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2023 NBA G-League Elite Camp Stock Up, Down, Or Neutral
Our own Nathan Grubel reviews and breaks down his top performers from the 2023 NBA G-League Elite Camp.
What a weekend it was in Chicago!
The 2023 NBA G-League Elite Camp did not disappoint, as 44 draft prospects faced off across four teams for the chance to potentially earn a spot in the 2023 NBA Draft Combine.
While announcements haven’t been made YET at who officially is going to make the jump, what I CAN do is review all of the action that took place across the games, and break down whose stock is up, down, or neutral after the event.
Just because I may project a prospect’s stock to be UP doesn’t necessarily mean that I would also predict said player to earn a combine invite. Vice versa, just because I wasn’t impressed with a player’s performance or considered it a hindrance to their stock in my eyes doesn’t mean league scouts and executives don’t feel differently.
That being said, I do think a number of performances were quite interesting based on this draft as well as what lies ahead in 2024. It’s always worth paying attention to events like Elite Camp and the Portsmouth Invitational when scouting on the margins, as these are fresh opportunities for new eyes to evaluate these players.
Opinions can change at the drop of a hat across the league depending on how a player performs in these scrimmages, regardless of whether that’s right or wrong in accordance with their overall body of work and what that should dictate. So in order to balance that fact, it’s important to keep in mind HOW I’m evaluating changes in stock for prospects.
If you missed the full preview Maxwell Baumbach and I did regarding the Elite Camp, you can read it here. But in said breakdown, we wrote about where each player stood heading into the event with regards to their prior seasons, strengths, and weaknesses.
Did these players either solidify their strengths as major skills that could translate to the next level, or show that there is more to their game than meets the eye a la turning some of those weaknesses into skills that have shown improvement to progress at the next level? That’s the basis of what I was watching for and how I came to my conclusions in particular.
So let’s get into each team’s players and see who I feel helped themselves the most this past weekend!
Jazian Gortman, Overtime Elite (6’2”, 174 lbs., 6’10” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 10 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 3/7 FG, ½ 3P, 3/3 FT, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 5 PF
Day 2 Stats: 11 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 4/10 FG, ⅓ 3P, 2/2 FT, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 4 TOV, 4 PF
Jazian Gortman came into Elite Camp with a lot to prove given some open skepticism amongst public and private scouts regarding the competition level of the Overtime Elite Program. Overall, Gortman performed above and beyond ALL of my expectations, scoring in double digits both days while looking the part of a legitimate point guard prospect. His shiftiness and overall athletic ability, smooth pull-up jumper, and ability to take space and create open shots in ways other guards couldn’t during the weekend opened the eyes of many and put himself on two-way contract radars. Not to mention his playing of passing lanes to force steals in his first game matched with how he measured out (6’10” wingspan) and suggests potential on the defensive side of the ball as well. Gortman earned his invite up to the combine and could play in those scrimmages as well as he did at Elite Camp, possibly earning himself a draft selection in the second round.
Johni Broome, Auburn (6’10”, 247 lbs., 7’0” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 23 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 8/11 FG, ½ 3P, 6/10 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 17 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 8/14 FG, ⅓ 3P, 0/1 FT, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 0 TOV, 2 PF
While Johni Broome isn’t the most gifted big man in terms of verticality and speed, his solid frame, strength, and touch around the basket helped him to achieve the two best stat lines of any player on the weekend. Broome found ways to run the floor in transition, slip to the basket, and crash the offensive glass (particularly on the second day) to pile up easy points, putting up a combined 40 points on 16-for-25 shooting. He even knocked down two threes, suggesting he’s been working on his outside stroke. So long as his rim protection, rebounding, and post game translate to the next level, Broome could be a value draft selection in the back end of the second round or a nice potential signee in the undrafted free agent market. Either way, his next opportunity at the combine gives him more chances at a contract next season.
PJ Hall, Clemson (6’9”, 241 lbs., 7’2” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 17 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 6/13 FG, 3/7 3P, 2/4 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 7 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 3/11 FG, ¼ 3P, 1/1 FT, 0 STL, 0 BS, 3 TOV, 4 PF
PJ Hall came out to a rip-roaring start in his first game, absolutely stroking it from deep and showing DEEP range on his shot as a stretch forward. His energy running the floor and getting to his spots to prep for looks stood out and really helped his team space the floor for others to create. Unfortunately, that hot hand didn’t show up in his second game, as he shot poorly from the floor and wasn’t nearly as effective separating from defenders or creating offense for himself with or without the ball. Without the measurements to solidify him as a potential small-ball big, or the vision to keep the ball moving within the flow of the offense if a shot isn’t there for him, it’s tough to envision him playing a meaningful role in the NBA. BUT…teams always love when size and shooting intersect, meaning Hall still has a chance to stand out and earn at least a tryout for a team to prove he belongs on the floor. His invite up to the combine is that very chance, so we will see if Hall makes the most of it.
