The nation’s top high school talent converged on Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend for the 20th annual NBPA Top 100 camp, which featured three of Duke’s Class of 2014 recruits. Forward Kevon Looney was one of the weekend’s stars. The Milwaukee, Wis. native impressed on both ends of the floor, as the 6-foot-8 forward showed off his ability as an inside presence and a dominant shot blocker. Take a look at some of Looney’s highlights from the showcase:
Looney’s play drew the attention of ESPN Senior Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep, who was on hand.
Kevon Looney don't care if you're 7-0 or 6-0 he's attacking that rim. Bad man right there. #NBATop100
— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) June 14, 2013
After allowing his parents to correspond with coaches, it appears Looney—the No. 9 player in the Class of 2014 according to ESPN—is starting to take control of his recruiting process. Looney has yet to cut his list of schools, but Rivals ACC Recruiting Analyst Clint Jackson tweeted that when he spoke to Looney, the forward mentioned Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Georgetown among his suitors.
— Clint Jackson (@clintjackson1) June 16, 2013
Looney was named to the camp’s All-Star team along with fellow Duke target Devin Booker. A 6-foot-5 guard, Booker is rated the No. 16 player in the Class of 2014 by ESPN. But Booker suffered a high ankle sprain on the second day of the showcase, ending his weekend early.
— Tim McCormick (@TMcCormickESPN) June 15, 2013
In addition to showing off his skills on the court, Booker used some of his free time to go 1-on-1 with one of the showcase’s coaches, NBA veteran Andre Iguodala. Playing against one of the NBA’s top defenders, Booker showed off stepback jumper.
As Booker’s recruiting process continues to heat up, it appears he may be taking a trip to Ann Arbor soon for an official visit at Michigan.
BBall: Devin Booker, No. 16 on ESPN top 100 rankings for 2014, reportedly will take official visit to Michigan. http://t.co/PBkogSZ0Gf
— Michigan Sports News (@SportingNewsMI) June 14, 2013
Duke commit Grayson Allen was also on hand, impressing the scouts with both his athleticism and leadership on the floor.
Duke commit Grayson Allen has been excellent. Great leader on the court who puts his teammates in the best position possible. #NBATop100
— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 14, 2013
As the weekend wore on in Charlottesville, coaches across the country were allowed unrestricted communication via phone call and text message with Class of 2015 recruits for the first time.
Jackson said one of Duke’s first calls was to 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman, a center from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, the same program that produced Shabazz Muhammad, a former Blue Devil target who will likely be a lottery pick in next week’s NBA Draft.
First day of 2015 contact, Duke reached out to 7-0 C Stephen Zimmerman. Super skilled and agile center.
— Clint Jackson (@clintjackson1) June 16, 2013
On the other side of the country, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow competed alongside Duke sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon at the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Suiting up against a number of players who already had a year of college experience presented a challenge for Okafor and Winslow, but it was one that the highly-touted rising seniors would rise to meet.
Both Okafor—the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 according to ESPN—and Winslow—ranked 15th—were among the 16 finalists to represent the United States in next month’s U19 World Championship. Sulaimon was named a finalist as well.
Sulaimon and Winslow are both Houston natives and were teammates on the AAU circuit with Houston Hoops. Winslow’s connection with Sulaimon—coupled with Sulaimon’s stellar freshman campaign—is an intriguing backstory to the 6-foot-5 forward’s recruitment.
Headed out to USA trials with the big bro @sheed_ctmd1. Gotta represent for the H!
— Justise Winslow (@Chief_Justise) June 14, 2013
Okafor’s desire to play alongside top-rated point guard Tyus Jones in college is one of the worst kept secrets in this year’s recruiting cycle. But recent speculation that Winslow may want to jump in on this recruiting class’ most prestigious package could be legitimate. In an interview with Adam Zagoria last weekend, Winslow said that playing in college with Okafor and Jones is “something [they] talk about.”
Although both Okafor and Winslow added that their college choices would ultimately serve their own best interest and nobody else’s, Winslow’s addition to this package would turn college basketball’s biggest recruiting sweepstakes into some sort of mega-millions jackpot. Baylor, Duke and Kansas are the only three schools that remain on Okafor, Jones and Winslow’s lists.