5 things we learned Thursday at the NBA Top 100 Camp

5 things we learned Thursday at the NBA Top 100 Camp


5 things we learned Thursday at the NBA Top 100 Camp

1. Lincoln is the land of guards. Lincoln (Brooklyn) guard Isaiah Whitehead, an elite 2014 recruit, quickly established himself at the camp with his court vision and fast pace. He's following a proud tradition at his school, which has produced NBA guards Sebastian Telfair, Lance Stephenson, Jr., and Stephon Marbury.

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"It's the coach, definitely, because he was a point guard himself," said Whitehead of Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton's propensity to produce point guards. "He's showed me the screen and roll and everything."

Whitehead averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists a game while leading the Railsplitters to a Public Schools Athletic League AA championship this past season. Though he's considered a combo guard, his future may be at the point because he's big enough at 6-4 to fend off opposing defenders and has great anticipation.

"I can see plays ahead of time, where players are about to go and how a player is about to defend me," Whitehead said. "I don't think all these other guys here have been taught the same way I have."

2. Myles Turner is turning heads. Turner, a 6-11 center from Trinity (Euless), missed much of last summer's summer basketball circuit because of a broken ankle. The 2014 recruit was a shot-blocking presence Thursday and showed some leadership, organizing his team's defense underneath. Playing at a school known more for its football prowess, he's benefitted from regular sessions with former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

"He looks like a young LaMarcus Aldridge," Lucas said.

Turner said he sees himself as a stretch four.

"I want to be developed to be able to play in the post," Turner said. "I have a pretty good jump shot and that helped me a lot to stretch defenses. That's what I mean in a stretch four. I'm able to guard fours and fives and sometimes threes."

Turner has offers from a host of schools, most recently Arizona.

"I'm going to take an unofficial visit there some time this summer," Turner said. "I also want to get back to visit Oklahoma State as well."

3. Out of Towns. The most prominent no-show at the camp was St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) center Karl Towns, Jr., who has said he plans to sign with Kentucky. While many top players hop from camp to camp during the summer, Towns, considered by Rivals.com to be the No. 11 recruit in the 2014 class, is taking a lower profile. Towns recently put a scare in the Big Blue Nation when he said he'd like to pitch next season for St. Joseph. At 7-foot, he could be a dominating presence on the mound, but that's one more opportunity for him to get hurt.

4. Zimmerman didn't disappoint. Though he clearly needs to add a little bulk to his 7-foot, 215-pound frame, it's easy to see why Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) center Stephen Zimmerman is considered one of the top players in the 2015 class. He has a solid outside shot, yet is growing more comfortable inside and passes well out of the post.

"Being a skinny 7-footer, it's hard, but I want to be as physical out there as I can be," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman is being recruited by a number of schools, but mentioned Notre Dame and Michigan specifically on Thursday.

"I watched how they used Mitch McGary in the post," Zimmerman said of Michigan. "They use the same play that my AAU team runs and I wanted to see how he does it. … One of my close friends that's a football player (Ronnie Stanley) is going to Notre Dame, so I've talked with him to see how the school is."

5. You should remember the name Brekott Chapman. The 6-8 power forward from Roy, Utah, is being recruited mostly by West Coast schools, but the list will get longer soon. He made a big splash at the camp, using his long arms and quick feet on defense. He also was a solid rebounder and passed well on the break. He led Roy to a state quarterfinal Class 4A finish this past winter, averaging 19 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.

"My biggest thing is I have to get stronger to be able to bang a little better," Chapman said. "Right now, I have offers from BYU, Utah, Utah State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, San Francisco, Gonzaga and I had an offer from the old UCLA coaches, but now I'm waiting for the new ones to see me so I can get an offer from them."

Follow Jim Halley on Twitter: @jimhalley.


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