Kendric Davis, Memphis (5’11”, 181 lbs., 6’1” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 8 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST, 3/7 FG, 1/1 3P, ½ FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 16 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 4/10 FG, ¼ 3P, 7/7 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 3 PF
A rather ho-hum outing for Kendric Davis in his team’s first game; boy, did he come alive in his second outing, though, going for 16 points and delivering in the scoring department from all levels on the floor. Connecting on a few threes, but more importantly taking advantage of the midrange and drawing fouls to get to the line, Davis poured in points efficiently while also distributing in transition and out of pick-and-roll sets. He even kept his turnovers down and maintained a near 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the weekend. NBA teams know he can put the ball in the basket, and that he’s fighting an uphill battle given his size. But Davis proving he can take care of the rock and limit the number of possessions he gives back to the other team is something that should stick out as teams look to make decisions on whether to target Davis with a potential two-way contract. Davis did in fact earn a call-up to the combine, so playing like he did on Sunday in those scrimmages would go a long way to earning a contract ahead of next season.
Tristen Newton, UConn (6’5”, 187 lbs., 6’7” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, ¼ FG, 0/2 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, ⅚ FG, ¾ 3P, 1/1 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TOV, 1 PF
Before the second day’s game, Tristen Newton didn’t help himself to stand out on NBA radars for the 2023 draft. In his first outing on the weekend, Newton was hesitant offensively and wasn’t the sharpest defensively despite forcing a few turnovers playing passing lanes. Game two, however, was a different story, as Newton came out of the gate looking for opportunities to hunt for his shot both on and off the ball, and was locked in from distance—proving the range he showcased at UConn this year is legit and translates in multiple contexts. Even if there are still questions about his playmaking on an NBA floor, he was a great lead guard option in college and should stick out to teams as a potential backup option be it this year or in next year’s draft class.
Leaky Black, North Carolina (6’7”, 201 lbs, 7’0” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 3 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 1/7 FG, 0/4 3P, ½ FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 2 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, ½ FG, 0/0 3P, 0/0 FT, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Even though Leaky Black didn’t prove he’s ready to impact an NBA game on the offensive end, teams and scouts knew that coming into this weekend. What they also knew was that Black was one of the most impactful defenders in college basketball over the last few years, and he was able to put up a combination of stats that no other Tar Heel in the school’s history could match in terms of totals. Did any of that change this past weekend at Elite Camp? No. Black had some moments defensively at the end of his first game to help his team come up big in crucial moments, but couldn’t buy a bucket from deep or show he could get to the free-throw line to create in some capacity. Black, still a live-wire athlete with speed and length in the open court, will have the attention of teams given his pedigree and impact on winning defensively. No new developments however after this weekend in terms of his game rounding itself out.
Matthew Murrell, Ole Miss (6’3”, 201 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, ⅕ FT, 0/2 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 11 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 4/10 FG, 2/6 3P, 1/1 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 2 PF
Another guard who had little to no impact on day one, Matthew Murrell showed that he could make use of his athletic traits (which tested very well by the way) and impact the game on both ends of the floor. Able to keep up with the other guards in man-to-man defense, put pressure on the rim, finish alley-oops, and even can a few threes in his second game, Murrell reminded scouts just how talented he is when given the right opportunity. A sturdy guard with great positional length and explosiveness, Murrell needed to prove that his shot is better than the numbers suggested last season at Ole Miss. Unfortunately, Murrell only knocked in 2-of-8 from deep, meaning that part of his case still has a ways to go in earning the trust of decision-makers. But there’s more to basketball than JUST shooting, and Murrell did his part on the second day of Elite Camp. I would expect him to get a long look from evaluators after that performance.
Jalen Bridges, Baylor (6’8”, 215 lbs., 6’10” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, ¼ FG, 0/2 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 0 TOV, 0 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 3/6 FG, 0/2 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
No real standout games from a box score perspective for Jalen Bridges on the weekend, but anyone who paid close attention could feel his impact on the floor. His three blocks in his first game were very well-timed and important to keep his team’s momentum going. Even though he didn’t space the floor effectively, which is still a major question mark for Bridges, he was everywhere on the floor to try and grab rebounds, cover multiple positions, and set himself up for easy scoring opportunities around the basket. At the end of the day, teams want to buy in to 6’8” athletic wings who can dribble, rebound, and defend all over the floor. If he’s able to prove in workouts that the shooting is closer to what he did at Baylor in the second half of the year, there’s certainly an opportunity for him to begin working his way up the ladder in the pros.
Johnell Davis, Florida Atlantic (6’4”, 191 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, ⅝ FG, ⅔ 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 1 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 0/4 FG, 0/1 3P, 1/1 FT, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 0 PF
There was real buzz surrounding Johnell Davis after his first performance at Elite Camp. Looking the part of a legitimate role player, Davis didn’t come in and hunt for shots outside of his comfort zone. He took what defenses gave him, knocked down a variety of looks, and rebounded incredibly well on the day for any position let alone guards. Not to mention his activity level on the defensive end solidified himself in my mind as a guy who could potentially earn a combine invite IF he continued to play above expectations in his second game. That part of the equation didn’t happen, as he was virtually non-existent in his second outing doing little to contribute to his team’s success. Davis is expected to return to college for another season, but he’s likely taking valuable feedback with him if in fact that’s his decision. With that first performance, Davis could be on the short list of returning players who could start out as projected first-round picks during the 2023-24 preseason.
