CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Some of the nation’s top talent came together beginning on Tuesday on the campus of the University of Virginia. Thursday brought the media’s second look at the group that had assembled.
Below is a recap of top performers and news from Day 2.
FROM THE AREA
Joe Hampton | Foward | Hyattsville, Md.
It’s not easy to match up against a player who stands 7-5. That’s what Hampton did for part of Thursday, facing Florida native Tacko Fall. He gave a valiant effort, using his weight to his advantage and using his body to gain position on the block.
His numbers on the offensive end weren’t necessarily impressive, but the 2016 prospect from DeMatha (Md.) has the inside-out tools to build for the future.
Chris Clarke | Forward | Virginia Beach, Va.
Clarke is as hard-nosed a defender and slasher who is beginning to grow his game to include more of an offensive repertoire. He can finish above the rim and is a relentless defender who scrambles for loose balls and gets his hands in the passing lanes.
Maryland is among the schools in pursuit of him.
Trevor Manuel | Forward | Mouth of the Wilson, Va.
The Oak Hill (Va.) product was consistent and efficient off the bench for a team that was ultra-talented in the front court that included top prospect Thon Maker. Manuel tallied 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.
AROUND THE COUNTRY
Ben Simmons | Forward | Orlando, Fla.
The LSU commit and top-five player in the country was among those in a class by himself at Top 100. He averaged 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting an astounding 71.4 percent from the floor.
Jawun Evans | Guard | Dallas, Texas
Evans showed the versatility to both score and distribute over the first two days of camp, averaging 11.5 points and more than five assists per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio has been more than three-to-one, which is elite for a camp setting.
Payton Pritchard | Guard | West Linn, Ore.
If you need a ball-control point guard in the class of 2016 who can also take initiative and score the basketball, Pritchard should be toward the top of your list. He averaged seven points and three assists per game, using his body well to create space and find open teammates in a position to score.