COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Basketball has some of the nation’s top talent gathered together for two days of work at the on-campus Training Center. There are numerous prospects on hand in the BrandonClayScouting.com Rankings Discussion. Here is a look at some of the noteworthy players on day two:
Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake, Wisc., showed as much growth as any prospect that our staff has seen over the past 12 months. The nation’s No. 8 ranked prospect made shots as a trail forward and even guarded No. 29 Jalen Brunson in a late-shot clock isolation setting on the wing. Ellenson forced Brunson into a tough 17 foot jump shot. After his team got the ball back, Ellenson ran the floor and finished with a powerful open floor finish at the rim. His combination of athleticism and skill has not only elevated Ellenson into the top 10 nationally but also to five-star status.
Ranked No. 11, Chase Jeter of Las Vegas, Nev., will take his scoring touch around the rim to Durham, N.C., next fall as he suits up for the Duke Blue Devils. Before he heads there though, he spent the weekend refining his game in this top shelf setting. The five-star power forward showed the same skill set that made him standout last year at essay help my family this same event as well as at NBPA Top 100 Camp during June. Jeter finishes consistently with either hand around the rim with baby half hooks out to 10 feet. That elite skill plus his leadership have our staff projecting a potential early impact for Jeter during the 2015-16 season.
Caleb Swanigan of Fort Wayne, Ind., is a monster on the interior. Currently sitting at No. 18 nationally, Swanigan used this stage to make a final push for some of the postseason All-American teams. In an overtime game on Sunday morning, the five-star post caught the post feed and went right at Jeter using his strength to finish the play through contact for the win.
Ranked No. 58 in the ELITE 100, Jimmy Whitt of Columbia, Mo., had a standout summer for KC Run GMC. We watched him in Charlottesville and Houston coming away with a good feel for the Arkansas pledge’s style of play. A four-star plus prospect, Whitt will bring both defensive energy and offensive skill to Fayetteville. Defensively, he was matched up with No. 4 Jaylen Brown of Ga., on multiple occasions and rose to the occasion making Brown work for everything that he got.
Our staff has seen Trevon Duval from New Castle, Dele., in three different settings – club team, high school team and individual invite-only camp – this calendar year. Much essay writing scholarships like the three previous evals, Duval showed himself to be a capable scoring option on the wing. The five-star prospect scored at the rim as well as from beyond the arc.
After seeing Chris Giles of Plano, Texas at Nike Elite 100 in June, we walked away with an appreciation for his game. Giles made an even bigger splash on Sunday. The dynamic point guard gets into the lane consistently while also knocking down the open jump shot. Giles showed in this eval a willingness to distribute the basketball as well.
Ever since watching D.J. Harvey of Bowie, Md., shine on his home DeMatha HS gym floor last December at the National Hoops Festival, we’ve kept close tabs on the five-star wing. Harvey showed here again that he could be the premier wing in the class nationally when it’s all said and done. He and Troy Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., are the leaders of the pack in that way at this moment.
Jarred Vanderbilt of Houston, Texas is an athletic forward. Assistant Director of Scouting, Jonathan Hemingway, raved about Vanderbilt after Peach Jam and for good reason. The left-handed prospect made plays all over the floor while showing a consistent touch on his face-up jump shot out to 15 feet.
Austin Wiley from Hoover, Ala., was a problem around the rim on both ends of the hardwood. His effort and energy was noteworthy on essay grading service the camp’s second day. In the process, Wiley has elevated himself right into the mix as we release the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 25 Rankings in the coming weeks.
Marquis Brown of Chicago, Ill., was a pleasant surprise at the camp. The freshman was impactful showing that he can consistently score the basketball. In that way, he reminds us of the aforementioned Duval though Brown doesn’t look to shoot the 3-pointer the way Duval does.
Carte’Are Gordon of St. Louis, Mo., brought the same type of energy to the paint that Swanigan did for the 2015 team. Keep an eye on Gordon as a high motor option in the middle.
EJ Montgomery Jr. of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., stepped his game up during the Sunday morning session even joking around with Ellenson about having a mismatch on the offensive end when Ellenson came over to guard him. Montgomery’s smooth left-handed release leaves plenty of reason for colleges nationwide to be excited about what he brings to the table.
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. He serves Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com