On the second day of NBAPA Top 100 camp, Nathan Reuvers, who recently made a pledge to Wisconsin, stood out because of his skill set and ability to shoot the basketball. A 6-foot-10 power forward, Reuvers gives up weight to majority of the players here, but what he lacks in strength, he makes up for with his skill. Reuvers is effective facing the rim, where he’s comfortable shooting and making jump shots from both mid-range and three. Reuvers also runs the floor with purpose, has a quality set of hands and nice touch around the goal.
Recruiting: Committed to Wisconsin
Through two days of camp ball E.J. Montgomery is among the top seven players in scoring. What’s been impressive is his effort level and notable improvement in his motor. Montgomery, who has always been oozing with talent, stands 6-foot-10, is a fluid and mobile athlete that’s equipped with skill and scoring touch. The southpaw consistency ran the floor and made plays in transition. He also looked to attack from the perimeter and scored around the basket with short-range shots, floaters and dunks.
After a solid spring with Team Takeover, 6-foot-10 big man Luka Garza added to his profile with a strong showing at NBAPA Top 100 Camp on Thrusday. Offensively, Garza is gifted and showed supreme confidence in his jump shot, knocking a three and a pair of mid-range jump shots in one of his two games. Garza has a tremendous set of hands and caught tough passes in the paint. Garza played with energy, took a charge and recorded an offensive put back as well.
Nate Watson has been effective as a rebounder and post scorer this spring playing with DC Premier. On Thursday, Watson, a 6-foot-8 center with a lengthy set of arms, played to his strengths, as he was active around the basket, tossing down dunks, reeling in rebounds and playing with energy in the paint. In camp ball, it’s hard for post players to get post touches, but Watson made sure he got them by hitting the offensive glass and running the floor for easy points.
He isn’t the most highly rated player at the NBA Top 100 Camp, but Thomas Allen might just be the best shooter. On Thursday night Allen absolutely torched the nets at the camp hit numerous deep threes and then also showed a little bit of game off the bounce.
Allen isn’t the tallest guard, probably 6-foot-1 tops, so he will have to improve some with his point guard skills, but the reality is the kid can just flat out shoot. In an age where floor spacing is such a key, Allen is someone who can provide that and high-major schools are taking notice.
It was an interesting evening session for Paul Scruggs. He started off solid by getting to the rim and making plays with his strength and athleticism, and then he went down with what looked like a bad knee injury. However Scruggs was fine and what happened when he came back in the game moments later was impressive.
Scruggs, by his own admission, isn’t a great shooter. However after giving the knee a test he came in hit a deep three off the dribble, hit another deep three off the catch, and then on the next possession hit a long two. That kind of shooting is in there for Scruggs. He has shown signs of it during the high school season, and it was good to see him do it on a national stage.
The versatile Chuma Okeke was a late addition to the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, but he has more than proven that he belongs. A four-star prospect, Okeke doesn’t do anything that particularly stands out or will wow you in terms of skill or athleticism, but by that same token he also doesn’t have many flaws in his game.
On Thursday Okeke was just productive. He rebounded on both the offensive and defensive end, he scored down low, and he even had a few nice drives to the rim. Kind of a garbage man on offense, Okeke is one of the more consistently productive players in the class.
Charles Bassey has all the physical tools and talent you would want out of an elite young post. He's got a big time frame with wide shoulders and long arms and is a plus athlete who always plays hard. Bassey can step out and hit jumpers out to three, while he also finishes well around the basket. He's an elite rebounder who attacks the glass on both sides of the court. Not just an athlete who plays hard and can hit shots, Bassey also sees the court and passes well for the position.
Evan Battey used a terrific junior season to springboard his stock to the point where he's one of the top posts on the West Coast in 2017. He's backed up that stock in Charlottesville this week. Bassey is an extremely versatile offensive player who can hit threes, drop in hooks score around the basket. He's got terrific vision and is capable of finding cutters from the perimeter or kick out of double teams. Battey uses his big frame to battle on the glass and secure boards. He'll need to keep improving his conditioning in order to play better defense, but he's no doubt very talented.
One of the West Coast's most productive combo guards, Alex Barcello is a kid who can really shoot the ball off the dribble. While he's capable of creating for teammates, it's Barcello's jumpshooting that he hands his hat on and there's no doubt his primary objective while he's on the court is seeing the ball go through the net. Barcello uses his handle and shiftiness to create space and can hit jumpers from midrange and three. He plays with an edge and always gets his points.