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July 28th, 2016
Last year's Nike Skills Academy was loaded, producing five lottery picks (Simmons, Dunn, Poeltl, Sabonis and Valentine) and nine total first rounders. This year all it took was one glance at the roster to know that the talent on hand was not nearly as strong. Nonetheless the group competed hard for three days in drills and scrimmages, giving scouts a glimpse of what to expect next season. It's possible that as many as 3 or 4 first rounders could ultimately emerge from this group.
Wendell Carter has played well at the Nike Basketball Academy, giving his stock a bump, at least in our eyes. An Al Horford type, he has a rare combination of size, explosiveness, and finesse making him one of the top prospects in the rising senior class. A thoughtful young man, we got to talk to Carter about his Team USA experience, possibly teaming up with Gary Trent in college, and a few other topics.
NBADraft.net: What’s been your impression of the Academy so far?
LAS VEGAS -- The 2016 AAU season finished up over the weekend as Sin City saw a number of events go on under the watchful eye of college coaches. Here are the 10 top performers from the Las Vegas events.
With the deep and talented 2016 high school class set to hit the college scene in a few months, we take a look at which schools have the best sets of recruits coming in. These rankings factor in NBA potential to a degree, but mainly how they figure to impact their repective schools.
1. Duke Blue Devils
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC -- The Nike Peach Jam is typically regarded as the best grassroots tournament of the summer as the championship of the Nike EYBL is decided during the opening week of the July live evaluation period.
With so many elite prospects all competing for the biggest title in summer basketball, it makes for some fun basketball and it also provides a good measuring stick for the future of basketball since there are so many high-profile matchups. Here's a look at 10 of the top performers at Peach Jam, ranked in order of performance.
Though California has always been the land of seismic shifts, and still in fact felt the greatest in this NBA’s off-season, it would seem that the tetanic plates of free agency and television money have collided in a manner that has shaken the entire landscape of the NBA in a way we have never before seen.
Zaragoza’s FIBA U17 World Championship was marked, once again, by the domination of Team USA. At the same time though, there were a lot of International prospects who managed to grab a lot of attention with their performances in the Tournament.
1. RJ Barrett (2000, 6-7, SG, Canada)
By Darnell "Tate" Johnson
Due to the (U17 and U18) USA Basketball tryouts, the NBPA Top 100 Camp had more of a focus on younger kids, this year, that normally may not have attended. The majority of the top NBA prospects in camp were underclassmen. It was certainly surprising to see a number of the younger kids not just compete but stand out. Here are the kids that showed the most promise from the NBPA Top 100 Camp: (Comparisons are not saying they will become that player, just a point of reference of their style of play)
6-foot-10 sophomore forward Charles Bassey is one of the top talents on the high school level. I got to speak with Bassey before he played in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game, where he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to earn Co-MVP. Here’s what the big man had to say.
NBADraft.net: How’s New York been so far?
Charles Bassey: It’s been so good, such a big city.
1. LeBron James (Unrestricted)