Updated: Jul 29
Quest Multisport Sports Facility in Chicago, IL was the site of the 2020 BWB Global Camp; the annual Allstar Weekend event featured 39 of the best international born High School aged players in the World! It is a must-see event for NBA Executives and Scouts, as they continue to evaluate talent for the upcoming and future drafts.
I have selected several players that stood out during the camp while doing a good job of showcasing their talent in front of the NBA Executives.
Jean Claudio Montero | 6-3 PG | Dominican Republic
Jean was my favorite player in this year's camp. He is an elite shot-maker that can score from all three levels. He has a smooth jump-shot from the 3pt line, can finish in the mid-range and, can finish at the rim with contact or over larger defenders with floaters & runners. He is also very good at Pick and Roll action, as he showed patience coming off looking for the roller. He made several big 3's throughout the camp to put his team ahead or tie the game. He was also one of the youngest campers in attendance but that didn't stop him from winning MVP honors. I will not be surprised if I hear his name called in the NBA Draft in 2 or 3 years.
Olivier-Maxence Prosper |6-7 SF | Canada
This was my 3rd time seeing Olivier in the past year and the thing that stuck out to me this weekend was an improvement to create and finish off the dribble. He also looked confident knocking down catch and shoot jumpers in rhythm. He is a very interesting long term prospect with his size & length, I can see him in a small-ball power forward role. We'll need to keep an eye on him over the next few years at Clemson.
Kai Sotto | 7-2 C | Philippines
Kai plays locally in the Atlanta area so I have seen him a bunch this year. Kai is a modern big with a touch of old man game, he is the son of a former pro in the Philippines which equates to him being fundamentally. His skill sets include the ability to play in the post and score over his right and left shoulder, he can put the ball on the floor a little, has great vision out of the post and in the open court. He is also a solid 3 point shooter on Pick n Pop action as well as trail opportunities. Kai did struggle to match the intensity of his counterpart this weekend, he was lazy getting back on defense and appeared to be physically dominated by stronger players most of the weekend. I still expect great things from Kai moving forward, he will be on an NBA roster in the next 3 yrs.
Bennedict Mathurin | 6-5 SG | Haiti/Canada
Bennedict might be one of the hardest working teenagers I've seen play basketball in recent years. He does everything with maximum effort and that effort translates to success on the floor. I was impressed with his ability to create for himself off the dribble, he finished with contact, he also displayed a much-improved jump-shot from the last time I saw him back in July. He is also one of the best on-ball defenders out there, he can defend 1-3 and is a very good help/team defender as well. Look out for him next season as he recently committed to Arizona.
Overall, my second Basketball Without Borders event was very informative. I was able to get eyes on several new up & coming prospects as well as revisited with a few I have been tracking since last year. Looking forward to next year's event already. Until next time...