COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Some of the top freshmen and sophomores in the country participated in the 2012 USA Developmental National Team Mini-Camp this weekend, and none of them showed more promise than 2016 guard Josh Langford. Here is a breakdown on Langford and the other standouts from the camp.
Langford is one of the best in 2016
Josh Langford (2016, CG, 6-5, 206-pounds, Huntsville, Ala.)
A physically imposing lead guard in the mold of recent Kentucky commitment Andrew Harrison, Langford both had the majority of the highlight plays during the event and also provided a much needed stability at the point guard position. Without a glaring weakness to his game, Langford finishes against contact, is ready and willing to give the ball up, can score at all three levels and competes at a high level. And while still growing, Langford has the size, explosiveness, skill level and mentality of an elite prospect and most likely the top prospect in the 2016 class.
Malik Newman (2015, SG, 6-4, 185-pounds, Jackson, Miss.)
Some guys are wired to score, and Newman is one of those. He is fearless as a shooter and has the athleticism and ball skills to get his shot whenever he wants it. Although he isn't particularly deficient in the other areas of the game, the next step in his development is improving outside his expertise of scoring.
Harry Giles (2016, CF, 6-8, 205-pounds, Winston Salem, N.C.)
First Giles impressed as a big man around the basket with his athleticism and instincts. Then he expanded his game to where he impressed with some slashes to the basket and nifty passes off the dribble. An elite player in the making, Giles should turn into one of those rare frontcourt players who can play the three through the five at an elite level in college.
Ivan Rabb (2015, PF, 6-8, 195-pounds, Oakland, Calif.)
The most electric athlete in the frontcourt at the event, Rabb not only played with an impressive motor but also repeatedly finished through contact around the basket. There is a place for Rabb on any college team. If he improves his skill set, there will be a place for him one day on an NBA team.
Diamond Stone (2015, PF, 6-10, 260-pounds, Milwaukee, Wisc.)
No one at the event established space in the paint with the authority that Stone did. He didn't necessarily standout with his performance, but he was consistently good. Blessed with a great pair of hands, touch around the basket and solid footwork, Stone did make his presence felt when he revved his motor up a notch or two.
Tyler Dorsey (2015, CG, 6-4, 180-pounds, Pasadena, Calif.)
Dorsey is currently playing on less than a healthy ankle, but he still showed spurts of top level athleticism when attacking the basket. Naturally gifted as a speedy ball handler, he is still in the process of finding that perfect feel for making players around him better. The enormous positive, though, is that he is looking to make his teammates better and he is also one of the better scoring guards in his class.
De'Ron Davis (2016, PF, 6-8, 220-pounds, Denver, Colo.)
Davis isn't a physical athlete yet, but he is proficiently skilled and has a high ceiling skill wise. He did shine athletically in transition, but putting on the pounds will be critical for his future development.
William Jackson (2015, CG, 6-3, 175-pounds, Athens, Ga.)
Jackson immediately impressed with his savvy with the basketball. He is a natural scorer, but his his feel for handling the basketball and looking for teammates in a position to score set him apart from the other shooting guards in the camp.
Isaiah Briscoe (2015, CG, 6-3, 210-pounds, Union, N.J.)
Talk about a feel for the game. Briscoe is one of those guards who doesn't necessarily impress in any one area other than getting due what needs to get done. He can play the role of distributor and also scorer at a high level. His ability to change speeds and extend past the defense with his long arms are hallmarks of his game.
Henry Ellenson (2015, PF, 6-9, 250-pounds, Rice Lake, Wisc.)
Think of a beefier Kyle Wiltjer and you have a pretty good image of Ellenson's game. He isn't the elite type shooter Wiltjer is, but he shoots the ball very well and has an overall confidence with the ball in his hands. Ellenson likes to mix it up a little more inside which makes him a prototypical Wisconsin/Big Ten type big man.
Elijah Thomas (2015, PF, 6-9, 260-pounds, Rowlett, Texas)
Like a lot of the big men at the event, Thomas' game isn't always pretty, but he effectively throws his body around and can finish with either hand.
Derryck Thornton (2016, PG, 6-0, 150-pounds, Simi Valley, Calif.)
This playmaker has an impressive feel for the game and is slippery with the basketball. He regularly found his way into the pockets of the defense and made plays. Strength development and extending his range will be key for his development.
Ben Coupet (2016, SF, 6-6, 200-pounds, Chicago, Ill.)
Although he disappear for spells, Coupet had moments when brilliance shone forth. He has the length, explosiveness and skill level of a future elite wing scorer.
VJ King (2016, WF, 6-5, 175-pounds, Akron, Ohio)
King has a great ability to score, but at times was locked into a score or nothing mode. The bright side is that scoring won't be a problem in the future. The challenge is to become a more well rounded player.
Stephen Zimmerman (2015, C, 6-11, 215-pounds, Las Vegas, Nev.)
As a near seven footer, the future is going to be a little more obscured than any other prospect on the court. Zimmerman, however, is making solid strides, and is developing a high skill level.
Daniel Giddens (2015, PF, 6-9, 220-pounds, Mableton, Ga.)
Giddens is already in the making of a forceful rebounder and defender. It will be interesting to see how he develops as an offensive player in the coming years.
Horace Spencer (2015, PF, 6-8, 210-pounds, Warminster, Pa.)
No big man played with more athletic energy than Spencer. And although not always pretty, Spencer did make skilled plays during the event. Bottom line, he is the type of player who can help a quality team win games.
Malik Monk (2016, SG, 6-3, 170-pounds, Lepanto, Ark.)
Monk, the brother of Arkansas basketball and football player Marcus Monk, has the ability to get his his shot in the midrange and explode to the rim for a dunk. Certainly a talent, it will be interesting to see how he rounds his game out in the coming years.