St. LOUIS, Mo. -- The power forward position wasn't quite as good as the center position at the Nike Elite 100, but there were still some quality prospects. The three that stood out the most were Omari Spellman, Miles Bridges and Dewan Huell. Here's the breakdown of the power forwards from the premier underclassmen event.
, PF: It's been a fulfilling spring for Huell, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Miami (Fla.) Norland. Huell has been more aggressive the past few months and is finishing off plays inside at a better rate than even during the high school season. He was one of the top power forwards at camp. Huell is an impressive athlete that rim to rim with ease and gets off the ground quickly. He has a good set of hands and his touch is good around the rim. High majors are already recruiting him, but I'd expect they interest will only go up in July.
, PF: There's a lot to like about Spellman's game. A standout at North Royalton (Ohio) High, Spellman is a big, strong post player that checks in at 6-foot-8, 235-pounds. Although he boasts a thick frame, Spellman gets off the ground surprisingly well. He's active inside from a rebounding standpoint and is equipped with the hands, touch and strength to be an effective scorer in the paint. Spellman also likes to face the rim, as he's a capable shooter, especially from mid-range, and will also attack defenders off the dribble. Spellman is tracking as a high major prospect.
, PF: One of the pleasant surprises of the event was this 6-foot-8 power forward out of Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian. Lightfood played hard on both ends of the floor, and despite lacking strength and the weight to be too physical, he didn't back down and competed inside. He ran the floor, looked to corral offensive rebounds and showed goods and touch.
, PF: Bridges could have easily been listed in the wing category, as I think he's more of a combination forward than a true wing or a true power forward. With that said, Bridges was one of the most productive and impactful players at camp. He was aggressive, used his athleticism in the paint and was among the camps scoring leaders. Bridges is capable of making jump shots off the catch, but he's also a strong, physical driver.
, PF: This 6-foot-10 power forward out of Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph's has a high skill level. Offensively, he's able to score around the rim with his touch, but he can also face up and make mid-range jump shots. At this juncture, Rakocevic lacks strength and the weight to be too physical inside, but he does play hard. He had a handful of offensive put backs in the games I watched. He also ran the floor with purpose and consistently caught tough post entries and passes in transition.
|Wendell Carter jumps with Zach Brown for a jump ball
, PF: A 6-foot-8 power forward out of East Point (Ga.) Fulton Leadership Academy, Carter is promising looking freshman. He's comfortable and can already score the ball in a variety of ways. He showed he could score over either shoulder, but is also able to face the rim and make jump shots out to 21-feet. He's strong around the rim and doesn't mind playing physical inside. High major schools are already recruiting Carter, who plays with Southeast Elite on the AAU circuit.
, PF: Due to showing up on the second day, I only got to see Lee, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, once. But it was enough to be impressed and his play warranted including him in this space. Lee is a hard playing forward that is active, aggressive and physical inside. He gets on the glass and doesn't mind physical player. To go with his impressive rebounding in the game I took in, Lee also hit a short-range jump shot.
**Others power forward that caught my eye at Nike Elite 100: Isiah Jasey, Tomas Murphy
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