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UA Camp: Thursday evening session notes

THERIVALS150:2016|2017
CHARLOTTE,NC--DaytwoofcompetitionattheUnderArmourAll-AmericaCampPoweredbyRivals.comcontinuedonThursday.Here'sarundownofthenotableactionfromthetheeveningsession.
Duvaldominates
TrevonDuvaltooktheflooratQueensUniversityduringThursdaynight'ssessionattheUnderArmourAll-AmericaCampPoweredbyRivals.comwithsomethingtoprove.
Aftera4-for-16shootingperformanceduringthemorningsessioninwhichhecouldn'tgetanythingtodrop,thefive-starClassof2017pointguardexplodedfor30pointsinadominatingperformance.
Comingupwithhighlight-reeldunks,3-pointersandpull-upjumpers,the6-foot-3pointguardwasanabsoluteterrortodefendonThursdaynightasheshowedthefullscoringpackagethathashelpedmakehimatop-fiveprospectinhisclassandoneofthebestguardprospectsinthecountry,regardlessofclass.
Going13-for-17fromthefield,Duvalalsoaddedsixassistsandfivereboundsasheprettymuchdidwhateverhewantedonthefloor.TheonedrawbacktoDuval'snight--ashasbeenthecaseallweek--wasseventurnovers,butmanyofthoseplayscameasaresultoftryingtoforcesomethingtoodifficult.
Inthefuture,Duvalcanlimitthoseturnoversashegetsagreaterunderstandingofhiscapabilitiesandheplayswithconsistentteammateswhounderstandwhathe'stryingtodowhenhe'sattackingtherim.
WhenyouconsiderthatDuvalwasalsoplayingwithataped-upandswollenlefthandthatheinjuredonWednesdaynight,theperformancewasthatmuchmoreimpressive.
Cowanmakinghiscase
AnthonyCowandoesn'tquiteunderstandhisranking.Healsodoesn'tquiteunderstandwhyhe'snotconsistentlymentionedamongthebestpointguardsinthecountry.
Sothisweek,he'smakingsuretheconversationabouthispotentialchangessoon.
CowanlititupyetagainintheeveningsessionoftheUnderArmourAll-AmericaCampPoweredbyRivals.comThursday,postingagame-high30pointstogoalongwith10assists,ninereboundsandfoursteals.
ItwasthethirdstraightgameCowanloggeddouble-digitpointtotalsattheUAcamp.Throughthreegamesthisweek,he'snowaveraging22.6points,8.6assistsand5.6rebounds.
"I'vebeentryingtoprovethatI'moneofthebestguardsinthecountry,"saidCowan,whowenttothefreethrowline23timesinThursdaynight'sgame."Obviouslypeopledon'treallyseethat.Idon'tknowhow.Butthat'swhyI'mtryingtojustplaymybuttoffandtrytoprovemyself."
McLaughlinimpresses
WithArizonaheadcoachSeanMillersittingcourtside,four-starpointguardJaQuoriMcLaughlinhadarguablythebestgameofhisweekThursdaynight.
Hewaspoisedatthepoint,makingprecisionpasses,buthedidmostofhisdamageThursdayeveningwithhisshot.Scoring10points,hewasabletocontrolhisteam,causingteammateSamCunliffetotellRivals.comafterthegame,"Thisboyisnicerighthere."
"Myteammatesreallyhelpmeoutalot,"McLaughlinsaid."PlayingwithThonandtheotherguysthatwehaveontheteam,I'mabletogetmyteammatesinvolvedandsharetheballandnothavetoshootasmuchasIusuallydo."
McLaughlinsaidafterthegamethathestillhasatopfiveofWisconsin,Arizona,Washington,StanfordandGonzaga.HeaddedthathefeltlikeArizona,WashingtonandGonzagawerecomingafterhimthehardest.
Simsgetsrolling
LSUcommitandClassof2016smallforwardWaydeSimsputuppedestriannumbersearlyinthecamp,buthegotrollinginamajorwayduringthenightsessiononThursday.
A6-foot-6wingwhopledgedtotheTigersinlateJune,SimspickedupthescoringslackforhisteamsincetheyweremissingJoshJacksonandJaylenFisherduringthecontest.
Pouringin29pointsbyscoringatallthreelevelsandaddingsixrebounds,Simsonlyhadacombined11pointsandfivereboundsthroughthefirsttwogamesofcamp.Oncehehadafewdunksunderhisbelt,Simsdisplayedaperimeterjumperthatwasfallingtothetuneof3-for-6from3-pointlandandhealsohitsomemid-rangejumperstoshowthefullscopeofhisabilities.IfSimshaddonebetterthana4-for-9eveningatthefree-throwlinehecouldhavebeenoverthe30-pointmark.
Thethree-starprospectplayedtremendouslyandhe'llhopefullyplaymoretothatlevelasJulyrollson.
Thonrollson
Evenaboutwithfoultroublecouldn'tstopfive-starforwardThonMaker'smonsterweekfromrollingon.
DespitesittingoutnearlytheentirefirsthalfinThursday'seveningsessiongame,Makerputup23points,ninereboundsandfourblocks.Hewasaggressiveontheglass,hewasaforceontherim,and,onceagain,heshowednotroublesbringingtheballupthecourtwhenaskedtodothattoo.
"Mybodyhashelpedmeoutlately,"Makersaidafterthegame."Justbeingbiggerhascausedmetobethataggressive.Soyeah,I'mreallytryingtodominate."
Makerisnowaveraging20.7points,15.7reboundsandthreeblocksthroughthefirstthreegamesofcampthisweek.
