Sabre Scoop: Reports From The NBPA Top 100

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The 2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp, held annually in Charlottesville at the John Paul Jones Arena, began last Wednesday and completed on Saturday. The Top 100 brings together 100 of the top high school players in the nation with current and former NBA players, who provide instruction on and off the court throughout the week.

The high school players are divided into teams. This year the Knicks, led by top class of 2016 perimeter players such as Malik Monk and Kobi-Jordan Simmons as well as 5-star class of 2015 power forward Cheick Diallo, captured the championship. 5-star class of 2015 power forward Ben Simmons, an LSU commit, earned MVP honors.

Our main focus in terms of coverage was on those prospects receiving interest from UVa. At this point, Tony Bennett and company only have one scholarship to work with in the class of 2015. According to our sources, right now the low post is the main emphasis for the coaches in this class. We have had several reports – including this piece posted last Friday – on North Carolina native Luke Maye. I caught up with a few other possible class of 2015 low post targets as well at the NBPA Top 100.


Alex Illikainen, a 6’10”, 215-pound prospect out of Minneapolis (MN), said on Saturday that he had not heard from the Cavalier coaches in about a year before the staff reached out the previous weekend. It appears Coach Bennett and company may be attempting to reconnect.

Illikainen, who is transferring to Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) for his senior year, boasts offers from California, Creighton, Indiana,