Joey Hauser, Michigan State (6’9”, 218 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 3 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, ⅛ FG, ⅙ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 0 PF
Day 2 Stats: 3 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, ½ FG, ½ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 1 PF
There is very little to say about the performance of Joey Hauser at Elite Camp, other than the fact that he did his job and spaced the floor for others to operate. Despite not converting on a good majority of his threes, Hauser was quick to get to his spots, relocate, and play within the flow of the offense and what his teammates needed. Given that he didn’t have any moments that stuck out defensively, along with the inconsistent shooting, it’s clear that Hauser’s argument as a prospect will need to come from what he did at Michigan State, which was to convert over 40% of his triples on nearly five attempts per game. If he’s able to prove in team workouts that he’s THAT shooter, and not the one who showed up to Elite Camp, he could still earn a two-way deal given the success his brother Sam has had as a bench shooter with the Boston Celtics.
Taevion Kinsey, Marshall (6’5”, 187 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, 1/1 FG, 0/0 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 0 PF
Day 2 Stats: 4 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 2/2 FG, 0/0 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 0 PF
Despite having some very positive buzz coming out of the Portsmouth Invitational, Taevion Kinsey did little to move the needle at Elite Camp in terms of positive production at higher volume. Yes, he made the three shots that he took, but he ONLY took three shots. I would’ve expected more in other areas of the game, but he ran the floor, found open teammates, and stuck to just acting as a glue guy doing what his team needed to try and win. Kinsey’s individual defense was pretty decent at times, and he did measure well in terms of wingspan. But not doing more to solidify that he’s a capable shot-maker from distance didn’t exactly raise his stock amongst scouts, nor will he climb any spots on my board in the immediate future.
Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas (6’4”, 173 lbs., 6’9” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 16 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 6/12 FG, 2/4 3P, 2/2 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 13 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, ⅖ FG, ¼ 3P, 8/8 FT, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 5 TOV, 2 PF
Sir’Jabari Rice is on an absolute HEATER of late, following up his very productive Texas season and Portsmouth Invitational outing with two more great scoring outings at Elite Camp. Even though he didn’t shoot great from the floor in his second game, Rice got to the line and knocked down all of his free throws once he got to the charity stripe. Rice’s ability to get to his spots with or without the ball and knock down a variety of pull-up jumpers has had scouts intrigued for months, and there just hasn’t been a series of defenders who have either kept him from getting those looks or bothering them once he takes his shots. Measuring in with great length for a guard, Rice has earned an invite up to the combine to cement his two-way case as a second round pick. As one of the best shot makers across both events, it would shock me if Rice wasn’t drafted at this point OR didn’t earn a favorable contract in the undrafted market.
Anton Watson, Gonzaga (6’8”, 241 lbs., 7’0” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 13 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 6/11 FG, ½ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 5 PF
Day 2 Stats: 9 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, ⅔ FG, 2/2 3P, ¾ FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TOV, 3 PF
Anton Watson didn’t have the cleanest performances across his games played, but he still found ways to stand out and affect the game in certain moments. Running the floor in transition, hitting contested threes, defending multiple positions to varying success, Watson’s responsibilities fluctuated across both games and he didn’t miss too many beats on either side of the ball. There were moments I would’ve liked to see more from Watson, such as defending bigger players without fouling them or showing better playmaking ability or shooting from the perimeter. But Watson still did a little bit of everything as a small-ball forward, and he should have the attention of NBA teams as a high-feel forward whose value swings upward if he’s able to knock down outside shots and consistently make plays on the ball defensively.
Hunter Tyson, Clemson (6’9”, 209 lbs., 6’10” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 4/14 FG, ⅛ 3P, 3/3 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 10 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 4/7 FG, ⅖ 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
Hunter Tyson had a much better outing in his second game, flowing better offensively and better communicating and defending multiple positions. He scored in double figures in both games, and measured well from a height perspective. When his shooting stroke is on, there’s room for intrigue in a wing who has plus size and feel like he does. While I would like to see a little more passing feel from the former Clemson sharpshooter, NBA teams clearly felt like he showed enough between Elite Camp and Portsmouth to earn a spot at the combine. Tyson will likely play in scrimmages throughout the week, and should he continue to shoot the cover off the ball while defending his spots, Tyson could end up selected in the second round of the 2023 draft.
D’Moi Hodge, Missouri (6’4”, 185 lbs., 6’5” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 3 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 1/6 FG, 0/3 3P, ½ FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 8 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 2/8 FG, 2/7 3P, ⅔ FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 0 PF
No, D’Moi Hodge didn’t pile up points or shoot effectively from the floor. Many would consider his outings a disappointment given how well he scored in a few games at Portsmouth. But when Hodge is on the floor, his presence is felt. How he guards individually and locks down opposing ball handlers, or gets to his spots and runs the floor in transition. Hodge keeps his head up, is aware of his surroundings, and competes his tail off to help his team stay in games and win. That’s what he’s done all year long, and he did more of the same at Elite Camp be it rebounding, making plays, or hitting timely shots. He didn’t earn a combine invite, but I would still expect Hodge to get calls and work out a contract of some kind in undrafted free agency.
