ST. LOUIS - For years, the Nike Hoop Jamboree has been one of the top events to evaluate rising sophomore and junior talent. This year, the name was changed to the Elite 100 camp, but not much else changed as the floor of the Simon Rec Center on the campus of Saint Louis University was packed with talent. Class of 2013 four-star Memphis native Nick King was among the standout perimeter players.
2013 perimeter notables
Nick King, SF/SG- There's a pretty good chance that King ends up as a five-star prospect the next time we evaluate the class of 2013. At 6-foot-6 he's got a strong 212-pound frame, athleticism and a high overall skill level. He will make shots, has an excellent basketball IQ and is a competitor. He said Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Memphis, Georgetown and Missouri had already offered.
Allerik Freeman, SG- The 2013 four-star picked up right where he left off at the last EYBL session. A strong and skilled 6-foot-3 scorer, Freeman is an elite pull-up jump shooter. He uses shoulder fakes to freeze defenders and rarely needs more than two dribbles to create space to score. Polished player who is racking up high-major offers.
Greg McClinton, SF- A high flyer with quickness, McClinton gets to the rim and is active in transition. He doesn't take a lot of jumpers, but his form looks ok and he connected on a few deep shots. McClinton is very swift from end to end and is underrated at No. 96 nationally in 2013. He took a visit to Missouri after the completion of camp.
Anthony Barber, PG - A five-star prospect, Barber had his moments but was a bit quiet at times. His first step is as quick as anybody in the country, regardless of class, and he plays hungry on the floor. Barber is more of a natural scorer than distributor and is working to be more of a facilitator.
Jaren Sina, PG- The Alabama commitment is a leader and makes open jump shots. He runs his team with skill, involves everybody and looks like the kind of kid that does everything a coach asks.
Zach Lavine, PG- From Bothell in the Seattle area, Levine is an intriguing lead guard prospect. Skilled with the ball, he's also quick and pretty explosive athletically. His shot looks good, but the 6-foot-1 rising junior sometimes settles for a high degree of difficulty shots. He's only 148 pounds, so he's lacking in strength but he's one to watch as he fills out.
Joshua Hart, SG- At 6-foot-3, the shooting guard from Silver Spring has a solid 190-pound frame. He will score in transition, has good athleticism and plays hard on each end of the floor.
Rashawn Powell, PG- A quick and confident point guard from Florida, Powell is slender but has a good feel for the game. The 160-pounder can score it a bit from the perimeter and gets into the lane. Mid- and high-majors will watch him closely this summer.
Brannen Greene, SG/SF- At around 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Greene already has excellent size for a wing. He also has deep range and a crisp three-point shooting stroke. Greene also did some work on the glass and will become an increasingly tough cover as he works on his ability to create his own offense.
William Ferguson, PG- His style is like a rapper who purposely tries to stay off beat. His herky jerky game and extreme quickness make him difficult to defend because he's tough to anticipate. He will score some, but that style also means he's a little wild at times.
Anton Gill, SG- The lefty can play some point if needed, but he really looks to be more of a natural shooting guard. A pretty good shooter with range, he's a bit dominant in attacking to that left-hand side.
Duane Wilson, PG/SG- A combo guard who handles things up top, Wilson is programmed to get buckets. He's quick off the dribble and a bit streaky from deep but can put up points in a hurry.
James Young, SF- A 6-foot-6 small forward who can really handle the ball, Young's game is all about getting to the rim. A natural scorer, he gets defenders on their heels in preparation for the drive and then pulls up to drain jumpers. His motor doesn't stop and he's got strength to go with it. More than validated his No. 34 ranking nationally in 2013.
Stanford Robinson, SG/PG- A combo guard, the southpaw Robinson handles the ball much better than when we saw him in December with his high school team. He's a creator off the dribble with some athleticism.
Billy Garrett, SG/PG- A ranked four-star in the class of 2013, Garrett is a solid all-around player. He defends, knocks in open shots and is smart with the ball so he can be trusted not to make mistakes. It's easy to tell that the DePaul commit is the son of a coach.
Nate Britt, PG- The four-star is simply an effective floor general who is skilled in getting teammates and the ball where they should be. Not an overwhelmingly physical player at just 165 pounds, he plays a controlled game.
Marc Loving, SF- He may be more of a 4/3 combo, but Loving played well on the wing. He's got great size and length at 6-foot-7, a soft shot and he impressed by showing more aggressiveness in attacking the rim. Ohio State has a nice prospect.
Tyler Roberson, SF- The New Jersey native is one who will definitely be on the way up from his current ranking of No. 95 nationally in the class of 2013. He's a big wing with good ball skills, ability to attack in transition and he can help out by playing as a small four.
E.C. Matthews, SG/PG- The quick lefty has great size for a combo guard at 6-foot-4. He makes things happen with the ball in his hands and is adroit at creating for himself or others because of his ability to get into the lane.
Matt Jones, SG- All spring long, Jones has knocked down shots from all around the three-point line. That, everybody knows he can do. What wasn't known is that he's much more versatile than given credit for. Jones did some things as a defender, rebounder and ballhandler that we'd not yet seen from him.
2014 perimeter notables
Emmanuel Mudiay, SG/PG- Because he didn't always play on the ball, it's still tough to evaluate him as strictly a point guard. It doesn't matter, though, because he can play. Athletic, creative, tough and skilled, Mudiay is an impressive player and perhaps one of the top five prospects we've seen in his class.
Wayne Selden, SG- Like Mudiay, Selden is an impressive athlete and potentially a top five prospect in the class of 2014. A beastly 225-pounder, he's quick and explosive and a much better playmaker for others and shooter than people realize.
D'Angelo Russell, SG/PG- The skinny southpaw is absolutely electric off the dribble and creates his own shots at will. He's already pretty athletic, plays without any fear and is an attacking style of player. Russell is a no-brainer as at least a high level four-star at this stage in his development.
Noah Vonleh, SF- Vonleh is currently ranked 84th overall in the class of 2013 as a power forward. If he were staying in that class he would need to be switched to a power forward and his ranking would have to rise. Instead, Vonleh is headed to New Hampton (N.H.) Prep next year and will move back to the class of 2014 where he will get serious consideration for five-star status. Athletic, smart, tough and pretty skilled, he's got a great motor and gets a lot done. Depending on how he fills out and grows, he could end up a power or combo forward. Regardless of position, he's a very good-looking prospect.
Parker Cartwright, PG- One of the smallest players in camp, Cartwright was also one of the quickest. At just 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, he's yet to mature physically. He's already got a high skill level and is tough to contain when he puts the ball on the floor.
Devon Hall, PG- With his 6-foot-3 size and feel for the game, the rising sophomore projects as a big point guard. Hall can get into the lane, is a crafty passer and finisher, and plays under control.
Kevon Looney, SF- A lack of strength and some over dribbling at times hurt him, but the near 6-foot-6 Looney is an impressive-looking prospect. Changes the game with his length and athleticism and is a dangerous open-court performer.
Justise Winslow, SF- An impressive-looking prospect physically, the 6-foot-5 200 pounder is a transition finisher. He rebounds, can attack the rim off of the dribble and has a high running motor.
Johnnie Vassar, PG- A big-time athlete with quickness, Vassar plays with his foot on the gas pedal at all times. He's a little out of control at times, but he's always trying to make a play and is a potentially elite on the ball defender.