Just as they have the past couple years, USA Basketball held two Mini-camps this summer, in August and in October. Stay tuned for our report on the 2021 and 2020 top prospects.
Jalen Duran (6’10, 225, Center, Roman Catholic HS)
He is a physical specimen for the 2022 class. He has great size, strength and athleticism to be an elite NBA prospect in the coming years. He quick twitch bounce off the floor around the basket is special. He has great length and plays way above the rim for a HS Soph. His scoring ability and touch is still a work in progress. He needs to refine his scoring ability when he isn’t dunking the basketball. His shooting mechanics are solid at the mid-range but his arc is flat and the ball doesn’t go in with any consistency. He is an athlete only at this time and needs to refine his skill set to maximize his potential. He should become a dominant rebounder and shot blocker as he continues to mature. He could be an elite rim protector at the NBA level. He is one of two or three players that should be considered right now a straight out of High School prospect in the 2022 class.
Marquise Rice (6’5, 216, Wing, Durham Academy)
“MJ” is a strong and powerful SG/SF that has a versatile skill set. He is a very good athlete and has great bounce around the basket. He handles and passes very well and I really like all facets of his game. He has a good shooting stroke to NBA range. He plays under control and does the little things to win games. He has great upside and I could see him being a straight out of HS prospect in a few more years if he matures like you would expect. He should be a top 10 player in the 2022 class.
Jarace Walker (6’7, 233, PF, IMG)
He is an Alpha male who dominates opponents every time he touches the ball. He is strong and athletic. He shows a great handle for his size and has a high skill set overall. He powers his way to the basket with ease. He controls the game on the offensive end. He has a low release on his shot and his consistency shooting the ball needs to improve. Reminds me of Julius Randle, and should be considered a top 10 prospect for the 2022 class with a chance at coming straight out of HS.
Mark Mitchell JR (6’8, 201, PF, Bishop Miege HS)
He is an athletic and active PF prospect who can score the basketball. He handles very well for his size and could play multiple position at the NBA level. He scores well around the basket with both hands. His jumper is mechanical and a work in progress. His shooting mechanics need improvement and he is quite mechanical when he shots at range. I like his overall game and he should be considered a top 10 prospect in the 2022 class with a chance at coming straight out of HS.
Zion Cruz (6’3, 170, SG, Hudson Catholic)
He is a thin SG with good range and consistent shooting stroke. He is an elite level athlete that has great bounce and explosion. He plays very hard and was one of the few prospects that stood out on the defensive end of the floor. If he continues to improve his handle and his ability to create offense he could be a NBA player in time. I really like his game and his upside. He isn’t considered a top 10 prospect by many people, but I think his stock will continue to rise in the coming years. Could be in consideration as a straight out of HS prospect.
Jaden Bradley (6’3, 180, SG, Cannon School)
He is a scorer/ slasher that has speed and athleticism. Solid stroke to 21’ but he is more of a driver/ finisher at this time. His shooting and perimeter game will determine his future. I didn’t see him handle or create much offense off the dribble. He plays hard and should be considered a top 15 prospect in the 2022 class. Could be in consideration as a straight out of HS prospect.
Jalen Washington (6’8, 203, PF/C, West Side HS)
He is a very thin, long and lanky Power Forward or Center. He shows very good shooting range out to 22’ feet. His skill set for his size is very good and exactly what the NBA looks for in today’s game. He rebounds well and can be a rim protector. He has a much upside as anyone outside the top 2-3 prospects in the 2022 class. Should be a top 15 player in his class. He has work to do but he could have a NBA career in his future.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (6’9, 224, Power Forward, IMG)
He is a skilled big who has good strength and good athleticism. He likes to face the basket and has a good stroke to 22’. His game is much more perimeter oriented at this time. The game comes easy for him. He needs to improve his touch and scoring around the basket. He is a solid defender and rebounder. He could improve his intensity and power as he should dominate every time he steps on the court. He should be a top 20 player in the 2022 class. He is the cousin of Alex Poythress. He has work to do but he could have a NBA career in his future.
Jalen Hood-Schifino (6’4, 192, Wing, Combine Academy)
He is a fully mature wing that has a versatile skill set. He plays at great pace and dominates the game at this level. His shooting is inconsistent and he really needs to improve his range. He shows the ability to handle the ball and play multiple positions. He plays hard and contributes to winning every time he steps on the court. He should be considered a top 25 prospect in the 2022 class. He has work to do but he could have a NBA career in his future.
Eric Dailey JR (6’6, 215, Forward, IMG)
He is a versatile Forward that has a good skill set and plays with great intensity. Good body and good athlete. He has a left handed stroke and can make shots to the college three with consistency. He forces the action at times. He seems to get big rebounds and makes plays to help his team win games. He has taken a slightly different approach to most prospects as he plays no AAU ball and is considering playing overseas before his HS career is finished. He has work to do but he could have a NBA career in his future.