It was fairly safe to say that more players maintained their draft status after Day 1 as opposed to deflating their stock from a single camp performance. The same can be said of today’s camp results as well.Embed from Getty Images
The Little Guys Step Up Big: A trio of undersized point guards (Campbell’s Chris Clemons & Auburn’s Jared Harper and Bryce Brown) has been very productive and influential with their court time through the two scrimmages. Clemons has been the most efficient of the bunch with 31 points on 11-18 shooting (4-11 from 3). Shooting a perfect 7-7 inside the arc is very impressive for the 5’9” guard and a big boost to his ability to play with talent at the next level. He has also had 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in two games.
Harper and Brown had much better outings today than yesterday, and both managed to convert at least 50% of their perimeter attempts. Harper has done a great job creating for his teammates by adding 11 assists throughout the camp.
Lucky Bounce(back) for the Pure Shooters: Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Phil Booth (Villanova) and Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra) had much better games today than they did yesterday. Booth was still 3-10 from the field, but all 3 players were 50% or better from behind the arc in their game. As pure scoring talent, the trio recovered nicely and each exploded for double-digit outbursts to restore their stock. In Powell’s case, the 23-point performance was the second-highest of any player at the camp. Booth, Wright-Foreman and Powell combined to shoot 50% from the field today.
Tyler Cook Impresses All: The Iowa Hawkeye product has been on fire in Chicago, posting games of 10 and 14 points at the camp. Cook has played with a certain aggressive that has allowed him to maximize his opportunities in a game full of college basketball’s best. His shooting has been nothing less than flawless, missing only one shot (10-11). If Cook can continue to remain this efficient from the field, his has a bright future in the NBA.
Versatility is the Name of the Game: Terence Davis (Ole Miss) and Zylan Cheatam (Arizona State) have improved their stock, as a result of the G-League Elite Camp. Cheatam proved during the regular season he was a super athletic player and frequently rebounded the ball over much taller post players. He was able to record 21 rebounds in 2 games at the camp, as well as 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. His game is very diverse and could be a nice role player at the next level.
Davis on the other hand has been an offensive stud. The Ole Miss product has accumulated 39 points on 17-29 from the field with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. The 6’4” guard was scoring in any manner he desired during the scrimmages: step-back 3s, dunks and crafty layups. You name it and Davis was doing it. His performances were so impressive to league scouts, he was awarded an invitation to the NBA combine at the end of the week.
List of Players Selected to Advance to Participate in the NBA Draft Combine:
- Dewan Hernandez, Miami
- Tyler Cook, Iowa
- Cody Martin, Nevada
- Terence Davis, Ole Miss
- Marial Shayok, Iowa State
- DaQuan Jeffries, Tulsa
- Tacko Fall, UCF
- Jared Harper, Auburn
- Reggie Perry, Mississippi State
- O’Shae Brissett, Syracuse
A note from numerous NBA executives regarding the above named individuals was a general decision to ‘play their cards close to their chest.’ Teams were openly not willing to send players for further evaluation that had made an impression on them. Thus there were players that performed well over the duration of the camp, but are likely to see further action at this point in the process.