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Recap the 2015 NBA Development League Elite Mini Camp

By Brian Kotloff | May 12, 2015

The NBA Development League’s sixth annual Elite Mini Camp wrapped up on Tuesday after two days that saw 40 of the league’s top prospects perform in front of nearly 100 scouts in attendance.

“I think every year it’s gotten better and better. We’ve tweaked the schedule year in and year out based on what the NBA personnel want to see,” said camp director and four-year NBA D-League coaching veteran Bob MacKinnon. “The talent’s getting better and better, and people are realizing that this is the second best league in the world.”

Recap the sights, sounds, results and standouts from this year’s event:

MORE: Photo Gallery: 2015 Elite Mini Camp

Which Prospects Participated?

The roster of 40 participants included recently crowned NBA D-League champion Aaron Craft (Santa Cruz Warriors), a pair of sharpshooters who earned Call-Ups this season in Andre Dawkins (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Jarell Eddie (Austin Spurs), and NBA Draft-eligible prospects Jamal Jones (Delaware 87ers) and Jarvis Threatt (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

Click here for the full list of players.

Coaches’ Take: Who Stood Out?

Delaware 87ers head coach Kevin Young: “Jarell Eddie. We didn’t play Austin this year. He’s one of the best shooters in the league — you look at the stats, you watch tape, but seeing him in person and coaching him, he stood out to me. Aaron Craft, he’s a guy who I don’t think you can appreciate as much unless you actually are coaching him. All of the little things that he does. He was tremendous.

“A lot of these guys will get Summer League invites solely on this camp.”

Oklahoma City Blue assistant Royal Ivey: “Maalik Wayns played really solid. He was excellent. Teague was good. Shawn Jones from Sioux Falls was excellent. Casey Prather played well — he’s an athletic guy; he could be a great defensive stopper. Aaron Craft, he reminds me of myself — great defender. He’s just got a big heart, man. He’s a competitor. I just love him as a player.”

Measurement and Athletic Testing Results

7'3 Hasheem Thabeet reaches the summit at vert testing! #EliteMiniCamp

A video posted by NBA Development League (@nbadleague) on May 11, 2015 at 10:05am PDT

For the first time ever, this year’s event opened with the same Basic Athletic Measurement (BAM) testing conducted with prospects at the NBA’s Draft Combine.

The standouts:

— NBA Draft-eligible prospect Jarvis Threatt registered the highest max vertical leap at 43 inches — which would be tied for 10th in the history of the NBA Draft Combine, per DraftExpress.com.

— Threatt’s RGV Vipers teammate Geron Johnson finished third in all three sprint, agility and reaction drills while measuring in at 6-4 (in shoes) with a 6-10 wingspan.

— Sioux Falls Skyforce power forward Shawn Jones measured in at 6-8, 242 pounds with a 7-foot-4 wingspan, second-longest in the group behind 7-2 Jordan Bachynski, while finishing tied for second with a 39-inch max vertical

Aaron Craft showed off his quick feet in finishing first in the reaction shuttle drill and second in the four-way agility drill

Click here for the full results.

More Sights & Sounds

Who's locking in? #EliteMiniCamp #MotivationMonday #HoopDreams

A video posted by NBA Development League (@nbadleague) on May 11, 2015 at 10:08am PDT

We know our league's Defensive Player of the Year @acraft4osu can move his feet! #EliteMiniCamp @dleaguewarriors

A video posted by NBA Development League (@nbadleague) on May 11, 2015 at 11:52am PDT

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