The annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp continues to elevate into one of the most prestigious fall exposure camps regionally and nationally and the 2017 installment did not disappoint as a host of talented Division 1 caliber prospects impressed on the hardwood in Illinois earlier this month.  Here’s a quick look at ten standout bigs who continued to trend upward with strong performances at the camp…

Nobal Days, 6’9, 200, PF/C, Racine Park (Wisc.)
A big time athlete who plays above the rim at both ends of the court, Days was a dominating force in the paint throughout the Futures Camp. He is long, with a wide wing span and brings a well-rounded skill set to the court for a big man. While he does a lot of his damage offensively on put backs and finishes above the rim, Days shows good footwork in the post and is a capable post-up scorer and can also play at the high post. He showed terrific court vision and the ability to make flashy and creative passes. Days was named Mr. Hustle for his age group at the camp.

Jalen Thomas, 6’10, 220, PF/C, 2019, Detroit Jesuit (Mich.)
Kid’s game continues to grow. He is a long, rangy big man who plays high above the rim at both ends of the floor and has long had a reputation as a game-changing defensive player. On Saturday, he also showed that he has a soft shooting touch in the paint and appears to have added some weight to his frame. We saw him more aggressive in the paint, looking to score on post ups where he has a high release point and can be difficult for opposing defenders to challenge. He was named the top Big Man in the 2019 class as the camp.

Jamari Sibley, 6’9, 175, F, 2020, Nicolet (Wisc.)
Sibley was a force in transition playing high above the rim and throwing down numerous highlight-worthy dunks, but the big man also showed he can do more than dunk. Sibley has an electric spin move on the block and length to use a finger roll five feet away from the basket. He showed the ability to be a crafty scorer around the basket and dominated opponents near the rim as well as 15-feet out. Sibley is difficult to score on in the paint and was all over the offensive glass, using his athleticism and determination to beat up opponents in the paint. He has terrific overall upside and still has room to grow with his ball handling and perimeter game. Sibley was named the top Big Man on Saturday for the 2020 Class.

Michael Foster, 6’9, 210, F, 2021, Milwaukee Washington
There aren’t many players in Foster’s age group that can match his combination of size and athleticism, but he is expanding his perimeter game and to the 3-point line and showed off a nice pull-up jumper from 16 feet or so.  Thomas is a supremely talented player who can coast at times, but he had it turned up a notch on Saturday and he plays with that kind of intensity he’s a handful. He was named the Co-MVP of his age group on Saturday.

Chris Hodges, 6’8, 215, PF/C, 2021, Schaumburg (Wisc.)
Big man really battled 2021 forward Michael Foster in a contest and did a good job holding his own. Has big frame for a kid his age and uses it to advantage. Broke out the old school jump hook, then a few possessions later went full sky hook and showed a soft touch on both. He has broad shoulders and defenders, even the elite kind like Foster, have a hard time challenging the shot. He plays with a good motor and gets on the offensive glass. Definitely a player to watch in the incoming freshman class. Hodges was named the Top Big Man at the camp in his age group.

Treyton Thompson, 6’7, 170, PF/C, 2021, Alexandria Area (Minn.)
Long, rangy wing player who at 6’8 has terrific size and length. He needs to get stronger, but he showed some skill and versatility, playing both on the perimeter and around the basket at both ends of the floor. He was named the Top Hustle Player for his age group on Saturday.

Gavin McGrath, 6’8, 180, PF, 2021, Onalaska (Wisc.)
Long, rangy wing player who at 6’8 has terrific size and length. Does most of his work in the paint where he uses good timing, long reach and quickness to get on the glass and finish around the basket. However, McGrath also showed the ability to play a little on the perimeter as well.

Darrius Hannah, 6’6, 150, F, 2020, Milwaukee (Wisc.) Academy of Science
Another player that improved his team whenever he was on the floor, Hannah is a long, rangy athlete who can play big on defense and score in a variety of ways on offense. Hannah looked like he was in a dunk competition at times on Saturday with throwing down numerous dunks in game competition. His day was slowed a little with an ankle injury during his second game, and while he returned he didn’t appear 100 percent. Hannah’s length sets him apart from competitors which proved effective at both ends of the floor.

David Skogman, 6’10, 185, PF/C, 2019, Waukesha (Wisc.) West
Showed the ability to put the ball on the floor off a shot fake and get to the basket. A terrific all-around player, Skogman is effective in the pick-and-roll game, can shoot the 3, was on the offensive glass and held his own defensively against talented frontcourt players throughout the camp, blocking shots and challenging anyone who came in the lane. Definitely one of the better up-and-coming stretch 4 prospects in the Midwest.

Jakov Kukic, 6’10, 220, PF, LaLumiere (Ind.)
Big kid at 6’10 with a strong, physical frame that projects well with age. Can really shoot the 3 and appears to be a natural stretch 4. Is good in the pick and roll game and instead of rolling to the bucket often finds his way to the 3-point line instead.