CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- There have been some impressive post players at the NBA Top 100 Camp, but no perimeter player has come close to matching Isaiah Whitehead.
Whitehead has been a man amongst boys on the perimeter.
Physical and athletic, Whitehead can proficiently play all three perimeter positions. What he does best, however, is score with his bruising and attacking style of play. Through three games, he is the camp's leading scorer at 13.7 point per game. The key to Whitehead's surging play is his improved jump shot. Defenders are no longer able to play off of him for the drive. Whitehead, who is most vigorously being pursued by Syracuse and Louisville, will be a five-star prospect in next week's updated rankings.
The major question running through my mind is who is the top big man in the 2015 class- Zimmerman or Diallo?
Zimmerman has legit NBA center size at 7-0 and has the makings of being a talented pick and pop player with his outside shooting touch. He also has an array of offensive moves and can protect the rim on the defensive end. Since they are playing right now, Tiago Splitter/Tim Duncan comes to mind for Zimmerman.
Diallo is a better rebounder and shot blocker with his athleticism and high energy play. Offensively, he is a rawer product than Zimmerman. With his athleticism, Diallo might have a higher ceiling, especially if he can develop his offense. Kenneth Faried/Paul Millsap come to mind as comparisons for Diallo.
For the event, Zimmerman is averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Diallo is averaging 11.3 points and 9 rebonds per game. His 9 rebounds per game is tied for first with Kevon Looney.
Not many finesse big men come along who are as talented as Turner. Sure, it would be nice if he rebounded at a higher clip (3.7 per game through three games), but you would be hard pressed to find a near 7-footer who can shoot, pass and block shots like Turner. Averaging 10.33 points per game, Turner will likely have an offer from every school in the country once they see him in July. Turner projects as a LaMarcus Aldridge type NBA player.
Now for the opposite of a finesse big man, Delgado, the top rebounder from the Nike EYBL, hit his stride during the first session of games Friday. He went for 17 points and 10 rebounds. For the camp, he is averaging 10.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
A left handed combo guard committed to Arkansas, Beard has had a strong camp averaging 12 points per game. He has also handled and passed the ball well while also displaying some shut down defensive capabilities.
The athletic shooting guard had another good session of play. What stood out during the third session were his defensive capabilities.
Morgan's stat line is incomplete here at the camp, but regardless, he has been one of the top forwards here. Like Whitehead, the key for Morgan is that he is making jump shots to go along with his slashing style of play.
The big man had a huge game in session three, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. For the camp, he is averaging 11 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The 7-foot plus center came to life today, putting up six points and five rebounds while blocking a number of shots.
The North Carolina commit is the top assist man here, averaging 5.3 assists per game.
Jackson, a fellow North Carolina commit, is second in scoring at a 13.3 points per game clip. He is only averaging one rebound per game, however.
The lefty combo guard is one of the top scorers in the camp averaging 12.7 points per game. He is also grabbing 2.7 rebounds and dishing out 1.7 assists per game.
Oubre, who will attend Findlay Prep next year, has one of the stronger stat lines in the camp. He is averaging 10.33 points, 3.7 assists and two assists per game.
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