A look at how Indiana recruiting targets performed at the NBPA Top 100 Camp

  • 06/20/2017 9:44 am in

One of the most prestigious national events took place last week at the University of Virginia – the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp. Several Indiana recruiting targets were in attendance from both the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Here’s a recap of how each of IU’s recruiting targets in the class of 2018 performed at the camp. (Special thanks to Open Analytics for several advanced statistics referenced in this story.)

· Race Thompson, Rockets: His numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Thompson was very efficient in Charlottesville. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Rockets, who went 9-0.

Thompson had a team-high offensive rating of 142, posted an effective field goal percentage of 62.2 and had a turnover rate of just 5.5 percent. He also made 68 percent of his 2s.

· Jerome Hunter, Lakers: It wasn’t a great week statistically for Hunter, who shot just 42.1 percent on 2s and 15 percent on 3s. His offensive rating (91.1) was the lowest on his team.

He finished the camp with averages of 4.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

· Eric Ayala, Knicks: The Putnam Science Academy guard, who is still considering a move up to the class of 2017, averaged 5.3 points, two assists and 1.8 rebounds in seven games.

His effective field goal percentage of 44.1 was one of the lower numbers on his team.

· Matthew Hurt, Spurs: Hurt, a class of 2019 prospect for Minnesota, was one of the week’s standouts. He averaged 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in eight games.

His offensive rating (145.7) was one of the best in the camp and he shot close to 66 percent on 2s and 43.3 percent on 3s.

· Darius Bazley, Spurs: Bazley, a former Ohio State commit, also put together a strong week. The Cincinnati native averaged 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

He shot 45.3 percent on 2s and 40 percent on 3s and had an offensive rating of 119.2. Bazley was named a camp all-star.

· Kofi Cockburn, Warriors: Cockburn, a native of Jamaica who recently added an offer from Indiana, was strong on the boards with a defensive rebounding percentage of 18.3.

Efficiency, however, wasn’t a strong suit for the class of 2019 big man. He shot just 45.9 percent on 2s and 47.8 on free throws and had a turnover rate of 17.8 percent.

· Keion Brooks, Warriors: Brooks, one of the top priorities for the IU coaching staff in the 2019 class, was terrific in Charlottesville. His offensive rating of 126.3 was the best on his team and he shot 55.9 percent on 2s and 50 percent on 3s.

Brooks, a five-star prospect, averaged 7.9 and 1.6 rebounds per game.

· David Duke, Warriors: Duke, a class of 2018 point guard who recently added an IU offer, averaged 5.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

He hit 58.3 percent of his 2s, but hit just 25 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also had a turnover percentage of 17.4 compared to an assist rate of 9.2 percent.

· Jalen Carey, Heat: Carey, a class of 2018 target who can play both guard positions, averaged 10.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in seven games.

He shot 62.5 percent on 2s, but just 20 percent on 3s.

· Brandon Johns, Bulls: Things have been heating up between Indiana and Johns, who recently visited Bloomington and received a scholarship offer.

Johns averaged 9.5 points, five rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 blocks in seven games. He was very solid on the offensive boards (10.3 OR%) and shot 60 percent on 2s and 40 percent on 3s.

· Musa Jallow, Bulls: It wasn’t a great week for Jallow, a class of 2018 wing from Bloomington North. His offensive rating (91.2) was one of the lower numbers on his team. He shot 59.3 percent on 2s, but just 11.1 percent on 3s.

In seven games, he averaged five points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals.

· Louis King, 76ers: King, now a five-star prospect in the latest ESPNU Top 100, averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals over eight games.

His efficiency wasn’t great (97.5 offensive rating), but he did hit 69.7 percent of 2s. The low offensive rating was primarily due to poor 3-point shooting (16.7 percent) and a high turnover rate (23.3 percent).

· Trendon Watford, 76ers: Watford, who added an IU offer earlier in the spring, averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

He was great on the defensive glass (18.1 DR%) and made close to 66 percent of his 2s.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline, Under Armour)

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  • HoosierHeel

    I admittedly am drinking the Archie kool-aid, but I really like all of the players he has offered so far. I would love to land any of these guys! Specifically I hope to get 1 (maybe 2) of Brooks, Hurt, and Watford in 19; Race or Johns, and Jallow in 18! Add a couple guards, and one true big, and that 18-19 team could be elite!

  • VOXAC30

    I will be sold once I see our first recruiting class. I want to drink the coolaid but we have seen to many kids in our backyard go somewhere else.

  • I’m still thinking Brooks will be Archie’s first big get, and he’ll be the one to kick things off. It won’t happen in 2018, unfortunately — just not enough time.

  • TomJameson

    I would love to get Trendon Watford.

  • AndyCapp

    I def agree Tom. What a huge get and lift this would be for Coach and IUBB. C’mon Trendon, we are ready for you to create some legacy Watshots of your own!

  • We’reAllForYou82

    You are right. He may be the one they should target as the first star recruit. Right now seems like we have a shot

  • We’reAllForYou82

    That would be huge. Him and WatshotII

  • IU-Buckets!!

    I loved reading about Johns, “things are heating up”. Johns has good size, and he had solid stats at a camp full of studs. He would be a great first get in Archie’s recruiting.