Category: Insider! News Written by Scott Burgess
The Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp was a tremendous event featuring many of the top prospects in the state’s 2016 and 2017 classes. There were also some out of state prospects that stood out. Here we take a look at the top 2016 small forwards at the event.
Skyler Nash (Whitney Young – 2016)
Nash is one of the state’s top prospects in 2016. He has always been strong, but looked like he had even gotten stronger since July. The sophomore excels in transition finishing. His team at the camp didn’t really have a ton of scorers so they looked toward Nash to put up buckets. He did just that getting to the basket whenever he wanted. On a pair of occasions he put a couple of dudes on posters with dunks. His jumper was solid not great throughout the weekend. Nash rebounded well and had a nice LeBron come from behind block. More than lived up to billing.
Ben Coupet (Simeon – 2016)
Coupet had a productive weekend at Pangos. He showed progression in his game and more consistency. The athletic wing has a projectable body with his frame and long arms. He has all the physical tools you could ask for in a young wing prospect. Coupet is best in transition finishing and weaving through the defense. He showed improvement in his ball handling. He can get to the basket well off the bounce. He has trouble finishing through contact or when he gets bumped on his drive. His jumper is still up and down, but he did show some growth in this area especially from mid-range. Coupet has immense potential and is starting to realize some of it. Just scratching the surface of what he could be down the line.
Nick Robinson (Kenwood - 2016)
Kenwood 2016 small forward Nick Robinson is one of the more intriguing prospects in the sophomore class throughout the state. The athletic wing has great size at 6’6” and a projectable body toward the next level. Robinson is good getting to the hoop off the dribble with a quick first step. His shot can be a little up and down, but has made strides in it over the last year. The sophomore handles well in transition and is a plus wing defender. He also is a quality rebounder for his position. At times he can look a bit raw as a player, but has upside as a prospect.
Christopher Williams (St. Rita - 2016)
Williams is a 6’5” long and lanky wing. He totally looks the part. He runs the floor well. In the half court Williams handles the ball and is smooth with it in his hands. He is best attacking the hoop. His jumper has a bit of a shot put release and was hot and cold throughout the weekend.
Jalyn Adams (Plainfield East – 2016)
Adams is a 6’5” left handed wing that showed some potential as a scorer. Solid middle game for the sophomore.