October 19, 2013
USA Camp Prospect Notes
COLORADO SPRINGS -- One thing is for certain when it comes to the culture of USA Basketball. The kids compete with maximum intensity and they leave it all on the court. Many prospects attended and THI got a great chance to evaluate them in skill drills, open floor drills and game settings.
Here's a rundown of the UNC recruits, targets and future prospects in attendance.
Theo Pinson -- We felt the 2014 wing from Winston-Salem did what he does best over the course of the weekend and that was compete, give intensity on both sides of the ball and quite simply, he a team player who just wants to win. The 6-6 wing is getting stronger, improving his shot and he loves to guard the other team's best player. Pinson has an advanced handle, slick vision and he's as quick as they come for a big wing. UNC has a top ten player in Pinson and he's a guy who can make a difference as a freshman.
Justin Jackson -- After some intitial frustrations, the 6-7 WF settled in and did what he does best. He's skilled, patient and too long for most wings to stop. His mid-range game and running floaters are a beauty to watch and his extension is unstoppable down low. Every season, Jackson just looks more and more comfortable in his own skin. He plays at an efficient and effective pace and his maturity is outstanding at his age.
Rashad Vaughn -- The SG with a UNC offer had some big moments in the Rocky Mountains, using his strength, size and quickness to beat his defenders off the dribble and at the basket. His the owner of a complete set of perimeter skills and most kids had trouble with his ferocious physicality in transition. His hestitation and cross-over kept people looking silly over the entire weekend.
Diamond Stone -- The 6-10, 255-pounder from Wisconsin has those wide shoulders that you just love in a back-to-the-basket post scorer. He seals his man and creates great passing angles for his point guard to get him the ball. What he lacks in raw explosiveness, he makes up for in crafty ways to create space. He can go to either shoulder in the post and is a good rebounder in his area.
Ivan Rabb -- While playing injured as well as sick, the long armed Rabb managed to stand out with his agility, hybrid skills and offensive rebounding. Every time we looked at Rabb, or so it seemed, he was grabbing an offensive board. He's got an incredible wing span, quick feet and very good athleticism. He also has a nice soft touch out to about 15 feet and that's what makes him dangerous. You actually have to guard him all over the court.
Chase Jeter -- The 6-10, 220-pounder from Las Vegas gets to go up against 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman everyday in practice and the stiff competition has paid dividends with Jeter. He's an agile post who is a true four man. He is a very good rebounder, a smart player and has a nice soft face up game. His 7-2 wingspan and quick feet help him grab boards both in and outside of his immediate area.
Thomas Bryant -- This 6-9 center has transferred to Huntington Prep (WV) to play better competition. His motor was second to none in Colorado Springs. The energetic monster absolutely frustrated other guys with his relentless motor, consistent energy and warrior like thrashing under the basket. While he's not the most skilled guy -- he is the guy who works as hard as he can.
Daniel Giddens -- The 6-10 Georgia center is a great uptempo big man who runs, hits the boards and defends with physicality under the basket. His offense, while not his strong suit, is coming along. You can tell he's putting in the reps with footwork and he's starting to look a little more comfortable with a jump-hook.
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