June 21, 2014

NBPA Top 100: Bragg, Davis stand out

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Friday evening session of the NBPA Top 100 Camp turned into five-star forward Carlton Bragg's playground. While Bragg went off on the offensive end, Eric Davis kept it rolling and discussed some upcoming visits.

Bragg goes off

Headed into NBPA Top 100 Camp, five-star Carlton Bragg was probably in a position where he needed to show a little more to justify his ranking at No. 10 nationally. Through the first few days of camp, he had shown some flashes but hadn't really dominated for any extended stretches.

Friday night, Bragg was utterly dominant.

Simply put, Bragg entered a zone on the offensive end where pretty much anything he touched turned to gold. Alley-oops that looked uncatchable? He finished them with authority. Three-point jumpers? He made all three he took. Bragg was also an absolute beast on the glass while grabbing 14 rebounds to go along with scoring 36 points on 14-for-16 shooting.

The outburst was certainly a reminder of the things that Bragg is capable of. He has shown improved strength and is a guy who could make a pretty significant early impact for a good to great program if he can be a bit more consistent in his level of play.

Davis locking in visits

Not that he needed to, but Eric Davis has proven again at NBPA Top 100 Camp that he is a crafty scorer who puts points on the board in flurries. Davis is also in the process of setting up visits to some heavy hitters and is focused on finishing his summer strong.

The four-star guard from Michigan had a pretty fair assessment of his overall play at NBPA.

"I think I've played pretty well," Davis told Rivals.com. "Not quite like I really wanted it to go, but that's just me wanting to do the best I can. I was a little up and down, but did well."

Davis is starting to experience some movement in his recruitment and has committed to visit three schools.

"I just decided to take two officials to UCLA and UNLV, but I don't have dates set," Davis said. "I'm going to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky before the LeBron camp. I will have some time to off, so I'm planning to get down there."

Davis said that he isn't yet sure on his other visits and talked more specifically about Kentucky turning up the interest. He doesn't have an offer from the Wildcats, but feels one could be coming during his visit to Lexington.

"I've been talking to (assistant) coach (Kenny) Payne and Coach Cal," Davis said. "We are developing our relationship and I think they will offer when I visit."

Most of all, though, Davis is focused on having a strong July. He will play in the Peach Jam with The Family before heading to USA Basketball to try out for the 17U National team at the end of the month. His goals are simple.

"I want to win Peach Jam and I want to make USA Basketball."

Friday night NBPA Top 100 notes and observations

Before Bragg took over, the frontline duo of rising senior Chance Comanche and rising junior De'Ron Davis was making some noise. Comanche continued a strong day and continued to impress with his skill and face-up game. He isn't crazy athletically and has to get stronger, but he has the tools and feel for the game to be a very good scorer from the power forward area because he can stretch the floor. Davis is a big and strong post player who uses a game that is based on skill with a little power. He gets good position, has a good command of ball fakes and can stick a 15-foot jumper.

The Knicks have developed into one of the most fun teams in camp to watch. Friday night, Cheick Diallo, Malik Monk and Derryck Thornton were all doing their things.

Everybody knows about Diallo's motor, so there is no need to address that. What has stood out for Diallo has been his consistent productivity and efficiency as he makes a strong case for the national top five. Friday night, he was 10-for-11 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds to continue his string of impressive outings in Charlottesville.

A high flyer who is entertaining in the open court, Monk is built to score. The 6-foot-3 five-star from Arkansas hasn't shot the ball as well from deep as he is capable of, but he has adapted his game. He has turned up his transition finishing and made use of an outstanding first step.

Ranked No. 20 in the class of 2016, Thornton has been impressive all weekend. He's definitely made a strong case to be moved up to five-star status and was in command again Friday night. He tossed out 11 assists and kept things moving fluidly on the offensive end of the floor. He will visit Kentucky this weekend.

Payton Pritchard does not lack for confidence. The four-star point guard from the class of 2016 is a guy that can easily run your team and he is a very good passer. At his core, though, Pritchard is also a scoring floor general who will take some risky shots to see if he is hot. When Pritchard heats up from deep, he really puts defenders on their heels because of his ability to bury 22-footers or attack off the dribble.

Terrance Ferguson got it going from deep a bit on Friday night. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Dallas Prime Prep knocked down three of his four three-point attempts and he strung them together in a flurry. Against top competition, he is still looking like a top-shelf athlete, so he is a player with a pretty high ceiling as he tightens up his in-between game.

Georgetown fans should feel pretty good about Noah Dickerson. The four-star from Georgia is a slightly undersized center at 6-foot-8 but has a strong frame and terrific understanding of how to establish position in the post. He uses his body well, has a variety of counter moves and generally makes good decisions. Dickerson rebounds well and is a good team player.

Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.




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