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October 11th, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS -- USA Basketball has turned its fall minicamp into a must-see event as nearly 60 of the nation's best American high school basketball prospects attended.
The event featured Class of 2017 players competing for the Nike Hoop Summit and also Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 prospects who could compete for the USA U16 FIBA Americas team next summer. Here is a look at some players who were standouts in camp.
Class of 2017
By Darnell "Tate" Johnson
The 2017 draft is shaping up to be a good one with a handful of potential franchise talents at the top. While it's early to make any definitive statements, it appears that the depth is down from past years and the end of the first round will actually be weaker than the average draft. College basketball is set to receive an injection of excitement with a freshman class that has a great deal of talent.
Kevin Knox is one of the most athletic and skilled players on the high school level. He has good length and athleticism which allows for great versatility, combined with a strong half court scoring arsenal. Knox ended up being one of the most impressive players at the Nike Basketball Academy, here’s what he had to say at the event.
NBADraft.net: What’s been your impression of the Academy?
The 2017 draft class is considered really talented. Making things even better, this year’s potentially eligible International prospects are also strong, with players such as France’s Frank Ntilikina and Germany’s Isaiah Hartenstein leading the way.
1. Frank Ntilikina (1998, 6-5, PG, France)
Marvin Bagley is widely considered as the top prospect in the 2018 high school class. His intriguing combination of athleticism, versatility, and natural talent puts him among the elite prospects in all of high school basketball. We got the chance to catch up with Bagley at the Nike Basketball Academy, here’s what he had to say.
NBADraft.net: What’s been your impression of the Academy so far?
For three days adidas Nations, the annual showcase of college, high school and international prospects took place in Garden Grove. With one huge headliner in Dennis Smith and a number of first round hopefuls, the 37 college prospects that participated gave NBA scouts a glimpse of what to expect going into next season. The 2017 draft has been built up as a very strong one, and while the incoming freshman class certainly has a handful of elite talent, the depth of this draft may not be nearly as strong as advertised. Regardless, here is a look at how the top prospects performed:
By Michael Visenberg and Evan Tomes
Dennis Smith Jr. will be a freshman point guard at North Carolina State next season. He's a 6'2 point guard with a mesmerizing combination of speed, athleticism and point guard skills. He had scouts fixated on him at adidas Nations last week as he plays the game with great pace, showing leadership to go with the physical gifts. He showed that he is completely back from the ACL injury he suffered at the same event a year ago which forced him to miss his entire HS senior season.
By Michael Visenberg and Evan Tomes
Each year, adidas Nations is known for showcasing a great deal of international talent, and this year featured some exciting new prospects along with some improved veterans. With Canada and Africa both making the Monday ESPNU televised games, there were quite a few players on both teams that will factor heavily into the next few high school classes. All of the teams seemed improved from past years, here is a look at the brightest talents.