NBPA Camp: West Coast Evals

Aaron Holiday

Several UCLA and West Coast prospects shined at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this past week...

2015 CLASS

Chance Comanche, C: Even though he's a 2015 prospect, Comanche gives up a lot of weight so the points he gets are often based on his size, length and developing skill set. When Comanche gets stronger, he'll be able to finish through contact even better, but you can see the development of his skill set, most notably his jumper, which continues to gain range. Comanche fought for rebounds on both ends and was especially effective on the offensive glass.

Tres Tinkle, PF/SF: A high basketball IQ, unselfish kid from Montana who isn't overly experienced going up against this level of talent, you could see Tinkle's comfort level really improve as the camp went on. Tinkle spent a lot of time in the corner attempting catch and shoot threes with various success, but was a lot more efficient taking opponents off the dribble and scoring around the rim. He rebounded well - especially on defense - and got the fastbreak going for his team with those defensive boards along with his ability to pick off passes and take them the other way.

Chase Jeter, C: Jeter only played two games on the first day of camp before USA Basketball called him into Colorado Springs to compete with the 18U team. If those two games were any indication, Jeter would have easy been one of the top players in the camp. He was very efficient around the basket, showed off his right-handed hook shot, drew fouls and was all over the defensive glass. Give this hard-working kid another year of strength and skill development and he'll enter college ready to be pretty productive.

Stephen Thompson, Jr., SG: Normally a very good three-point shooter, Thompson didn't have his normal performance from distance, but still found ways to get his points by taking defenders off the dribble and knocking down floaters or getting to the basket. Thompson did an excellent job not turning the ball over against bigger, stronger and more athletic defenders. As he continues to get stronger and more seasoned, his scoring ability will only go to the next level. Thompson projects as a very good scorer in college.

Ray Smith, SF: This week Smith definitely helped his stock nationally and solidified his standing as one of the top few small forwards in his class. A terrific athlete, Smith was lethal in transition, gliding his way to the basket and finishing with some explosive dunks. While Smith didn't always have his three ball rolling, he hit several pull-up midrange jumpers. Smith didn't force the action too much on offense, taking good shots and hitting at a high percentage. He also rebounded well on both ends and competed on defense. Smith should have a long career in this sport if he keeps going in the same direction.

Tyler Dorsey, SG: This was a good week for Dorsey, who played pretty efficient basketball as a scorer. Dorsey came with his normal attacking mindset but hit threes at a strong rate, while also scoring with his pull-up midrange jumper and getting to the basket in transition. In general, Dorsey is most comfortable in the free flowing nature of transition, which camp ball tends to promote, and he certainly took advantage. Dorsey also did a nice job competing for rebounds, particularly on offense. He was one of the camp's top scorers.

Aaron Holiday, PG: One of the best athletes in his class, Holiday is an explosive driver and defenders had a very tough time staying in front of him given his athleticism, handle, strength and body control. Holiday took mostly good shots and while he didn't hit a ton of threes, he hit floaters and got to the basket. He was a relentless defender, both guarding the ball and coming away from steals. Holiday rebounded well for the position and tried to get teammates involved more than usual. It was a strong camp for him.

2016 CLASS

De'Ron Davis, C: Davis has a terrific skill level for his age and position. He's a big kid with long arms and is going to be a load in the paint as he matures. Davis has big time footwork for a rising junior and can score facing up or with his back to the basket. He rebounds well on both ends of the court - it's an area he's improved at over the last couple of years - and passes very well for a center. Davis isn't a great athlete which means he needs to rely on his size and skill, but he certainly does.

M.J. Cage, C: A big improver over the last year, Cage showed just how efficient he is down low and when he received the ball in the paint, he converted way more often than not. Cage didn't waste any time on the perimeter and spent his time fighting in the paint for position and successfully defending other posts. The jump hook looked good and his touch was impressive. He rebounded well on defense and blocked shots. It was another step in the right direction for Cage.

Derryck Thornton, Jr., PG: Already Scout.com's 11th ranked prospect in 2016, Thornton more than solidified his standing as one of the best talents in his class. There wasn't a point guard who outperformed him all week, especially given the way he consistently made everyone around him better, which should be objective number one for a point guard. Thornton was elite in pick and roll situations, hit midrange jumpers, got to the basket, drew fouls and used his handle and shiftiness to create for others. In his statement week, he led his team to an NBPA camp title.

Payton Pritchard, PG: It was impressive how much Pritchard held his own for an underclassman. His pull-up three-point jumper is a huge weapon for him and a shot he hits at a very high percent given his age; Pritchard was one of the top shooters from long range in the camp. A very capable passer and floor general, Pritchard did a good job creating and while he wasn't as efficient scoring inside the arc or with his assist to turnover ratio as normal, that's not a surprise with him being an underclassman in this event. He solidified his standing as one of the better point guards in the 2016 class.

Brendan Bailey, SF: A talented wing who is starting to come into his own as a prospect, due to Bailey's physical immaturity, there weren't high expectations for him heading into this camp, but he performed well. Bailey's best asset by far is his shooting ability and he was very efficient from behind the arc in this setting. As Bailey gets stronger, he'll find it easier to take opponents off the dribble and get to the basket. Despite what he gave up in strength, Bailey did a nice job fighting for boards on both ends of the court.

2017 CLASS

Cody Riley, PF: This is a camp that is notoriously challenging for underclassmen to succeed at and being just a rising sophomore, Riley entered NBPA going up against a lot more experience. Normally a kid who can overpower others around the basket, Riley spent more time trying to get his jumper to work than he does in high school. While the long ball wasn't always falling, he had more success from midrange and around the basket. Also, Riley did a nice job competing on the glass, especially on the offensive end, and also successfully blocked shots on defense.

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