Nike Elite 100: Centers

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Nike Elite 100, which takes place on St. Louis University's campus, tipped off on Thursday and ran through Sunday morning. The camp featured around 100 kids and there were some very talented centers at camp, including the top overall performer -- Zach Brown.

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Udoka Azubuike, C: A physical and bruising big man, Azubuike was tough for most of the post players at camp to handle. Azubuike is 6-foot-9, 250-pounds of pure strength and muscle, He clears space in the lane with ease and is consistently able to carve out terrific post position in the paint. A powerful and forceful dunker, Azubuike looks to throw it down just about every touch he gets. He's also a very good area rebounder that will fight for boards. Azubuike is one of the more physically intimidating prospects in the 2016 class.

Tony Bradley, C: Bradley looked a lot more comfortable and confident playing against player his own age this weekend at the Nike Elite 100. He spent some time this spring playing up in the 17's division and while he showed flashes on the EYBL circuit, he wasn't a standout. That changed in St. Louis, as he was a force on the glass, finished off plays inside and played with energy. Bradley displayed a good set of hands and consistently finished around the rim. He also showed he was capable of making short-range jumpers.

Rodney Miller, C: Miller showed improvement at the Nike Elite 100. It's evident that the Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy product has spent time in the gym honing his post moves and working on his footwork. He showed jump hooks over each shoulder and consistently finished off plays around the rim. His confidence is on the rise and it should be, as he's making strides and improving in the necessary areas. A near 7-footer with over a 7-foot wingspan, Miller is able to change shots and is capable of locking down his area for rebounds.

Marques Bolden, C: Bolden wasn't necessarily a major standout this weekend at the Nike Elite 100, but he did have a solid showing. With that said, Bolden has tremendous upside and is armed with the tools to be a very successful center. At 6-foot-10, 235-pounds and a 7-foot-4 winspan, Bolden can cover some ground on the basketball court. For his size, he's mobile and moves well. He's active in the paint and will fight for rebounds. Offensively, he's not necessarily polished, but there's a lot of promise because of his hands, touch, comfort level on the block and his ability to make mid-range jump shots.

Schnider Herard, C: This 6-foot-10, 265-pound 2016 recruit is a burly, well-built post prospect. Schnider plays with force and strength inside. He's a quality area rebounder and tough to push off the block. At this stage, majority of his points come off dunks or put back opportunities, as he's not overly skilled on the offensive end. You won't find many post players as physical as Herard in the 2016 class.

2017 Checklist

Zach Brown, C: At times, Brown displayed pure dominance at the Nike Elite 100 and left the camp as the top overall player. Brown, who is pushing 7-feet tall and has a lengthy wingspan, was near automatic when he received post touches. He did a great job of easily securing good postposition. Once he seals off a defender and gets a post entry, Brown usually completes the play. Brown is equipped with very impressive hands and is good around the rim with either hand. At this stage, Brown is just an OK athlete, but his length and timing allow him to get to shots and be effective as a shot blocker on the defensive end. He was also quite effective as a rebounder and scored a number of points off of put backs and tip ins.

Nicholas Richards, C: At 6-foot-11, 220-pounds, Richards is a big freshman. He moves well and gets end-to-end rather quickly. Richards plays hard and brings energy to the table. He's active inside and a willing rebounder that puts a lot of effort into going after offensive rebounds. From a scoring standpoint, he's a bit raw, but there's a lot to work with. Overall for a freshman, Richards is tracking as impressive prospect.

Jeremiah Tilmon, C: Tilmon's numbers were eye-popping and he wasn't overly productive, but it's easy to see the talent and significant upside wrapped in his 6-foot-11 frame. He has a wide set of shoulders and arms that span 7-foot-1. Tilmon is mobile and will rebound his area. He's not refined on the block, but he can already make a jump hook and has the hands and touch that make you think he'll be quite effective as a post scorer one day.

Austin Wiley, C: A freshman, Wiley checks in at 6-foot-9, 230-pounds and boasts a 7-foot-1 wingspan. Wiley is a hard playing big man that exerts effort and energy on both ends of the floor. Wiley has a right jump hook and that appears to be his go-to scoring option when he gets post touches. He has also good hands and a decent touch around the basket. A good athlete, Wiley also runs the floor quite. Wiley is a future high major recruit and a potential top 25 type talent in the 2017 class.


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