10 Jul 2023


The National Basketball Players Association (a/k/a the Players’ Union) held its annual Top 100 Camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located at the Disney World Resort the last week of June.  While the camp lasts a full week in total, the final three days (Wednesday thru Friday) feature games among the participants and are coached by current NBA players.  College and NBA scouts were on hand as well as an assorted array of national media.  Players from the Classes of 2024 thru 2026 were spread across ten teams and played for a camp championship.  Our schedule didn’t allow us to see all ten teams, but we did see eight of the ten, including the camp champion.


Cooper Flagg, Montverde Academy: The 6’9 rising junior had an incredible week in leading his team to the camp championship.  He had a dominating performance in the semi-finals with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  The vast majority of Flagg’s points came on strong drives, transition buckets, put-backs and mid-range jump shots.  He showed great timing for blocks, quickly rotating over from the weakside.  His skill-level and hoops acumen are nothing short of spectacular.

Bryson Tiller, Overtime Elite: A 6’8 rising senior, Tiller is strong and athletic with a college-ready body.  He proved to be a respectable perimeter shooter but had his greatest success in getting to the basket off the dribble and finishing through contact.  Tiller rebounds and runs the floor well.  He is also very active and impactful on the offensive glass.

Jayden Quaintance, Word of God Academy: A 6’9 rising junior, his strong frame and bounce give him a very high ceiling.  While Quaintance didn’t always finish around the basket on post-ups, that will come in time.  He got to and put back several missed shots and did a solid job of getting the ball to open perimeter shooters when double-teams came.  Quaintance runs the floor, rebounds at both ends, and protects the rim well.

Khani Rooths, IMG Academy: A 6’7 rising senior, Rooths is a lean wing that is a very good athlete with skills.  He made his perimeter shots and showed good ball-handling and passing ability when attacking the basket.  Rooths was very active on the offensive glass, finished well in transition, and showed some point-forward ability in half-court sets.

Derrick Queen, Montverde Academy: A 6’9 rising senior, Queen is a superior interior player with excellent footwork, post moves and touch around the basket with either hand.  He was easily the most polished post player in camp.  His frame continues to mature and he has become quicker to rebounds at both ends of the court.  Queen has a high basketball IQ, is a good passer out of the high and low post, and is a physical post defender.

A.J. Dybansta, Prolific Prep: A 6’8 rising sophomore, Dybansta more than lived up the hype as the current top player in Class of 2026.  He’s arguably as good as anyone in the 2024 Class and would be no less than #3 should he re-classify to 2025.  Dybansta is very talented both in terms of size and skill for his age.  He is lethal in attacking the basket as he has a quick first step, finishes in a crowd thru contact with great body control and touch, and has a solid mid-range game.  His consistency from deep will come in time.  In the one game we watched, Dybansta won the game on a three-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining.

Darius Acuff, Cass Tech: A 6’2 rising junior out of Detroit, Acuff is very creative with the ball and difficult to contain inside the arc.  He has a solid frame and is difficult to handle when coming off ball-screens as he reads the defense and reacts appropriately almost instantaneously.  Acuff is an excellent passer on the move as he finds cutting teammates for easy scores.  His jumper was a bit inconsistent but that may have due to the fact that games were using the NBA three-point line and players at this level are not yet used to that distance.

Cameron Boozer, Miami Columbus: A 6’9 rising junior, we admit to not seeing him play during the week.  HOWEVER, he was the ONLY player to rank in the top twenty in all five statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.  Boozer more than proved he can play and dominate without twin brother Cayden running the offense and getting him the ball.  Boozer is like the Tim Duncan of high school basketball.  While everyone begs to see matchups between Cameron Boozer and Cooper Flagg, the more interesting scenario would be the two teaming up and feeding off each other to display some exquisite basketball.


Aiden Sherrell, Prolific Prep: A 6’11 rising senior, Sherrill is long, active, athletic, and gets a lot done on the interior.  He rebounds well at both ends, especially on offense where he anticipates where the ball will go and has a soft touch on putbacks.  Sherrell impressed with his ability to make shots from the perimeter and connect consistently on his free throws.  He was also solid in his role as a rim protector.

Zoom Diallo, Prolific Prep: A 6’4 rising senior, Diallo excels at getting downhill and creating contact as he is a frequent foul line visitor.  He has very good ball-skills and displayed high-level court vision and awareness.  Diallo has a solid frame and knows how to use it to keep defenders at bay.  He struggled a bit in the game we watched with his perimeter shot, but the form and fundamentals are there for it to be a weapon soon rather than later.

Robert Hinton, Harvard-Westlake: A 6’5 rising senior out of California, Hinton reeled off a five-play sequence showing his vast array of skills. He connected on a mid-range jumper, dunked on the break, corralled a rebound against bigger player in traffic, drained a three pointer, then scored in traffic at the rim. A heady player that doesn’t force the action, Hinton looks to be a versatile performer that will thrive at the next level.

Tyran Stokes, Prolific Prep: a 6’7 rising sophomore, Stokes evoked memories of an early Zion Williamson with his solid frame and high-level run/jump athleticism.  He’s a monster now and it is scary to think what he will be like in another three years.  Stokes has a good skill set and was one of the better passing big men at the event.

Flory Bidunga, Kokomo: A 6’10 rising senior from Indiana, Bidunga is an athletic, long, and active lefty that more often than not outworks his opponent at both ends of the floor.  He is patient yet explosive around he basket as he has some quick spin and drop-step moves on the block.  Bidunga is quick off the floor to throw down lobs and put back missed shots.  He is also quite fast up and down the court in transition.  He dropped jaws with one play where he caught the ball outside of the NBA three-point line, took one long stride and dribble, then threw down a soul-crushing dunk.

Tyler Jackson, St. Frances Academy: A 6’3 rising junior out of Baltimore, Jackson proved to be a very quick guard with three level scoring ability.  He pushes the pace and is very underrated as a distributor, both in transition and when penetrating against a set defense.  Jackson does a fine job of creating his shot off the dribble and uses his speed and quickness to great advantage at both ends of the court.


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