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2023 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Group

This yr’s senior class is among the weakest in latest reminiscence with neither standout expertise nor depth in relation to earlier years. A regarding outlook for the 2024 NBA Draft, particularly for groups which might be in rebuidling mode. Here’s a have a look at the USA prospects that participated on this yr’s Nike Hoop Summit, from an NBA Draft perspective.

Isaiah Collier 6’3 PG (Wheeler HS) Marietta, GA *USC

Collier carried out as he did all season, exhibiting that he’s essentially the most dynamic level guard within the class, with break neck pace to create separation plus the power to provoke contact on drives. He’s additionally very robust in isolation, using his elusiveness and pace attacking the rim. He confirmed his unimaginable athleticism with acrobatic finishes, in practices and within the scrimmage at Lake Oswego Excessive Faculty.  He did nevertheless present inconsistency in the course of the week together with his lengthy vary bounce shot in addition to his free throw taking pictures. His type isn’t terrible however in want of some tweaking as he tends to flick the ball on the discharge as an alternative of a clear fluid observe by means of. Regardless, he ought to hit the bottom working at USC and be one of many nation’s most efficient freshmen. When locked in on protection, he generally is a monster. His Hoop Summit was first rate, as he helped the Group USA get the win. He might have been extra environment friendly, as he was 3-for-7 from the road with 3 turnovers. However on the optimistic aspect he was 4-for-7 from the ground, had 3 steals and three assists, and made some spectacular performs.

Ron Holland 6’7 F (Duncanville Excessive) Duncanville, TX *Texas

Holland was the large winner from the Hoop Summit, with a workforce excessive 15 factors and exhibiting his excessive motor and vitality within the sport with a jam packed stat line. Regardless of hitting simply 3-for-9 from the ground, he knocked down 9-of-10 from the road and had the dunk of the sport driving by an opponent and getting up for a two handed flush. He additionally had a sport excessive 9 rebounds (5 offensive). His 5 help and 6 steals additionally illustrate his excessive effort degree and flexibility. He’s probably the most polished gamers coming into school. When his jump-shot was on, he was unstoppable. A superb run bounce athlete, although he’s not the smoothest together with his offensive sport or his actions. He seems to be nearer to six’7, having measured 6’6 1/4 beforehand and certain finally ends up a wing. He tasks as a prime 10 choose for the 2024 NBA draft.

Omaha Biliew 6’8 F (Waukee HS) Omaha, NE *Iowa State

Omaha grew to become the primary participant within the historical past of the occasion to modify groups, as Biliew performed for the Worldwide workforce final yr, which is maybe an indication of how weak this class of highschool gamers is. Biliew was way more spectacular within the practices a yr in the past. In practices he gave the impression to be resigned to being a PF, the place final yr he was exhibiting extra versatility to play as a wing.  Maybe that had one thing to do with filling the function being requested of him. He displayed his versatility with the flexibility to protect a number of positions. He confirmed that may play with physicality or with finesse. It will be good to see him play extra assertively on the offensive finish, however he shot the ball from deep with extra confidence and consistency than ever earlier than. Regardless of having a optimistic week over in observe, he received a fast hook within the sport after two fast ball dealing with errors. He totaled simply 2 factors in 8 minutes on 1-for-2 taking pictures.

Blake Buchanan 6’10 C (Lake Metropolis Excessive) Coeur d’Alene, ID *Virginia

Buchanan had a really stable week. The Virginia recruit is an undersized heart with a creating ability set. There’s no complication to his sport. He’s who he’s, and he performs to his strengths. He’s a banger within the center that’s all the time going to offer you a 110%. He’s restricted athletically, however will crash the boards on each ends. He confirmed off his rebounding prowess within the sport with 5 offensive boards and eight total. He’s efficient scoring across the basket with really feel for enjoying within the submit. When he strikes exterior the paint that’s when he will get in bother, as his foot pace and lack of outdoor taking pictures turn out to be a detriment. Buchanan completed with 8 factors on a stable 3-for-6 from the ground, going 2-for-2 from the road and missed the one three pointer he tried.

Eric Dailey Jr. 6’7 F (IMG Put up Grad) Tampa, FL *Oklahoma

The one probably draft eligible participant on the occasion had a stable exhibiting within the practices. He’s has had a heck of a journey from oversees to ending at IMG Academy. He’s robust and it’s clear his physique and sport are extra mature then a lot of the gamers taking part. He performed with good physicality and constantly knocked down the mid-range jumper. He additionally confirmed on events that he might knock down the three ball. He’s not essentially the most fluid athlete, however has the toughness and size to make up for his lack of splendid peak. Dailey ought to look to tighten up his ball dealing with expertise.

Justin Edwards 6’7 F (Imhotep) Philadelphia, PA *Kentucky

Edwards is an extended, lanky wing with a clean jumper. He’s not essentially the most fluid of athletes however he can explode on the rim when he will get a gap. Edwards week was first rate however not standout and within the sport he completed with 10 factors on 4-11 taking pictures. He didn’t impression the sport a ton exterior of his scoring with 5 boards and no assists or steals. He ought to look so as to add power, which might enable him to play extra bodily. Already 19, he’s one of many older youngsters within the class. The lefty brings stable vitality on the offensive finish. He’s both attacking the rim are pulling up with a candy mid-range bounce shot. He was simply as intense and aggressive on the defensive finish. When he stepped behind the worldwide 3 level line, he struggled some. However he exhibits promise as a 3 level shooter within the league.

