The measurements from the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team Training Camp were released today.
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Elite 2019 power forward prospect James Wiseman was perhaps the most impressive physical specimen in attendance at the Men's U16 Nationals Team Training Camp. Measured at 6'11 in shoes with a 7'4 wingspan, Wiseman has grown an inch and a half since late last year though his wingspan hasn't changed much which raises some accuracy concerns, but regardless, he has tremendous size and length for a power forward or center prospect at any level. Considering he turned 16 just a few months ago and possesses a budding offensive skill level that has been on full display in the EYBL, Wiseman is a player to watch in the coming years. He made the initial cut and is now among the 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
Another player who grew in terms of height while dropping in the wingspan column relative to previous measurements, top 2019 prospect Vernon Carey
's 259 pound frame is almost 25 pounds heavier than it was during the summer of 2016 at the Nike Elite 100. The son of former NFL offensive tackle Vernon Carey
Sr., the skilled big man has taken the EYBL by storm this season and already has the build of a far older player, but will need to be careful with his weight in the coming years. His father played parts of his college career at Miami weighing over 360 pounds, and the younger Carey clearly inhereted his father's capacity to pack of mass, so even if his frame allows him to carry that weight well, he faces different unique challenges with his conditioning at 16 years old compared to many of his lanky, underdeveloped peers. He made the initial cut and is now among the 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
Among the younger players among the top-100 prospects in the class of 2019, Wendell Moore won't turn 16 until September, but standing 6'4.5 with a 6'11 wingspan and a 200 pound frame, the Cox Mill (NC) standout has one of the more mature frames among wings at the prep level. He isn't overly tall for a small forward, but his age leaves room for optimism in that regard and the 10 pounds he shed since winter is a positive sign as he continues to improve his already chiseled frame. He made the initial cut and is now among the 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
Intriguing 2020 small forward prospect Dudley Blackwell has tremendous size for a small forward at 6'6 with a 7'1 wingspan to go along with an improving 192-pound frame. His perimeter skill set remains a work in progress, but his physical tools are a major plus should he develop as a jump shooter to move to the wing long-term. He did not make the initial cut of 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
2020 forward Greg Brown has been very productive playing up in the adidas Gauntlet so far this spring, and at 6'7 with a 6'10 wingspan, continues to grow and has plenty of physical upside as he continues to add polish to his skill set. He did not make the initial cut of 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
14 year old Jaden Springer
, the cousin of DeAndre Bembry
(6'6), son of Iona standout Gary Springer (6'7), and younger brother of Gary Springer Jr. (6'9), measured 6'4 in shoes with a 6'7.5 wingspan, a big jump from last winter and an incremental improvement from the measurements taken by Under Armour at the UA Association only a few months ago. Virtually unstoppable at the 15U level for Bobby Maze, Springer's continued growth both physically and as a shooter are worth monitoring in the coming seasons, especially if he winds up growing into an over-sized scoring guard. The Rocky River (NC) standout is one of a number of second-generation talents in the class of 2020 along with Nico Mannion
, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, and Lynn Green III whose father and grandfather both played at a high level. He did not make the initial cut of 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
A new addition to the USA Basketball talent pool, Scott Barnes has been drawing quite a bit of attention for his perimeter skill set. Standing 6'6.5 in shoes with a 7'1 wingspan and 196-pound frame, Barnes matches his developing offensive game with excellent tools for a wing. He made the initial cut and is now among the 16 players competing for the final 12 spots.
Jalen Suggs was another new addition for USA Basketball, but was considered by some to be the top player in attendance for his work on the floor this week. His measurements were on par with those taken by Under Armour just a few weeks ago.
Elite 2020 big man Isaiah Todd measured 6'9 in shoes with a 7'0 wingspan. Not turning 16 until October, it will be interesting to see how much more Todd grows in the coming years as he has immense potential on both ends.
The following 16 players made it to the last round of cuts to make the 2017 U16 US National Team:
Scott BarnesVernon CareyEric DixonJalen GreenLynn GreerR.J. Hampton
Zion HarmonNico MannionWendell Moore
Jalen SuggsIsaiah Todd
Romeo WeemsJames Wiseman