News, Evals from Recent Camps

Here's a look at the UCLA prospects that participated in the Nike Elite 100 camp, and are currently playing in the NBA Players Association Camp...

Jabari Parker, SF – In an evening game Parker showed some of the things that have made him such a highly regarded prospect over the last year. He hit a pair of threes, scored in the mid-range, and then also was excellent on defense. Now his shot is still slightly off as compared to where it was a year ago, but there is no questioning that he was one of the best players on the floor, if not the best despite battling through injury.

The opening session of NBPA Camp put two of the nation's best in the 2013 class up against each other. In the end, however, the match-up between Jabari Parker, Scout.com's top player and UCLA recruit, and top-ten-ranked Andrew Harrison didn't full materialize, as only Parker defender Harrison and the favor wasn't returned. Parker, a 6-foot-8 wing forward, made sure to check Harrison every possession. He moved his feet well, forced Harrison into difficult shot attempts and in general did a great job on the talented combo guard. On the offensive end, Parker hit a three off the bounce over another UCLA recruit, Allerik Freeman, and also added a handful of buckets in the paint, including a number of put backs. Parker finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Zach LaVine, PG – There aren't many better point guards in the open floor than LaVine. He is athletic, fast, sees the floor well, and has great size. Add in that LaVine can flat out make shots, and he is one to definitely like. A floor general who can also play off the ball, LaVine has a chance to be a big time contributor right away in college.

Jordan McLaughlin, PG – One of the best athletes at camp was this 5-foot-11, 165-pound lead guard. His speed and athleticism is game changing in the open court, as he has an extra gear that not many in the country can get to. McLaughlin also proved to be a shot maker out to the three-point stripe and showed runners in the lane.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG – There is no player in the country who has a better feel for how to play the game than PJC. The diminutive Californian was excellent in the evening session playing passing lanes, beating his man off the dribble, and as usual making teammates better. Quite simply Jackson-Cartwright did it all to help his team win. Even though he is small, he knows how to play small and does things that always help his team win.

Payton Dastrup, C – Offensively is where Dastrup impresses the most. At 6-foot-9, he's consistent with his mid-range jump shot and even flashed a one-footed Dirk Nowitzki like fadeaway. Dastrup, who is Mormon and expected to take a Mission, catches everything thrown his way, has nice touch in the paint and has range on his shot out to the three-point stripe. With his size and strength, Dastrup should turn into a pretty good rebounder, but at this time it's an area that he'll need to continue to focus on.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG – The powerfully built sophomore-to-be had his moments at the Nike Elite 100 this past weekend. A natural scorer, Briscoe has a developed scoring package. He's confident from mid-range and is able to create space for his jump shots from 12 to 18-feet. Also because of Briscoe's size he's a very good finisher at the rim, as he uses his strength and body to finish through contact.

Aaron Holiday , PG – The brother of 76ers guard Jrue Holiday is already well known on the west coast. At 5-foot-11, Holiday isn't quite as big as his brother, but he's every bit as tough and smooth as the former UCLA player. Despite his sub 6-foot size, Holiday has a strong, stocky build that allows him to play through contact and finish well around the basket. At this point, Holiday plays on the ball, but his scoring ability is advanced for a sophomore-to-be. Holiday is a high major guard.

*2013 shooting guard Isaac Hamilton had his skill set on display during the evening session. At 6-foot-4, Hamilton is a good ball handler that can get shots from mid-range and at the rim.

*One of the premier young prospects on the west coast is Ivan Rabb. A 2015 standout, Rabb is a tremendous athlete that runs the floor with ease. Rabb runs with the Oakland Soldiers on the travel team circuit.

*Kevin Zabo, of Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian, looked to put up points at the Nike Elite 100. His jump shot is much improved, but he's also an effective finisher at the rim because of his strength.


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