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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 Rivals.com’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.

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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 Rivals.com, 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.

Five-star 2017 point guard Trevon Duval down to 10 schools

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 9: Trevon Duval during the 2015  Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 9, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour)
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Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is the most electrifying lead guard in the Class of 2017. The native of Delaware dominated the Under Armour circuit this spring and is currently regarded by many as a top-five player in the class by most recruiting services.

Now he’s down to 10 schools as his recruiting is starting to become more of a focus. The 6-foot-2 Duval is down to Arizona, Cal, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, St. John’s, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and Villanova.

Things are still early in the process for Duval and it will be interesting to see if he schedules any official visits soon.

Ohio State gaining recruiting momentum with two 2018 commitments

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Head coach Thad Matta of the Ohio State Buckeyes claps on the sideline in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Ohio State has lost quite a few transfers and hasn’t had a lot go their way with regards to recent recruiting, but things could be changing after a good weekend.

The Class of 2018 is starting to look really good for the Buckeyes as they landed commitments from wings Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens this weekend. The two in-state products are grassroots teammates together on King James and they give Ohio State three commitments in that class.

Bazley is considered a four-star prospect on Rivals while Ahrens checks in as a three-star. They join another Ohio native, guard Dane Goodwin, in the class as this could be the group that helps bring Ohio State back in regular Big Ten contention.

Butler lands commitment from four-star 2017 forward Kyle Young

Atlanta, GA - SUNDAY, MAY 29: Nike EYBL. Kyle Young #34 of King James Session 4. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Butler picked up an important commitment on Monday as four-star forward Kyle Young committed to the Bulldogs.

A Class of 2017 stretch forward who can hit jumpers and has an improving skill set, the 6-foot-7 Young comes from Massillon, Ohio and he’s regarded as the No. 109 overall prospect.

Young was impressive in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer with King James as he averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as he shot 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.

This is a nice grab for Butler as Young is the type of versatile perimeter shooter that they like to utilize and he should be able to help a bit on the glass as well.

Young joins a class that includes guards Cooper Neese and Jerald Butler.

VIDEO: Collin Sexton with a trick shot for the ages

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Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.

It’s because he’s a bucket-getter.

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He averaged 31 points in the Nike EYBL circuit, nine points better than Michael Porter, who finished second in the league in scoring. No one puts points on the board like he does, so it’s only fitting that he was the guy that made a shot from the balcony during ‘The Trip’, Nike’s effort to keep kids associated with their brand from Elite 24:

Lonzo Ball struggled on UCLA’s Australian tour

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UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.

There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:

– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.

– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:

UCLA needs to travel with more towels.