Dennis Smith Jr., one of the top players in the Class of 2016, suffered an unfortunate setback earlier this month as he went down with a torn ACL at the adidas Nations Camp in Long Beach, California. However while Smith does face the challenge of rehabbing from the injury, that hasn’t changed his status as one of the most sought-after recruits around.
Courtside Films put together a video of Smith’s highlights from this summer, the majority of which was spent playing with the Team Loaded North Carolina program. Smith trimmed his list to six schools in mid-July, with Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina and Wake Forest making the cut for the Fayetteville, North Carolina native.
Video credit: Courtside Films
Summer mixtape for five-star 2016 power forward Bam Adebayo (VIDEO)
Entering the summer as one of the Class of 2016’s best front court players, power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo backed up that label throughout the month of July. Playing alongside the likes of point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and shooting guard Brandon Robinson, Adebayo was one of the standouts on the Team Loaded North Carolina grassroots squad.
Above are Adebayo’s highlights from this summer, with Courtside Films responsible for the footage. Adebayo, who has yet to cut his list of schools, holds offers from programs such as Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona.
Video credit: Courtside Films
Senior mixtape of UNLV commit Derrick Jones (VIDEO)
We’ve featured quite a few videos of UNLV commit Derrick Jones on CBT the past few years, but he’s one of the best dunkers in the world. If you have any doubts about that description of the Philadelphia native, just check out his senior mixtape, which was just released this week by Courtside Films.
HSOT Holiday Invitational title game highlights, featuring Thon Maker and Harry Giles (VIDEO)
Last weekend the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the championship game matched up two of the best big men (and players period) in the Class of 2016. Orangeville Prep made the trek down from Canada for the event, with Thon Maker leading the way, and they took on a Wesleyan Academy team that included Harry Giles.
Those weren’t the only two high-level players in the game either, with point guard Jamal Murray also on the Orangeville Prep roster and guard Kwe Parker among Giles’ Wesleyan Academy teammates. Both big men were productive, with Giles tallying 26 points and 14 rebounds and Maker countering with 24 points and 11 boards.
The winning team: Wesleyan Academy, which won by the final score of 78-75. Above are highlights of the game put together by HoopMixtape.
Simeon Career Academy has produces a lot of high-level basketball talent over the years, and among the current players at the school is 6-foot-5 combo guard Zach Norvell. Norvell, a four-star prospect who’s ranked 62nd in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, holds offers from schools such as Memphis and Oklahoma.
Above is a mixtape of Norvell’s sophomore year, which was put together by Ballislife. Norvell played for the Mac Irvin Fire program this past spring/summer. If the versatile Norvell can continue to improve his game, look for his recruitment to gain even more momentum in the coming months.
Jalen Brunson is considered by most people that cover college basketball recruiting to be the best pure point guard in high school basketball.
The best point guard in the country may actually be Isaiah Briscoe, although there is still some debate over whether or not he is actually a point guard or a scoring guard that is able to create for his teammates.
For my money, however, the most impressive point guard I saw in the Class of 2015 this summer was the kid you see in the mixtape below: Jawun Evans.
Evans, who will be announcing his college decision on Wednesday, is a top 40 recruit. He stands just 5-foot-11 and he lacks the kind of vertical explosiveness that you see out of some of the best point guards in the country these days, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better decision-maker than Evans. His basketball IQ is off the charts.
Evans needs to work on extending his range as a shooter, but he’s a dynamo defensively and he can get into the lane and finish over bigger defenders as well as anyone.
One of Oklahoma State, Illinois or USC is going to end up very happy on Wednesday.