The Jordan Brand Classic only had one day of practice this year. Action was limited and many players from the original roster are out with injury or withdrew from the game: Anfernee Simons, RJ Barrett, Jalen Carey, Zion Williamson, Keldon Johnson, Louis King, Darius Garland, and Simi Shittu. Here’s a few that stood out.
Bol Bol 7’2 220 C – Oregon
Bol was impressive in shooting drills, great arc and positive results. He needs to play harder, sometimes being the last player up the floor. He could give more effort as a shot blocker and rebounder, at times not closing out on shooters and tends to sit back and watch opponents get offensive boards in his paint. He did show flashes; good touch at different angles, dunks no one could contest, and sees the floor well at his height.
Andrew Nembhard 6’4 190 PG – Florida
Nembhard carries all the ideal traits you want in a point guard. No matter the competition level or the stage of the game, he’s able to comfortably play his game. He did an excellent job of penetrating; attacking holes and getting to open spots on the floor to kick to the open man when the help defense stepped over. I would like to see him shoot from outside more, but he has good mechanics and that can always improve. Nembhard was in control during the scrimmage, made his teammates better, and found them in positions where they were able to score.
Emmitt Williams 6’6 215 PF – LSU
Williams was the most vocal player on the court; whether it’s supporting a teammate, trash talking opponents, or questioning the ref, he’s always talking. He came out hitting shots early, although his shot can improve, he shot with confidence and without hesitation. He lacks size at the power forward position, so improving his perimeter game will be critical for his development. He battled underneath with consistent energy and aggression. Williams was one of the standouts and was out to prove his worth, mentioning that he took it personally that he didn’t make the McDonald’s All-American Game or the Nike Hoop Summit.
Jalen Smith 6’9 195 PF – Maryland
After an impressive week at McDonald’s, Smith continues to stand out against some of the nation’s best. He has a good balance of not forcing it but never shies away from the action. He didn’t show much of his jump shot but was alert and playing with Andrew Nembhard and Tre Jones, he was found at the right time. Smith positions himself well and is reliable on both ends.
Romeo Langford 6’6 195 SG – Undecided
Langford was the best scorer of the group. It comes naturally for him, especially when he can isolate his man. His shot was working for him and he had no trouble getting to the rim, utilizing his athleticism and finishing with multiple dunks. His instincts combined with his polished skillset made him a handful for opposing guards.