And then there were four. Quarterfinal play took place earlier Saturday morning here at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia, with Karl Towns’ Mavericks, Stephen Zimmerman’s Bulls, Cheick Diallo’s Celtics, and Kevon Looney’s Lakers advancing to the camp’s semifinals. Lets get into the players that made their presence known on the big stage at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Stephen Zimmerman (C, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman): In quarterfinal action Saturday, a few names stood out from the rest of the competition. One of those names is Stephen Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a 6’11″ 215 pound center was effective in a 64-60 win over Caleb Swanigan and the Spurs. Matched up with the 6’8″ Swanigan and 7′ Isaac Haas for the majority of the morning, Zimmerman had one of his better performances of the week, tallying 13 points and nine rebounds. The big man’s highlight play of the day was on a pump-fake and drive, resulting in a powerful slam on Haas. Zimmerman, who has received increased attention from several high-majors this week, had averaged 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds through Friday’s action.
Theo Pinson (SF, Greensboro Wesleyan Christian): In a quarterfinal loss vs. Karl Towns and the Mavericks, Theo Pinson had his best game of the week, going off for 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Pinson was unstoppable on the drive on Saturday, getting to the line ten times, converting on eight free throws. The North Carolina commit, who through Friday had averaged 8.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games, was Andre Iguodala’s lone consistent scorer. Pinson’s 12 second half points were a game-high in a 72-52 win for the Mavericks.
Kelly Oubre (SF, Fort Bend Bush, TX): Oubre, the 4th-ranked small forward in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, has arguably been the best player at his position this week. In a quarterfinal loss to Zimmerman and the Bulls, Oubre scored a game-high 18 points in addition to securing seven rebounds. The 6’6″ 190-pound forward connected from deep three times, while reaching the free-throw line four times. With heavy interest from various high-majors, Oubre is doing nothing to hurt his stock this week amongst talented camp of D1 hoopers.
Caleb Martin (SF, Mocksville Davie County, NC): One of the few players I was unaware of coming into this showcase, Martin has been one of the most impressive small forwards that I’ve seen in a long time. With a knack for scoring in spurts, Martin did just that in a quarterfinal win over Pinson & Co., pouring out a team-high 17 points. Committed to NC State, the 6’7″ small forward is worthy of a fifth star in my opinion, especially after his efficient play so far this weekend. Through Friday’s action, Martin was one of seven Mavericks players to average at least eight points per game.
- Zach Fleer / @ZachFleerSP