's mentality. He can use his strength to get in the paint, but preferred to use his jumper in St. Louis. Harvey showed to be a plus perimeter shooter at 6'5" knocking down jumpers from both mid-range and three all weekend.

SF Jordan Tucker (White Plains, NY)

Tucker is a 6'5" scoring wing. He is a plus shooter that is most effective off the catch, but can also finish off the bounce. The rising sophomore displayed some handles in traffic.

SF Jermaine Samuels (Rivers School, MA)

Samuels is a strong 6'4" wing that has a 6'9" wingspan. He is at his best using his elite combination of strength and athleticism. Samuels plays with a great motor and his head is always above the rim making plays dunking or rebounding.

The elite athlete had several spectacular tip dunks and finishes at the cup when attacking the hoop. He is great in transition as a wing finisher. Samuels is a plus rebounder and a great on ball defender. This is a prospect who is just scratching the surface of his potential.

Post Players

C Zach Brown (Miami Beach, FL)

Brown has great size for a young center prospect at 6'11" 260 pounds with a 7'3" wingspan. The rising sophomore did his damage in the post all weekend in a variety of ways. He consistently got deep post position making it easier for him to finish. He played well sealing his man off in the high low game which he usually finished with dunks.

Brown has great touch and feel around the hoop showing a nice left handed hook shot. The Miami post is a great rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also has the ability to block shots with nice timing. Brown is a contender for the top spot nationally in 2017 as well.

PF Isaiah Stokes (Lausanne Collegiate, TN)

Stokes is a 6'7" power forward with a wide body. He is very productive, despite lacking great athleticism. Stokes rebounded well and showed he could shoot it a little.

PF Cody Riley (Sierra Canyon, CA)

Riley is a powerful 6'6" forward that is a face-up four man trying to transition into becoming a three. He is powerful with the ball using his quickness around the hoop. Riley likes to work out of the mid-post where he can either post up a smaller defender or attack him off the dribble.


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