Nike Elite 100: 2020 Evals Pt 1

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Posted On: 06/12/18 5:00 PM

The PrepHoops Network took in all four days of the prestigious Nike Elite 100 Camp last week.  It was a great chance for us to see the premier young prospects in the country go head to head.  Here is part one of our evaluations of the 2020 players in attendance!

 

PG Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep, CA)

Covering Illinois mainly we saw a ton of Burnett early in his career, but this event was our first time evaluating him in almost a year.  One thing is clear he has really improved as a distributor.  Burnett showed excellent vision and passing feel hitting cutters, shooters, and dumping it off to big men inside.  Burnett can also put it in the hoop with a smooth looking jumper that he creates separation on his shot with a step back every now and then.  Like the progression Burnett is making from prospect to player!

 

SG Josh Christopher (Mayfair HS, CA)

Christopher is a powerful and athletic shooting guard that plays with an edge to him.  He has a nice combination of skill and explosion at the two guard spot.  Really like the aggression he takes the ball to the hoop and he has the acrobatics to finish at the cup.  Had a nice alley-oop dunk and also passed it with a couple quick dimes.  Complete two guard that plays with a competitiveness on both ends of the floor.  One of the best two guards in the class.

 

PG Sharife Cooper (McEachern HS, GA)

It hit me when I was watching this under six foot point guard on court two of another floor general that he reminds me of who showed out on that exact same court several years back…..Tyler Ulis.  He was a smaller guard too with a huge heart and completely controlled the game.  That is exactly what Cooper does with his ability to get in the lane draw defenders and find his teammates.  Elite speed in the open floor pushing it end to end and getting to the rim where he has a knack for making tough layups.  Outstanding jump shooter from both mid-range and three with balance and a clean release.  Off the charts intangibles and is the type of PG you make Final Four runs with!

 

PG Evan Johnson (Oak Hill Academy, VA)

Johnson is a solid lead guard that wasn’t spectacular, but made the simple plays throughout the week.  He had crisp passes in the half court and would hit an occasional jumper.  Decent on ball defender.

 

SF Julian Strawther (Liberty HS, NV)

The consensus top 25 national recruit had his best game of the event late Saturday night.  Shot lights out from deep with threes from the wings and drilling pull ups.  Jumper was scorching hot!  When it is falling he is a problem.  At times he can play a bit too passive which was the case in several games we saw.  His ability to score is fun to watch when he plays aggressive.

 

SF Micah Peavy (Duncanville HS, TX)

This Duncanville 6’6” small forward is an impressive looking athlete.  Played best in transition where he was able to finish above the rim.  Flashed some shooting, but when we saw him he was best as a scorer off the bounce and in the open floor.

 

SG Noah Collier (Westtown School, PA)

Collier is one of the better athletes on the wing that we saw.  He was the “masked man” at the camp being the only player wearing a mask during the week.  Opened up the camp strong showing explosion with thunderous dunks.  The two guard also mixed in some runners and had a clean looking shot from three.

 

SF Keondre Montgomery (Forrest Hill HS, MS)

Montgomery proved to be an extremely intriguing prospect.  He has great size and projectability on the perimeter.  Featured a feathery jumper from all over the floor!  Pull up mid-range game was on point from the very beginning of the camp.  Thin kid that will need to add strength, but man can he shoot it!  Like the combination of physical developmental upside and skill early in the process.

 

PF Isaiah Jackson (Old Redford Academy, MI)

Jackson took his game to another level especially defensively over the weekend.  The Michigan native was one of the top shot blockers at the camp swatting them in both one on one situations against bigger opponents as well as coming from the weak side.  Moves well laterally defending in ball screens.  Plays above the rim offensively catching lobs and converting tip dunks.  Pogo stick type leaper that runs the floor well.

 

C Mady Sissoko (Wasatch Academy, UT)

Sissoko is a 6’8” big man that is insanely strong.  He is a big time rebounder on both ends of the floor.  Gobbles rebounds up!  Quality shot blocker on the defensive end and threw down a pair of powerful jams.  Like this kids developmental upside.

 

SF Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie HS, WI)

Not too many better point forwards in the country than Jalen Johnson.  The 2020 Wisconsin standout shined with Phenom University this spring and did it again on the big stage with his passing.  He was phenomenal with his vision finding teammates consistently with half court alley oops or throwing passes on ropes through traffic.  Versatility to score off the bounce with his strength and athleticism along with hitting from three on occasion.  With his size and scoring ability to go along with his passing he is a no doubt top 10 prospect nationally.

