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How UofL Recruiting Targets Did At NBPA Top 100 Camp

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UofL basketball had one commit and several top recruiting targets participate in the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp this weekend; players UofL has been recruiting hard or that have visited campus.

We will give a run down of each player, their stats for the weekend, and each player’s best game.

*All stats courtesy of basketball.exposureevents.com or prepcircuit.com 

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COMMIT:

Josh Nickelberry

Josh Nickelberry

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 4 Star G
• Height – 6’4
• Weight – 175 lbs
• High School – Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 6.7
• RPG – 1.8
• APG – .8
• PER – 23.8

While Nickelberry didn’t have his best weekend of basketball he still was a key contributor for his Warriors team; a team that made it to the championship game of the camp.

Nickelberry did have a game that truly showcased his potential and the kind of player he can be for Coach Chris Mack at UofL. In the game, which took place on the first day of camp 6/13, Nickelberry scored 17 points on 5-10 (50%) from the field and 3-8 (37.5%) from three-point range. He went 4-4 (100%) from the free throw line and added 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

Top Targets Who’ve Visited Campus or With the Staff:

Jahmius Ramsey

Jahmius Ramsey

Photo Courtesy of Billy Embody, 247sports.com

2019 4 Star G
• Height – 6’4
• Weight – 180 lbs
• High School – IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Chicago Bulls

Stats:
• PPG – 12
• RPG – 1.5
• APG – 2
• SPG – 1.5

UofL is the favorite to land Ramsey per 247sports. He made a visit here back in May and that visit really impressed him; so much so, that right after the visit, he talked of speeding up his recruiting process.

Ramsey did not stay for all four days of the camp. He played in four total games, but was impressive in each outing.

His best game was a 16 point, 2 rebound, 4 assist, and 2 steal game in the second game of Day 1. The game highlighted his efficient scoring ability as he shot 8-13 from the field for a 62% field goal percentage.

Jaelyn Withers

Jaelyn Withers

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2019 4 Star F
• Height – 6’8
• Weight – 215 lbs
• High School – North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 7.7
• RPG – 4.1
• APG – .3
• PER – 19.9

Withers had a good showing at the camp. He visited in UofL in May as well. It was an unofficial visit, but impressed him enough that UofL appears to be good position to get one of his five official visits.

Withers best game was the last game of the Camp for the Spurs. He went for 19 points and 4 rebounds. He shot 8-11 (72.7%) from the field and 3 of 4 (75%) from three-point range.

Jalen Gaffney

Jalen Gaffney

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 3 Star G
• Height – 6’2
• Weight – 170 lbs
• High School – Westtown School (Columbus, NJ)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Boston Celtics

Stats:
• PPG – 4.9
• RPG – 2.4
• APG – 2.4
• PER – 19.9

Gaffney is relatively new on UofL’s radar. After finishing up with the camp, he set about on some unofficial visits. One of those visits was to UofL on Monday.

While he has yet to receive an offer from the Cards, the fact he visited says one may likely be in the offing. Coach Chris Mack and his staff recruited Gaffney while they were still at Xavier.

Gaffney’s best game was his fifth of the camp. He scored 8 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. He shot 3-4 (75%) from the field and 2-3 (66.7%) from three-point range. This game showcased some of his shooting, as well as, playmaking abilities.

Greg Gantt 

Greg Gantt

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2019 4 Star SF
• Height – 6’7
• Weight – 195 lbs
• High School – Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Philadelphia 76ers

Stats:
• PPG – 4.3
• RPG – 4.3
• APG – 1.0
• PER – 23

Not long after Gantt was offered, Coach Mack and staff visited with Gantt to pitch him on UofL. Though it’s been quiet recently on this front, make no mistake UofL wants Gantt and Gantt likes what UofL has to offer.

Gantt only participated in four games. His best was his second game where he scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and tallied a single assist. He shot 2-5 (40%) from the field and 1-3 (33%) from three point range.

In his time there, Gantt didn’t get to get up as many shots as his teammates and, therefore, didn’t find much of a rhythm. What’s nice to see is despite that, he showed that he can affect the game in other ways; especially in the rebounding department.

Top Targets Offered By UofL, but Yet to Visit:

Aidan Igiehon

Aidan Igiehon

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2019 5 Star C
• Height – 6’10
• Weight – 215 lbs
• High School – Lawrence Woodmere Academy (Woodmere, NY)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 3.7
• RPG – 2.2
• BPG – .5
• PER – 18.5

The UofL staff has been recruiting Igiehon pretty much since they stepped foot on campus. While he didn’t have the greatest camp stats wise, he still showed flashes of the potential that has many a high major school salivating.

