Scouting: College Practice Camp Upperclassmen

Dylan Burkhardt

UM Hoops was on hand for both sessions of Michigan’s College Practice Camp on Saturday. Here are scouting notes on upperclassmen (class of 2016, 2017) that caught our eye in the morning session.

Jon Teske (2016, Big, Commit, Medina)

Teske’s improvement since last year’s camp was evident. He was more assertive, fluid and comfortable in the offense and had several nice finishes off of the pick and roll. He’s also still great defensively as his length can be a real weapon as a shot blocker. He’s underrated in his ability to move laterally for a big man and that’s something that really distinguishes him from Davis after watching them for a few hours.

Austin Davis (2016, Big, Commit, Onsted)

Davis is a stronger finisher at the rim than Teske and had several very tough finishes in traffic. He’s comfortable catching the ball on the block and making a quick move to score. His body is improving as he continues to shed weight and improve his conditioning, but that will continue to be a long-term project until he arrives on campus. He uses his strength and size well around the basket and looked very good in the various Mikan drills. His aggressiveness around the basket is probably most impressive as he seeks out contact and is ready to finish through it.

Christian David (2017, Wing, Vermont Academy)

David stands around 6-foot-5 and was the most refined offensive player at the camp. He dominated in one-on-one drills and showed the ability to score at all three levels — rim, mid-range and three — but he seemed to run out of gas a bit in the five-on-five play. His jump shot cooled off as the day wore on, but he has a very smooth stroke and good form. He has sort of a calm to his game where he makes the game look easy, but he’ll need to learn to ramp up the intensity at times.

Overall, it’s not hard to see him fitting in as a wing guard in Michigan’s offense with his comfort with the ball, ability to finish and shoot the ball off the bounce and catch.

Greg Floyd Jr. (2017, Forward, Desert Pines)

Floyd has terrific length for a big wing forward and showed off his versatility throughout the camp. He rebounded the ball very well on both ends and showed the ability to push it on his own and start the break after grabbing defensive boards. In the half court offense, he settled a bit too often for his three-point shot. He proved that he can make the triple, but it would be nice to see him attack the basket more often given his size and length.

Zach Gunn (2017, Wing, Hamilton Southeastern)

Gunn always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to score. He scored in a number of different ways including a game-winner in one five-on-five games. He can knock down jumpers, attack the glass for second chances and even post-up smaller defenders.

He has the reputation of a shooter, but I would describe him more as a scorer. He’s not the best athlete and it’s tough to see where he projects position wise at the next level. He has a good frame, but he’ll need to improve either his athleticism, handle or both to be an impact wing player at the next level.

Ibi Watson (2016, Wing, Pickerington Central)

The Pickerington native had a great camp. He’s a smooth and explosive wing who plays for All-Ohio Red and was part of the reason that John Beilein gave out a shout out to the Columbus players in attendance. Watson can hit the triple or attack off the bounce and played well throughout the camp.

Jack Nunge (2017, Big, Castle)

Nunge is a 6-foot-9 stretch forward who can really shoot it. The Castle High School (Ind.) forward averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game during his sophomore season and showed off his smooth stroke. He’s not the best athlete, but he also wasn’t scared to attack poor close outs and try to take it to the rim.

Other Notables: Kobe Webster (2017 PG), Greg Eboigbodin (2017 Big), Justin Turner (2016, PG), Ben Coupet (2017 F)

  • Champswest

    Were Davis and Teske ever guarding each other and if so, how did it go?