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June 15, 2013
NBPA: Day Two in Review
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Day two of NBPA Top-100 camp led to some terrific play from a number of recruits. As chemistry and comfortability were key in the productivity of a number of recruits, it led to a very good day of basketball. Here's a recap of the top performers with recruiting updates.
2015 power forward Skal Labissiere of Evangelical Christian (TN) - The Haitian import had one of the bigger matchups of the day going against 2014 Kentucky commit Karl Towns. He gave Towns all he had and made a good effort on the defensive end. Labissiere has become more aggressive, physical and confident on the court. His post moves have come a long way and he is taking great pride in them. After his competitive basketball days began at age 13, it is safe to say he has come a long way and the top-10 rising junior has had one of the more noteworthy camps. He listed Memphis, Kentucky, Auburn, UCLA, Tennessee and Georgetown as the schools mainly carting him. While some consider it to be a battle between the Tigers and Wildcats, that just isn't the case right now, according to him. "I have a really good relationship with Josh Pastner and his staff," he told Rivals.com regarding the local school. For now, it is all about developing his game and reaching his full potential.
2014 small forward Kelly Oubre of Findlay Prep (NV) - Oubre surprised a number of people by his choice to transfer out of Bush (TX) in order to attend national powerhouse Findlay Prep (NV). It was the ideal timing to announce the decision as it caught the attention of many at NBPA camp. While this was big news, Oubre did a great job on the court. Billed as a shooter by some, the long, physically gifted wing prospect played hard, rebounded, got the ball up in transition and attacked the rim at will. With the plan of cutting his list after Peach Jam, he knows that the longevity of a coach's tenure will be important as the Texas native has seen the impact of the college coaching carousel. Kansas, Louisville, Texas, Georgetown and Arizona are tracking him the hardest right now, and Oubre hopes to decided during the middle of his senior season.
2015 power forward Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American (NY) - Diallo continues to establish an amazing reputation for his motor, long strides and ability to finish strong around the rim. In fact, he works non-stop on the court that he has gotten a little tired recently. As he has matched up against most top bigs in his class this spring and summer, he has consistently held his own against each and every one of them. With a track star look on the court, Diallo's other best trait has to be his hands, which accompany his motor tremendously. Oregon, St. John's, Syracuse, Arizona, Iowa State, Washington, Kentucky, Kansas and many more are involved in his recruitment, which he has yet to focus on.
2014 shooting guard Brandone Francis of Arlington Country Day (FL) - One of the top spring stock boosters, Francis is on the cusp of becoming a true combo guard once he tightens up his handle. His long-range shot is really coming around and starting to become one of the bigger strengths in his game. Francis is at his best in the open court when attacking the rim in transition. Quick, yet strong and physical, it's a perfect combination when slashing to the rim. Right now, he is being pursued the hardest by Louisville, Florida, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Miami and UConn. The Cardinals recently offered, and the Huskies have been the most persistent for him. His father, former Boston College standout Bobby Francis, lives in Boston and has a close relationship with second-year UConn coach Kevin Ollie. With the goal of deciding in August, some believe Florida has a very good shot at his services. Francis claims that's not the case, and that he is wide open right now. They do have the advantage of him living an hour away from campus, however.
2015 guard Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco (CA) - A true leader by example on the court, Dorsey does a good job running the point, passing and scoring when need be. He has ideal size, but also the ability to control the tempo of the game. Patient on the court, his mature efforts have earned him offers from UConn, Florida, USC, UCLA, Oregon and Louisville. "It's to early to tell who is recruiting me the hardest, or who is standing out. Right now, I'm trying to build relationships with each of the coaches," Dorsey told Rivals.com.
2014 forward Brekkott Chapman of Roy (UT) - Playing with a lot of energy, Chapman was another big performer this spring with the Utah Prospects squad. He's taking a lot of pride on the defensive end this camp as he has had the opportunity to guard all positions, and has done a solid job of that. Developing his shot will be the next part of his game that needs some fine tuning. At the next level, Chapman wants to play the 3, and the likes of BYU, Utah, Utah State, Gonzaga, Colorado, Colorado State, San Francisco, Arizona and Arizona State are working hard for him. Both Utah and Gonzaga, according to the rising senior, are carting him the hardest. UCLA likes him a lot, and he visited two weekends ago. An offer should be on the way from the Bruins new staff. Chapman is looking for a high-pace style with a good environment that he can feel comfortable in.