Markquis Nowell, Kansas State (5’8”, 160 lbs., 6’1” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 11 PTS, 1 REB, 8 AST, 3/7 FG, 2/4 3P, ¾ FT, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 5 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 3 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1/9 FG, ⅕ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 5 PF
Markquis Nowell dazzled scouts and spectators in his first game, showing the passing flair and shot-making that he did in this past NCAA Tournament. And while that hot streak of his in-game one didn’t carry over into his next outing on Sunday, Nowell still proved he can hang with other pro-caliber prospects and make his teammates better in the process. Showing timing, instincts, and vision on both ends of the floor, Nowell has a bright future ahead of him as a pro even if he doesn’t sign an NBA contract right out of the gate. Nothing he did or didn’t do at Elite Camp moved the needle on his overall draft stock.
Norchad Omier, Miami (6’7”, 254 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 10 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 5/9 FG, 0/0 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 5 PTS, 7 REB, 0 AST, 2/9 FG, ¼ 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TOV, 4 PF
Even though his game is unconventional given his size and tendencies, Norchad Omier was effective at Elite Camp just as he was in helping Miami reach the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament. Measuring in at around 6’7”, Omier’s physicality in the post and on the glass was apparent as he won extra possessions for his squad and filled up his own box score in the scoring and rebounding departments. Even though he didn’t make the same plays on the ball defensively in the first game as he did in his second, Omier’s positioning and awareness on that end of the floor stood out to evaluators, myself included. Hoping to make a name for himself like a new-age Dejuan Blair, Omier could very well have a home in the league after the 2024 NBA Draft. I would expect that he returns to school with valuable feedback on how to make that dream a reality.
Josiah-Jordan James, Tennessee (6’7”, 213 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 6 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 2/4 FG, ⅔ 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats:7 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 3/6 FG, ⅓ 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TOV, 2 PF
Josiah-Jordan James has a unique game for a combo forward, looking to stand out as not just a shooter, but also as a passer and defensive playmaker. There’s little that JJJ can’t do on the floor, and he did a good job at proving he can hit a number of different shots from three-point range. Having rated out well in shooting drills conducted at Elite Camp, James connected on 3-of-6 triples while guarding multiple positions and bringing a level of physicality and toughness on the glass for his squad. James is the definition of a glue guy, and it wouldn’t shock me to see him taken in the second round or nab one of the first contracts available in the undrafted market despite not earning a trip up to the combine.
Alex Fudge, Florida (6’9”, 189 lbs., 7’1” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 5 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, ⅕ FG, 0/2 3P, ¾ FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 4 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 8 REB, 0 AST, ⅜ FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Despite having a much better second game than his first go-round on Saturday, Alex Fudge still failed to make a noticeable impact offensively that moved the needle past where it’s been the last few seasons. Fudge didn’t prove he could hit open jumpers, missed some easy opportunities around the basket, and didn’t defend bigger matchups well in his first game despite making more plays on the ball on Sunday. His mixed bag offensively leaves scouts in a difficult position in terms of how to value his athleticism, physical tools, and defensive instincts. If a team believes in its ability to teach Fudge how to at least knock down a respectable number of corner threes to force defenses to closeout giving him baseline drives, I could see him being selected in the second round. But is that outcome likely? I would still venture to say no.
Meechie Johnson, South Carolina (6’2”, 181 lbs., 6’4” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 3 PTS, 0 REB, 2 AST, ⅕ FG, ¼ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 3/6 FG, 0/2 3P, 0/2 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 3 PF
It was always going to be an uphill battle for Meechie Johnson coming into Elite Camp given his up-and-down season along with GG Jackson at South Carolina. Johnson has skill for sure, as a lead guard who can handle, pass a bit, and knock down open jumpers. He’s also a better athlete than he’s given credit for being. But he wasn’t able to score consistently and effectively from the perimeter across both games, and he failed to take care of the ball well in terms of assist-to-turnover ratio. There were many minutes in which I didn’t feel much of any impact from Johnson, meaning he’s still in a very similar if not worse position than before he showed up to Elite Camp. The best thing he can do is own team workouts defensively against other guards, and prove his shooting stroke is better than it was at Elite Camp and closer to where he was this past season (32.7% on 7.1 attempts per game).
Mike Sharavjamts, Dayton (6’9”, 180 lbs. 6’9” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 0 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0/1 FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 0 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 0/3 FG, 0/3 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 3 PF
Mike Sharavjamts didn’t exactly have a weekend that pushed the needle on his draft stock from an offensive perspective. Failing to register any points either day, Mongolian Mike wasn’t able to stick out offensively in any meaningful way. Pair that with his inability to defend at a high level and keep up with the size and strength of other players, and it’s clear that Sharavjamts still needs time to further develop his full range of skills. BUT…all hope should NOT be lost for Mike, as there were moments where he made some nice hit-ahead passes, competed on the glass, and positioned himself to help make the right play to help his team win. Sharavjamts’s awareness on both ends of the floor this past weekend, especially on defense, was a step up from what I watched at Dayton. He’s still growing as a player, and if he hits his ceiling as a 6’9” point guard, it’s easy to see how teams will still be interested in him no matter what his future holds.
