USA Developmental Camp: 2015's

Diamond Stone

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Basketball invited about four dozen of the nation's top freshmen and sophomores to Colorado Springs this past weekend for the 2012 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team mini-camp. breaks down the 2015 prospects in attendance.

Elijah Thomas, C: A wide-shouldered center, Thomas showed good effort running up and down the court and many of his baskets came in transition with lay-ups and dunks. He did a nice job positioning himself for offensive boards, and scored several points on putbacks. Thomas prefers to finish with his left hand for now and because the majority of his points in scrimmage situations came from right under the hoop, he never got to reveal how extensive his skill level is. A well spoken and engaging kid off the court, there's reasons to be optimistic about Thomas as a prospect.

Bryant Crawford, PG: A tall point guard, Crawford showed flashes of why he entered the camp with a big reputation. He knocked down threes off the catch, had a nice pull-up midrange jumper and got to the basket in transition. Crawford has good size for the position and made some really nice passes to teammates. Most of his production came on the second day of camp, but the talent was clear.

Eric Davis, SG: One of the more energetic players at the camp, Davis played hard every time out. He's a natural scorer and was fearless taking opponents off the dribble getting to the basket, where he showed the ability to finish with contract. While his slashing is his best offensive weapon, he seemed comfortable with his pull-up jumper and used it from both midrange and three. On defense he wouldn't give up on a play, even blocking some shots in the paint. He's definitely a scorer, but at times Davis did a nice job creating for teammates off the dribble.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG: Briscoe is an interesting prospect in that he has the wide frame of a fullback which gives him a physical advantage over others his age, does have good vision but is often viewed as more of a scorer. He did do some really good work creating for teammates, playing unselfish basketball and getting the big men involved when he could. Briscoe was able to use his body to his advantage when attacking the basket.

Tyler Dorsey, SG: It was a really productive camp for Dorsey. He was terrific in transition, consistently attacking the basket, where he would finish with both hands. A good rebounder for a guard, Dorsey was strong on the defensive glass, and would grab a rebound and quickly push it down the court, going to the hoop or looking for teammates. Normally a player that can really put up points with his jumper, Dorsey concentrated on getting to the basket and trying to create, which he did with plenty of success.

P.J. Dozier, SG: A very physically immature wing - which of course isn't a bad thing - Dozier is more of a prospect right now but the talent and potential was obvious. His jumper was a weapon, as he would drive a few feet in from the perimeter, pull up and knock it down, but also smoothly hit off the catch from three. Dozier also made some nice passes in transition and is strength and experience away from being able to take his game to the next level.

Will Jackson, SG: Jackson was able to get many of his points in transition, going straight to the basket when there was an easy lane. When his team had numbers on the break and Jackson had the ball, he was often unselfish and threw a couple nice alley-oops to teammates. He also showed that he's capable of hitting the open three.

Thomas Bryant, C: A big center with a wide frame and good length, Bryant plays hard and seemed to have a competitive spirit, using his body and length, trying to block everything inside. Bryant had one of the best sequences of the camp on Sunday. Guard Seventh Woods tried to drive baseline for a dunk but Bryant met him at the rim and blocked the shot. He ran back the other way and immediately scored on an offensive putback after a missed lay-up. Bryant ran back on defense, where an outlet pass had given Woods another lane at the rim, but Bryant blocked his second dunk attempt in a row. It's easy to see what kind of player this kid is capable of being.

Franklin Howard, SG: When Howard got the ball in the half court, he appeared most comfortable trying to score with his pull-up three-pointer, and he did have some success with that shot, knocking down at least four of them in scrimmage situations. In transition he would attack the basket, clearly preferring to finish with his right hand.

Marcus Derrickson, PF: Battling against other bigs in the post, Derrickson gave up a little bit of size but he has a wide body and uses it to shield off defenders once he gets the ball in the paint. Derrickson showed soft hands and was able to finish with contact. Known as a player that's a consistent jump shooter, Derrickson didn't show a ton of that at this camp, but did score some points off the offensive glass.

Daniel Giddens, C: There's a lot of reasons to like this big center. He played hard on both ends of the court, contesting shots and rebounding on defense, and on offense looked comfortable with his back to the basket. Giddens has a right-handed hook shot that he nailed at least a couple times with confidence and also hit a turnaround baseline jumper with the foul. His big body and strong lower half helps him on the glass. He's very active, plays fundamentally sound basketball and is clearly a very good player and prospect.

Henry Ellenson, C: A very big body with an unorthodox game, Ellenson is most comfortable outside shooting jumpers, and definitely showed the ability to do that in Colorado Springs. In the paint he was more of a below the rim finisher, and really prefers to finish right. His jumper for a big man is a weapon and the more he can take his big frame and use it to his advantage in the paint, the better.

