Charlottesville, VA - The first day of Scoutsfocus All-American Camp led to a flock of NBPA Camp observers coming over to watch a few very strong performances at the up and coming exposure camp. Here's a look at those who stood out on Thursday.
He may have not had the best performance of camp, but Curtis Jones certainly made headlines. The 2016 guard from Paul VI (VA) will not return to the program and is looking at Carlisle School (VA), Huntington Prep (WV) and Our Savior New American (NY). He wants to play with the ball in his hands and transition into a point guard. Jones ran the point and would constantly drive to the basket and finish through contact. With a well-developed body and a scoring pedigree, he needs to be able to slow things down a bit more and become more selective with his shot. His development into a primarily, or reliable, ball handler will be interesting to see as he still wants to get his shots per game. The Team Loaded (VA) product will visit Miami this weekend after a trip to Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Texas, Ohio State, Temple, Xavier and others recently called him. As he wants to learn more about each school, each visit will provide him with clarity but he came away really impressed by Buzz Williams.
A really impressive shooting performance came from 2016 shooting guard Jaylen Fornes from Word of God (NC)/Team Loaded (NC). His mid-range and outside jump shot were working and he faired well in transition. He is trying to develop into a point guard and work on becoming a better defender. For now, though, he is a pure scorer with some athleticism that needs to be used more in his game. Fornes has a good frame, but will have to continue to get stronger. He can create his own shot off the dribble, and that goes a long way. The shot maker has offers from Florida A&M and Campbell, with interest from UNC Wilmington, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Appalachian State and Florida State. He visits Virginia and Virginia Tech on Sunday.
2017 point guard Matt Coleman of Maury (VA)/Boo Williams (VA) was raved about following Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis last weekend. This weekend was no different at Scoutsfocus as he faired well against guards his size. For Coleman, the biggest obstacle at this point is getting stronger as he struggles against stronger point guards - not necessarily ones who are more talented. Few are more talented in his class and position than him, however. Coleman's on-ball defense has improved. His pull-up jumper is working and his bread and butter - running in the open court - was intact. A high-IQ floor general, he made some very good passes and set his teammates up to score with ease. He will be at Old Dominion on Saturday and already holds offers from them, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, VCU and Virginia. Look for him to emerge as one of the top point guards in his class once he puts on weight and improves defending bigger guards.
2016 wing Clayton Hughes has a little Nik Staukas in his game. The University School of Jackson (TN)/Team Thad (TN) product is a long, lanky slasher who possesses a consistently accurate pull-up jumper and outside shot. His ability not only to shoot the ball, but create opportunities to score off the dribble is also fairly impressive on his part. He has some hidden athleticism, as well. Hughes reads the pick and roll really well and has extended range from beyond the arc. With a 6-foot-9 wingspan, the sky is the limit for this hidden gem once he begins packing on pounds. Tennessee and Vanderbilt have gotten him on campus, and Virginia will this weekend. Memphis is also showing interest. Once he emerged on the scene on the Under Armour circuit, Big Ten programs, among others, are going to be sold on his abilities and craftiness as only a rising junior.
He can essentially do a little of everything, but stretch four may be the best label for 2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones out of Woodberry Forest (NC)/Team Felton (NC). He sets screens, hits mid-range shots, moves very well and is working on becoming a full-time small forward in order to create mismatches. While he is rail thin, the rising junior does a great job of creating mismatches by going down low and then bringing his defender out to the perimeter where he can either shoot it or get to the basket and draw contact or a foul. Still, however, his handle is not there yet but it gets him by. Killeya-Jones gave a great effort in Thursday's action on both ends. This has led to offers from Rice, Old Dominion, ECU, Charlotte, Houston Baptist and Loyola (MD). The intriguing part is who has inquired. Duke, VCU, Virginia and Georgetown have all placed calls to the talented forward. He visits Richmond and VCU this weekend and will see Charlotte next weekend.
Other Top Performers
2015 shooting guard Deshawn Corprew of Princess Anne (VA)/Boo Williams (VA) is rumored to potentially transfer to Huntington Prep (WV) in the fall. He did a good job of attacking the basket, playing man to man defense and working the pick and roll. His mid-range and outside jumper is still an issue, however. He claims offers from NC State and Virginia Tech with interest from St. John's, Louisville, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, George Mason and Indiana.
2015 point guard C.J. Wiggins of Benedictine Prep (VA)/Team Loaded (VA) played well in the open court as the quick, small guard excelled at getting into the paint. He can blow by defenders and distributes the ball at a high level. Wiggins played at one speed, which worked, but in order to be accurate he must working on slowing down the tempo at times in order to make better decisions. Wiggins holds interest from Drexel, Cornell, Western Kentucky, College of Charleston and UNC Wilmington with an offer from Longwood. He is visiting VCU on Friday.
2016 power forward Kohl Roberts of Riverwood International Charter (GA)/Georgia Heat (GA) is undersized but runs the floor hard, plays extremely hard, blocks and alters shots and rebounds at a high level. The only school looking at him is Georgia Southern, but this rising junior deserves much more attention on the low-to-mid division one level.
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