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Jawun Evans, Ray Smith stand out at NBPA Top 100 camp

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Tyler Dorsey entered the NBPA Top 100 Camp as the highest-rated lead guard in attendance. The St. John Bosco product ranks seventh nationally in the Class of 2015, decommitting from Arizona just days before he arrived on Virginia’s campus.

Dorsey may have had the highest ranking, but there wasn’t a point guard in John Paul Jones Arena that arrived with more hype than Dennis Smith Jr. The Fayetteville (N.C.) native and Team Loaded lead guard had spent the spring knifing through defenses and dunking in traffic while staking his claim to the title of best guard in the Class of 2016.

And while both Dorsey and Smith played really well in the first two days at the camp, neither were the best point guard in Charlottesville.

Jawun Evans was.

Evans is a 6-foot-0 point guard out of Dallas, TX, that is currently ranked 45th nationally in’s Class of 2015. He’s a pure point guard in the sense that he’s capable of running an offense and looks to set up his teammates before trying to get his own shot. Evans is a playmaker, capable of getting in the paint and creating off the dribble, but what was most impressive about his performance in Charlottesville was how often he made the right decision, the right read. He had a sprinkling of turnovers here or there, but in a setting where kids often try to do the spectacular, Evans was so effective because he made the smart play, the easy play.

“My biggest goal is to be the best point guard,” Evans said. If he keeps playing the way that he did on Thursday, that goal may end up coming to fruition.

Evans cut his list to eight in May as he is still considering Illinois, Clemson, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Texas, USC and Virginia Tech.


Last month, Ray Smith cut his list down to ten schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, Texas, USC, UCLA and Wake Forest.

One name you don’t see on that list? UConn, but the Huskies recently offered Smith a scholarship which was enough to convince the 6-foot-8 wing to take a visit to the school.

“UConn’s on board now,” Smith said at the NBPA Top 100 camp. “I’ll be visiting in a couple of days,” while adding that he also has tentative plans to make a trip to Louisville, but he’s still working on a date.

Smith is one of the more intriguing prospects that made his way to Charlottesville this week. He’s an active and athletic wing that currently is ranked No. 32 in the Class of 2015 by, although that ranking may end up seeming low by the time his development is done. Everything that Smith does well at this point in his development is thanks to his natural ability. He’s terrific in transition and aggressive on the offensive glass.

But he’s also mobile and coordinated and was able to get to the rim off of the dribble the last two days. He’s going to have to put the work in developing his perimeter shot, his ability off the dribble and putting together a mid-range game, but there isn’t much of a limit for Smith in terms of the kind of player that he can become.

He’s got an NBA body and NBA athleticism. The question is whether or not he’s willing to turn himself into an NBA player.

Florida freshman will miss the season with stress fracture

GAINESVILLE, FL - JANUARY 19: Head coach Mike White of the Florida Gators gestures during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Florida freshman forward Dontay Bassett is out for the season with a stress fracture, according to a release from the school.

Bassett will require surgery in his right foot and his projected recovery time will be four-to-six months. The injury will force Bassett to redshirt the 2016-17 season.

A three-star recruit coming out of Oldsmar Christian in Florida, the 6-foot-9 forward wasn’t expected to be a big contributor during his first year with the Gators, but his loss does hurt some of the team’s frontcourt depth. With John Egbunu, Devin Robinson, Justin Leon and Kevarrius Hayes all returning, the Gators should have plenty of players to use in the frontcourt this season without Bassett.

Once Bassett is healthy and able to play next season he showed good athleticism and an ability to hit the glass hard while he was in high school. Bassett should be able to join Florida’s rotation as an energy defender and rebounder right away.

Iowa State lands four-star Class of 2017 guard Lindell Wigginton

GREENVILLE, SC- July 9, 2016:  adidas Gauntlet Finale at Upward Stars Center (Jeff Hinds/adidas)
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Iowa State has its point guard of the future as four-star Class of 2017 prospect Lindell Wigginton pledged to the Cyclones on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 Wigginton is regarded as the No. 40 overall prospect on as the Canadian has spent the last few seasons at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. With an ability to play both guard spots and defend a few spots, Wigginton is a valuable addition to head coach Steve Prohm’s ballclub as Wigginton could help replace Monte Morris after he exhausts his eligibility.

Wigginton is going to need to improve his consistency on his perimeter jumper, but he’s a good pull-up scorer who can make plays for himself or others off the bounce. Iowa State’s Class of 2017 recruiting haul now includes Wigginton, four-star wing Terrence Lewis and three-star guard Darius McNeill.

This commitment is huge for Prohm as Wigginton is the most highly-regarded recruit that he has landed with the Cyclones. With Prohm’s point guard history with guys like Isaiah Canaan at Murray State and Monte Morris now with Iowa State, Prohm did a nice job of finding his next young guard to mold for the future.

Davidson star Jack Gibbs to miss a few weeks with shoulder injury

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11:  Jack Gibbs #12 of the Davidson Wildcats celebrates a basket against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the Quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center on March 11, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Davidson senior guard Jack Gibbs is one of the most under-the-radar players in college basketball as he will be among the nation’s leading offensive threats this season if he’s healthy.

But health is going to be a question for the 6-foot-1 guard as Gibbs is dealing with a shoulder injury that will sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks, according to head coach Bob McKillop. McKillop told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that tests came back negative for Gibbs and he’s expected to be back for the Wildcats’ season-opener. The injury for Gibbs occurred during Thursday’s Davidson practice.

As a junior, Gibbs averaged 23.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game as he became one of the nation’s premier offensive players.  Gibbs is going to be a huge key for Davidson this season as he needs to be healthy in order for the Wildcats to make it back to the NCAA tournament.


VIDEO: Dennis Smith Jr. electrifies N.C. State fans at team’s scrimmage

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N.C. State freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr. excited fans with some absurd plays at the team’s Primetime with the Pack event last night.

The highly-touted, five-star prospect is the most electric prospect to come to the Wolfpack in years and Smith had the crowd buzzing with some highlight-reel dunks during the team’s 20-minute scrimmage.

Smith made one teammate look silly by putting it between his legs and throwing down a vicious dunk during one play while he also threw an alley-oop to himself to finish another break.

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VIDEO: Kentucky freshman Malik Monk throws down vicious dunks during scrimmage

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15:  West Team MVP Malik Monk (L) (Bentonville, AR) in action during the 15th iteration of the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center on April 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Jordan Brand )
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Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk is going to be one of the newcomers to keep an eye on this season as the 6-foot-3 Arkansas native is an explosive scorer who packs vicious athleticism.

Monk showed Big Blue Nation some of what they can expect to see during Friday night’s Blue/White Scrimmage as he unleashed a ferocious dunk in some traffic and also had another good dunk in transition. While Monk has great lift off the floor, he also isn’t afraid to cock the ball back and put some authority on his dunks. He’s going to be a ton of fun to watch this season.