USABJNT Final Four Minicamp Superlatives

Final Four weekend was home to this spring's USAB Junior National Team Minicamp in Phoenix. 65 prospects from the classes of 2025, 2026 and 2027 took part, leaving plenty to takeaway. Here, I'll dive into the superlatives coming off the action in the desert.

Most Dynamic Two-Way Players (3)

Deron Rippey Jr ||  One of the big winners of the weekend in Phoenix, Rippey Jr strung together a fantastic few days. Stocked with elite burst and an around the clock motor, he applied pressure on both ends at an elite level all throughout game sets. Whether it was attacking the paint to finish, draw a foul or flare it out to shooters, point of attack defenders had all sorts of issues sticking in front of the NY native. On the other end, he pressured the ball at a high level and made opposing handlers uncomfortable consistently. Rippey Jr measured in at 6-1, but he packs a major punch on both ends of the floor athletically and is now beginning to slow the game down in a real way. Currently inside the Top-30 nationally, but he's begun to assert himself as potentially 2026's top point guard and looks in for a big spring and summer in the EYBL.

Brandon McCoy Jr || McCoy Jr entered the weekend with arguably the biggest reputation of any prospect in the building. Many of the guys in the building took time to settle into the level of talent around them, but the SoCal native wasted no time. It starts on the defensive end for me here, as he's elite playing in the passing lanes, mirroring drivers and wreaking havoc with his hand speed and athletic ability. On the other end, he's still carving out his identity, but has big time scoring instincts and is beginning to set the table for the guys around him with more consistency. One of the nation's premier long-term prospects, and he did nothing to dissuade that notion in Phoenix.

Kingston Flemings || Again, another massive winner for me this past weekend. Flemings, one of many Texans in attendance, has fantastic poise and overall intensity in his approach. He entered with a major focus on the defensive end, and that shined through from the jump. He gave opposing guards real issues with his length, twitch and lateral quickness. He's just beginning to fill out physically, and once he does, he has the upside to be a potentially lockdown point of attack defender. Offensively, he excelled playing in ball screens, tilting the defense and setting the table for his bigs and shooters. In a setting where most are laser focused on scoring the ball, he did a myriad of little things to elevate the guys around him. The 6-2 17-year-old is quickly approaching Top-10 status in 2025, currently 11th, and is my bet for the classes' top floor general.

Offensive MVP's (2)

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