Bouncing back and forth between the CP3 Elite Guard Camp and CP3 Rising Stars Camp, we weren’t quite able to see as much of the action as we would have liked to, but managed to get a glimpse at a number of fresh faces. We were also able to reaffirm or change some opinions that we had on other players who we had seen over the years. Michael Drum did an amazing job of assembling talent from coast to coast, making it incredibly difficult to select players for the top-20 and top-40 games respectively. The best of the best were selected to play in Monday’s DunkDog.com All-American Game.
All in all, it made it difficult to pick just five people to write about, but here are a few of the standouts from Sunday’s action:
MJ Walker, 6’5, SG/SF, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (GA), 2017- Georgia is stacked for the 2017 class and there isn’t a better wing than MJ Walker. Owning the body of a grown man, he was fearless attacking the rim. MJ has a developing outside game, explosive first step, and the athleticism to get by virtually anyone. The physical prowess that he exerts on the floor makes it difficult for most wings to guard him, backing up why he is in virtually everyone’s top 25 for ’17.
William Dillard, 6’3, SG, Greensboro Day School (NC), 2018- The best player the camp had to offer in the younger classes was undoubtedly William Dillard. Owning downright absurd athleticism, he shut the gym down with a filthy windmill, blew past his man off the dribble, and finished above the rim on the regular. Dillard showed off a solid handle and while he didn’t hit many outside jumpers, we could easily see why he is one of the truly elite players in the class of 2018.
Terrell Coleman, 6’5, SF, Miller Grove HS (GA), 2017- There may not have been a player who went harder during the camp than Terrell Coleman, a well built 6’5 wing. Able to defend any position on the floor at the camp, he caught our eye with his effort and versatility. His combination of strength, length, and athleticism give him all of the makings of the next big time Miller Grove prospect.
Victor Uyaelunmo, 6’11, C, Miami City Ballers AAU, 2017- You don’t see many 6’11 rising freshman, much less ones who can actually make a move with their back to the basket. Victor Uyaelunmo showed off surprising agility in the post, spinning off of defenders for reverse lay-ups and consistently scoring over his left shoulder. Sure, there is plenty of room for improvement, but the tools are definitely there to work with.
Jamal Johnson, 6’4, SG, Birmingham Storm AAU, 2017- A superbly talented player who has flown a bit under the radar, Johnson worked his way into the top 20 game at CP3. A strong all around player, he was especially impressive with his defense, both on the ball and as a shot-blocker. Offensively, the athletic swingman knocked down open threes and scored efficiently within the flow of the offense. Look for Johnson and Austin Wiley to headline Alabama’s 2017 class.