CHARLOTESVILLE, Va. – 247Sports' Chris Fisher and Jeff Drummond were on hand for the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp last week on the University of Virginia campus.
Andrew Harrison was a major force with his ability to penetrate, finish or dish to teamamtes for assists. (247Sports Photo by Jeff Drummond)
In this feature, we highlight some of the top performers from Charlottesville by selecting our All-NBPA Top 100 Camp teams.
G – Andrew Harrison: The 2013 Texas point guard played this event with a major chip on his shoulder after a perceived snub from the USA 18-U squad. He let his play do the talking, though, averaging 10.2 points and a camp-high 4.8 assists per game. In an event when many of the point guards relentlessly pounded the ball into the hardwood and did not get teammates involved, Harrison’s passing skills were magnified. He also showed the ability to finish off penetration and knocked down a few 3-pointers. Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor, Villanova and SMU are all eagerly awaiting the decision of Harrison and twin brother, Aaron, slated for their birthday – Oct. 28.
G – Anthony Barber: Perhaps no single player generated as much buzz at the camp as the 2013 Virginia point guard, who led the event with a 14.3 scoring average, but did so without forcing the issue. Barber’s perimeter game appears to be improving, and he’s got the ability to dominate at the point on both ends of the floor. He cited Alabama and Kansas as two programs recruiting him the hardest, but Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Florida State, Memphis, Michigan and Duke are also still in the mix.
G/F – Kuran Iverson: Arguably the story of the camp was the bounce-back play of this one-time elite prospect who may be in the process of re-establishing himself as a five-star player for 2013. After struggling last summer, the 6-foot-7 swingman from Connecticut showed out in a big way in Charlottesville, helping lead his team to the championship round with 15 points in the semifinals and 14 in the title game. His posterizing dunk over 7-footer John Egbunu in the semis was arguably the play of the week. UConn, Syracuse, Florida, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s and Villanova have all been in the mix, but don’t be surprised if his list grows before the end of summer. Iverson’s phone will be ringing off the hook.
F – Cliff Alexander: These type of events always lead to some long-term moving and shaking in the player rankings, and this 6-9, 250-pound power forward from Chicago is undoubtedly on his way up in the Class of 2014. Alexander averaged 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and delivered some of the most bone-jarring dunks over would-be defenders that we witnessed all week. Any time his long frame is within reach of the rim, he’s going up with the intent to tear it down. In an era when most 6-9 players are trying to prove how much they can dribble and step out to shoot the jumper, it’s refreshing to see an old-school big man like Alexander know where his bread is buttered. Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Kentucky are just a few of the many schools on his current list.
F – Noah Vonleh: Possibly the MVP of this year’s camp, the 6-7 forward from Connecticut had an event-high PAR (points+assists+rebounds) of 19.4. He was third in scoring average at 12.2 points and fourth in rebounds at 6.5. While many players were focused on padding their scoring averages, Vonleh let his come naturally, doing tough work on the offensive glass. He was also one of the camp’s top defenders, showing the athleticism, length and versatility to guard many types of players. Currently rated No. 3 in the Class of 2014, Vonleh listed Indiana, Arizona, UConn, Boston College, Providence and Ohio State as his main schools of interest, but noted that the Kentucky staff had just entered the picture.
Louisville commit Anton Gill's scoring prowess was on display at the NBPA Top 100 (247Sports Photo by Jeff Drummond).
G – Parker Jackson-Cartwright: Generously listed at 5-foot-11, the diminutive sophomore point guard from Los Angeles plays with a fearlessness that belies his small stature. Cartwright isn't afraid to drive it into the tall timbers but also did an excellent job of controlling tempo and running his team, averaging a respectable 2.8 assists per game to go with 8.0 points. Cartwright is already a hot commodity on the west coast, with early offers from UCLA, USC, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State and others, but expect PJC to begin drawing national attention with performances like the one in Charlottesville.
G – Stanford Robinson: The Indiana commit's athleticism and scoring ability were on full display and turned in one of the individual performances of the weekend, pouring in 24 points Friday night. The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Fairfax, Va. is at his best going toward the rim and his game is reminiscent of current Hoosier Victor Oladipo. Robinson, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.0 rebounds, committed to the Hoosiers May 16.
G – Anton Gill: Gill, along with Louisville point guard commit Quentin Snider, continued his stellar play of late and represented the Cardinals well with their play all weekend long. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, whom 247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer compared to a left-handed Josh Selby, thrived in getting to the rim, absorbing and scoring through contact on his way to averaging 11.2 points per game. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Gill will spend his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy in nearby Chatham, Va. Rated the No. 31 prospect in the 2013 class, Gill committed to Louisville in December.
F – Zena Edosomwan: Landing a commitment from Edosomwan, who turned down scholarship offers from the likes of UCLA, USC, Stanford, is a major, major steal for Harvard. At a camp that was rife with elite bigs, very few prospects played harder, more consistently or were more productive than the workman-like power forward from Studio City. California guys are often stereotyped as being laid back or even soft but they don't make 'em more blue collar than this 6-foot-8, 220-pounder, who averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. He committed to the Crimson in March.
F – Kevon Looney: Milwaukee (Wis.) Hamilton 2014 5-star small forward Kevon Looney was the name on the tip of seemingly everyone's tongue at the NBPA Top 100. An uncanny nose for the ball and craftiness around the rim, the 6-foot-6 small forward seemed like he was in on every play en route to an average of 8.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Hard-nosed, tough and willing to do the little things to go with elite talent and Looney has scored early offers from Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Expect his stock to soar even higher following his play at the NBPA Top 100.
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