Jessie Govan, C: A huge center, Govan's big body and deceptively quick hands help him defend and block shots in the paint. On offense, he can smoothly knock down the midrange jumper and has an impressively quick release for such a big guy. In the paint he has a very soft touch and while he didn't show a ton of back to the basket stuff in scrimmages, he's known to have a jump hook in his arsenal.

Diamond Stone, C: Yet another big center, Stone always comes to play and his activity level never waned throughout the camp. Stone's big size and effort make him really difficult to defend, and if he gets the ball deep in the paint his soft touch helps him score easily almost every time. Stone scored with both a left-handed hook and a smooth mid range jumper. While he prefers his left hand in the paint, he's also very capable of finishing right. Stone was very productive in Colorado Springs and more than cemented his status as one of the top few prospects in the class at this stage.

Horace Spencer, PF: This kid has all the tools to be a very good player. A long and athletic prospect, Spencer's athleticism and length allow him to block shots in the post, even though he often gave up size to the players he was guarding. On offense his best weapon was a 15-foot jumper that he hit regularly, but was also adept at cutting and finishing right. You'll want to see him keep honing his post moves as he gets stronger, but there's a lot of upside here.

Stephen Zimmerman, C: An athletic and active center, Zimmerman is usually most comfortable offensively facing up and hitting jumpers, although in this setting the bulk of his scoring came in transition. He really runs the floor well and was often the first big man down the court, putting himself in position to score a bunch of uncontested buckets. Zimmerman's length and athleticism really aid him on the offensive glass, and he scored several points off putbacks.

Charles Matthews, SG: A multi-talented player, Matthews impacts the game in several ways. He has the right attitude on defense, using his lateral quickness and toughness to stay in front of his man, picking up steals and blocked shots in the process. On offense he prefers to have the ball in his hands, and he can change speeds and explode to the basket or hit a pull-up jumper. Also a very capable passer, Matthews did a nice job setting up teammates for easy buckets.

Malik Newman, SG: A player that can light it up from three if you leave him open, Newman did just that at times in Colorado Springs. He hit several three-pointers off the bounce, but also seemed comfortable shooting off the catch. Newman will knock down a shot and immediately get into a defensive stance and go to work on that end. In transition he attacked the basket and used his athleticism to finish above the rim.

Ivan Rabb, PF: What's most impressive about this kid is that as good as he is now, he has so much room to grow - physically and skill wise - that it's frightening to think what kind of player he could be in a couple of years. Rabb has terrific anticipation on the offensive glass and by the time everyone around him figures out what's going on, he's already grabbed the rebound and is quickly putting it back up for an easy two points. An ambidextrous finisher around the basket, Rabb is also capable of knocking down the midrange jumper, something he can even do fading away. When he does get the ball in the post, he'll often quickly spin off his defender and go right up for a dunk. He had a very productive weekend at this camp and was easily one of the top few performers there, but he's just scratching the surface of how good he could ultimately be.

Malachi Richardson, SF: A versatile forward, there's a lot to like about Richardson. He's a threat to hit the three off the catch - he is particularly comfortable in the corner - but also proved he can pull up and shoot from both midrange and three. He's a very skilled passer and once he takes his opponent off the dribble, he has his head up and is looking for the open man. He has the vision and passing ability with both hands to make the perfect pass for an assist.

Malik Newman said that Memphis, LSU and Georgia are amongst the schools that have come to watch him work out this fall.

Diamond Stone listed offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Indiana, DePaul, UConn, Georgetown, UCLA and Texas A&M, with interest from Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke.

Stephen Zimmerman's latest offer is from Auburn and said that schools which have stopped by his school thus far this fall include Tennessee, Michigan and Auburn.

Elijah Thomas listed offers from UMass, Oklahoma, TCU, Illinois and Texas A&M, with interest from Georgetown, Duke, George Mason, Colorado, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Harvard, Marquette, Arizona and UCLA.

Perry Dozier named offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Kansas.

Thomas Bryant said that Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina, Texas, California and Temple have been by to watch him work out this fall.

Daniel Giddens listed offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Georgia State and Maryland. He's also hearing from Georgetown, North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Clemson.

Ivan Rabb said that California and Arizona are recruiting him the hardest, and that he has offers from those two schools as well as UNLV and North Carolina State.

Henry Ellenson listed offers from Georgetown, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Boston College and Baylor.

Charles Matthews named offers from Arizona, Illinois, DePaul, SMU and Providence. He's also hearing from Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee and Indiana.

Jessie Govan has offers from Virginia and George Mason and is also hearing from Arizona, Florida State, Kentucky, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Rutgers, Miami, Temple and UMass. Recommended Stories

Up Next

Diamond Stone is now up to eight scholarship offers, with others showing interest. The five-star…


2 Fans online
    Join The Conversation