6’10 Marques Bolden exploded this past spring on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Texas Titans and only appears to be getting better by the day. He showed off his explosive athleticism at the Nike Global Challenge with this dunk on a defender from Brazil who shall go nameless.
Everyone who watched VCU knew that Treveon Graham had some serious game. However, not many on the national level really knew the talent that the DC native had. That all changed at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.
As the biggest guard in the camp at 6’6 and a jacked 220 pounds, Graham was physically dominant over every guard in the camp. His size, tremendous wingspan, and strength was simply too much to handle. Not just a bully, he showed off his skill level at the camp with a variety of crafty takes to the rack and the ability to shoot the ball consistently to the collegiate three point line. On the defensive side, the 20-year old senior (he’s exceptionally young for his grade) showed the ability to put the clamps on guys who were much smaller than him.
Graham’s senior year will ultimately decipher whether or not he is a sure fire selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, but he certainly helped his cause at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.
Keifer Sykes has long been an incredibly productive and exciting player who somehow managed to always fall under the radar. Coming from Marshall HS in Chicago (home to Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley and Hoop Dreams star Arthur Agee), he didn’t receive the pub that he quite deserved. However, after wining the Horizon League Player of the Year award this past season, people are starting to take notice.
Standing just over 6-foot in shoes, Sykes is one of the most explosive athletes in the country, as seen by this absurd windmill that he had at the CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp. Not just a leaper, he also impressed the 30 or so NBA scouts that were in attendance in Winston-Salem with his ability to get to the rack and overall tenacity.
Be sure to keep checking CityLeagueHoops for plenty more on Sykes.
Tyger Campbell has long been known as one of the best players in the class and while we’ve been watching him for two and a half years now at various camps throughout the country, felt that it was best to hold off on releasing film of him. Now an eighth grader, Campbell is ready. We first saw him in Las Vegas at the John Lucas Future of The Game camp and he has gotten better ever since. Having grown to 5-foot-9, he has solid size for a lead guard at that age and the game to back it up. Tyger is very shifty and has a nice handle, enabling to get in the paint at will. He has nice court vision and leadership for a player his size, as seen by his ability to constantly get everyone involved in the game. Additionally, due to his mature physical makeup, he has shown the ability to put the clamps on people defensively. Ranked as the top player in the class of 2019 by some services, Campbell is a player who we will be following closely over the coming years.
Adidas Nations has long established itself as the grand finale to the July evaluation period. Bringing in some of the top college players in the country to join many of the nation’s finest at the high school level (regardless of shoe affiliation), the event brings some of the best amateur players to LA for a three day weekend. To top things off, adidas Nations proved as a springboard for players such as Dante Exum and Clint Capela to find themselves selected in the NBA Draft. With talent like that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that guys like Thon Maker, Dennis Smith Jr., and Abdoulaye Ndoye put up the big plays that we saw in the first day of action.
Noah Vonleh has been producing at a high level for years now. An original member of the class of 2013, he reclassified to 2014 in order to mature physically due to the fact that he was considered young for his grade. However, he ulimately blew up during his sophomore year and ultimately decided to head back to his original class to get to college a year early. After one successful season at Indiana that saw him play out of position at center for the vast majority of the time, he was able to establish himself as a lottery pick. Drafted 9th overall by the Hornets, Michael Jordan personally picked Vonleh to come in and help anchor a franchise that is not only rebranding, but burgeoning after this past season’s playoff campaign that saw them lose to the Miami Heat.
Here are the best highlights that we accumlated of Vonleh throughout his high school above.
Joel Embiid is expected to sit out his entire rookie season, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a millionaire in other areas. Sources have confirmed that the Philadelphia 76ers rookie has signed a multi-million dollar shoe deal with adidas, joining Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins, and Marcus Smart. Exact terms were not disclosed, but it was confirmed that it was a multi-year deal for the 7’0 native of Cameroon.
Tyler Ennis is one of Canada’s best players to come out in recent years, and also one whom we have been tracking for quite some time. We dug into the vault and released a bunch of stuff that had been sitting there throughout Ennis’ remarkably impressive grassroots career with CIA Bounce, in camps, and playing for Canada at the Nike Global Challenge. While he was never necessarily a highlight guy, the Phoenix Suns draft pick was outstanding running the pick and roll, and always seemed to control the tempo o the game from a very young age.
LeBron James crushed the city of Cleveland with the ‘decision’ and four years later, there is another one to be made. It has been widely speculated that he will be making a return to the city of Cleveland to join a freshly extended Kyrie Iriving and Co., immediately making the Cavaliers championship contenders. Throughout the last few years, we have filmed much of the Cavs’ roster in high school games, AAU tournaments, and NBA Draft workouts, leaving you with the idea of what the team could potentially look like if the King were to ultimately return to C-Town.
Roy Devyn Marble is one of the more unique prospects. At 6-foot-6, he spent time playing all three perimeter positions for spurts for Iowa this year. The versatility that he offers on the hardwood has made him a viable draft prospect, which we saw in the flesh at the Wasserman Media Group pro day. Showcasing his athleticism, ball skills, and length, it was easy to see why he’s considered to be a second round pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.
CityLeagueHoops: What are you working on with Roy Devynn during the pre-draft process?
Fred Cofield: RD is working with our strength guys and is getting a little stronger. We’re trying to get him a lot more shots and time playing at the 1. We think that he can be a big 1. Just trying to get him to run an offense, so we’ve been working on his ball-handling and getting him to understand the point guard position from an NBA perspective.
CLH: Why do you think RD is a definite NBA player?
Fred Cofield: Those four years helped him. He’s played in college so he understands what’s expected of him, so he’s ready to make that transition to the pros. He has a great skill set, shoots the ball very well, and understands the game.