We’ll be along shortly with a video of veteran scout Van Coleman’s take on some of Duke’s actual or potential prospects, and I’m certainly not a professional scout. But I did spend a fair amount of time last weekend watching these kids play in multiple games and in case anyone’s interested, here’s what I saw:
Stanley Johnson was the MVP of the camp, and deservedly so. He’s a solid-bodied, athletic SF/wing, and the thing about Stanley is he really, really competes hard. Nobody is outworking this guy. He has really worked on his outside shot, and it is much improved. He was hitting them all weekend, but nowhere more visibly than in the end-of-camp all-star game, where he nailed 4 3-pointers from range. But I think he’s at his best taking it to the hole. He’s strong with the ball, he can play through contact, and he’s just relentless in there. Johnson is also a serious defensive player, locking down mostly opposing 3′s, but also can play 2-guards easily and in the all-star game was matched up with bigtime PF Elijah Thomas inside. Johnson plays at a very good high school (Mater Dei) and in a top quality AAU program as well (Oakland Soldiers) and comes from a solid background. I spoke at length
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