I dropped my immediate takeaways from the B2BN All-American camp earlier this week. Now let’s take a look at a few standouts… Zaiden Nelson (5’6/PG/’28) School: Bonaire Middle School Instagram: Zaidenn3lson Twitter: N/A Zaiden is a small PG but makes a…
I dropped my immediate takeaways from the B2BN All-American camp earlier this week. Now let’s take a look at a few standouts…
Zaiden Nelson (5’6/PG/’28)
School: Bonaire Middle School
Zaiden is a small PG but makes a big impact at the lead guard position. In camp, he was a score-first PG that looked for his offense early and often. He was aggressive off the bounce as he showed his playmaking abilities and was one of the best finishers at the rim amongst all the guards at camp. He shot the ball well from deep and was a constant source of production when the ball was in his hands. He kept pressure on the defense and exposed a lot of players’ lack of understanding of how to play team defensive concepts, particularly help-side defense.
In camp, he was a score-first PG that looked for his offense early and often.Terry J. Drake
Isaac Donson (5’10/SG/’28)
School: Bonaire Middle School
Isaac was an intriguing player to watch as it took a minute to get a good feel for his game. He has good size for his class as he is listed as a shooting guard but did a lot of his work in the paint. He is still very raw in some areas when it comes to perimeter skills, but he was in attack mode and getting to the paint. He still has to work on his decision-making skills, as he got in the air several times and did not know what he wanted to do with the rock, leading to turnovers. Isaac was at his best when he put his head down and got to the cup, as he often did in transition. He was much more productive in transition as he was able to slash his way to the cup as gaps were wider. He did make shots from behind the arc, which shows that he has tools to work with, and as long as he can stay in the lab, he will continue to develop.
He has good size for his class as he is listed as a shooting guard but did a lot of his work in the paint.Terry J. Drake
Adrian Guilford (6’2/CG/’27)
School: Factory Shoals Middle School
Adrian is a stout guard that plays an aggressive and physical style of basketball. His play could be considered somewhat borderline bullish, but he was highly effective playing the way that he did. I like that he was true to his type of game and used his big body to initiate contact and finish thru contact at the cup. Whether on the offensive or defensive end of the floor or on the glass, his physical play played a huge role in his success throughout camp. He showed that he can put it on the floor and produce, but there is still room for growth. A few areas still need attention so that his game can flourish on a larger scale, but he has the physical attributes necessary; he just needs to continue to hone his perimeter skill set.
Adrian is a stout guard that plays an aggressive and physical style of basketball.Terry J. Drake
Jason Smith (5’8/SG/’27)
School: Chapel Hill Middle School
Jason is a wing that specialized in one thing during the camp: shooting the trey ball. He was good in c&s opportunities and is a very capable 3pt shooter. He will have to show more regarding putting the ball on the floor and creating scoring opportunities when playing in the half-court and in tight spaces. Now when it came to Jason in the open court, he was highly active, thriving in transition and finishing breaks well. He showed some attributes I would need to see more of to dive deeper into his overall potential and transition to high school next year, but the talent is there. At the next level, teams scout more, and they will run him off the line as they discover that he can knock down the trey ball, forcing him to find other ways to be productive.
Jason is a wing that specialized in one thing during the camp: shooting the trey ball.Terry J. Drake
Lamar Byrd, Jr. (6’3/CG/’28)
School: Riverwatch Middle School
Lamar caught my eye early, and I was locked in on him for the remainder of the camp. He got better as the day went on, and his game kept unfolding right before my eyes. Early on, he did most of his damage in the paint, as not many players could contend with his size and length. Early on, I gathered that he needed to develop more when it came to his perimeter skills, but as the camp went on, he showed more versatility and the ability to attack off the bounce. He showed handles and put on display his inside-out game. Defenders had a tough time trying to contain Lamar, and his ability to adapt to different ways that defenders were trying to guard him was impressive for his age. He has a chance to develop into a very good two-way player with size that will cause problems on both ends of the floor. As he continues to hone his playmaking skills and get stronger, he has the chance to develop into a player that eyes from across the country could start finding their way to his game.
He got better as the day went on, and his game kept unfolding right before my eyes.Terry J. Drake