Some of the country’s top high school basketball players gathered at the University of Virginia for the annual NBA Players Association Top 100. This event was the best way for players to display their talents to recruiters, scouts and other top rank athletes.
Chris Lykes, Naji Marshall, Luka Garza, Kiyon Boyd, and Nate Watson were players that represented the D.C. area at the camp. Besides the local talent, guys like Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford, and Jaylen Hands made big strides at this star-powered event.
The championship game of the NBPA camp featured the Heat and the Rockets. With the help of Lykes and Williamson, the Heat were able to run away with a 109-89 win. Lykes led all scorers with 25 points (9-16 FG). Williamson tallied 14 points. Alex Barcello registered 14 points and seven dimes.
For the Rockets, Tadas Sedekerskis and Keldon Johnson were the top scorers. Sedekerskis had 24 points, while Johnson chipped in 24 points. Hands only scored two points in the championship. Point guard Tremont Waters only scored five points in five minutes of play.
Garza gave colleges a chance to know the amount of potential he has with his solid play throughout the weekend. Garza averaged 25.1 points, and 12.5 rebounds for Maret this past season.
He averaged with 13 points, and 5.9 rebounds per game at the camp. Garza shot an impressive 43.8 percent from behind the arc and 95 percent from the free throw line. In the last game of the camp, he scored 23 points and collected eight rebounds. His performance led to an invitation to the 2016 NBPA All-Star Team.
The three-star prospect currently holds offers from Louisville, Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, George Washington and others. In an article by USA Today’s Jim Halley, Garza talked about the schools that are looking at him.
“Iowa is recruiting me hard, Louisville is recruiting me hard, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Indiana, GW (George Washington), St. Joe’s and Northwestern are all recruiting me hard,” Garza explained. “I went on an official to Iowa and an unofficial to Iowa, and an unofficial to Columbia with their old staff. I had to reschedule a couple of visits because of the camp.”
Watson, and Marshall played pretty well during the camp. Both players averaged around seven points per game. Boyd has offers from Xavier, Maryland, Georgetown and others. In the video below, Boyd talked to the media about his recruitment.