 

SG Nate Tabor (Sacred Heart HS, NY)

Tabor has an outstanding combination of strength and athleticism on the perimeter.  He is a natural scorer that is powerful slashing in the half court and can fly as a wing finisher in transition.

 

PG AJ Hoggard (Archbishop John Carroll HS, PA)

Crafty combo guard that didn’t look like the greatest athlete, but used his power to get in the lane for buckets off the drive.

 

PF Jamari Sibley (Nicolet HS, WI)

Sibley is a combo forward that we have seen play mostly on the interior with Phenom University, but he displayed quite a bit of perimeter shooting on Saturday night.  Connected on three triples in the game we saw.  Looked comfortable letting it fly from deep especially off the catch.  Mixed in one offensive rebound put back.  Would have liked to seen more activity with his bounciness.  Pogo stick type jumper.  Like him as a face up four at the next level.

 

G Symir Torrence (Vermont Academy, VT)

Torrence is an athletic combo guard that hits runners in the lane.  He is at his best scoring off the bounce.  Did hit one three in the game we saw.  Definitely more of a slasher though.

 

G Darius Maddox (St. John’s College, MD)

Maddox is a long and rangy combo guard that gets to the rim consistently.  He handles it well off the bounce with his burst of speed.  Pull up jump shot was on point throughout and also displayed some quickness sneaking in for an offensive rebound put back.

 

C Elijah Hutchins- Everett (Immaculate Conception HS, NJ)

This 6’8” 234 pound post has a college ready body now.  He know how to play with that physical frame.  More of a defensive presence with his shot blocking and rebounding at this stage.  Every now and then would throw in a right handed hook shot.

 

SF Greg Brown (Vandegrift HS, TX)

Brown is a big and broad shouldered combo forward from Texas with big time athleticism.  Powerful athlete that when he plays with a high motor is a problem!  Brown was clearly one of the top prospects at this camp.  The 6’8” small forward has a rare combination of strength, athleticism, and skill that are unmatched on the perimeter.  He plays above the rim with huge slams.  Explosive leaper.  Can handle it off the dribble.  Showed he could knock down a three as well.

 

PF Lance Ware (Big Picture Learning Academy, NJ)

Ware is a well-built four man that has broad shoulders and good upper body strength.  He displayed excellent footwork inside and works hard in the post for positioning.  Got on the glass for an offensive rebound put back every now and then.

 

PG Demetrius Calip (Taft HS, CA)

This California native is a lefty at the lead guard spot.  He is quick with the ball being able to get in the paint for up and under finishes.  Over dribbles at times and takes a lot of forced threes.  Can hit from deep when he has clean looks.

 

SF Dimingus Stevens (Woodrow Wilson HS, DC)

First time I have seen Stevens play and the DC native proved to be a scoring wing that can really put it in the bucket.  Connected on a pair of threes from the wing.  Runs the floor very hard and finishes well at the rim through traffic.  Threw home a couple jams in traffic.  Like the competitive nature that he brings to the table.

 

C Nick Ongenda (Southwest Christian Academy, AR)

Ongenda is a thin and rangy center at 6’9” that will definitely need to add strength as time goes on.  Showed fluid movement in the drills portion hitting face up jumpers and having sound footwork in the post.

 

C Clifford Omoruyi (Immaculate Conception HS, NJ)

This big and burly 6’9” 229 pound post has broad shoulders and bulky frame.  He is a solid athlete that showed he was a plus rebounder and could score with his back to the basket with brute force on occasion.

 

PG Caleb Love (CBC HS, MO)

Love is a combo guard from St. Louis that we have seen a ton throughout his young career playing with both his high school team and Brad Beal Elite.  The smooth guard has quality size for position and knows how to work around a ball screen.  Reads his big man being able to find him as well as get to the rim off the pick turning the corner with a burst.  Plus mid-range jump shooter with a sound and balanced shot mechanically.  Connected on jumpers all week.

 

SF Luke Kasubke (Chaminade HS, MO)

Kasubke is one of the top 2020 prospects in the state of Missouri.  He measured in at 6’3” 172 pounds.  The rising junior is a plus perimeter shooter that can make shots especially well off the catch.  He is a slightly above average athlete that seemed overwhelmed at times with the elite athleticism and length on the floor.  Kasubke is a crafty scorer that can shoot it and plays with toughness.