2018 NBPA Top 100 Camp Notes
The top players from the 2019, 2020 and 2021 class came to the University of Virginia to take part in the 2018 NBPA Top 100 Camp, a prestigious high school camp created by the NBPA to educate promising high school players and their parents, about the game of basketball on and off the court. What makes this camp unique is the coaches are former and current NBA players, so the participants get first hand knowledge from those who've walked the path that these talented players are now on. One thing that stood out was the versatility of the forwards, it was nothing to see wings between 6'7-7'0, fit effortlessly into any position and get the job done. As always, there were plenty of players who stood out from the rest and trust me, these are names you need to keep a close eye on moving forward.
Aleksander Balcerowski/ Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas (Poland)/ 2020/ C/7'0/ 238 - Legit 7-footer who can get up and down the floor very well. Stretch four who has a small forward skill set with a centers size. Not the greatest leaper but can get the job done scoring inside when he has established position, struggled at times trying to finish through contact. Needs to get stronger and improve defensively along with being more consistent shooting from outside, but the tools are there to be a very promising prospect. Averaged 6.1 points, 5.3 rebounds on 64% shooting.
Greg Brown/ Vandegrift/ 2020/ PF/ 6'9/200 - Supremely gifted athlete that dunks everything on everybody. Good finisher inside and rim protector who is also solid defending guards on the perimeter. Displayed a great motor and competitive attitude all camp. Once his ball skills improve and learn when and who to pass it to when he draws double teams, it will get scary. Lottery pick potential. Averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds on 48% shooting.
Anthony Edwards/ Holy Spirit Prep/ 2020/ SG/ 6'5/ 210 - Strong, physical guard who loves to attack defenders relentlessly. Already has an ideal NBA frame, similar to a Marcus Smart build, and he takes full advantage of it. Capable defender yet needs to improve as a playmaker and shooting from the outside, right now he's a streaky shooter yet he makes up for it by getting to the line a lot where he is a very good shooter, knocking down 84% during the camp. Edwards should make an impact for years to come. Averaged 17.6 points and 3.3 rebounds on 56% shooting.
Chris Harris/ South Garland/2019/ SG/6'3/200/ Texas A&M - One of the best natural scorers at the camp. Harris ability to score from all three levels combined with his quickness makes him a tough cover. While he proved he could score with the best of them, he also showed he was an adequate defender, using that same quickness to be a pest out on the perimeter. Harris has to improve at making players better since he will have the ball a lot and be relied on to make things happen, he can get tunnel vision offensively and just look to score only. Once defenses game plan for him at the next level by throwing doubles and traps, he will have to find the open man. Also can get better after moving wuthout the ball into prime scoring positions and not just rely on isolation scoring. Averaged 11.4 points and 2.1 assist on 41% shooting.
Kenyon Martin Jr/ Sierra Canyon (CA)/ 2019/ PF/ 6'7/ 195 - One of the better leapers in the high school ranks, Martin Jr definitely inherited his fathers athleticism. While Jr isn't as vicious finishing at the rim as Sr, he does have a better skill set that should be paid attention to more. Martin Jr routinely grabbed the rebound and went coast to coast for big time dunks, and when he didn't have a scoring opportunity, Martin Jr displayed his underrated passing by finding open teammates. He also showed he can knock down three pointers, shooting 40% during the camp. Martin Jr played efficient basketball all camp long and was definitely among the better players. Averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds on 61% shooting.
Isaiah Mobley/ Rancho Christian/ 2019/ PF/ 6'10/215 (MVP) - Might've been the most talented player at the camp. Mobley is a highly skilled and very versatile big man with an guards handle and court vision who can pass well from both the low and high posts. Dangerous in transition either leading the fast break or running it, it doesn't matter.
Justin Moore/ DeMatha Catholic/ 2019/ SG/6'4/195/ Villanova -
Omar Payne/ Osceola High School/ 2019/ PF/ 6'10/ 215 -
Alexander Posh/ Our Savior Lutheran/ 2020/ PG/ 5'10/ 175 -
Joe Toussaint/ Cardinal Hayes/ 2019/PG/6'0/174 -
Oscar Tshiebwe/ Kennedy Catholic/ 2019/PF/ 6'9/220 -
Qudus Wahab/ Flint Hill/ 2019/ C/ 6'11/ 225 -
Sahvir Wheeler/ Houston Christian/2019/ PG/5'8/175/ Texas A&M -
Jahmir Young/ DeMatha Catholic/ 2019/ PG/ 6'0/160 -