CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Some of the nation’s top talent came together beginning on Tuesday on the campus of the University of Virginia. Wednesday brought the media’s first look at the group that had assembled.
Below is a recap of top performers and news from Day 1.
FROM THE AREA
Thon Maker | Center | Martinsville, Va.
The No. 3 player from the class of 2016 continues to maintain that he’s “50/50” on reclassifying into 2015.
If he does reclass, he’d likely be the top-five in 2015, too. At seven feet tall, he can do most anything on the offensive side of the floor and has added strength which has made him more of a force in the post.
Daily line: 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds per game
Bryant Crawford | Guard | Kensington, Md.
Crawford will play point guard at the college level and got more opportunities to do so in camp than he often does on the AAU circuit playing alongside fellow guard Kevin Dorsey.
He showed his versatility on Wednesday, especially in the evening session. Playing against Cheick Diallo, one of the nation’s best shot blockers, he showed a willingness to attack the rim and adjust in the air to finish.
He had his struggles, though, turning the ball over a total of five times.
Justin Jenifer | Guard | Baltimore, Md.
The low-to-the-ground point guard and Cincinnati commit has flash, but that doesn’t always work in his favor. He often can see the floor well, but is prone to turnovers. He played solidly as a distributor in his team's second game of the night.
AROUND THE COUNTRY
Tyler Dorsey | Guard | Bellflower, Calif.
Since re-opening his recruitment last week and decommitting from Arizona, Dorsey played and spoke publicly, saying that he would keep his recruitment open as he moves through the process again.
He is currently ranked No. 7 overall in the class of 2015 and averaged 14.5 points per game through two games.
Dennis Smith, Jr. | Guard | Fayetteville, N.C.
One of the most electric point guards in the class of 2016, Smith attacks the basket relentlessly. He has a lightning-quick first step and athleticism to finish in the lane, even in traffic. ACC schools are recruiting him hard, including a recent offer from Duke.
Daily line: 10.5 points, 4.5 assists per game.