The Super 100 camp is one of our favorite events every fall, as it gives us a chance to get a look at some of the top talent in Northern California. The camp features more instruction than you typically find at these events and the quality of coaches working the camp was impressive. Here are some brief impressions on the players who got our attention at the event last Saturday.
Drew Gordon, 6-8 SO PF San Jose (Calif.) Mitty. One of the elite power forwards in the 2008 class, Gordon moves exceptionally well for his size and he's an explosive athlete. He showed off an improved outside shot – he should be able to play inside and on the perimeter by the time he gets to college. His skills still need polishing, but he has an extremely high upside. Look for him to be recruited by the national powers.
Luke Babbitt, 6-7 SO PF/SF Reno (Nev.) Galena. Along with Gordon, Babbitt is the other premier forward prospect in the west for 2008. He's got a chance to play the three – excellent shooter with good range – but we think his body type will dictate that he defends a four at the next level. He has a very advanced low-post game, with an array of moves inside. He figures to be a tough match-up in college, as he'll be difficult to defend with a three man inside, but he'll be able to take a four man out beyond the stripe. Like Gordon, Babbitt will likely be recruited by elite programs nationally.
Eli Holman, 6-7 JR C/PF Richmond (Calif.) High. No one is talking much about Holman right now, but they will be a year from now. He's got a great frame, extremely long wingspan, and very good feet and hands. He put on a show at this event as he looked to dunk everything. A lefty with a nice touch around the basket, Holman is also going to be a force on defense. He should develop into an above average shot blocker and he's a good rebounder. The best kept secret in the west, look for Holman to be on all the Top 100 lists in the spring.
Jerry Brown, 6-4 FR SG/SF San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart. A big wing with a young face, Brown can score from multiple spots on the floor. Whether he ends up at the two or three remains to be seen, but he's very skilled and has an advanced feel for the game. With continued development, he's a potential elite, high major prospect.
Ryan Sypkens, 5-11 FR PG Elk Grove (Calif.) High. Young-looking point with skills and presence. Showed a nice jumper off the dribble. Has some length to him and looks like he understands the position. We only got a brief look, but he was very impressive in limited minutes.
Nathen Garth, 6-0 SO PG Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian. Good-looking young point with skills. He did a good job of feeding the post in an environment where you don't always see such things. Good quickness and has added strength since we last saw him. Outside shot is adequate, mid range game could be improved. With continued development, a potential high major prospect.
Mark Forrest, 6-7 SO PF San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove. Good size and length, young face. Showed pretty good feet in drills, didn't get the ball much in games. Someone to keep an eye on.
Ethan Niedermeyer, 6-6 SR PF Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. One of the more fundamentally sound post players in the west, Niedermeyer's game is not suited to pickup basketball. But put him in a real game and his talent is very obvious. Great feel, plays with good energy all the time, can knock down shots and surprisingly effective inside. A solid prospect at the mid major level.
Jason Grisby, 6-6 SR PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Good body, fairly good athlete and a decent skill set. Grisby isn't exceptional at any one thing, but he'll be on the radar of low to mid majors if he doesn't sign in the fall.
Brandon Smith, 5-9 FR PG Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Tough and strong pure one with very good stroke. Very good feel, solid defender and competes real well. Ultimate level will depend on how big he gets, but this kid has talent.
Kirby Vaughn, 5-11 JR PG Vallejo (Calif.) High. Quick, strong lefty with good vision and point guard instincts. Showed impressive defensive ability. We didn't see him shoot it much, but he goes on our list as a point guard to watch in the future.
Jared Cunningham, 5-11 FR PG San Leandro (Calif.) High. Another baby-faced young point with some length and a pretty good feel. Slender, but a nice stroke and looks like he could be a player.
Jason Conrad, 6-8 SO C Gilroy (Calif.) High. Good frame, still growing into his body, nice touch, had some good moments in the morning drills.
Collin Chieverton, 6-3 SO SG/SF San Jose (Calif.) Mitty. Good-looking kid with a nice body. Fairly good shooter, but shot selection and handle need to improve.
Brendon Lane, 6-7 FR PF Rocklin (Calif.) High. Good-looking young big with some length. Looks like he could still be growing.
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