UofL’s chances to land him may have been helped by the fact current UofL commit Josh Nickelberry was his teammate. You have to imagine Nickelberry was talking up UofL to him.

Igiehon’s best game came in his fourth game at the camp. He scored 6 points, grabbed 2 boards, and recorded 1 block. He shot 3-5 (60%) from the field.

Jaykwon Walton

Jaykwon Walton

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2019 4 Star SG
• Height – 6’6
• Weight – 196 lbs
• High School – Carver (Montgomery, AL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Milwaukee Bucks

Stats:
• PPG – 5.6
• RPG – 1.2
• APG – 0.8
• PER – 19.8

Walton was another one of Chris Mack’s early offers after taking the UofL job. Walton has not visited with UofL or the staff as of yet, but the staff is staying in contact. Walton recently cut his list of schools to 7 and UofL made the cut. With the list of schools down to 7, it appears visits will likely be his next step and the UofL staff is most assuredly working diligently to get Walton on campus for a visit.

Walton only played in 5 games during this camp. His best game was his first game of the camp. He scored 11 points, grabbed 1 board, had 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal. He was 3-7 (42.9%) from the field, 3-5 (60%) from three point range, and 2-2 (100%) from the foul line.

Kai Jones

Kai Jones

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2019 3 Star C
• Height – 6’10
• Weight – 205 lbs
• High School – Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH; Originally from the Bahamas)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 4.6
• RPG – 2.3
• APG – 0.4
• SPG – 1.3
• BPG – 0.7
• PER – 19.7

Jones is relatively new on Chris Mack’s radar. He was just offered by UofL on June 8. Jones, though not as big as typical Cs in Mack’s system, is long, a great shot blocker, and highly skilled around the basket. He could likely add some weight and strength if he chooses to come to UofL. It’s still really early in the recruiting process for Jones, but UofL is likely working to get a campus visit from him.

Jones’ best game at the camp was probably his second game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, had 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. He was 2-4 (50%) from the field and 2-4 (50%) from the foul line.

Kira Lewis

Kira Lewis

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2019 4 Star PG
• Height – 6’3
• Weight – 160 lbs
• High School – Hazel Green (Hazel Green, AL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 7.6
• RPG – 2.0
• APG – 1.1
• PER – 22.1

Lewis was offered by UofL in May. He is an athletic, skilled G. Despite only weighing 160, he’s tough and a good finisher at the rim. UofL is going to have a tough time getting him out of AL as the Crimson Tide are set on keeping him in state. UK is also showing him interest. Of course, Coach Mack is still going to work hard to win him over. He’s worth it.

Lewis’ best game at the camp was his first. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists. He shot 6-8 (75%) from the field, 1-2 (50%) from three point range, and 2-2 (100%) from the foul line. He can be a great scorer for any coach that gets him.

Malik Hall

Malik Hall

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 4 Star F
• Height – 6’7
• Weight – 190 lbs
• High School – Sunrise Christian (Wichita, KS)

Team at Top 100 camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 9.8
• RPG – 3.1
• APG – 1.0
• SPG – 1.4
• PER – 26.3

According to an article by 247sports Jerry Meyer, UofL is one of the schools recruiting Hall the hardest. He obviously fits Mack’s system to a T. He can shoot both from three and from mid-range while also getting to and finishing at the rim. He can handle the ball well, almost like a G. It probably didn’t hurt UofL’s chances that he played with current UofL commit Josh Nickelberry all camp. Oregon and Texas are also hot after the coveted F, with Oregon seemingly the favorite.

In Hall’s best game at the camp, he scored 12 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, had 2 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 5-7 (71.4%) from the field and 2-3 (66.7%) from three point range. He’s very versatile and would be a welcome addition.

Omar Payne

Omar Payne

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/C

2019 4 Star PF
• Height – 6’9
• Weight – 195 lbs
• High School – Osceola (Kissimmee, FL)

Team at Top 100 camp: Miami Heat

Stats:
• PPG – 2.0
• RPG – 3.9
• APG – 0.4
• BPG – 1.6
• PER – 18.1

Payne is a guy that was being recruited both by the previous UofL regime as well as Mack while he was at Xavier, according to an article by Jody Demling of 247sports.com. UofL is still showing him quite a bit of interest and it appears likely a visit from Payne will happen at some point. Payne’s recruitment is still in its infancy, but it’s likely Coach Mack will be in it for the long haul.

In Payne’s best game, he didn’t score a point, but he did grab 12 boards, had 2 assists, and 3 blocks. Though he didn’t get to show his scoring prowess, Payne showed his high motor and rebounding capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on June 20, 2018, in ACC Basketball, Basketball, Basketball Recruiting, Cardinal Athletics, Louisville Athletics, Louisville Basketball, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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