At such a relatively small camp, with only about 60 prospects, Thursday brought the opportunity to hone in on some who don't typically get much attention from national scouts.
Additionally, of course, a few of yesterday's big names also showed out on day two. The event's strongest talent concentration resides on the perimeter, something that played out once again on Thursday. Here's a look at some intriguing performers:
Chris Clarke, WF — If I had a vote for MVP, here's where I'd direct it. The aggressive forward continued to compete in attack mode, not only doing his usual thing of scoring on the break and off the glass, but slashing from the perimeter and even displaying a knocking for posting up shorter opponents. He clearly got the better of a head to head matchup versus Franklin Howard and no doubt has boosted his stock among the coaches in attendance.
Kevin Dorsey, PG — Dorsey (pictured, above) got some run in this space last night, but he shows up again thanks to another day of very aggressive performances. He had the look the of a guy about to catch fire in Thursday night's first half, and even though he and his team cooled off the fiesty point guard made an impression. The faster he plays, the better, to a point. He can get a little too eager looking for his own offense, yet dialing him down would rob him of what he does best. A seasoned college coach will find the best way to bring out the best in Dorsey consistently, and the effort definitely will be worthwhile.
Drew Edwards, SG — In two games Edwards did not play to expectations, but he did display legitimate high-major talent and has obvious tools for that level of play. He boasts a solid frame and a very nice looking jump shot, and his best moment may have been a catch-and-shoot bomb from 23 feet. He's also reasonably quick off the bounce, though not as explosive as a finisher, and likely will finish better on other occasions. He's versatile enough as a ballhandler and passer to spend time at point, but certainly his best position is on the wing. A player can have his moments even during a down couple days, and Edwards certainly did accomplish that.
Jalen Poyser, SG — At Findlay Prep and for the CIA Bounce, Poyser has gotten lost in the shuffle at times. But at this camp he has been able to get his hands on the ball more frequently and make things happen from the wing. He's at his best penetrating into the lane and has the ability to change directions even after he begins taking his final two steps.
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He scores via reverses, short bankers and the occasional three, and he's able to do that despite lacking strength, frequently finishing over the top or handling as well against pressure. He has appeared to be a lower high-major prospect here and should continue to draw interested onlookers from this point forward.
Alex Owens, C — You have to like Owens' style. He's a very undersized, 6-7 center but didn't appear to realize that fact, as he goes to battle like he's a seven-footer. Owens plays big and has the body to reinforce the powerful attitude, resulting in numerous rebounds and overall physical post play. Not only that, he's an excellent — if overly reliant — interior passer capable of sizzle and flash as an assists-man. Developing a more reliable jump hook and other compensation tools for the inevitable size disparities he'll face in college loom large, and a face-up jumper will be key as well. Still, he has registered highly on the activity meter here and will continue to hold majors in pursuit.
Samir Sehic, C — After a surprisingly quiet opening night, Sehic bounced back big-time on Thursday. He's slightly undersized for center at 6-8, but he possesses okay length and impressive reactions along with plus strength and brutality. Sehic is a physical guy who made those dimensions and that style work at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp, and he has at times steamrolled opponents here inside. He doesn't jump particularly well straight-up and that, combined with his size, could hinder him in the eyes of some coaches. Nevertheless, he already holds high-majors and certainly won't lose any after a powerful performance in his first outing today. The fact that he uses hooks so naturally inside and can step out to hit long jump shots will give some collegiate program multiple options for how to deploy him.
Barry Brown, SG — This combo guard quietly has been very effective for Each 1 Teach 1 on the EYBL circuit and at camp has been able to step forth from the shadows of players such as Antonio Blakeney. I cite Blakeney intentionally because he and Brown play at least a passingly familiar game — and Antonio projects as a McDonald's All-American, so obviously he's going to get the most shots. Brown certainly has made the most of opportunities in Maryland, knocking down numerous jump shots from long range and also creating for himself off the dribble. I've mostly seen him pull up for short jumpers on drives rather than take the ball all the way to rim, but those moves have been effective. He has 6-2 size and is a scorer, not a playmaker, so he's perhaps a touch short for the wing but has the strength to overcome a slight lack of height. Rounding out his floor game is the next order of business, but he's widely underrated and has proved that here.
Melvin Frazier, PF — Frazier actually accomplished more here from the perimeter than has sometimes been the case. He's an explosive straight-up leaper who rises quickly for slams, rebounds and blocks, but everyone already knew that. At times the past couple days he has been able to hit medium-range jumpers, although clearly this still is not his forte. But his work is noted. His ballhandling remains an issue, but defensively he's fairly versatile. Along with that, no one will ever question his toughness or desire to make plays.
Kevarrius Hayes, C — A future Florida Gator, Hayes is long and athletic who holds excellent long-term promise. His short-term in Gainesville likely will involve adding strength — particularly in his lower body — and developing an offensive game. He remains very raw as a scorer and may never become a featured option for the Gators, but he'll bring action to the court as a shotblocker, finisher and rebounder. Athleticism and length always come at a premium, and this particular vintage simply needs time to mature.
Shakur Juiston, PF — A 6-6 insider at Paterson (N.J.) Eastside, Juiston has impressed with his hustle, athleticism and toughness. He's an unsung competitor who lacks the body of a power play but certainly embodies the approach, and his above-average athleticism enables him to get more blocks than you'd expect along with some tough rebounds and stickbacks. There's nothing flashy about him, but he looks like a potential priority for the right mid-major program.
Anthony Lawrence, PF — You could make the argument is a wing, and in truth he's best categorized as a combo forward, but in my eyes this Miami commitment slots best as a face-up fourman. He doesn't have the lateral quickness or ballhandling to be a wing, but as a four he's mobile and can step outside and hit a long jumper. He's also built solidly and isn't too short for the post at 6-7, and he made one pass in transition — a whipping crosscourt assist to a streaking teammate — that surprised everyone on the court and in the stands. Lawrence isn't much of a leaper but does possess some speed, and he also competed hard during my viewings of him here.
Alterique Gilbert, PG — By size, the 5-11 Gilbert is a point, but in terms of a style he's actually more of a wing. Regardless, at that size he'll have to be a point and the good news is that he possesses the quickness to defend it. He's also a talented scorer who can create off the dribble but specializes in knocking down perimeter jump shots wielding a smooth stroke that's true to 22 feet. His job now is to add balance.
D.J. Harvey, WF — Despite playing on his home court, Harvey actually has been quiet here through the first couple days. That's not too surprising given that the camp largely consists of players two classes ahead of him, but he has been effective when he has looked to assert himself. Harvey is a skilled and savvy operator for his age who has hit some long jump shots here along with showing off a solid floor game. He also possesses the kind of frame that will enable him to become a power wing. He lacks elite burst and agility, but perhaps those attributes will arrive with time — something Harvey obviously holds in abundance.
Faces in the Crowd
Interestingly, given all the events taking place around the country, some of yesterday's head coaches returned for another look today. Those included Mike Brey, Tony Bennett, Kevin Stallings, Richard Pitino, Archie Miller and Joe Dooley, among others. More programs represented were Temple (Fran Dunphy), Syracuse, Florida State, Virginia Tech (Buzz Williams), Maryland, Rhode Island (Dan Hurley), Hofstra and many more.