NBA Player Camp: Day 1

Plenty of UCLA prospects perform well at the NBA Players Camp in Charlottsville, Virginia, including Trevon Bluiett, Kameron Chatman and Stephen Zimmerman...

Leron Black, PF – The Memphis native hit a pair of threes early, and that caused him to settle too much at times, but then he got back to his bread and butter which is scoring down low. Black went through defenders with strength and then showed some of his explosiveness dunking things. He needs to do that more often and let the jumper come, but overall it was a solid outing in the morning for Black.

Isaiah Whitehead, SG – As usual Whitehead was a scoring machine. The New York City guard is absolutely one of the premier scorers in the class. He is strong and athletic which allows him to score going to the rim, but at least this morning what he did best was hit from deep. While Whitehead did force a few shots, in general he took and made quality looks and showed why he is lethal on the offensive end of the floor.

Kameron Chatman, SF – He is all potential right now, but he showed a few flashes of brilliance with his play. Chatman is long, athletic, and has a nice looking stroke from deep. Most of his scoring came off of catch and shoot situations, though he did get to the rim a little. Chatman needs to continue to get stronger, but overall he was very solid and showed major potential going forward.

Josh Perkins, PG – He didn't quite perform like he did at Pangos two weeks ago, but it was still clear Perkins was loaded with talent when he took the floor Thursday night. In a match up against Jordan McLaughlin that never materialized, Perkins started to come alive in the second half. He's a set up man that has terrific vision and passing ability. He also knocked in a three late in the final game of the day.

Trevon Bluiett, SF – With Bluiett he is simply one of the best shooters in the country. As usual Bluiett knocked in a few from deep and also then hit some in the mid-range. Beyond that despite not being a tremendous athlete, Bluiett knows how to rebound and was effective when going to the offensive glass. At the end of the day Bluiett is all about production and though he isn't flashy he is very effective.

Brekkott Chapman, PF – Chapman had an up and down spring to be sure, but his showing during the morning session was impressive. The 6-foot-8 prospect showed his significant skill level by hitting from deep, making some nice passes, and scoring off the dribble. He didn't rebound, and that is a major growth area for Chapman, but he did show how he can be a matchup problem with his highly skilled game and good size.

Myles Turner, C – Camp settings tend not to be the best for big centers, and that was the case in game one for Turner. Offensively he didn't get a ton of touches, and the ones he did get he didn't do a ton with, but on defense as always he was dominant. Turner just has great timing and incredible length which allows him to complete take away the rim. He made life difficult on his opponents with that, and showed why his stock is soaring.

Reid Travis, PF – Travis excelled during the evening session on Thursday. The 6-foot-7 forward ran the floor looking for scoring opportunities, mixed in strong finishes in the half court and attacked the glass looking to reel in rebounds. His best play of the day was when he took the ball rim to rim and showed a good handle weaving in between defenders. Travis also worked in an 18-foot jump shot.

Jaquan Lyle, PG – Lyle isn't exactly known for his ability to shoot long-range jump shots, but the 6-foot-5 guard got hot late on Thursday. With the game out of reach, Lyle pulled up for four three-pointers, including three on consecutive possessions. The finale was a pull-up from 30-feet over an outstretched defender.

Trey Kell, SG – The surprise of the opening session was the play of this 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the west coast. Kell made a pair of mid-range pull-ups and a pair of threes, to go with a two finishes at the rim. In a class that lacks depth at the shooting guard position, it's good to see a new one emerge. He's a scorer that showed good skill and understanding of the game. He's certainly one I'll be paying close attention to the rest of camp.

Stephen Zimmerman, C – The left handed post prospect had a solid game. He struggled at the beginning by taking jumpers and missing, but then he did what he does best and that was go down low and score. Zimmeran scored mostly with his left hand, and showed good touch around the rim. He battled on the glass as well and showed he can rebound both in and out of his area. While it wasn't a dominant game, Zimmerman definitely looked good.

Zimmerman followed up a strong morning session with a very good showing in the evening. He is one of the better scorers in the class and also has a good nose for knowing how and where the ball is going to come off the rim. Zimmerman is tough and scored it well inside in the evening proving he is one of the best in 2015.

Tyler Dorsey, SG – His athleticism and length are impressive. Right now most look to Dorsey as someone who can score from deep, but what was most impressive is how comfortable he is down low. Playing against smaller guards, Dorsey multiple times went to the post and scored with fadeaway jumpers. Also his athleticism was evident as he rebounded the ball on both offense and defense.

Thon Maker, C – This is the third week in a row I've evaluated Maker and what impresses every time out is how hard he plays. Whether his shots are falling or not, he always plays with energy. At 7-feet tall, Maker impacts the game in a major way on the defensive end. He uses his length and athleticism to block shots and despite lacking strength he reels in a number of rebounds. Offensively he's fairly skilled and has good touch on his shots. He was inconsistent on that end Thursday morning, but still hit a right hook and had a few put backs.

*Tyler Dorsey is one of the premier shooting guards in the 2015 class. He's had a great spring and was solid on opening day. To go with his ability to put up points in a hurry, he has good vision and is a good passer.

Diallo wants to stay local


Don't expect 6-foot-10, 220-pound Los Angeles Cathedral Prep center Idrissa Diallo to venture too far from home for college.

The 2014 prospect says that while schools outside of California have recruited him, he's made it pretty clear where he prefers to play college basketball.

"I always tell everybody that I want to stay in L.A. or California for college," Diallo said.

Diallo is in no rush to make a decision, but does know at least three schools that will get official visits.

"So far I have three schools I will for sure visit – UCLA, USC and Cal," he said. "Maybe Colorado too."

For the weekend, however, recruiting is on hold as Diallo tries to enjoy his time in Charlottesville.

"This is a once a lifetime thing and it's really exciting," Diallo said. "I'm going to do what I can do to get the most of it."

New Big Man on Radar


Isaiah Manderson, the 6-foot-10 center, is a native of the Bronx but calls Atlanta home. He attended New Garden of Friends School in Greensboro, N.C., last season after spending the previous season at Alpharetta (Georgia) Milton.

He has offers from Mississippi State, Oregon State, Iona, UCLA and Georgia, and has several other schools showing interest.

Lyle Trims List to Four


The point guard from Indiana, Jaquan Lyle, has narrowed his choices to Indiana, Louisville, Tennessee and Florida.

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