2019 Reese’s All-Star Game: Which players impressed?

Chris Clemons, Campbell: Clemons is an undersized guard, 5’9”, but don’t let that stop you from understanding he has incredible game. The senior moved to 3rd all time on the NCAA scoring list behind Freeman Williams (Portland St) and “Pistol” Pete Maravich (LSU). Known for incredible range and 3-point production, Clemons displayed a much more athletic side to his game during the Reese’s All-Star game. The point guard had two highlight dunks over taller defenders, excellent court vision and physicality to finish through contact at the rim. Clemons was able to play effectively in the pick-and-roll system that could help elevate his options at the next level.

James Palmer Jr, Nebraska: During the regular season, Palmer made the Cornhuskers go offensively. In this game he proved time and time again why he is one of the best pro prospects in this game. Palmer hit contested outside shots, displayed a diverse midrange game and fought through contact with both hands. Connecting on multiple And-1 opportunities and stealing passes, he showed why his game is complete and ready for the next level.

Josh Sharma, Stanford: Honestly Sharma was not on my radar heading into this game. There were far bigger names and explosive players, until the game went live. However, the Stanford product quickly showed why he could receive a camp invite or a slight possibility of a late-round flyer (not likely). The center ran the floor well, finished layups and fought hard on the glass. Yet it was his general floor awareness that made completed his highlight plays. Sharma did a great job of sneaking behind defenders on the weak side, as shots were in the air, and slammed home two put backs. On the other end of the floor, he tracked the ball into the lane (also from the weak side) and swatted layups into the stands. Like I mentioned earlier it’s unlikely a team uses a draft pick on him, but teams could take a chance on him as a high energy bench player.

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