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June 21, 2011

What we learned: NBPA Top 100

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After covering the 2011 NBPA Top 100 camp over the weekend and reflecting on some of the event's top performers, Rivals.com takes a final look at some of the things we learned in Charlottesville, Va.

1. Wake Forest-bound combo guard is a legit talent

Prior to the NBPA Camp, we hadn't had much of an opportunity to see Codi Miller-McIntyre. Really, few outside the state of North Carolina knew much about the 6-foot-2 combo guard from Concord (N.C.) First Assembly, a Wake Forest commit.

After getting a long look at Miller-McIntyre and seeing what he can do as a scorer, it is quite clear that Jeff Bzdelik and his staff beat the competition to the punch.

A natural scorer with good strength and athleticism, Miller-McIntyre is a dangerous jump shooter. But, he doesn't just settle for jumpers and is quite capable of putting the ball on the floor and creating for himself or others. He's especially clever away from the ball where he loses defenders with his alert movement and utilization of picks.

When the Rivals150 for the class of 2012 is redone here in the near future, it's a pretty safe bet that Miller-McIntyre will enter the rankings somewhere on the four-star level.

2. Dekker is on the rise

Currently, 39 spots separate the second-highest ranked player from the state of Wisconsin, Sam Dekker at No. 82 in 2011, and the state's highest-rated player, J.P. Tokoto. After seeing the Wisconsin-committed Dekker and the North Carolina-committed Tokoto at several events, it would appear that Dekker has significantly narrowed the gap.

Actually, it's looking as if Dekker might just be the better of the two wing prospects at this point.

With his athleticism and length, Tokoto has been pretty much universally regarded as the better prospect for some time. However, the more we see Dekker play the more we see a player that has better offensive skill, is bigger and more college ready.

At 6-foot-7, Dekker has showed over and over that he is a dangerous shooter with plenty of other aspects to his game. Dekker gets tough rebounds, competes on every play and is perhaps a bit underrated as a baseline slasher. His toughness and work ethic were both on full display at NBPA and it's hard to not see him being very successful under Bo Ryan.

3. Plenty of bigs, not many polished scorers

Just as we have thought all along, the 2012 big men are talented and there are a lot of them. However, even though the class is loaded with high-major interior prospects, there aren't that many guys who could be called technicians in the low post.

In fact, we were struck by how much trouble the '12 bigs had scoring on each other in Charlottesville. The ball would get dumped into the post and more often than not, defense seemed to win the battles closest to the rim.

Maybe we are just underrating the defensive ability of the current crop of bigs, but the reality is that there are many more athletes than skilled posts in 2012.

Perhaps that is what allowed Adam Woodbury to have so much success. The 7-footer actually has an arsenal of moves, counter-moves and tricks around the rim, which allow him to be a highly skilled post scorer. Georgia big man Tony Parker was another who showed that he could consistently score in a one-on-one situation.

Along with Woodbury and Parker, Anthony Bennett and Mitch McGary showed skill as low post scorers. But outside of those guys and Jarnell Stokes (not in attendance at NBPA), the majority of top big men prospects in the class of 2012 still have a lot to learn about one-on-one, low post scoring.



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