Zagoria: Top 10 Players at the Nike Global Challenge

KELLY OUBRE, 6-5 SG, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep

Some scouts actually like Oubre over Johnson on the wing, and Oubre’s stock has certainly risen this summer, as evidenced by a recent offer from Kentucky. He is also considering  Kansas, Florida, Preps Nike Global ChallengeKentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV.

NBA Scout’s Take: “Long athletic lefty. Highly skilled. Really can shoot the ball from the perimeter. Hits big shots. Unafraid. Only weakness is at times he loses focus.”

TYUS JONES, 6-2 PG, Apple Valley (MN)

A top-five player in the Class of 2014, Jones wants to attend college with his close friend, 6-10 Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor. Some believe the duo is headed to Duke, but the two are also considering Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Ohio State and Michigan State. Minnesota is trying to keep Jones at home, too.

NBA Scout’s Take: “Great head, great vision, understands how to play. A coach’s dream. Needs to improve his jumper from the perimeter.”

CHRIS MCCULLOUGH, 6-9 PF, Brewster (NH) Academy

The Syracuse-bound McCullough played for a USA East team that went 2-2 and could have used some more help down low. He was probably their best player, as evidence by his 21-point, seven-rebound performance in a loss to USA Midwest.

NBA Scout’s Take: “Long, athletic, active. Both he and Terry Larrier, very good upside. If he’ll work. The whole thing with these young kids who are long and athletic with some skill set, they just have to devote themselves. Keep working, stay out of trouble and they’ll just keep getting better and better.”

DANIEL HAMILTON, 6-6 SG, Los Angeles (CA) St. John Bosco

The younger brother of Denver Nuggets guard Jordan Hamilton, Daniel Hamilton is headed to UConn in 2014. He impressed scouts with his length, athleticism and basketball IQ. Playing for the eventual champion USA West, he went for 17 points and five rebounds in a win over USA East.

NBA Scout’s Take: “Sees the floor, is a good passer. He can bring the ball up the floor. He has very good size. He can play every part of the game. He’s very unselfish and he’s very, very good all-around player. Great upside.”


The junior wing has drawn comparisons to Wiggins because they attend the same high school, are both Canadian and have similar mannerisms. While that comparison is probably unfair to Gill-Caesar, he has already received interest from Kentucky and a slew of high-major offers.

NBA Scout’s Take: “Very active. Inside-outside game. Shoots the ball well. Has had a terrific tournament.”


Jackson was one of three North Carolina commits in the event who drew Roy Williams’ interest. He was overshadowed at times by USA West teammates Oubre and Johnson but showed an ability to get to the basket and create his own shot. Had a big game in the final with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

ABDUL MALIK ABU, 6-8 PF, Kimball Union (NH)

Abu is fasting in the month of July for Ramadan but still managed to stoke the interest of many high-major coaches, including Florida, UConn , Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, N.C. State and others. He totaled 22 points and five rebounds in a loss to USA South.


Adam Zagoria of ZAGSBLOG covers the future stars of the NBA for Follow him on Twitter @AdamZagoria.


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