#OTRHoopsReport: USA Basketball Mini Camp Underclassmen Recap – Oct 12, 2016
Fifty-four players competed in the eighth annual USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp – Photo Cred Garrett Ellwood/USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS – The USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Mini-Camp brought together 54 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. Here is a look at some of the notable underclassmen who stood out over the weekend:
Isaiah Todd – (Richmond, Va) – John Marshall – 2020
One of the top underclassmen in attendance over the weekend, Todd possesses length and matching athletic ability. He is a terrific shot blocker on or away from the ball. He runs the floor extremely well and finishes above the rim on the break. Todd scores off tip in’s over or around his defender but can also stretch the floor with his ability to make shots from the high post or short corner.
Matthew Hurt – (Rochester,MN) –John Marshall – 2019
Hurt is a legitimate 6-foot-8 forward who has range out to 25-plus feet but also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Hurt runs the floor well finding the 3-point line in transition and is more than capable of filling the lane to finish in transition.
Last week, Hurt was in attendance at Kansas for Late Night and is also planning trips to Wisconsin, Louisville, and Kentucky.
Jalen Green – (Fresno, CA) – San Joaquin Memorial – 2020
In the Sunday morning session Green was outstanding as he showed the ability to attack the basket in transition and in the half court set. He has good versatility in the backcourt, able to play either guard position because of his length and skills with the ball in his hands.
Christian Brown – (Hopkins, SC) – AC Flora – 2019
This 6-foot-7 forward plays with a tremendous amount of energy, right now his strength lies in his athleticism both around the rim and in the open floor. Brown has improved his ability to make shots as he shot the ball well off the catch and dribble. Every time he steps on the floor you know you get his best effort.
James Wiseman –(Nashville, TN) –The Ensworth School – 2019
Long armed, Wiseman plays with confidence in traffic and tries to dunk everything around the rim. He has high major length and can run and jump, grab boards above the rim and block shots. Wiseman runs the floor scores in transition and is quick off his feet around the basket usually scoring off tip in’s.
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In the Sunday morning session, Juwan Gary made athletic plays in transition and around the basket in the half court set. Gary is one of the elite scoring wings in the country. He has the ideal length and athleticism to be special at the next level.
At 6-foot-8, Trendon Watford is a good all-around player that is effective getting to the basket off the dribble. He can knock down a three point shot and has a great feel for getting into the lane and finishing with a pull up jumper or at the rim. He can play all over the floor and has the ability to defend multiple positions.
Texas native R.J. Hampton did not back down from the older players Saturday afternoon during the skills stations. Hampton is a long and wiry guard that has a good feel for the game. He does a good job of attacking the defense where he can finish with a pull jumper or floater.
Fresh off an offer from Iowa and Iowa State, Xavier Foster did not disappoint over the weekend. Foster is a bouncy athlete who can score on the low block or step out from behind the arc. Defensively he plays with energy, blocks shots, has good feet and can guard a multiple positions.
This summer Isaac Okoro caught the attention of many college programs with his ability to make athletic plays in transition. Sunday Okoro did not disappoint, he likes to slash to the basket and shoot the floater in the lane. He is tough and competes on defense as well. Okoro is a good area rebounder and can start the break.
Vernon Carey had one of the better performances Sunday morning, this 5-star forward showed the ability to score on the low block with either hand and also has the ability to knock down shots effectively from the short corner or high post. There is no question that Carey is one of the top post in this class and possesses the basketball skill to make an immediate impact at the next level.
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