Feltonfeelsitfromdeep
NorthCarolinacommitandfive-starClassof2017pointguardJalekFeltonhasbeenoneofthecamp'sleadersinassistsandhestartedhisplayonThursdaywithadouble-doubleperformanceandasolidoverallgame.
WithcampteammateandNo.1overall2017prospectDeAndreAytonsittingoutThursdaynight'saction,Feltonhadtopickupthescoringslackforhisteamanddidsoinamajorway,goingfor22pointsandhitting5of73-pointattempts.
Continuingtoaddtohisimpressivecampassisttotalwithsevenmorehelpers,Feltonshowcasedhisgiftedpassingabilitywithanumberofone-handedbulletswitheitherhandwhilealsocreativelyusingjumppassesoncehegotintheairtodrawinhelpdefenders.
Sometimesthoseuniquepassesleadtoturnovers,butFeltononlyhadoneonThursdaynightasallofhispasseswereonpoint.
MJWalkergetsbackontrack
OpeningthecamponWednesdaynightwithastellarperformance,four-starClassof2017guardM.J.WalkerhadasimilaroutingonThursdaynightashecontinuedastrongoverallshowingatthecamp.
The6-foot-5Walkerputupadouble-doubleof23pointsand12reboundsasheaggressivelyattackedthebasketandtriedtodrawcontactwhilefinishing.Walkerwasanimpressive9-for-12fromthefieldandhealsodidagoodjobofdrawingfoulsandgettingtothefree-throwlineashewent9-for-12fromthecharitystripe.
Sinceheisalsoastandoutonthefootballfieldatfreesafety,Walkerisaccustomedtophysicalplayandhisruggedbrandofballtranslateswellinhispowerdrivegame.Ifhehasafullheadofsteamheadingtowardsthebasket,Walkerisn'tafraidtotakeitatanybodyandhe'sbeenfearlessaroundthebasketthisweek.
MarkVitalstaysproductive
OneofthemostconsistentplayersatcampthisweekhasbeenBaylorcommitMarkVital,apowerwingat6-foot-5whocontinuestobeproductiveandpowerfulnearthebasket.
OtherplayersmighthaveputupbiggerscoringnumbersonThursdaynight,butthefour-starClassof2016winghadadouble-doubleof16pointsand12reboundsandhe'snowaveraging17pointsandninereboundsthroughthreegamesofcamp.
WhileVitalisn'tgoingtoattemptalotofshotsbyusinghisjumper,hestayswithhisstrengthsandmakesdefendersstophimattherim,whichisaverydifficulttask.Vitalisshootingahealthy50percentfromthefieldontheweekandmorethanahandfulofthosemissescamewhenhewastryingtocatchabodyattherim.
It'sgoingtobeinterestingtoseehowBaylorheadcoachScottDrewusesVitalatthenextlevelbecausehecouldopttousehimonthewingasathree,orgosmallanduseVitalasafour.
Eitherway,Vitalisgoingtobringahighlevelofenergyandheisn'tafraidtomixitupinsideagainstbiggerdefenders.
CurtisJonescontinuesscoringtouch
ComboguardCurtisJoneshasbeenadestructiveforcescoringthebasketballallweekashecontinuedtoscorchthenetsfor22pointsonThursdaynight.
Thefour-starClassof2016guardhasshottheballwelloffthecatchallweekandhe'sdoneareallynicejobofspacingtheflooronbreaksandinhalf-courtsetswhenhispointguardsareabletopenetrateandgetinthelane.
The6-foot-4Jonesisshootingaveryrespectable40percentfrom3-pointrangeduringthecampandcontinuedtofillitupfromtheperimeterbygoing5-for-8fromdistanceonThursdaynight.
Oncehe'shitsome3-pointers,Joneshasdrawnhisdefenderouttothelineandblownbythemforsomefinishesnearthebasket.
Newsandnotes
Four-star2017shootingguardDevontaeShulerClickHeretoviewthisLink.showedoffhisscoringabilityonceagainThursdaynight,pouringin18pointstogoalongwithsevenrebounds.HelistedoffersfromStephenFAustin,WakeForestClickHeretoviewthisLink.,WoffordandUSCClickHeretoviewthisLink.,plusinterestfromVirginiaClickHeretoviewthisLink.,NorthCarolinaClickHeretoviewthisLink.,LouisvilleClickHeretoviewthisLink.,GeorgetownClickHeretoviewthisLink.,TexasClickHeretoviewthisLink.,Xavier,ClemsonClickHeretoviewthisLink.andArizonaStateClickHeretoviewthisLink..
Skylar MaysClick Unranked stretch four Wyatt LowellClick Here to view this Link. made a case for some attention this week with his 12-point performance Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder made two 3-pointers and said after he's hearing more and more from ColoradoClick Here to view this Link., UtahClick Here to view this Link. and Gonzaga recently. For now, he holds offers from Colgate, Rice, Weber State, Lehigh, UC Davis and Northern Colorado. Here to view this Link. has found some success playing alongside Fultz this week, but he'll be off to BaylorClick Unranked stretch four Wyatt LowellClick Here to view this Link. made a case for some attention this week with his 12-point performance Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder made two 3-pointers and said after he's hearing more and more from ColoradoClick Here to view this Link., UtahClick Here to view this Link. and Gonzaga recently. For now, he holds offers from Colgate, Rice, Weber State, Lehigh, UC Davis and Northern Colorado. Here to view this Link. as soon as the camp ends this weekend. The three-star guard is all set for his official visit to Baylor, hoping to have a good time in Waco, Texas. "I want to just see what they've got going on and how I fit in their system," Mays said. "I'm looking forward to it."