Joe Bryant Jr., Norfolk State (6’1”, 209 lbs., 6’6”, Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, ⅓ FG, 0/0 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 8 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, ⅗ FG, 0/0 3P, 2/2 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Even though Joe Bryant Jr. had some shot-making moments in his second game at Elite Camp, overall he didn’t leave the impression on scouts that he was likely expecting to as a two-way guard capable of getting hot like some of the other names at the event. Having completed a great year shooting at Norfolk State, Bryant’s game revolves around tough shot-making and physical drives to the basket. We did see some of those things later in the weekend, but not enough to earn a combine invite or move his stock upward to where it needs to be in order to get drafted in June. But Bryant is built well, capable of defending multiple backcourt positions despite his height, and he still has the ability to get hot at any moment. I would expect to see him competing on a Summer League roster in the near future.
Landers Nolley II, Cincinnati (6’7”, 208 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 4/8 FG, ⅗ 3P, 1/1 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2/6 FG, 2/6 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 3 PF
Landers Nolley II wasn’t QUITE the standout shooter that I thought he would be at Elite Camp, after having a great series of games at Portsmouth. But he did shoot 5-for-11 from three, proving that his perimeter game is still the best weapon in his arsenal. Factor in his size, length, and lateral mobility, and it’s easy to envision his role at the next level in the “3-and-D” archetype. While there were moments I would’ve loved to see him show a higher feel for passing to avoid some bad turnovers in the first game, Nolley won’t be asked to make too many reads in the NBA and should still find a home as a knockdown shooter. His defensive playmaking was a plus at Elite Camp, and I’d expect Nolley to have a contract signed on draft night.
Tosan Evbuomwan, Princeton (6’8”, 215 lbs., 7’2” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 6 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, ⅔ FG, 0/0 3P, 2/6 FT, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 5 TOV, 5 PF
Day 2 Stats: 9 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 4/7 FG, 0/1 3P, ½ FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 0 PF
Coming in as one of my favorite sleepers at Elite Camp, Tosan Evbuomwan made his impact felt all over the floor as a two-way presence. Showcasing his speed for his size, length, and overall feel, Evbuomwan found ways to slice to the basket on one end, while running back and covering a ton of ground on the other. Overall, he put together a more complete game on Sunday but still played up to his potential Saturday. While I would’ve liked to see him in more playmaking situations at the event, Evbuomwan showed his ability to make quick reads and decisions on the fly. He earned an invite up to the combine, and while it’s unlikely for him to get drafted without the jump shot falling to a certain degree, the skill level and overall floor he presents to an NBA team may intrigue someone to roll the dice in the second round.
Olivier Nkamhoua, Tennessee (6’9”, 229 lbs., 7’0” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 5 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, ⅖ FG, ½ 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 12 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 3/6 FG, ⅔ 3P, 4/6 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
I was honestly surprised that Olivier Nkamhoua didn’t earn an invite up to the combine, as he was one of the more complete players to my eye throughout Elite Camp. Showing shot-making, interior scoring, solid screen setting, and defensive instincts, Nkamhoua had a great weekend both in terms of production and measurements. As he did in Tennessee’s massive upset over Duke in the NCAA Tournament, Olivier just looked the part of an NBA player on the floor against his peers. Running the floor, defending in space when he was put in that position, and scoring in both spot-up and one-on-one capacities, Nkamhoua did a little bit of everything while proving he belongs at the next level. He has the chance to return to college, so if he does I would expect his stock to be on the up and up during the 2023-24 preseason.
Drew Peterson, USC (6’9”, 192 lbs., 6’10” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 6 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 2/4 FG, 0/2 3P, 2/2 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 14 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, ⅘ FG, 1/1 3P, ⅝ FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Even in the lesser box score performance on Saturday for Drew Peterson, his high-level feel, scoring ability, and length were on display in helping him get it done on both ends of the floor. And boy did he capitalize on some improvements made on Sunday, as he cleaned up his turnovers, was more aggressive hunting his shot and getting to the line, and making the right plays for his teammates both in the halfcourt and in transition. Peterson’s ability to impact the game in virtually every way as a 6’9” ball handler and shot-maker was on full display during Elite Camp, and it wouldn’t be crazy for an NBA team to consider drafting him in the second round given how that profile generally works out to success so long as the shooting is there. Overall, despite what some of his percentages have been historically, I do buy on the shot being there for him. My questions remain on the defensive end, but guys who see the floor like he can have the potential to at least survive on that side of the ball.
Antoine Davis, Detroit (6’1”, 165 lbs., 6’4” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 4/10 FG, 4/9 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 14 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 4/9 3P, 4/8 3P, 2/2 FT, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TOV, 3 PF
Look, I don’t want to sound like I’m down on Antoine Davis as a pro player overall. He’s one of the most special shot-makers we’ve EVER seen in college basketball, nearly breaking Pistol Pete’s scoring record for crying out loud. His three-point shooting off the bounce is unheard of PERIOD, so it becomes really easy to buy into him as at least a microwave scorer off the bench somewhere IF enough of the other skills are there. Unfortunately, I just don’t think Davis showed anything different that separated himself from the pack to earn a selection in the 2023 draft. His defense isn’t great given his size (although he did show quick hands on Sunday forcing three steals), and when put in a position to make plays for others the results are mixed at best. Davis is on the floor for one reason, and I’ve just seen a hesitancy in recent drafts for teams to invest draft capital in specialists who don’t bring enough of other things to the table. Offensive dynamos like Davis have great pro careers regardless of where they are, and Davis is sure to make a lot of money throughout his life in basketball.