Bronny James 6’2 G (Sierra Canyon) Los Angeles, CA *Undecided

Bronny had a really stable exhibiting in Portland. He could catch some criticism due to his lineage, however that’s not his fault. Whereas a number of the projections could also be extremely optimistic, he exhibits nice intangibles with being a wonderful teammate all week and producing when referred to as upon. He performed inside himself and didn’t drive a lot. He’s extraordinarily bouncy and exhibits a pleasant shot from the perimeter. He was additionally undoubtedly one of many hardest working youngsters all week. Bronny ought to look to additional develop his playmaking expertise from the purpose place. He’s extra of a catch and shoot menace at this level which makes him undersized till he rounds out extra of his sport. He could not have the ceiling of a number of the different youngsters on the occasion however he appears to shine shiny when the lights are on him, much like one other well-known James.

Jared McCain 6’3 CG (Centennial Excessive) Corona, CA *Duke

McCain got here off the bench however logged extra minutes (21) than all however two of the starters. He completed with 10 factors on a stable 5-for-9 taking pictures, McCain will be the hardest working child in the whole class. He was typically asking coaches questions throughout drills, exhibiting his intelligence and assertiveness to verify he understood precisely what was anticipated. He has a really robust body and actually shoots it properly from the perimeter. He’s extra of a scoring guard than a real level, so it is going to be crucial that he study to turn out to be more proficient at working the choose and roll. He’s a combo that may play on and off the ball. He can shoot from deep and is lethal when he’s left open. He very affected person with the ball and appears to get to the basket at will. He struggles when he over penetrates as he’s much less capable of explode off of 1 foot and will get into bother when he tries to make performs across the rim.

Jackson Shelstad 6’1 PG (West Linn HS) West Linn, OR *Oregon

Shelstad helped his trigger, making an excellent impression in entrance of NBA scouts together with his perspective, vitality and work ethic in observe all week. Whereas clearly undersized for the NBA level guard place in at the moment’s sport, he exhibits an actual excessive basketball IQ and is bouncy. Within the Hoop Summit sport his numbers have been modest with 8 factors on simply 3-9 from the ground. On the optimistic aspect, he knocked down 2-for-4 from three and was a workforce excessive +16 plus/minus when he was on the ground. He’s jet fast with wonderful handles and all the time has his head up. He proved to be among the best shooters on the occasion in practices with nice vary and likewise gave nice effort on the defensive finish. He inevitably will remind a few of former 4 yr Oregon standout and NBA first rounder Payton Prichard.

Sean Stewart 6’8 PF (Montverde Academy) Windermere, FL *Duke

Stewart confirmed good focus and vitality within the practices. He was taking part in with far more confidence than throughout highschool season. He was aggressive across the basket and confirmed consistency flattening the mid-range shot. It will be good to see him turn out to be more adept with the three level shot. Stewart has insane leaping capacity however didn’t appear to be showcasing his full scope of athleticism in Portland. He received the beginning and ended up taking part in just below 10 minutes, he completed with 2 factors on 1-4 taking pictures and 4 rebounds.

DJ Wagner Jr. 6’3 CG (Camden Excessive) Camden, NJ *Kentucky

After a powerful McDonald’s sport efficiency during which scouts got here away very impressed together with his taking pictures, Wagner regressed a bit, struggling mightily together with his shot in practices and within the sport. He completed with 10 factors on 4-14 taking pictures and missed on all three of his pictures from deep. Wagner performs with lots of polish and confidence when he’s on his sport. Whereas not an above the rim athlete, he’s fast and artful and loves attacking the basket. He’s developed his physique and isn’t bothered by contact. He confirmed that when he desires to be he could be an efficient defender. He’s not likely the very best facilitator for others, however he’s developed his isolation sport properly. Turning into a extra constant shooter will actually enhance his draft inventory.

Cody Williams 6’8 F (Perry Excessive) Gilbert, AZ *Colorado

If Ron Holland was the large winner of the Hoop Summit than Cody WIlliams was the large loser. Coming into the occasion as our prime rated prospect for the 2024 draft, it’s protected to say Williams didn’t meet expectations. Apparently he didn’t impress head coach Williams with a perceived lack of urgency and energy in practices, and the Lake Oswego excessive scrimmage, because the Colorado commit solely logged 3 and half minutes within the sport and had no factors and primarily a clean stat line. Critics will say he lacks toughness, competitiveness and wasted a terrific alternative. Whereas proponents will defend him with the truth that he’s nonetheless establishing himself at this degree, wants extra physique power, and it’s troublesome to shine for five straight days underneath the scrutiny of a fitness center crammed with NBA scouts. He’s a wise child, who maybe wanted this get up name to know what it takes to compete at an occasion just like the Hoop Summit. Whereas he struggled to maintain up with the calls for of the week. search for him to bounce again subsequent season as a freshman at Colorado. Jalen Williams, his massive brother remains to be bettering at a excessive charge at 22 years of age with the OKC Thunder.  Cody is one other late bloomer who has proven unimaginable enchancment previously yr, but stays extra prospect than participant at this level. He has one of many highest ceilings of any prospect on this class together with his facilitating, taking pictures and first step, however nonetheless should develop extra of a killer intuition.

Ja’Kobe Walter 6’5 SG (Hyperlink Yr Prep) McKinley, TX *Baylor

Walter, much like Cody, is one in all our favourite long run prospects within the class. However with 13 youngsters on the roster, he was one other sufferer of numbers and didn’t see a lot motion with simply 2 factors in 8 minutes. On the brilliant aspect, he was constant all week. He knocked down open jumpers. He put the ball on the ground and attacked the basket. He by no means appeared to get rattled, and simply stayed inside himself. There have been different larger profile guards on the workforce that received extra minutes within the sport, however that doesn’t imply they’re higher long run prospects, simply extra established at this level. Walter has prototypical dimension and ability set on the taking pictures guard place and may give you the chance develop his sport at Baylor, much like Keyonte George.

*Darnell “Tate” Johnson contributed to this report.




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