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Emptying the Notebook: NBA Top 100 Camp Edition
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (7:42 AM CT, Mon June 23, 2014)
2016 PG Derryck Thornton had a fantastic week at camp.
2016 PG Derryck Thornton had a fantastic week at camp.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Charlottesville, VA (Future150) -- As can be expected, some players go without mention at the NBA Top 100 Camp. With so many great players in one place, it is bound to happen. Now we're taking the time to put out some final notes as well as recruiting information to close out the camp.

He may not have been the most flashy player in attendance, but few were better or more consistent than 2015 big man Samir Sehic. He scored on the block and showed that he knows how to use his frame. He also has good touch out to 18 feet and will hit the three ball at times. Iowa has been the biggest school consistently recruiting him, but if he has a big July, will Fran McCaffery and company be able to hold off the wolves? Stanford, UConn, and Wake Forest have all ramped up their recruitment of the big man in recent weeks. 

We've touched on how deep the 2016 class is before, but the race for #1 point guard looks like it's going to be a fun one. After this weekend, Derryck Thornton looks like he's got a hold on the top spot, but Dennis Smith Jr. is charging hard. Both have very high ceilings and will have a chance to prove that they are capable of being true point guards at the highest level. Thornton will return to Findlay Prep and again be the engine that makes them go. While he has long been a pass-first guard, Smith is still transitioning and is a bit of a combo guard. It will be interesting to see how this battle plays out over the next couple of years.

Hyron Edwards is a blur in the open floor and it's easy to see why Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana have all extended offers. Cal and UNLV are both involved as well, and Edwards has said he will visit both. Edwards already has set visits to Purdue and UNLV, and has already been on IU's campus multiple times. With him targeting a decision around the end of July or before the high school season kicks off, it will be interesting to see who emerges as the front runner.

 2016 Big man Jarrett Allen showed flashes of his potential throughout the camp, and looks like a high major player. Baylor, Texas, Kansas State, SMU, and Houston have all been quick on the draw and offered him already. With his skills, he is going to be a nightmare to guard. Expect him to take off this summer.

2015 F Ed Morrow is looking for a school with good academics and somewhere he can be happy for the next four years. Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Creighton, SMU, and Bradley are all hoping that it's their program where Morrow sees himself. It's worth noting that Morrow comes from a family of engineers and would like to carry on that career path. 

One player who quietly asserted himself at Top 100 Camp was UCLA commit Aaron Holiday. The 6-foot-1 Campbell Hall (CA) product was one of the more consistent prospects at camp, and made excellent decisions with the ball in his hands all week long. The brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue and former Washington standout Justin, it looks like baby brother himself is developing into a premier guard nationally.

We saw a noticeable improvement in the skill set of We R1 small forward Derrick Jones at camp. While the 6-foot-6 wing has always been one of the most explosive prospects in the class, his perimeter shooting and ball skills have improved very much so over the past year. Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, UConn, Villanova & Kansas all continue to court the Pennsylvania forward, who is currently rated as the #29 prospect in the 2015 class.

Since he decommitted from UConn, Prince Ali has been one of the most recruited players in the country in his class. Ali also recently earned a 5th star on his ranking during our last update. While UConn remains in contact with the powerful wing, Michigan and UCLA are two intriguing options that he plans on visiting. 

The next couple of weeks should be quiet ones, but with the July live period rapidly approaching, things are going to heat up soon. Stay tuned. 


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