CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The NBPA Top 100 Camp brought some of the future stars of the NBA game to the campus of the University of Virginia. With the event in the books, we breakdown the weekend's top performers superlatives style.
THE BASKETBALL iPHONE
No one was more productive than Shittu this weekend. Just like the most dominant cellular device that the world has ever seen, the discussion over who was the most dominant and powerful basketball player at the NBA Top 100 camp begins and ends with Shittu. He destroyed his opponents with strong finishes at the basket and his consistent rebounding abilities were up to par. Leading the entire event in both scoring and rebounding, Shittu kicked off the camp with three-straight 20 point performances and it took until his final contest of the weekend for a single-digit scoring output to be produced.
Recruitment: Things are still on the uptick as the 6-foot-9 power forward recently picked up an offer from NC State; Kentucky and Duke continue to show interest. Michigan, Syracuse, UConn and Oregon, among others, remain heavily in the mix.
THE HUMAN PORCUPINE
Don’t poke him or he’s going to hurt you. Johnson, ranked No.32 in the 2018 Rivals150, was dominant at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Taking home MVP honors, Johnson was his physical, relentless self as he found ways to get to the basket, finished through contact and was able to get to the foul line so much that James Harden would have been jealous. Attempting 15 foul shots in one contest alone, Johnson averaged over 16 points, six rebounds and two assists per game.
Recruitment: No cut list has been made just yet but Texas and Maryland may be in the best spot for him, though Virginia is the major sleeper with the in-state recruit. Oregon, Georgetown, NC State and a handful of others remain involved.
The only junior big man to make the all-tournament team, Bacot did so because of his work around the basket. Leading the entire event in rebounding, Bacot had games of 13 and 15 boards a piece as it seemed like any time hand his hands touched the ball, he immediately possessed. He had no issues corralling rebounds within traffic and sports unbelievable instincts in making plays out of his area. Averaging over 11 points and seven rebounds per game in 25 minutes of action, Bacot is one of the best rebounders in America thanks to his Velcro-like set of hands.
Recruitment: Bacot repeatedly speaks on his interest from Virginia Tech, Duke, Kansas, and Virginia, but also pulled in an offer from Louisville on Saturday. He will take an unofficial visit to USC and UCLA at the end of the month.
Finishing the camp top-10 in scoring, Dosunmu's downhill ability make the Windy City native one of the most difficult players to stop. Sure, he can be a major threat off of the high ball screen, but no one did a better job of getting to the basket. Whenever a basket is needed, Dosunmu uses a shifty change-of-pace dribble and an unbelievable know-how of using his body to play angles and absorbing contact to get to the rim where he then finishes with an Allen Iverson-like finger roll. Making over 60-percent of his shots from the field and half of his perimeter tries, Dosunmu earned his Mr. Iso-Man tag line.
Recruitment: After picking up an offer from Kansas last week, the Jayhawks are now firmly entrenched in the recruitment of the Rivals150 guard. Xavier, Ohio State, Northwestern, and several others regional powers remain involved as he will visit Illinois on Tuesday.
FUTURE PRESIDENT ELECT
I wouldn’t be shocked if we see tons of Vote Lewis signs hanging around neighborhoods in advance of the 2044 Presidential election. No one worked the media room better this past week than Lewis, a congenial, outgoing and super impressive rising junior that has all of his ducks in a row. He is no slouch on the hardwood as he averaged over eight points, three rebounds and two assists, while also nabbing close to a block and steal per contest. However, the five-star, when the chance comes to be interviewed by NBA personnel one day, will walk away as one of the winners leading up to the draft thanks to just how well he can turn critics into believers with his glowing personality.
Recruitment: It is a who’s who when it comes to the recruitment of Lewis. While there remains the potential to partner up with best friend Bryan Antoine in college, there will be no shortage of college suitors. Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, St. John’s, Florida, Rutgers, UConn and many others have already made the duo a priority.
THE HEADACHE INDUCER
Hagans led the entire camp in assists by a wide margin, but what really separates him is just how dominant he is on the defensive end of the floor. Very rarely does a young prospect like Hagans base his basketball identity around his defensive efforts, but that is exactly what the Game Elite product is all about. He will lock you up for 94 feet and use his energy, length, lateral skills and quick twitch abilities to achieve 10-second calls, that is if his defender can even get that far. Averaging close to two steals per game, Hagans has shades of Elfrid Payton to his game and for his opponents, makes life a living hell, forcing them to bring Advil courtside.
Recruitment: Practically the entire SEC is already on Hagans as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama may have put in the most work up until now. Auburn is the latest program to have him on campus, though several of the bluebloods have begun to show interest.
PERRY ELLIS AWARD
He has been committed to Iowa for close to two years now and we sometimes forget about ancient commitments, but it was impressive seeing the progressions that Wieskamp showed in Charlottesville. The 6-foot-5 swingman is one of the more polished prospects in the 2018 class. Headed to the Big Ten program next year, Wieskamp isn’t a one-and-done or even a two-and-done type of guy; however, he is someone that will leave an immediate imprint on Iowa from the get-go. Knocking in over 60-percent of his field goal tries and averaging over 12 points per game, in four years, we’re going to be asking ourselves how Wieskamp is still playing college basketball. He is the next Perry Ellis: solid, sturdy and efficient for four whole years.
Recruitment: Committed to Iowa.
ALBERT EINSTEIN JR.
No one was smarter with the basketball at the NBPA Top 100 camp than Quinerly. He might not be the next in line to win the Nobel Prize, but his intellect in the backcourt, ability to see the play ahead and then make the appropriate decision thereafter, is nothing short of astounding. Ranked No. 24 in the 2018 Rivals150, Quinerly isn't the most explosive or strongest guy around, but he sure is the smartest. Quinerly averaged over 13 points per contest while finishing sixth in assists. His feel, awareness and decision-making skills are as good as you’re going to find.
Recruitment: Down to a final seven, Quinerly is looking at Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Villanova, UCLA, Stanford and Arizona. He will visit Tucson on June 24 for his first official visit. The Wildcats are in a good spot, along with Virginia and Villanova.