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jazzdelmar
07-09-2015, 04:46 AM
Nike Basketball Academy's most impressive players
By Seth Greenberg
ESPN Insider


Providence's Kris Dunn, Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis and Cal's Tyrone Wallace showcased their skills at the Nike Basketball Academy.

The Nike Basketball Academy recently brought together 26 of next season's most talented college players for a four-day player development camp. The players went through drills and competed in controlled scrimmages. Several elite NBA players visited the camp, and some even took the court to scrimmage with the college players, including DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar Derozan, Paul George, Anthony Davis and James Harden.


These elite summer camps have become a must-attend event for NBA front office personnel. Last summer, scouts were buzzing about Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre, but no one improved his stock more than Sam Dekker, who held his own head-to-head against LeBron James in a scrimmage. Scouts greatly value this opportunity to see players outside of their college system and evaluate their development since the season's end. Who stood out the most? (Measurements courtesy of Nike)

Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers 6-foot-9.5, 229 pounds

Simmons is a ball guard with tremendous versatility. He played all five positions at different points during the scrimmage but is at his best when the ball is in his hands. He has an excellent feel for the game and sees plays develop. His ability to get to the rim and finish off the bounce is elite, but what makes him so dynamic with the ball is that he is a willing passer who gets others involved. He uses his size to see over the defense and is excellent off ball screens and in space. Although he shoots a hard ball from distance, he has a middle game and his release is good. He played with a chip on his shoulder and raised his game even more when pros like James Harden stepped on the court. Simmons continues to prove that he is a serious contender to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft.


Kris Dunn, Providence Friars 6-foot-4, 205 pounds

Dunn had a terrific camp before an injury sidelined him (don't worry, Providence fans, I hear it is nothing serious). Dunn is physically strong and explosive. He does an excellent job of changing speeds and can finish at the rim or pull up. He knows how to play the pick-and-roll and he's hard to keep out of the lane. His vision is excellent, and he gets others involved. During the camp, he consistently hit from mid-range and the NBA 3-point line. His quickness and strength make him an excellent defender on and off the ball.


Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga Bulldogs 6-foot-10, 238 pounds

Sabonis is as hard a playing frontcourt player as there is in the country. Sabonis is a relentless rebounder, and the ball just finds him off the glass. He is an excellent driver from the high post and wing. He does a nice job of pivoting and creating scoring opportunities around the basket, but it would help him to improve his off hand. A physical player, he plays to contact and gets to the line. He did not back down from anyone, including DeMarcus Cousins.

hooter73
07-09-2015, 07:22 AM
Back down? Please... :D

applezag
07-09-2015, 08:15 AM
Interesting comment about the off hand. This has been an undeveloped area for most Zag bigs in the past fifteen years. If Karnowski could finish with either hand with confidence he would be absolutely unstoppable.

MTZag03
07-09-2015, 08:34 AM
Back down? Please... :D

I know right. The kid is a junkyard dog. It's funny that we don't even entertain the idea of Sabonis backing down.

Zerogame
07-09-2015, 11:18 AM
I know right. The kid is a junkyard dog. It's funny that we don't even entertain the idea of Sabonis backing down.

Junkyard dog, and all this time I thought he was a "BULLDOG"!

Ezag
07-09-2015, 02:03 PM
Junkyard dog, and all this time I thought he was a "BULLDOG"!

I'm ok with Gonzaga "Junkyard" Dogs :agreed: