The measurements taken by USA Basketball at the U19 World Championship Training Camp were distributed this week, providing us with the first data we have received for a number of top prospects. Its always fascinating to study the physical progression of players as they move through the USA Basketball ranks, providing for an interesting data point in their evolution. Many of them have been in the USA Basketball system for four or five years now, giving us a chance to see how their bodies have evolved from age 14 or 15 to 18 or 19, while others received their first invite to this Camp, providing us with accurate and up to date heights, weights, wingspans and standing reaches that otherwise we'd have no frame of reference for.
Widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the high school class of 2019, Bol Bol
measured a jaw-dropping 7'3 in shoes, with a 7'8 wingspan, to go along with a 220-pound frame he's added over 15 pounds to since this time last year, and 40 pounds since the summer of 2016. One of the younger players in this group, not turning 18 until November, Bol didn't make the cut for the final U19 roster, as his maturity and ability to maintain a consistently high intensity level aren't yet where they need to be to compete against players nearly two years older than him.
Nevertheless, from a physical standpoint, Bol already stacks up well with some of the NBA's most notoriously long players, including Rudy Gobert
who measured 7'2 in shoes with a 7'8.5 wingspan and a 238-pound frame at age 21 at the 2013 NBA Draft Combine. Like Gobert in his late teens, Bol has plenty of room to improve his frame and polish his game, but his sheer size and elite 9'7 standing reach give him game-changing potential if his mentality improves.
2017 McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson
measured 7'1 in shoes with a 7'4 wingspan at 233-pounds. He's continued to grow into his late teens, adding 18 pounds to his frame since the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp last June. The Western Kentucky commit has a unique combination of reach, length and frame that is very similar to that of a young Serge Ibaka
from a physical standpoint.
Another big man who has appears to have measured differently is UNLV commit Brandon McCoy
. Measured here at 7'0.5 in shoes with a 7'2.5 wingspan at 250 pounds, McCoy has added a few pounds to his physically mature frame since this time last year and posted the largest wingspan of his career, which never hurts. He's already almost the same size as Andrew Bogut
was when he measured 7'0.25 in shoes with a 7'3 wingspan at 251 pounds at the 2005 NBA Pre-Draft Camp before being selected with the 1st overall pick in the subsequent draft.
appears to be having a difficult time packing on weight. Tipping the scales at 194 pounds, actually a few pounds lighter than he was this time last year, Brown has nice size at 6'11 in shoes, but his 8'11.5 standing reach and 7'0 wingspan don't stand out for a power forward prospects. He has similar dimensions to 2014 top-5 pick Dragan Bender
, but hasn't shown the same progression in his skill-level. It will be interesting to see how much progress Brown can make on his frame between now and the All-Star circuit in the spring of 2018, as the fact that he's added only 11 pounds since the age of 14 isn't ideal.
Like Brown, elite 2018 point guard prospect Immanuel Quickley has packed on just 3 pounds from last year, weighing in at just 178 pounds. However, at 6'2.5 with a 6'7.75 wingspan, Quickley had excellent size for a point guard to go along with his impressive athleticism.
Purdue rising sophomore Carsen Edwards
measured 6'1.5 in shoes with a 6'5 wingspan and a 195-pound frame. A strong scoring point guard, Edwards should play a key role in Cairo and for the Boilermakers who will look to their returnees to step up with Caleb Swanigan
headed to the NBA. He doesn't have great size, but his length does help compensate for that somewhat
Standing just 6'8 in shoes, P.J. Washington doesn't have particularly impressive size for a power forward, but his 7'3 wingspan and near 240-pound frame help make up for that on the floor.
Coming off a strong season at Georgia Tech, rising sophomore Josh Okogie's 7'0 wingspan is tremendous considering the 18 year old shooting guard stands just 6'3 barefoot. With one of the better wingspan-to-height ratios in our database, the strong, 213-pound Lagos, Nigeria native has terrific potential as a multi-positional defender given his unique physical profile, and can also put points on the board as he demonstrated in the ACC this past year, making him someone to keep an eye on.
Another prospect with tremendous length in this group is Louis King who, at 6'6 in shoes with a 7'0.5 wingspan and a 204-pound frame, could conceivably play either forward position at the college level. Packing 20 pounds onto his frame over the last 2 years, King could be a valuable combo forward at the college level if his perimeter shot improves.
Having the unique distinction of being taller than his wingspan is long, Desmond Bane had a nice year at TCU, but measuring 6'5 in shoes with a mature 219-pound frame and a 6'4 wingspan doesn't place him in particularly impressive company from a physical perspective.
Peyton Pritchard measured 6'2 in shoes with a 6'4 wingspan at 206 pounds. A player we have measurements on for almost every year back to 2012, the Oregon high school basketball legend has grown four inches and gained 45 pounds since our first set of numbers for him as a 14-year old. Gaining valuable experience in the NCAA Tournament Final Four, Pritchard will be looked upon for a steady performance at the U19 World Championship.
Measuring 6'5 in shoes with a 6'10.5 wingspan and a 196-pound frame, 17 year old Romeo Langford
will have a unique opportunity to make an impression on NBA scouts playing up against older competition after a solid showing doing the same thing for stretches of the 2017 adidas Eurocamp. The talented 2018 wing has a prototypical frame for his position long-term with similar dimensions to Dwyane Wade
and James Harden
, even if he will have to continue to fill out physically in the coming years to match their strength coming out of college.
The same can be said for Cameron Reddish
, who measured 6'7 in shoes with a 7'1 wingspan and a 203-pound frame. Standing 6'4.75 in shoes with a 6'8 wingspan at 177-pounds when he entered high school, Reddish has grown into one of the top prospects in the class of 2018 and could conceivably play some power forward at the college level, even if his skill-set is that of a wing. He could stand to continue packing on muscle, but his dimensions already compare favorably to NBA small forwards like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
, Harrison Barnes
, and Nicolas Batum
Among the more productive freshman forwards in the American Conference last year, Temple's Quinton Rose measured 6'7 in shoes, but his 180 pound-frame and 6'8.25 wingspan don't standout among the group of high level wings and forwards assembled here, which may partially explain why he didn't make the final roster cut to 12.
Among the more well-rounded freshman in college basketball last season, USC's De'Anthony Melton
measured just 6'2 in shoes here, but his 6'8 wingspan and 195-pound frame are terrific for a combo guard. Melton is long enough to defend shooting guards, which gives him nice versatility to fall back on, similar to what we see from the likes of Langston Galloway
and Terry Rozier
, who both have very similar dimensions physically.
Standing 6'7 in shoes with a 7'0 wingspan and a big 233-pound frame, Chuma Okeke
isn't overly tall or long for a power forward, but made a strong impression during the U19 training camp. A fairly versatile forward, Okeke is a prospect to watch during his freshman year at Auburn.Kevin Huerter
gained 15 pounds during his freshman year at Maryland. Measuring 6'6 in shoes with a 6'7.75 wingspan and a 197-pound frame here, Huerter lacks great length relative to his height, making him mostly a one-position player, but has solid size to help him get his shot off over smaller shooting guards on the perimeter.
Standing 6'7 in shoes with a 6'11 wingspan and a 199-pound frame, Kris Wilkes
has nice size for a small forward. Only adding 8 pounds to his frame over the last 2 years, Wilkes will need to get stronger to prepare himself for the rigors of the college game, and improving his frame could allow him to play some power forward at the next level down the road, something that would improve his versatility from a professional standpoint.