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June 17, 2013

NBPA Top 100 Camp top performers


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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The 2013 edition of the NBPA Top 100 Camp is now officially in the books. Despite only one player in the current top ten for the class of 2014 -- Kevon Looney -- being in attendance, there was a world of talent on the floor. Ranked No. 2 in the class of 2015, Stephen Zimmerman was the top ranked player at camp, and he backed up his ranking and was one of the camp's top performers. (Top performers listed in alphabetical order.)

Cheick Diallo, PF, Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior (2015): As of right now, Diallo is a top 25 player in the class of 2015, and he is set to make a jump into five-star status when the rankings get updated. Voted camp MVP by his peers, Diallo played with unmatched intensity and was productive as a scorer and rebounder all weekend long.

Justin Jackson, SF, Houston (Texas) HCYA: The 6-foot-7 North Carolina commitment has been on a tear dating back to the winter. He's already cracked the national top 15 and is making a strong play for the national top 10. He's efficient, scores at the rim, from mid-range and beyond the three-point stripe. It would be hard to complain about anything he does.

Kevon Looney, PF, Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton: Give Looney a lot of credit for tweaking and adjusting his game as he's gotten taller and filled out over the past couple of years. Think of him as a skilled power forward who does a great job on the glass but has the ability to step out and make deep jumpers.

Dwayne Morgan, SF, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances: All Morgan does is show up and play with intensity. A five-star prospect who is headed to UNLV for college, Morgan has tremendous size and burst for the wing position. He's still got some combo forward in him and will post up, but he's tremendously improved as a driver and off-the-dribble jump shooter. At times, he looked like a young Rudy Gay but does need to be a bit more active on the glass.

Ja'Quan Newton, PG, Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti: Rivals.com's choice for camp MVP, Newton was a stallion when it mattered the most. In camp that lacked point guards capable of consistently creating off the dribble without the benefit of a ball screen, Newton was able to do so regularly. There is an "it" factor about him, and he demonstrated leadership qualities that we didn't know he had.

Kelly Oubre, SF, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep: A native of Houston, Oubre will be taking his smooth jump shooting and ability to make plays off the dribble to Findlay Prep for his senior season. A top-30 player who is on the cusp of five-star status, Oubre should reach that status in the next rankings update. His all-around game is underrated.

Reid Travis, PF, Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle: There weren't many players in camp capable of matching Travis' physical style or overall intensity. Like a good power forward should, he established himself in the paint and didn't make his way to the perimeter for spot up jumpers until after he had some confidence from scoring chippies. He doesn't have ideal height for the position, but long arms and high shoulders allow him to play big.

Myles Turner, C, Euless (Texas) Trinity: The near seven-footer from Texas isn't just pushing for five-star status, he is pushing for top 10 status in the class of 2014. He's been one of the biggest stories of the spring and he continued his strong play at the NBPA Camp. He can block shots, he can score with skill and he's still not even close to maturing physically.

Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln: After a torrid start to camp, the five-star combo guard did cool off some. However, when the 6-foot-4 New Yorker has it rolling with his jumper like he did for a big portion of camp he becomes nearly unstoppable. Whitehead is clever off the dribble and a good passer and showed that he can be a solid defender as well.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman (2015): As the highest ranked player in attendance, the near seven-footer from Las Vegas had lots of eyes on him. He answered every test and looked like the best overall prospect in attendance. Yes he needs to add weight, but he plays with a blend of physical edge and skill that is hard to deny. He can play pick-and-pop or score with his back to the bucket and is an excellent passer. Not many young bigs do a good job of drawing fouls, but he's also advanced there.



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