ST. LOUIS -- The Nike Elite 100, one of the summer’s prime hangouts for elite underclassmen, yielded another great crop of standouts. Overall, the event’s best young prospect was center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican), but it was another Milwaukee native, power forward Kevon Looney (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton), who was the unofficial MVP of the event.
2015, C, 6-foot-8, 220 pounds
He proved to be one of the top big men we've seen at this camp in the past decade. In camp settings like this one, you can get a true measure of how good a big man is by how much respect the guards show him. At this event, the guards tossed to Stone for fear of reprisal. He’s a huge body with an inherent dose of skill. Stone's hook shot and ability to use both hands in the lane was outstanding. He has room to develop and crank up his motor. There was little doubt he was the No. 1 overall prospect at the event and will be a serious challenger for the top overall spot in the 2015 class.
2014, PF, 6-7, 185 pounds
There have not been many 2014 prospects who have strung together better spring and early summer performances than Looney. He has an extremely high motor, wide shoulders and is a punishing finisher in the lane. He’s a beast once he catches in the paint and his production level is high. Given the fact that he’s been so consistent, he’s vaulted himself into top-10 contention in his class. Should he round out his power and athletic game with a reliable jump shot, he would take another leap. Had there been an MVP trophy awarded at camp, he would have been a popular choice.
Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Christ Presbyterian)
2014, SF, 6-6, 180 pounds
Lindsey has a unique mix of feel, athleticism and size. Few in his class own his level of perimeter skills and package in the lane. He was consistent each time out at camp, but what really stood out was the command he had of his perimeter shot. Should we be surprised in the least given his mother was a standout basketball player at Alabama before finishing up at Houston?
Leron Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station)
2014, PF/SF, 6-6 210 pounds
He is an active, athletic combo-forward who has solid skills and does his best work in and around the paint. Black is a decent shooter with range to 17 feet, but he prefers slashing to the basket where he finishes very well above the rim. Black can defend on the wing and is constantly in the action, which allows him to always have an impact on the game. He is also a very good rebounder in the paint.
Ivan Rabb (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)
2015, PF, 6-8, 205 pounds
He is a very active young forward who runs the floor exceptionally well. Rabb is a talented and active rebounder who uses both hands quite well around the rim. Rabb needs to get stronger, but he has no fear in the paint and is not afraid to dunk on an unsuspecting opponent. As he continues to develop, he could easily rocket up the 2015 rankings.
Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point)
2014, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds
His father is Melvin Booker, one of Missouri's all-time greats, so there is some expectation that comes from Devin. Consider it achieved. He does everything from guard to shoot, and his effort and expression remain the same. He puts his team in position to win, shares the ball and has a strong shooting guard body that bodes well for the future.
Shelton Mitchell (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)
2014, PG, 6-3, 170 pounds
Easily one of the top three point guards in attendance and the best overall passer and setup man. If given space, he’ll pick apart defenses with pinpoint passes and superior vision. Mitchell is at his best when he’s making shots going to the rim, though he doesn’t beat defenders with speed. He uses ball fakes and has the ability to change speeds and directions. He has it on a string and given his winning high school reputation, pencil him in as a top-40 prospect in the class. Entering the summer, Wake Forest and Missouri were chasing him the hardest.