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June 19, 2013
NBPA TOP 100 TOP SURPRISES
SF Shaqquan Aaron, Seattle (Wa.) Rainier BeachPlaying with Rotary Select in Nike's EYBL, Aaron shot under 40 percent from the field overall and under 30 percent from 3-point land. A tall and smooth wing, Aaron stopped settling for jumpers after a slow first game and became an off the dribble playmaker. The strength coaches at Louisville will obviously want to work with him but he looks real good when he's playing an all-around game like he did in Charlottesville.
PF Leron Black, Memphis (Tenn.) White StationLike Aaron, Black had been inconsistent. He was mostly up at NBPA Camp, where he once again looked to be more of an activity guy. His jump shot may not be textbook, but it was going in and he's getting to be pretty consistent with it from mid-range. It was a good camp for him.
Paschal Chukwu, Fairfield (Conn.) PrepHeading into NBPA, we didn't know a lot about the four-star 7-footer. He is skinny and gets pushed around some, but we learned that he will fight back and has some game. Chukwu runs the floor, blocks or alters shots and has reasonable touch around the rim.
PF Chance Comanche, Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park (2015)Few outside of the West Coast had gotten a chance to see Comanche and he impressed. His listed 6-foot-11 size seems a bit on the generous side but he has offensive skill and plenty of potential. He's a lock to make it into the revised 2015 rankings before July's live period.
PF Angel Delgado, Troy (N.Y.) RedemptionA beastly 6-foot-8 rebounder, Delgado plays a physical brand of basketball. He can score in transition, has a nice jump hook and really competes. Once way off the radar, he's established himself as a high-major prospect and likely four-star prospect in 2014.
SG Tadric Jackson, Tift (Ga.) CountyNot that many people really talked about him during camp, but the 6-foot-2 Jackson was solid at NBPA. He's strong and athletic in the open court and plays with confidence. Jackson is built for contact and when he's making jumpers like he did at camp, he can be a dangerous scorer.
SG/PG Robert Johnson, Richmond (Va.) BenedictineAfter a hot start to the spring, Johnson cooled down the last couple of sessions of the EYBL. He really picked it up during camp and was easily one of the biggest surprises.
SF Derrick Jones, Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll (2015)Headed into camp, Jones was already well-regarded and a legitimate top-40 player in the class of 2015. The high-flying wing needs another bump from that level and he might even make his way to five-star status. His size (6-foot-6), tremendous athleticism, great first step, plus and a jumper that has to be respected, make him a very high-level prospect.
SG/PG Romelo Trimble, Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'ConnellTrimble may end up being more of a 2/1 combo guard in college than a point guard. He can run the point and well, but his ability to shoot from deep makes him a valuable secondary ball-handler. He is also a tough/physical defender.
PF Craig Victor, New Orleans (La.) St. AugustineVictor wasn't really a surprise and he didn't really need to help his stock at all. But, he just missed inclusion on the top 10 performers list and it was important to get him some type of recognition. The high-end four-star has embraced playing with physicality and supplements his ability to score around the rim with a good-looking jumper from mid-range.