CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NBPA Top 100 Camp isn't the only game in Charlottesville this weekend. Right across the street, ScoutsFocus is holding
its own camp and they landed a big fish to compete in seven-footer Zach Brown. After a terrific showing at the Elite 100 in St. Louis last weekend, Brown picked up where he left off.
Brown dominates in the paint
It is important to keep in mind that Zach Brown just finished his freshman year of high school and that he is by no means a finished product, but the class of 2017 big man is certainly impressive.
Having a relatively average game -- in comparison to his performance last weekend -- Brown was still dominant much of the time. At around seven-feet tall with a big strong body, Brown is physically tough and plays the game extremely hard. He keeps his hands high, always goes strong to the rim and is aggressive on both ends of the floor chasing loose balls and hauling in rebounds.
Brown isn't a high flying athlete or sprinter in the open floor, but he does focus on running from rim to rim as fast as he can and knows what to do once he gets there. Also, he is still very young and has good coordination overall.
According to his high school and summer coach Jacob Shaw, Brown doesn't yet have a scholarship offer but Virginia, Kentucky, Miami, Florida and South Carolina have all been involved. Shaw said that Brown averaged 19 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks per game and had a season high of 43, 26 and 11 one night.
Bottom line, Brown is already well advanced where it matters most and that's from a skill standpoint. At this early juncture, he looks to be well on his way to developing into a big time prospect.
More notes from ScoutsFocus
Playing on the same team as Brown, lefty wing Clayton Hughes really looks like one to keep an eye on down the road. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Jackson (Tenn.) University, Hughes is a dangerous jump shooter who can handle the ball, finish above the rim in transition and make outstanding passes off of the dribble. It was just a first look, but he looks like somebody that should draw some high major looks this summer given that he is a class of 2016 kid. No offers yet, but Hughes mentioned that he has heard from Virginia, Tennessee, Memphis and Vanderbilt. Later this month he'll head to Western Kentucky for their elite camp.
One of the better floor generals Rivals.com has seen from the class of 2017 is Virginia's Matt Coleman. At ScoutsFocus, Coleman played as expected and was making plenty of plays off the dribble. Coleman is quick and has a very good handle. So good in fact that he got caught getting a little too cute with his dribbling at times meaning he had unnecessary turnovers. But, when he needed to get somewhere and make a play he had little problem and he's certainly tracking as a player we will watch a lot down the road.
All spring long, five-star point guard Dennis Smith has been drawing rave reviews for his play with Team Loaded NC. Lost in all of the hubbub has been that his teammate Jaylen Fornes is pretty good too. A rising junior from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, Fornes is a combo guard suited to scoring from the wing. He shoots jumpers very well and with range, plays with confidence and is a sneaky athlete off the dribble. It will be a surprise if schools don't take more notice of him during July.