Tyger Campbell, UCLA (6’0”, 184 lbs., 6’2” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 10 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST, ⅜ FG, 0/1 3P, 4/4 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 10 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 4/8 FG, ½ 3P, ½ FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
Stock neutral is the best way I can describe the performances of Tyger Campbell at Elite Camp. It’s not that he didn’t have two good games, as he definitely did in scoring double figures as well as taking care of the ball while making plays for others as the lead guard. With guards who are undersized, however, there needs to be a blend of special shot-making and distributing if the defense isn’t spectacular. Campbell competes on the floor no matter what his role is, but the margin for error is much slimmer with a player like Campbell vs. a wing with good positional size and shooting ability who better fits into multiple roster constructions. Campbell absolutely has a chance to make the NBA and stick on rosters as a back-end rotation player, but I’m not sure he did enough at Elite Camp to move the needle toward him potentially getting drafted in a few months.
Tyrin Lawrence, Vanderbilt (6’4”, 194 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 11 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, ⅘ FG, 0/1 3P, ¾ FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 0 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 0/5 FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 2 PF
After an outstanding first day for Tyrin Lawrence, he didn’t exactly play heavy minutes in his second game to stand out in any particular way or earn a combine invite. Still, what Lawrence did on Saturday was justify any scouts’ feelings that he will at some point be a pro guard in the NBA. Standing at 6’4”, Lawrence showed great scoring feel in the halfcourt, playing with pace and touch inside the arc. He found ways to get to his spots, convert, rebound, and even hold his own positionally defensively. I would be much more intrigued for this year’s draft if I had more confidence the shot was 100% there for him, and he only took two threes across both games at Elite Camp. Still, he projects well to go back to school and have a breakout season which could put him in a better position to be selected in the 2024 NBA Draft.
Shaun Doss, UAPB (6’5”, 184 lbs., 6’10” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 FG, 0 3P, 0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 5 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 2/6 FG, ⅓ 3P, 0/0 FT, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TOV, 2 PF
If you don’t remember Shaun Doss playing in Saturday’s game for Team 3, it’s ok because he wasn’t exactly a noticeable factor in the game’s outcome. While the SWAC wing certainly has promise and potential to shake up a Summer League roster with his blend of physical tools and slashing ability, Doss didn’t find a way to stand out as a shot-maker from the perimeter, which was a question scouts had about his game coming in. He had a few good moments on both ends on Sunday, but not enough to move the needle in my mind ahead of some of the other players at his position in this group of potential second-round picks or two-way contract signees. Had he gotten more opportunity to handle the ball, he may have been in the tier up. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, so he still has work to do in team workouts to solidify his case as a prospect.
Hakim Hart, Maryland (6’7”, 203 lbs., 7’0” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 5 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, ⅓ FG, ½ 3P, 2/2 FT, 3 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 4 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 2/4 FG, 0/0 3P, 0/1 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Having entered the transfer portal and committed to Villanova should he return to college next season, this event was a chance for Hakim Hart to either stand out and earn a combine invite to move on, or gain valuable feedback to take back to college and use to improve his stock. Unfortunately, I’m not sure either goal was fully accomplished as Hart didn’t receive much opportunity on either side of the ball to stick out and make his case as a prospect. Yes, he had three steals in his game on Saturday but there were that many other plays where his defensive intensity was in question. Hart’s outside shot has always been inconsistent, and we didn’t get a chance to get a more firm answer in that aspect of his game given that he only attempted two triples on the weekend. I still believe in Hart as a 6’7” wing who can disrupt passing lanes with his length, handle the ball, and score off the bounce. If he can continue to improve as a playmaker, shoot at an above-average clip, and defend consistently, Hart should be at least in this position next draft cycle or potentially with a combine invite in hand.
Caleb McConnell, Rutgers (6’7”, 199 lbs., 6’9” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 3 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, ⅙ FG, 0/3 3P, ⅓ FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 2 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1/7 FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TOV, 0 PF
Coming into this weekend, Caleb McConnell had one job in terms of improving his draft stock: show that he could put the ball in the basket effectively from anywhere on the floor. Given that he shot 2-of-13 across both games at Elite Camp, McConnell failed to assert his will offensively. Yes, he boasts a great physical profile for a guard who can contain multiple matchups on the perimeter defensively and force turnovers, but defensive specialists with little to no clear skill set offensively are difficult bets to make, especially given McConnell’s age and developmental curve. I still fully expect him to compete for a roster spot at Summer League, but this could’ve been a great opportunity for him to have a better path to a contract before that point.
