UW Basketball Team Camp Analysis

It was a busy Father's Day weekend for the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff, as the Wisconsin Badgers held their annual Team Camp, a camp that showcased some talented prospects from Wisconsin (i.e. Vander Blue) and from around the Midwest.

MADISON - With some of the top AAU teams in the area descending on Wisconsin's Team Camp, Badger Nation gives a brief rundown of some of the top players and whom the Badger coaches appeared to be closely monitoring.

Quevyn Winters Winters appeared to have a very well rounded game and gave maximum effort on both ends of the floor. While not blessed with world class athleticism, he certainly has enough to be an impact player at a high major school. Additionally, Winters played with immense poise and appeared to be mentally a step ahead of most of the players on the court.

Offensively, he displayed excellent range and form on his jump shot and looked much more comfortable shooting it out beyond the three-point line than when I saw him during his high school season. Winters also attacked the basket with strong and purposeful moves as he routinely went into attack mode and would either go to the basket strong or crash the offensive boards, usually creating an easy bucket for either him or his teammates.

Defensively, Winters was constantly in motion and wreaked havoc on defenders with his long arms and high energy. He appeared to continually be in great position for rebounds and was adept at playing both on the ball and help defense. Additionally he was very fluid in the transition game as he was able to either start the break with either a steal or a rebound and then an outlet pass to an open teammate or finish the fast break by getting out and filling the lanes in the open floor.

Overall, Winters displayed a diverse skill set as well as a high motor while appearing to be in complete control of the game on both ends of the floor.

Badger assistant coach Howard Moore spent a considerable amount of time watching Winters and his AAU team, the Milwaukee Spartans, although this could have been due to Winters teammate being Vander Blue. Nevertheless, Moore seemed interested in Winters and appeared to speak with the 2011 state prospect on more than one occasion.

Vander Blue – The scouting report on Blue has been out now since he burst onto the national scene over the past two years and became widely regarded as a top 50 recruit in the country for the class of 2010. Blue continues to validate this high ranking and national profile nearly every time I see him take the court. The Badger Team Camp was no different, as Blue displayed his usual athleticism, speed and agility, leaping ability, jump shot, ball handling and defense. While Blue's impressive skill set is not exactly noteworthy, his presence at the camp and continued recruitment by the Badgers is something that many Badger fans will undoubtedly be happy to hear.

Similar to his AAU teammate, Blue was a main recipient of Moore's time and energy. Coach Moore was seen regular chatting it up with Blue before and after games and was in attendance while Blue was on the court.

Marquis Mason As mentioned in my review of the NY2LA Invitational, Mason is a physical specimen who is in an elite class as far as strength and athleticism go for in-state prospects. He displayed his usual physical play and intensity while I watched his Madison East squad during pool play. Mason continues to consistently play above the rim on both offense and defense and attacked the glass with ferocity on both ends of the court. While his outside shot remains a work in progress, his form appeared to have improved since the last time I saw him play and he also appeared more comfortable at the free throw line.

Although Mason will be coming to UW on a football scholarship, I would not be surprised if he has an impact on the basketball court as well, while he attempts to play both sports during his time here in Madison.

Jordan Smith Saw very little of him, although he did appear to have excellent form on his jump shot and tremendous rotation as the ball came off his hand cleanly nearly every time he shot.

Badger assistant coach Greg Gard was seen talking with Smith and appeared to be monitoring his play throughout the weekend.

Greg Gard also appeared to be closely watching the basketball team from Linn-Mar, Iowa which featured Badger target and 2012 prospect Marcus Paige. Linn-Mar is also the former high school of current Badger shooting guard Jason Bohannon.

The observations noted within this article are rather sparse due to the limited action that I was able to watch. I undoubtedly missed out on notable teams and players that the Badger coaching staff was monitoring, such as the nationally recognized Howard Pulley program from Minnesota. These notes merely represent a variety of observations that I was able to make while spending a few hours around the camp over the weekend.

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