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June 18, 2014
NBPA Top-100: Day 1 Session 1
Charlottesville, VA - After the morning session of the first day of NBPA Top-100 Camp, action began and players began standing out in a crowd full of one hundred plus. Here's a look at some of the top performers, along with recruiting updates, from the first session of day one.
Despite some turnovers, 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton of Findlay Prep (NV)/Simply Fundamental (CA) exhibited how knowledgeable a point guard he is. Thornton setup the offense, made smart passes in the open court, as well as transition, and set his teammates up in ideal position to contribute. Coming off of a Michigan visit, he will visit Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats have yet offer, but his phone has rung quite frequently since Sunday with Michigan, Miami, Duke, Kansas, Florida, California, USC and others calling. Oklahoma, Florida and Michigan offered this week, and the No. 20 rising junior in the nation hopes to visit Miami, UConn and Louisville this summer as he looks for a run and gun/pick and roll system on offense.
Versatility is the name of the game for transition machine Deng Adel. The 2015 forward from Victory Prep (FL)/Florida Elite (FL) has come onto the scene recently after coming over from Australia. He runs extremely well and plays very hard in transition. Adel loves to attack the rim, but must consistently finish and get stronger. He can also shoot the ball, and is working on his perimeter skills by trying to improve his ball handling. While no school is his true favorite, Louisville has an edge on the competition. The Cardinals were his first and only visit, but he wants to see more schools. Adel named LSU, Virginia Tech, Florida and Georgia Tech, among others, as those recruiting him constantly. Currently a three-star prospect, there will be plenty of room to move up and enter the rankings.
After a big week of recruiting, Edrice Adebayo looked good on the court as he showed aggression and communicated well on the floor. With an improving jumper and low post moves added to his repertoire. With a well developed body, the 2016 power forward from Northside (NC)/Boo Williams (VA) is ready to take his game to the next level as his game expands. Duke, North Carolina, Memphis, NC State, Iowa State and Villanova, among others, have made him a priority and got the No. 9 rising junior on the phone. Kansas, Wake Forest and Memphis offered this week. He wants to take as many visits as possible at this point with the recruiting process still new to him.
Scoring in a variety of ways this morning, 2015 small forward Tres Tinkle of Hellgate (MO)/D1 Montana (MO) struggled to find his confidence and jump shot at first. Towards the second half, he played hard, built confidence in his shot and filled the lane. A very crafty scorer and smart player, the spotlight has been put on him after his father - Wayne Tinkle - took the Oregon State head coaching position. At this point, he is "50/50" on whether he will leave home to spend his senior year of high school in Oregon. He is also wide open in the recruiting process as California, Stanford, USC, Creighton, Xavier and Utah, among others, are also involved. As the elder Tinkle hired the father of top-75 recruit Stephen Thompson Jr., the Rivals150 recruits me each other last week at a tournament and spoke briefly about the possibility of teaming up.
Fresh off decommitting from Arizona, 2015 shooting guard Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco (CA)/Dream Vision (NV) shot the ball very well from outside. With a strong frame and the ability to score on all three levels, he will not have to evaluate the recruiting process once again. Stanford, California, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Georgetown, Louisville and Florida were a few of the schools mentioned on his end, but the No. 7 recruit nationally remains open to hearing from all. Dorsey made plays off the dribble today and rebounded well. His size gives him an advantage and the spotlight will continue to follow him for the next few months.
A very positive morning performance came from 2016 shooting guard Terrance Ferguson of Prime Prep (TX)/Mo Williams Academy (TX). He knocked down shots, distributed the ball and showed some new moves on the offensive side. Ferguson's athleticism and length speaks for itself, but he wants to add post moves to use against smaller guards. This can be a step in the right direction in the development of the springy Texas sophomore. At first, Ferguson was nervous regarding college coaches being able to call him - especially head coaches. After a few days of this, he has warmed up and enjoyed speaking with Bill Self, specifically. The Jayhawks, along with Texas, SMU, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Oklahoma State had strong phone conversations with him, and have made him a clear priority.
Other Notable Performers
2016 shooting guard Eron Gordon did a good job of getting out in space and executing at the rim. Time after time, the Indiana native got bucket after bucket and made things look easy on the court. Gordon has a good feel for the game as his agility, quick first step and handle let him get to the basket.
2015 shooting guard P.J. Dozier has shaken off the rust and is moving much better on the court. He didn't shoot it as much as he normally does, but the South Carolina native was on the ball a majority of his time on the court. Dozier showed flashes of brilliance without the ball in his hands and crashing the boards.
2015 center Tacko Fall is more than a space eater. He moves well, not great, for his size and was very capable with the ball in his hands. As the Florida native can finish around the rim, he possesses physicality and toughness that most his size do not. Fall did a good job of boxing out his defender in order to receive the ball.
2016 shooting guard Seventh Woods is typically an offensive machine. While he scored a bit and faired well with the ball in the open court, his stellar defense was on display. The South Carolina native played aggressive and physical on the defensive end consistently and caused turnovers on the court.
Full coverage will continue to come from NBPA Top-100 Camp on TheRecruitScoop.com, as well as Rivals.com.
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