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Top Performers From The 2018 NBA G League Player Invitational

By Jake Winderman | August 14, 2018

Sunday’s NBA G League Player Invitational featured 60 prospects all with the goal of earning a chance at making an NBA or NBA G League roster. Of those prospects, below are the top performers from the invited player session on August 12.

B.J. Johnson (La Salle)

Out of La Salle University, Johnson was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team during his senior year along with the All-Big 5 First Team, which denotes the top college basketball players at Philadelphia-area universities. Johnson lived above the rim on Sunday, throwing down multiple highlight reel dunks. He averaged 12.5 points and 5 rebounds per game at the event on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and a near-impeccable 91.7 percent shooting from the foul line. Johnson flashed the athleticism and scoring prowess necessary to make the next step in his basketball journey at the GLPI.

Jesse Jones a.k.a. Filayyyy (University of Bridgeport)

Jesse Jones showed on Sunday that he was more than just a high-flying dunker with some serious bounce and a following of nearly a million people on Instagram. Jones, who’s also known as Filayyyy, averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He was most impressive on fast breaks, using his myriad of dribble moves and head fakes to find open space in the lane and finish at the rack. Jones brought a refined flare to the GLPI and made a name for himself besides Filayyyy in front of multiple NBA and G League scouts.

Manu Lecomte (Baylor)

The former All-Big-12 Second Team point guard led all players at the event with 8 assists per game and only 3 total turnovers. Lecomte also added 8 points per game, showing off his ability to get to the paint and acrobatically finish with the contact despite his 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound frame. The Belgium-native has a high basketball IQ and flashed the ability to be a sturdy floor general at the next level.

William Lee (UAB)

William Lee won back-to-back Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year awards while at UAB during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, but showed at the GLPI that he’s more than a one-trick pony. Lee was one of two players to average a double-double at the tournament, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds per game on 54.5 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Lee showed above-average athleticism and a consistent long-range shot he previously hadn’t been able to knock down at a high clip.

Terry Maston (Baylor)

Along with William Lee, Maston was the only player at the invited player session on Sunday to average a double-double, recording 15.5 points and an event-high 10.5 rebounds per game. Maston shot 56.5 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The DeSoto, Texas-product showed an impressive ability to score second-chance points and has a knack for getting to the foul line. Maston’s physical attributes also stood out, measuring at 6-foot-7-inches without shoes with a 6-foot-11.5-inch wingspan and an 8-foot-3-inch standing reach.

Doral Moore (Wake Forest)

Moore measured in as the event’s most physically imposing player. The Wake Forest-product clocked in at 6-feet-11-inches without shoes, 259 pounds and an 8-foot-10-inch standing reach. Moore recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game on an extremely efficient 76.5 percent shooting from the field. His top plays from the event included multiple put-back dunks and alley-oop slams. Moore was one of the few true centers at the event and stood out as one of the top big men.

Justin Reyes (St. Thomas Aquinas (D2))

Reyes showed impressive bounce at the invited player session on Sunday, throwing down some of the best dunks of the entire event. The Division II-product notched 12 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game on 66.7 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Reyes played with an extremely high motor on Sunday, competing hard from the opening tip to the last second of action.

Derek Roscoe (Jackson State)

Roscoe was one of only a handful of players invited back to Sunday’s invited player session from the open player session on Saturday, August 11. The Jackson State-product notched 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 70.6 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from downtown. Roscoe displayed an impressive low-post game and has the strength to score second-chance points and grab offensive rebounds at a high rate.

Brandon Sampson (LSU)

Brandon Sampson flashed an impressive ability to score off the dribble and open up scoring opportunities for his teammates at Sunday’s event. Sampson posted 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game at the invited player session and shot 50 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent fromΒ  beyond the arc. Despite standing at 6-foot-4-inches without shoes, Sampson has an impressive 6-foot-9-inch wingspan and 7-foot-11-inch standing reach. Sampson’s above-average athleticism was apparent on Sunday.

Taren Sullivan (Findlay (D2))

Out of the University of Findlay, a Division II school in Findlay, Ohio, Taren Sullivan shined against some of college basketball’s top undrafted talent from a season ago. Sullivan posted an event-high 18.5 points per game on 63.6 percent shooting from the field, 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 75 percent shooting at the charity stripe. He measured in at 6-feet-5.5-inches (without shoes), 219 pounds and an 8-foot standing reach. Sullivan has a knack for attacking the rim and threw down some of the GLPI’s most thunderous dunks.