LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Various perimeter players had the hot hand during the first two game sessions at the Lebron James Skills Academy, but no big man came close to dominating the paint like Cliff Alexander did.
Alexander has been physically dominant.
The highly anticipated Alexander versus Myles Turner match up never took place due to Turner sitting out with sore knees. And with the addition of several other post players sitting out with injuries, Alexander had his way against his competition on Sunday.
Quick and powerful of the floor, Alexander thrives at picking up passes off the dribble drive and finishing with authority. He also had success in the post with his right hand jump hook.
The bottom line is that Alexander has established himself as one of the top post players in the class with his stock trending upward. While Turner might have a more refined skill game. Alexander has a much more powerful game around the rim.
Vaughn had his outside shooting stroke going Sunday, and when he is on from outside, he is virtually unguardable.
Two things stood out concerning Hamilton. One, he is an excellent passer off the dribble. Over and over, he hooked up Cliff Alexander for dunks with precise passes on the move. Two, he did a great job defending the opposition's point guard in the open court.
Few prospects have a game as mature as Newman's game. He is a lethal scorer, but is playing the role of a distributing point guard at the camp. Rarely do you see a combo guard that can move so effortlessly between the two roles, especially at such an elite level.
Whitehead continues to prove he one of the top scoring guards in the 2014 class. Sunday he shot very well from three off the catch. Like Vaughn, Whitehead can't be guarded if he is hitting threes off the catch.
Johnson played with one of the best motors out of any of the bigs in the camp. He was constantly making an impact on the game with his rebounding, defending, passing and scoring.
His ball skills are a little raw, but the potential is there. Just his effort defensively and on the boards is enough to help any team win games.
Other than his slender build, Larrier gives you everything you would want from a small forward. Sunday, he was hitting perimeter shots while also impacting the game in various other ways through his intelligence and athleticism.
The one certainty about Jackson is that he is going to score points. He had his patented midrange floater on display and also scored on a couple nice post moves.
Chiozza continues to remind me of former Miami point guard Shane Larkin every time I watch him play. His stock continues to trend upwards.
Morgan continued his summer streak of slashing to the basket and successfully finishing or drawing the fouls. Not really a three point shooter, Morgan has also mixed in enough 17-foot type shots to keep the defense honest.
A terrific passer from the small forward position, Chatman also had success shooting the ball from the outside Sunday.
Talk about hitting tough deep shots. A 2015 Oklahoma State commitment, Grandstaff drilled jumper after jumper during the evening game.
He has a lot of savvy on the court and is a versatile playmaker.
A power combo guard, Carrington had an impressive showing on Sunday. He gave defenders fits as he made a variety of tough shots.
Johnson is one prospect whose stock is definitely trending upwards. A top notch shooter, Johnson is also proving that he can handle the ball and defend as well.
One of the toughest point guards to control off the dribble in the 2014 class, Newton listed USC, Minnesota, Villanova, Oregon, Syracuse, Temple and MIami as his top schools. He also noted that Villanova is recruiting him the hardest.
As for the tweets and talk of he and Isaiah Whitehead playing together in college, Newton didn't try to down play it.
"We are still thinking about going to the same school," Newton said. "Our games really compliment each other."
If the two do indeed go to the same school, Minnesota and Syracuse are the top candidates.
Coming off a Gold Medal win with the USA 16U National Team, Bryant has picked up recent scholarship offers from Florida, Ohio State, UCLA and Miami. Nearby Syracuse is considered the frontrunner to land the hard working, long post player.
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