2021 Select 80: Versatile Wings

6’7” Shaqir O’Neal (Creekside Christian)

With a solid handle and the ability to create at 6’7”, O’Neal is a difficult match on the wing, but I thought his best moments at camps came outside of his 1-on-1 scoring. He was right up there with Evan Howell for best rim-protector on the day; in both of his game he seemed to come out in the 2nd half with a mean streak and swatted away shots with force on multiple occasions. O’Neal wasn’t as explosive as others at camp, but he has smooth, graceful leaping ability and was able to fill the lanes and elevate for traffic finishes during the day. He can do a variety of things both offensively and defensively, I am interested to see how he puts it all together .

6’6” Travis Harper (St. Anne-Pacelli)

A springy athlete off of 1 or 2 feet, Harper had multiple wow moments on the day, including what was probably the dunk of the day when he went between 2 defenders in the half-court to slam one home. He has lots of scoring ability and is particularly adept at getting to his mid-range spots where he can quickly elevate over short perimeter defenders. Harper’s physical capabilities point to great defensive potential and I think he can me even more of a presence on that end of the floor. With those physical tools and his well-rounded offensive skill, Harper should be able to blossom within a year or two in college.

6’6” Derrick Brown (Monroe Area)

I’ve talked about it before, but I think there’s a ton of value in how Brown can be a major contributor even when he isn’t scoring or getting a ton of offensive touches. He started camp with a great rebounding game, using his length and natural leaping ability to snag traffic boards and some that were outside of his area. Those traits allow him to guarder stronger interior players and he has the feet and quickness to step out and guard on the perimeter. Offensively, Brown was able to connect on some mid-range jumpers on which he shoots confidently and with elevation. He also extends at the basket well and has good touch when he can’t get all the way to the rim. The duo of him and Kendric Lyles will be well worth tracking once again in 2020-21.

6’6” Elijah Williams (Providence Christian Academy)

Williams was one of the most explosive prospects at the Select 80 and made the most of his advantage over others in that area. I thought he played with a better sense of urgency than I had previously seen from him, which was evident by his constant activity on the glass. Williams is able to fly down the court quickly after grabbing a rebound with speed and long strides. He had some impressive finishes in traffic after adjusting to shot-blockers and knocked down a 3 in his first game of the day. Williams can be a problem defensively and running the lanes in transition; I thought he did a good job in both of these areas and stayed locked in throughout the camp. Look for Providence to be a contender in A-Private with him, Chance Thacker, and Tony Carpio.

6’4” Ethan Pickett (Cherokee)

Pickett was another who impressed with his ability on both sides of the ball. He looked to be capable of guarding the 1-4 in high school, defending some post guys during camp and bothering smaller guards with his size, length, and activity. Pickett has a solid frame, good athleticism, and I felt like he proved to be more skilled than he was able to show this summer. Taking advantage of mismatches is something Pickett did well throughout the day; he used his size to get inside from the wing even when he couldn’t blow past his defender, and was really impressive adjusting and finishing in traffic. He had a few different moments where he was able to switch to his left hand and convert a contested layup without much trouble. Pickett adds another quality piece to an already talented Cherokee team.

6’6” Umar Rashid (Creekview)

Rashid has a pure shot and that’s where he brings the most value. His form is textbook, his release is high, and the ball comes off of his hand very softly. While his shooting was on display a few times at camp, I think his ability and willingness to impact the game in other areas was where he helped himself the most. Rashid has long arms and a good motor, which make him effective contesting shots inside and securing rebounds. He made a point to hustle and pursue loose balls better than most in attendance, which is nice to see in a camp setting. He’s a late-bloomer who’s starting to receive a good bit of recruitment; Case Western and Sewanee have both offered him while Oglethorpe had him visit this past weekend after watching him at camp. Rashid should have a really nice senior year at Creekview.

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