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May 15th, 2015
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The 2015 combine kicked off this week in Chicago, and as is the trend of the past few years, a handful of the top prospects turned down the opportunity to showcase their skills and measure up amongst a group of their peers. Still, this year’s draft class measured in really favorably, and as a whole, more players were probably helped than hurt in terms of measurements. My winners list could easily include a number of additional players, but here are the highlights.
6-foot-10 inch Australian Ben Simmons is considered by most as one of the top prospects in the high school ranks. He had a near triple double in the World team's win over Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit. He flashed tremendous athleticism, explosiveness and versatility in front of numerous scouts and GMs on hand. While his shot could have been a little more consistent, most scouts came away extremely impressed with his upside. All he does is win, as he came over to the US as a sophomore and has led his team to three straight high school national championships.
The second stop of the Adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis featured many top players. Many college coaches came out to the Best Choice Fieldhouse to see which players could be the face of their programs. Here were some of the top prospects.
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6-foot-10 power forward Ivan Rabb has been rated at or near the top of the Class of 2015 for the past three years. Hailing from Oaklan,d California, he recently committed to his hometown California Bears. We got the chance to sit down with him at the Nike Hoop Summit to discuss his past, present and future. He came accross as a very confident, ambitious, and well spoken kid.
NBADraft.net: How's the event (Hoop Summit) been so far?
6-foot-7 inch Jaylen Brown, who on Friday committed to Cal, is one of the nation's elite players. With a body tailor made for the wing position, combining grace and powerful explosiveness, his upside has scouts drooling. He came across as extremely down to Earth and thoughful kid when we sat down with him after practice at the Nike Hoop Summit in early April.
NBADraft.net: How's the event been so far?
Brandon Ingram is one of the nation's top prospects. He combines tremendous length with excellent touch and scoring ability. He's scheduled to make his college decision on Monday Night at his (Kinston) High School Gymnasium tomorrow at 6:10 pm. He figures to be one of the real impact freshmen next season, with a chance to be a one and done if strength isn't a big issue. He's a humble, soft spoken kid with a great sense of humor and his game shows a ton of upside.
Skal Labissiere has had an eventful senior year, from being ruled ineligible and starting his own team, to raising his level to compete against some of the best teams in the nation.
A few months ago, Labissiere wasn’t necessarily considered a surefire one and done prospect. After a strong season, showing vast improvement in his body and game, he has played himself into contention for the top spot in the 2016 NBA draft. NBADraft.net had the opportunity to catch up with the Kentucky commit at the Jordan Brand Classic.