Charles Bediako, Alabama (6’11”, 223 lbs., 7’3” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 11 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, ⅘ FG, 0/0 3P, 3/7 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TOV, 5 PF
Day 2 Stats: 7 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, ⅓ FG, 0/0 3P, ⅝ FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 1 PF
I wouldn’t say that Charles Bediako played poorly, and maybe there’s an argument to be made that his stock is netural and not down. But at the same time, I expected just a little more from the sophomore center in terms of asserting himself physically on both ends of the floor. In his first game, Bediako displayed solid touch around the basket, ran the floor, and got some good rebounds against other bigs. Even in that outing though, Bediako fumbled the ball multiple times and failed to effectively defend without fouling at the rim. Overall, Bediako is still raw and should go back to school for some more developmental reps, but at least he should have great feedback on what improvements he still needs to make to his game.
Cliff Omoruyi, Rutgers (6’10”, 243 lbs., 7’6” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 6/7 FG, 0/0 3P, 0/2 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TOV, 4 PF
Day 2 Stats: 3 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 1/1 FG, 1/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 0 PF
I thought for sure that Cliff Omoruyi was going to earn a combine invite after how he stood out physically in his first game at Elite Camp. Even in his second game, I specifically remember a few opportunities he had to run the floor, handle a bit, and push guys off spots. While he didn’t pile up the box score stats on Sunday, he was dominant in Saturday’s game making his presence felt. Omoruyi also measured in incredibly well, with a 7’6” wingspan that complements his strong frame and high motor. Omoruyi is a value big either at the back end of the second or in the undrafted market, and given how he adapted his game at Elite Camp from post-up heavy big at Rutgers to a player who was focused on screen-and-roll offense, I would expect teams to take a long look at drafting the Rutgers center.
Dillon Jones, Weber State (6’6”, 233 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan) *Earned Combine Invite*
Day 1 Stats: 9 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 2/6 FG, 0/1 3P, ⅝ FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 15 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 4/8 FG, ⅓ 3P, 6/6 FT, 4 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 0 PF
One of the most unique wings in this draft class let alone at Elite Camp, Dillon Jones showed out in both games over the weekend. His blend of shot-making, playmaking, defensive instincts, and motor-fueled competitive basketball on both ends. Jones has some of the highest feel amongst his peers, and that was apparent as he was rarely out of place to make the right play on either side of the ball. Jones’s vision, awareness, and rebounding kept possessions alive and created opportunities for himself and others. The questions surrounding his athleticism and shooting weren’t answered, but all of the other boxes were checked in terms of the completeness of his game. Jones earned a combine invite for a reason, and should make a similar impact in further scrimmages and workouts in Chicago.
Jaylen Martin, Overtime Elite (6’6”, 211 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 9 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 3/6 FG, 0/1 3P, 3/3 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 10 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 4/6 FG, 0/0 3P, 2/2 FT, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 0 PF
Just like Jazian Gortman, Jaylen Martin also helped his draft stock tremendously. In more limited minutes, Martin still put up 19 points and grabbed five rebounds in a support role. As a transition threat, Martin raced up and down the floor for easy buckets that showed his touch and ability to finish at tough angles. Martin is a competitive player who is consistently working on his touch and feel as a ball handler, and that work looks to be paying off as he had those things on display at Elite Camp. His length and athleticism on the wing likely have a few NBA teams intrigued, meaning I’d expect to see more of him as the months go on despite not getting called up to the combine like Gortman.
Colin Castleton, Florida (6’11”, 234 lbs., 7’4” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 4/6 FG, 0/0 3P, 4/4 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 4 PF
Day 2 Stats: 10 PTS, 4 REB, 0 AST, 3/7 FG, 0/1 3P, 4/4 FT, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Colin Castleton did exactly what everyone knew he could do coming in: dominate physically while showing enough skill to keep NBA front offices intrigued. Measuring in well, Castleton’s size and length helped him to swat away shots on Sunday, while also scoring over opponents and impacting the glass in both games. Castleton’s feel for playing out of the low and high post from both scoring and playmaking perspectives is the type of skill set teams want out of a third or fourth big. While he’s not exactly an unknown in the draft scene, I’m still surprised he didn’t earn a combine invite given how consistent he was across both days. Still, Castleton has the physical profile of a pro, and I expect him to be in the mix for a contract sooner rather than later.
Matthew Mayer, Illinois (6’9”, 209 lbs., 6’11” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 12 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 3/6 FG, ⅖ 3P, 4/4 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 3 PF
Day 2 Stats: 3 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, ¼ FG, ½ 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
We saw more of exactly who Matthew Mayer is at Elite Camp: a 6’9” sharpshooter who can play you in and out of games depending on the situation. He can be a wild decision-maker at times on both sides of the floor, but when he’s locked in, Mayer can make the winning plays to keep his team in games like he did on Sunday late in the second half. Mayer helped save a few balls and made a key three to keep his team in it, and also made some timely plays defensively. Saturday was his best day on the floor in terms of making shots, but NBA teams know what they’re getting with Mayer. To me, he didn’t help or hurt his stock and remains neutral as we keep getting closer to the draft in June.
