Las Vegas: Day Four Top Performers

LAS VEGAS — We foraged extensively for most of this week, but by now we're beginning to watch more blue-chip prospects. Still, today's report includes a mix of ranked and unranked (for now) players.


Chase Jeter (pictured above), C, Dreamvision — Saturday was up and down for Jeter at the Super 64, but he still gets some love here for his overall play. He was far better in Dreamvision's first outing of the day, a manhandling of the Mass Rivals. Jeter aggressively, even a little angrily ripped down rebounds in traffic and generally got the better of top-100 big man Josh Sharma. He also finished well in traffic and ran the floor hard. But in the evening game, Abdul Ado (more on him below) bothered him with his length and physicality. Jeter is fairly basic offensively and possesses one of the best hookshots in the class, but that shot is accessible to defenders because it's more of a half hook and subject to getting blocked. In college, he'll need to alter the angle in order to get that shot against high-major defenders. Still, on the whole he had a strong day and has continued an impressive summer.

P.J. Dozier, WF, Upward Stars — The US easily dispatched their opponent at the Fab 48, and Dozier was a critical reason why. He has enjoyed a fantastic July and is due for a moderate rankings bump in our next release. He looks more confident on his surgically repaired knee by the day and, as always, is a top-notch handler and passer at 6-6. Dozier's jump shot looks better, too, as he has knocked down a respectable percentage from deep. His defensive potential is strong and he looks like the kind of player who will become a multi-year starter for some fortunate program.

Brevin Pritzl, SG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors: One of the signature performances of July came from this future Badger. Going up against quality guards in Austin Grandstaff and Matt McQuaid, Pritzl went to work, scoring the ball in a variety of ways. Pritzl buried five three-pointers, but his ability to make plays off the bounce was equally effective. He made runners, floaters, tough finishes and even one-legged fadeways. Prtizl had it working to the tune of 38 points in a first round win over Team Texas Elite.

J.J. Caldwell, PG, Houston Defenders: There’s been a lot of buzz coming out of the state of Texas regarding this 5-foot-11 strongly built lead guard. On Saturday, he certainly showed why, as he ran his team, created shot opportunities for his teammates and showed tremendous vision. He’s a pass first guy that rarely looks to shoot the basketball. Caldwell finished with nine assists against the Las Vegas Prospects.

Samir Sehic, C, Houston Hoops: At the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Sehic muscled up with the opposition, owned his area from a rebounding standpoint and scored around the rim. Sehic replicated that performance in a match up with LA Rockfish. He’s a little ground bound, but what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with toughness and physical play inside. He has nice touch around the goal, has a jump hook and can make three-pointers off the catch.

Donovan Mitchell, SG, The City: A strong off guard that was born to score points, Mitchell showed a lot of what he’s capable of on Saturday morning. He used his strength and handle to get to the basket, had some impressive footwork on his stepback and showed his extended range with his pull-up three-point shot. Mitchell had a big time one-hand putback dunk and was relentless going to the rim throughout the contest.

Kerwin Roach, CG, Houston Rockstarz: Roach is a combo guard who has very good size, length, athleticism and approach to the game. His three-point shot was up and down on Saturday but his stroke is good and word is he’s usually a pretty consistent shooter. He can really pass the ball and had a lot of unselfish moments, where he did a nice job getting his teammates involved and creating off the dribble. Roach knows how to play and has the upside to be a very good player.

Justin Patton, C, OSA Crusadors: Creighton got a flat out steal in Patton, whose size, length, athleticism and budding skill all scream upside. Patton is still pretty physically immature and isn’t capable of impacting the game today the way he will once he gets stronger, but with added muscle and skill development, the sky is the limit for this kid. He blocked shots, rebounded and finished above the rim. He should be a very good one for Creighton.

Jacob Evans, SF, Louisiana Dynasty: A big wing with good size at about 6-foot-5, Evans has a nice feel for the game on both sides of the court. On offense, he used his crossover to create space and scored going to the basket and with his pull-up and step-back jumper. He handles contact well, finishing on multiple attempts along with the foul. Evans has strong timing on defense and active hands, frustrating his opponents by constantly deflecting passing and racking steals.

Matt Heldt, C, Milwaukee Spartans: Marquette landed a good one here. Heldt is 6-foot-9 with a nice frame and is very skilled. He can finish with both hands in the post, including the ability to knock down hook shots with both his left and right hand. He knocked down jumpers from both midrange and three, blocked shots, rebounded on both ends, scored on putbacks and made some impressive post passes to cutters. He should be a reliable post presence for the Golden Eagles for several years.


Kobi Simmons, PG, Atlanta Celtics — Is he No. 1, 2 or 3? That's the question entering the late summer. Simmons, a fantastically quick and explosive scorer, did his part for the Celtics despite their loss to Dreamvision.

Simmons will enter the 2015 travel season as a marked man

But back to the question at hand, Simmons is member of a triumvirate that also includes Derryck Thornton and Dennis Smith atop the point guard standings in the 2016 class. Simmons is the thinnest of the three but may be the fastest end to end, and he's at least as tall. Though his shot release comes from under his chin, he also buries his share of threes to play a balanced game. With athleticism in the open court and additional skill for the halfcourt, he's an easy call for elite status.

Abdul Ado, C, Atlanta Celtics — Rising with a bullet, Ado quickly has established himself as one of the premier post defenders in the country. He gave Chase Jeter all sorts of trouble with his length, quick leaping ability, left hand blocking style and lean strength. Ado doesn't yet bring much to the table offensively, but he did snared one offensive rebound high above the rim and then utilized a head fake and short turnaround jumper to convert. That suggests that a year from now he could be far more of a complete player.

Frank Jackson, PG, Utah Prospect 16’s: After a so-so outing by his standards last night, Jackson returned to form against the Houston Defenders 16’s. A big point guard, Jackson stands 6-foot-3 and has a strong, developed frame. He has a very good pace to his game and no matter how fast he’s going always seems to be under control. Jackson has good vision and can pass, but he’s also a talented scorer. He hit mid-range floaters and multiple threes off the bounce. A BYU commit, Jackson is heck of a talent one of the better point guards in the 2016 class.

Jarrett Allen, C, Texas Pro: This junior-to-be has a lot of upside. He has tremendous size at 6-foot-10 and very good length. He’s mobile, has good hands and soft touch around the rim. Allen is a rim protector that is able to get his hands on shots because of his size and length. Offensively, he’s able to finish close to the rim and was active in his pursuit of put backs.


Derek Culver, C/PF, Ohio Basketball Club 2017 — Ohio State was among schools sitting courtside for the OBC 15-under squad, and Culver was the standout. The 6-8 big man at Warren (Ohio) Harding lumbers a bit right now and doesn't have a full allotment of athleticism, but he's very solidly put together and already makes some nice plays off the glass. A southpaw, he also works hard on the backboards and is a surprisingly good passer for a young post. He's clearly one to watch closely as the years progress.

Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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