2015 guard Charles Matthews of St. Rita's (IL) - While it is tough to be productive without the ball in one's hands during a camp, the Chicago native does a really good job of that. He moves without the ball and looks to cut in order to receive the rock at or around the basket. A playmaker with an improving mid-range jumper, he tries his best to keep the defense on their toes at all times, whether they have the ball or not. Offers are in so far from Kansas, Wisconsin, Providence, Miami, Marquette, SMU, Illinois, DePaul and Arizona. "Kansas was the biggest offer I've gotten. Their tradition is amazing," he told Rivals.com. With the recent success of Illinois under John Groce, Matthews doesn't feel pressure to stay in-state but he is very interested in the success the staff has had there.
2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead of Lincoln (NY) - Whitehead's motor has made him one of the better performers at the camp, to go along with his already impeccable ability to finish at the rim. Another top performer this spring, the New York native's confidence in his jumper and range has been the biggest change in his game. His passing and court vision this camp has looked great, as well. The clearcut improvement that he has worked toward is paying off. His recruitment remains the same with Louisville, St. John's, UCLA, Syracuse, Kentucky, Minnesota and others.
2014 center Isaac Haas is gaining plenty of confidence in himself and his game. At 7-foot-2, he holds offers from Purdue, Florida, Clemson, UCLA, Wichita State, UAB, Stanford and Texas A&M, who he is keeping in deep consideration. His relationship with the coaching staff, education and development plan will go a long way in the process. Haas envisions himself as a Roy Hibbert type big man.
2014 small forward Jalen Lindsey is excited about his move to Huntington Prep (WV) for senior year as it will give him the chance to play against better competition. Exploring Providence, Louisville, Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and a few others, Ohio State and West Virginia are now back in the mix as both are making a strong push for him. His plan is to take visits, get to know the schools and time things out accordingly.
2014 point guard Larry Austin is being carted pretty hard by Oklahoma State, where he will visit at the end of June. With that being said, the same goes for Illinois, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, Stanford and DePaul, who are all heavily involved with the Illinois native. Austin wants to be comfortable, on and off the court, as well as with his position and the guys currently playing it. Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt are some of the schools who recently entered the mix.
2014 shooting guard Namon Wright believes his defense is the reason his stock has risen very high this spring. Heading to Findlay Prep (NV) in the fall will prepare him for all areas of his game, though. The California native wouldn't mind staying local and playing for a hometown team such as UCLA or USC, but he is also looking at Oregon, Florida State, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington and Gonzaga. Wright plans to cut his list to five schools before he heads to Las Vegas in August. After that, he will play it out and see if any new contenders emerge. The rising senior is very pleased with his current schools, though.
2014 power forward Angel Delgado has nearly had a breakout past few months based around his rebounding and statistics. Delgado is still getting accustomed to playing on a national spotlight, but is holding his own. Seton Hall, Florida State, Manhattan, Dayton and Virginia have offered. Major interest is coming his way from VCU, Providence, UAB, George Mason, Florida, Miami and St. John's.
2014 power forward Payton Dastrup will leave for his Mormon mission in June of 2014, and intentionally put the word out on his choice in order to prepare colleges for the news. Dastrup wanted to get a feel for the effect it would have on his recruitment, but all schools have been receptive and positive regarding the choice. Right now, he is being tracked the hardest by BYU, Florida, Virginia, NC State, Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA. The Cougars have no advantage due to his beliefs, though, he claims. The Arizona native has spoken with Mormon and Duke player Jabari Parker about the situation. Parker is all for the move, and Dastrup feels comfortable with his decision. Look for him to officially cut his list to around five or seven schools after July and then take some official visits, where he is really looking forward to coming out east to witness a few BCS football games.
2014 power forward Khadeem Lattin has a simple plan: "I'll know it's right, when it's right." Versatile as a defender, Lattin will attempt to be a faceup four in college. Louisville, Georgetown, Oklahoma, USC, Marquette, Villanova, Memphis and Arizona are carting his talents at the moment. He will remain homeschooled for his senior year.
2014 center Elbert Robinson has a top five, but that doesn't mean he isn't keeping others in consideration. Arizona, Kansas State and Texas A&M are still in the loop, but they didn't make his official top five at the moment. The big man from Texas has already taken an official visit to Georgetown and has the Hoyas on his list, along with Ohio State, Louisville, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
2014 center Chinanu Onuaku has a similar body, but different game then his brother and former Syracuse standout Arinze Onuaku. "I play better defense than him, but he is much better on offense than me." He claims Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Virginia and Maryland are targeting him the hardest, and visits have already been taken on the campuses of the Terps, Hoyas and Pirates. Entering his senior year in the fall, he is looking for a great all-around staff with a lot of minutes available.