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Posted On: 06/14/18 11:28 AM
It’s that time of year again, as hundreds of the best prospects from across the country and even the world gather in Charlottesville, VA to compete in the National Basketball Player’s Associations Top 100 camp. Being lucky enough to have this even in my backyard, I always take the opportunity to check out some of the best talent in the country and cover it from a national standpoint for Prep Hoops. With that being said, here’s part two of the top performers from day one, featuring eight players from across the country.
Qudus Wahab | 6’11” C | Flint Hill School (VA) 2019
In his first game at the Top 100 camp, the Northern VA based big man was active, productive and efficient in the paint. Wahab did a little bit of everything for his team, stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 15 points, 7 rebounds, two blocks and two steals, and his 15 points came on just nine shots from the field. He ran the floor hard throughout the game, often getting the rebound to start the break and busting it down to beat everyone to the other side of the floor. He caught and finished in traffic well, played with energy on both ends of the floor and was an all around competitor, turning in an eye popping first performance worthy of the attention of scouts and high major coaches across the board.
Justin Moore | 6’4 G | DeMatha (MD) 2019
Talk about a guy who came to show out, Moore was getting buckets in the first game and showing why Nova Nation should be extremely excited about him. The 6’4” two guard is starting to get his bounce back after an ACL injury made him miss his entire sophomore season, but even without the bounce he’s a crafty shot maker who can create space and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. Moore finished with 15 points in his first game, showing the ability to score at all three levels both on and off the basketball which makes him so special.
E.J. Liddell | 6’7” PF | Belleville West Township (IL) 2019
At first glance Liddell looks like a slightly undersized four man, but that doesn’t stop him from being super productive when he’s on the floor. In reality it is what he is, a very good mismatch small ball four guy. He showed great athleticism in the open floor with a big time throw down that shut the gym down. He attacked the glass on both ends of the floor and he showed that he could be a guy that could attack slower bigs or post smaller wings. He can stretch the floor and defend multiple positions, and he played with terrific energy on both ends. He finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds in his first game going 6-for-11 from the field.
Terrance Clarke | 6’6” WF | The Rivers School (MA) 2021
One of the youngest players at the event, Clarke has looked like one of the best freshmen in the country playing on the 17U EYBL Circuit this summer, and he showed flashes of what makes him so impressive in his first Top 100 game. The 6’6” Clarke has great length and instincts on both ends of the floor, he plays well in transition and he’s able to make shots off the catch and off the bounce. He finished with 8 points, four assists and three rebounds as the youngest guy on the floor, showing great potential moving forward.
Isaiah Mobley | 6’10” F | Rancho Christian (CA) 2019
The USC commit is a very versatile scoring threat at 6’10”, as he’s able to use his size in the paint and his touch on the outside that makes him a big time mismatch. Mobley can shoot and dribble like a two guard, but he’s also a very good athlete and he’s able to score with both hands in the paint. He can get out in transition and finish above the rim, he can defend inside and out and he attacks the glass on both ends. He’s also a good passer who uses his size to see over defenders and get others easy shots. He stuffed the stat sheet, going
Donta Scott | 6’7” WF | Imhotep Charter (PA) 2019
I don’t have Scott’s stats for his second game, but the wing out of Philly was lights out as he let it fly from well beyond the arc and was consistent knocking it down. He showed good range and a quick release, pretty good form from deep and he was able to work off the ball to get open or step in and shoot it off the pick and roll. He shot it well in transition and on kick outs, and when he got hot he showed no hesitation to let it fly. He had a very impressive shooting performance and I’ll be interested to see how he did from a numbers standpoint today.
Patrick Williams | 6’8” WG | West Charlotte (NC) 2019
I had seen Williams before briefly, but watching him in this setting and at this level was extremely intriguing because he’s a legitimate 6’8” guard with a big frame who can make shots from all over the floor. He isn’t the most athletic guy, but he knows how to use his body and isn’t afraid to take contact when attacking the rim, he can finish above the rim and he can stretch the floor as a good shooter. If he can use his size on both ends of the floor to rebound and defend you have a very intriguing “three-and-d” prospect for the next level.
Rylan Jones | 6’1”PG | Olympus (UT) 2019
One of the best lead guards in the event, Jones was not at all interested in putting up big time numbers but he did a great job of controlling the tempo and getting his team easy looks. Jones plays at his own pace, as he changes speeds well, reads the pick-and-roll and sees the floor in transition with ease. He showed the ability to thread the needle with pinpoint passes, and he showed a nice touch in the midrange on pull ups and floaters. He’s a true floor general who will put his teammates in places to succeed and give his team a chance to win games.