June 24, 2011
Illini Team Camp Review
Many of the top players that the Illinois staff wanted to get on campus were injured or playing with USA Basketball, however they still got an opportunity to see some talented prospects, and even locked up a commitment from a top 100 player in the class of 2013. Here's our first recap of the one day camp.
Scouting Jalen James
The 6'3 point guard committed to the Illini on Wednesday night shortly after receiving an offer from Bruce Weber. A slender 168 pounder, James has a great feel for the position and is underrated athletically. One of the most impressive things about him is the ability he has to play at different speeds. He can show a burst in blowing past people, especially in the open floor, but uses his change of speed to get by people in the half court as well. His jumper is getting better, but he is very solid from 15 to 17 feet but needs to gain strength to extend that range. He also has very good vision, and already works the pick and roll very well.
In talking to Wolves coach Mike Mullins, James won the ¾ sprint and the lane sprint at the Under Armour Camp, and also tested as having the best vision. Those are qualities that make him a very good point guard prospect and a great early get for the Illini. As Mullins said, he is strength away from being a tremendous point guard in college.
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