Friday’s PM session ushered in the arrival of Karl Towns and an increasingly talented Mavericks squad that has rolled to four consecutive wins. With the highly-touted Kentucky commit in the lineup, the camp title favorites scored a tournament-high 97 points in a double-digit win over Romelo Trimble and the Heat.
Towns’ presence in the paint helped the Mavericks enjoy a 34-22 advantage on the glass, and opened up the perimeter for deadly shooters like James Blackmon Jr. and Justin Jackson. Towns scored 10 points, in addition to seven rebounds in his debut, while Jackson scored a team-high 15 points. The Indiana commit Blackmon Jr. was deadly from deep once again, connecting from behind-the-arc three times en route to 11 points. Utah forward Brekkott Chapman scored a team-high nine points in the second half, eventually finishing with 13 for the game. Ohio State target Leron Block was efficient once again, this time showing extended range, culminating in a 14-point, four-rebound performance. UConn target Chinanu Onuaku grabbed down a team-high eight rebounds, continuing a successful camp for big man who is listed as a tw0-star center by ESPN.
Led by Trimble’s 20 points, the underdog Heat (that hasn’t been said since early 2010) stayed within 15 points for the majority of Friday’s contest, fairing better than some of the other opponents the Mavericks have encountered this week. Trimble and Baltimore forward Dwayne Morgan put on a show in the second half, combining to score 25 points in the final 24 minutes. Morgan was highly efficient attacking the basket, as was Trimble. The UNLV commit Morgan finished with 17 points, while rising center Myles Turner finished with 14 of his own. Tasked with defending Towns, ’15 power forward Skal Labissiere had one of the better performances on the night, tallying nine points and 11 rebounds. Despite having four players score in double-digits, the Heat’s 86 points were just not enough to topple Towns & Co.
The addition of the nation’s top center only bolsters an already talented Mavericks squad that has all the tools to take home the crown in this year’s NBPA Top 100 Camp. It will be interesting to see if this talented nucleus plays with the same focus and continuity that was instrumental in a lights-out performance on Friday.
- Zach Fleer / @ZachFleerSP