Emanuel Miller, TCU (6’7”, 208 lbs., 6’9” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 9 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, ⅘ FG, 0/0 3P, 1/1 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, ⅜ FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 0 PF
Emanuel Miller, older brother of G-League Ignite standout Leonard Miller, was one of the more consistent performers at Elite Camp in terms of scoring, rebounding, and defending. Across both games, Miller played his position/role to a T, and he had some good moments as a secondary ball handler and driver. Miller’s high feel and willingness to do the little things helped make him a TCU standout over the last few years, and NBA teams were likely pleased with what they saw. He didn’t answer questions about his perimeter shooting to back up the improvements he showed by percentage this past year on lower volume, but his baseline and tools will likely at least earn him a spot on a Summer League roster to keep working. I would expect to see Miller somewhere in the G-League next year continuing to bring his lunch pail and grind out games with his teammates as he progresses toward making an NBA rotation.
Mark Sears, Alabama (6’0”, 186 lbs., 6’2” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 10 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 2/6 FG, 1/1 3P, ⅝ FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
Day 2 Stats: 11 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 4/11 FG, ⅙ 3P, 2/4 FT, 1 STL, 3 BLK, 2 TOV, 1 PF
It’s tough to knock the hustle of Mark Sears at Elite Camp, as he was one of the most interesting players to watch late in the second half in either of his games. Sears would come alive and make shots and crucial defensive plays, and do everything in his power to keep it close and give his guys a chance to win. His clutch factor was on display plenty at Alabama last year, and there’s no denying Sears has the heart to compete at a high level. When he’s knocking down threes and getting to the line, Sears looks the part of a guard who should have a chance at competing in the NBA. I still have questions about his lack of burst for his size and his ability to command a team from the point guard position, but even if his stock remains where it is headed into next year, Sears put himself on the radar for NBA teams and should be taking back valuable feedback to college.
Antonio Reeves, Kentucky (6’6”, 183 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 4 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, 2/8 FG, 0/3 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 0 PF
Day 2 Stats: 16 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 7/13 FG, 0/4 3P, 2/2 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 0 PF
After the Saturday performance for Antonio Reeves, I originally had him as a stock down candidate. Boy, he must’ve read my notes and came back motivated on Sunday, as he poured in points later in the second half and helped to keep his team afloat as well as make a late push for a combine invite. It was good to see the shots start falling for Reeves, as he came to Kentucky as a transfer last season as the type of scorer John Calipari was looking for to fill out the roster. But we knew he could score and shoot coming into the weekend. Reeves didn’t do enough to stand out as a defender, decision maker, or more dynamic shooting threat which is why his stock remains neutral for now. I’ll be curious to see if he keeps his name in the draft or if he goes back for one more year of college ball.
Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State (6’0”, 179 lbs., 6’4” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 2 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, ⅛ FG, 0/2 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 5 PF
Day 2 Stats: 4 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 2/6 FG, 0/1 3P, 0/0 FT, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TOV, 4 PF
I had sky-high expectations for Isaiah Stevens coming into Elite Camp as one of the most talented shot-makers and playmakers amongst his peers. Stevens had a great career at Colorado State, and really put more together this past season in terms of diversifying his shot profile given his touch and start/stop ability. Unfortunately, none of that came together this weekend, making his case a little tougher to make as an undersized guard even if you were buying in previously. Stevens still has interest from NBA front offices, but he likely needs to have much better showings in team workouts to have the same chance at possibly being drafted late in the second round. Make no mistake about it, Stevens is a pro guard. His path to getting there, however, isn’t as clear today as it was before the camp started.
Tyler Burton, Richmond (6’7”, 207 lbs., 6’9” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 7 PTS, 3 REB, 0 AST, ⅓ FG, 1/1 3P, 4/4 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 3 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, ⅙ FG, 0/1 3P, ½ FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TOV, 1 PF
Tyler Burton has some fans at No Ceilings given his size, strength, and defensive feel as a wing. Coming into Elite Camp, it was clear Burton was a high-level slasher who could muck things up for opposing ball handlers on the other end. His defense was there this weekend for sure, but his offensive game didn’t quite come together like some would’ve hoped. He did knock down a three, and his stroke looked good doing so, but limited shooting ability coupled with pre-meditated drives to the basket with limited passing feel off those possessions leaves me concerned about his NBA outlook as it stands today. Still, Burton knows how to read the game defensively and is strong as all hell. NBA teams could still want to buy in and believe in the near 20 PPG scorer they saw at Richmond this past season. I also believe Burton is that guy and can help a team win on the margins. He’ll get a chance to earn a two-way contract this summer.
Spencer Rodgers, Kennesaw State (6’4”, 181 lbs., 6’8” Wingspan)
Day 1 Stats: 0 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0/3 FG, 0/2 3P, 0 FT, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TOV, 2 PF
Day 2 Stats: 6 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, ⅖ FG, ⅔ 3P, 0/0 FT, 0 STL, 2 BLK, 1 TOV, 2 PF
Last but not least, Spencer Rodgers wasn’t exactly the most present player over the course of Elite Camp. Rodgers didn’t get much opportunity offensively on Saturday, but he did have a nice two-way sequence on Sunday that led to multiple threes made. In breaking down his performance in his second game, I get why he was invited to Elite Camp. He has improved over his last few years as a shooter and overall scorer, and he’s tough with the physical tools to match in the backcourt. I’ll be very curious to keep tabs on Rodgers in terms of the teams he works out with and how he does in said workouts, as I think Rodgers may be one of the most interesting players who wasn’t given a fair shake over the weekend to prove just how much game he has.