Nike Elite 100: Top 30 Francis Okoro was the best of the bigs
ST. LOUIS -- Each year, the Nike Elite 100 spotlights some of the top rising sophomore and junior talent in America. Top 30 prospect Francis Okoro showed he was among the best of the bigs in attendance.
OKORO MAKES PLAY FOR FIVE-STAR CONSIDERATION
How he stood out: Powerfully built with a 7-foot-3 wing span, Okoro was quick off the floor and played above the rim in traffic. He rebounds, runs pretty well and what is really intriguing is that he looks to be a good 12-15 foot jump shooter.
Recruitment: Northwestern, Missouri, St. Louis, Purdue, Saint Louis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Illinois and Alabama among others have offered.
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How he stood out: Cockburn has been playing in an extended run of camps and seemed a little worn down at times. But he's got pretty good low post moves, is tough and showed strong hands.
Recruitment: California, UCLA, Indiana, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, LSU, Georgetown, St. John's and many others have offered.
How he stood out: He's a fluid four man who can run the floor and has a very nice looking jump shot. He will likely be in the mix for 2020 rankings.
Recruitment: Hometown UNLV, Washington, St. John's, LSU and Oklahoma State have offered.
How he stood out: According to camp measurements, Dante has a ridiculous 7-foot-5 wingspan. His mean streak on the defensive end nearly matches his length, he rebounds well and has some base offensive tools to work with. Certainly one to consider heavily for initial class of 2020 rankings after the summer.
Recruitment: Dante reports early offers from LSU, Oklahoma State and St. John's.
How he stood out: Dickinson is big and strong, has long arms and is a pretty polished low post scorer. He has touch, a great feel for what to do and plays very hard. He will likely start off ranked quite highly in 2020.
Recruitment: Notre Dame and Penn State have made early offers.
How he stood out: An argument can be made that it was Igiehon who was the most dominant big man at the Elite 100. He is a big-time athlete with strength and some touch around the rim. A native of Ireland, Igiehon is still learning the game, has big upside and is angling for a big promotion in the 2019 rankings.
Recruitment: St. John's, Syracuse, Xavier and Illinois are among the early offers.
How he stood out: With Lawson, it is about his skill level. He looks to be shooting the ball with more confidence from deep, but his passing and handling the ball from the elbow area as a playmaking four are impressive.
Recruitment: Both of Lawson's older brothers -- Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson -- are players at Kansas. The Jayhawks, Georgia Tech and Florida are among his offers.
How he stood out: Lewis is a big kid who takes up space, is quicker off the floor than you would expect given his size and he has touch. Right now he's very talented but also a bit unpredictable from one game to the next.
Recruitment: USC has offered.
How he stood out: Smith is a long and lean athlete who runs the floor and plays above the rim. At the Elite 100, he was able to show off his skill and ability to attack off the dribble when facing up from the 15 foot range.
Recruitment: SMU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and TCU have offered.
How he stood out: A bull in a China shop, Stewart is built quite powerfully and he sought out contact. Good hands, high running motor and the toughness to play as a five man in college.
Recruitment: Syracuse, Northwestern, Washington, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Providence, Georgetown and many others have offered.
How he stood out: Timme is a high motor guy who showed good hands and the willingness to get the ball off the glass. Very good scorer from 12 feet and in.
Recruitment: Creighton, Illinois, SMU, Tulsa, TCU, Purdue, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State have reportedly offered.
How he stood out: Wilson is a work in progress but has come on rapidly. He is very quick off the floor, which makes him a dangerous rim protector. On offense he showed some touch and looked like a big who will become comfortable as a mid range jump shooter.
Recruitment: Tulsa, Wichita State and Kansas State have offered.