#OTRHoopsReport: USA Basketball Mini Camp – Oct. 8, 2013
With his unique blend of athleticism and skill, Seventh Woods was a standout on Day Two in Colorado.
*Bart Young/USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS – The USA Basketball Developmental Mini-Camp brought together 46 of the top prospects from around the country for two days of skill stations and game play. Like the play on day one, the second day had plenty of news and notes for us to report.
Seventh Woods (Columbia, S.C.) – Hammond School
Much has been made in the recruiting world about Woods ability to take off and make the difficult look easy in the air. The 6-foot-1 combo guard showed out over the weekend as he made multiple plays in transition finishing with authority at the rim. A class of 2016 prospect, Woods won a gold medal last summer with the USA 16-and-under team.
His on-ball defense and ability to create turnovers with his quick hands was a part of Woods game that has not been talked about much but stood out throughout the weekend. In that regard, he has similarities to current NBA star Derrick Rose. Though Woods is not as consistent a ball handler by nature, he showed flashes of his longterm potential using the push ahead dribble that Rose has made so popular to escape a trap on Sunday morning and almost dunked over a 7-foot post player waiting on him in the lane to complete the play.
Highlights of Seventh Woods during USA Basketball Training Camp in 2012
AROUND THE RIM
– Kelly Oubre of Fort Bend, Texas is one of the premier guards in the class of 2014. A 6-7 left-handed prospect, Oubre attacked the rim with force in transition and has a major college frame already. The Lone Star State resident is playing his high school basketball at a powerhouse in Findlay Prep in Nevada. Oubre will actually decide his future school later today.
– North Carolina fans will love class of 2014 wing Theo Pinson of Greensboro, N.C. At 6-6, Pinson has the size to be effective as an off ball option with a shooting stroke good enough to be a dead-eye shooter. He hit multiple shots coming off his strong hand dribble at 18 feet. That’s one of the toughest shots for a young prospect to consistently knockdown.
– Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, Mo., had a very good Sunday morning session. The 6-7 class of 2016 wing joined Seventh Woods as a member of the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Gold Medal team. Like Theo Pinson, Tatum is a smooth shooting guard capable of shooting in the mid to high 30’s from beyond the FIBA 3-point line.
– Class of 2015 post Daniel Giddens of Mableton, Ga., sat out Sunday after injuring his hand on Saturday. We will see the 6-10 four-star prospect again at the Nike Explosion held before Christmas at state powerhouse Wheeler HS. Giddens attends the school.
Brandon Clay is the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com