DANIELS: NBPA Day Two Recap

DANIELS: NBPA Day Two Recap

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A pair of point guards -- Jawun Evans and Derryck Thornton -- were among the top performers on day two of the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

2015 CHECKLIST

Cheick Diallo, PF: Diallo put together his normal effort during his morning game. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound five-star recruit scored 18 points and reeled in eight boards. He ran the floor looking to score and completed play after play in transition. If he wasn't scoring in transition, he was actively pursuing rebounds and putting back misses. He has the best motor in high school basketball and he shows that every time he touches the floor. He finished 7-for-12 from the field.

Daniel Giddens, C: Giddens fought inside and played with tremendous energy in his opening game of the day. The 6-foot-10 strongly built center was active in the paint, rebounded his area and attempted to block every shot in the paint. He's athletic and gets off the floor quickly, but also likes to play physical and body up with the opposition. The next step is fine-tuning his offensive post moves. He scored eight points, grabbed seven boards and blocked five shots.

Ben Simmons, PF: After leading the camp in scoring on day one, Simmons continued is efficient scoring in the opening game of day two. While it didn't feel like he had the best game, he still scored 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He was aggressive with his drives and pulled Thon Maker away from the rim and took him off the dribble. Simmons also scored off a pair of put backs, including a put back slam in traffic. He's currently leading the camp in scoring at 18.3 points a game through four games.

Jawun Evans, PG: Evans was arguably the top performer of the night session on Thursday. Using his elite speed, Evans raced end-to-end and right by defenders. He had a number of scores in transition, but he also attacked the basket in the half court set and looked to draw defenders so he could drop off passes to teammates. Evans made good decisions with the ball and consistently created shot opportunities for his teammates. Evans also made a mid-range jump shot and hit a catch and shoot three-pointer. He finished with 19 points, nine assists and two turnovers.

Eric Davis, SG: A number of Evans' assists came off passes to Davis, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard out of Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill. Davis got hot in the second half and connected on four three-pointers. Davis is quick and is a good scorer off the bounce, as he's comfortable pulling up off the bounce or dropping in floaters from short range. He finished with 32 points on 9-for-20 shooting in his second game of the day.

Horace Spencer, C: His energy levels were high Thursday night. The 6-foot-9 big man played physical and aggressive in the paint and used his athleticism inside to reel in rebounds and contest shots. Spencer is quick off his feet and looks to block shots at every opportunity. He went 7-for-10 for 16 points and 12 rebounds in his second game of the day. It was an inspiring and encouraging effort from Spencer.

2016 CHECKLIST

Jarrett Allen, C: There's a lot to like about Allen, a 6-foot-10 center prospect. He has a good-looking frame with wide shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. He's mobile, has good hands and nice touch inside. In his morning game on Thursday, Allen hit a short-range jump shot, scored with his right hand off a post move and put back in a miss. When we update the 2016 rankings, Allen is sure to be included.

Thornton has big outing (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Derryck Thornton, PG: Over the past few years, I've seen Thornton, a 6-foot-2 point guard, probably a dozen times. His outing Thursday morning was arguably the best I've seen him play. Thornton tossed out seven assists and could have had a couple of more had his teammates completed plays. Thornton ran his team, showed understanding of running the pick and roll and made terrific decision with the basketball. He's a very good passer and made it easy for his camp teammates. He also scored 10 points and committed just one turnover.

Thon Maker, C: It was a slow start for Maker in the opening round game on Thursday, but as the game wore on he began to impose his will. Maker, a 7-footer, can stretch the floor with his jump shot and did knock down his only attempt. But at times he becomes too perimeter oriented. He started playing better when he got inside and made plays around the rim. Maker is a good shot blocker and he was active on the defensive end in the second half, as he got his hands on a couple shots, including a monster block that looked more like a volleyball spike than a block. He scored 10 points and grabbed five boards.

NOTES

*Dwayne Bacon scored 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He worked in one three-pointer, but all his other field goals came in transition or off strong drives to the rim. He's a strong, physical driver that scores well at the rim.

*Michigan State commit Deyonta Davis scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting in his first game of the day. Davis is mobile, athletic and can make mid-range jump shots consistently. He's thin and needs to gain weight, but he has a lot of potential.

*Jimmy Whitt scored six points and tossed out three assists in his opening game of the day. The 6-foot-2 guard is known as a scoring threat, but he's showing more and more point guard skills and is a tremendous passer. At this stage, he's a combination guard that may be making the move to point guard.

*During the first session, Jalen Coleman scored 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-5 from three. Coleman is a terrific long-range shooter.

*Bryant Crawford had a breakout game from a scoring standpoint, as he scored 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-5 from three, on Thursday night. He did, however, turn the ball over seven times. Going forward he's going to have to start protecting the ball better.

*Malik Beasley quietly had a strong second session game on Thursday. Beasley scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and also reeled in six rebounds. Beasley is a skilled scorer that can put up points in a variety of ways.

SCORING LEADERS
1. Ben Simmons – 18.3
2. Antonio Blakeney – 15
3. Eric Davis – 14.5
4. Dwayne Bacon – 14.5
5. Tyler Dorsey – 13.3
6. Chase Jeter -- 13
7. Cheick Diallo – 12.8
8. Damontrae Jefferson – 12.5
9. Malik Monk – 12
10. Edrice Adebayo – 11.8

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