By Shawn Siegel
July 8th, 2006
Player capsules for ABCD Camp Day Two. Players are
listed alphabetically, with biographical information and a short scouting
report. Each day, I write up different players, so check other days for
Quincy Acy - #98 – Mavs
Mesquite, TX – 6’8” – 2009
Acy hadn’t done much in his first two games, but he
stepped up in the third. Perhaps the most raw, unskilled player in camp,
Acy is extremely active and very long. He runs with the same fluid high
steps as fellow 09er Terrell Vinson, though Vinson is better at everything
at this point. Acy was perhaps a little too excited, trying to shoot
jumpers a bit too much, and he’s not strong enough to mix it up inside. Acy
has a long way to go, but when you’re 6’8” and can run and jump like this
kid at this age, you have a future.
Cole Aldrich - #141 – Mavs - #16 Rivals.com (#3 C)
Bloomington, MN – 6’11” – 2007 – Kansas
On Thursday I wrote that Aldrich looked good physically,
stronger and quicker. But that didn’t really lead to strong play in the
game I watched Friday against the Bulls, where he had just 4 points and 4
boards. On the inside, he exposes the ball too much when he goes up for layups, and he was blocked by the more athletic James Hickson. On the most
part, he was non-existent during his 16 minutes of action, merely taking up
space. Perhaps it was just one of those days, but I’ll be watching him
again more closely tonight to see what the deal is.
Olu Ashaolu - #108 – Jazz – #19 Hoopmasters.com (’08)
Brampton, ON – 6’7” – 2008
Olu did a better job of staying on the interior where he
belongs, focusing on rebounding (where he now leads all juniors with 6.7 per
game) and inside baskets. He was outplayed by ’09 prospect Terrell Vinson in
the afternoon though. Vinson runs like a gazelle and often beat Olu down
the court for easy points. Also, Olu seemed to be playing with a noticeable
negative attitude that isn’t needed.
Melquan Bolding - #39 – Jazz
Brooklyn, NY – 6’4” – 2008
Didn’t see much of Bolding today, but what I did see was
unimpressive. He looks good running the wings and getting layups, but
doesn’t do much else right now. A few times he ended up bringing the ball
up the court, and he seemed very uncomfortable. When he catches the ball on
the perimeter, he mostly just gets it and hands it off to someone else. I
haven’t seen him create any shots in the half court.
Kenneth (Kenny) Boynton - #35 – Jazz
Pompano Beach, FL – 6’2” – 2009
Boynton exploded for 21 points in yesterday afternoon’s
game, hitting three long range bombs. In a camp seemingly void of kids who
can shoot, Boynton’s offensive pure shooting ability is refreshing. It
would be nice to see Boynton on a team where he could play point guard (Cadougan
is playing point mostly instead), as his only objective on this team is to
score the ball. He led all sophomores with 14.3 ppg heading into last
Carlon Brown - #62 – Lakers
Riverside, CA – 6’4” – 2007
Another west-coast player I was unfamiliar with. Brown’s
a natural two-guard, but in the afternoon, he was handling the ball a lot
and guard the other team’s point guard. He’s not one of those physical
freak guys like others in camp who wows you with quickness and no-look
passes, but the kid was rock solid and I never saw him do anything
particularly wrong in the time I watched. Brown doesn’t look like he can be
a go-to player, but he’s definitely a player.
Junior Cadougan - #15 – Jazz
Toronto, ON – 6’0” – 2009
Cadougan was impressive again, and he was able to get
into the lane virtually every time against the opposing guards (Roberto
Nelson & Brian Walsh.) It was a bit unfair to have hi teamed with fellow
’09 star Kenny Boynton. Those two pushing the ball up the court are hard to
Clinton (Clint) Chapman - #137 – Lakers
Canby, OR – 6’10” – 2007
I had low expectations for Chapman, but he’s a nice
little prospect, reminding me of a smaller Robert Swift. Chapman still
looks younger than other guys, so he has room for maturity and needs to hit
the weight-room (though he’s not frail by any means). On defense, he really
held his own, working hard for position and though I only saw him block one
shot, he altered a few others. Chapman has a lot of work, especially on
offense where I didn’t see much (though he didn’t get much of a chance), but
he seems like the type of guy that could either emerge as a 10-15 ppg guy by
his junior and senior years at the high mid-major level, or be a 6th
man type at the highest level. Someone to look out for.
Anthony Crater - #32 – Jazz
Flint, MI – 6’2” – 2008
Same old from Crater yesterday. The kid makes great
passes that leave you shaking your head and is now 2nd in camp
with 5.0 assists per game.
Demar DeRozan - #80 – Nets - #35 Hoopmasters.com (08)
Compton, CA – 6’6” – 2008
Every year, California seems to produce classic
west-coast wing players, that run the wings all day long and finish with
ease. DeRozan’s one of those guys, he’s a nice athlete, finishes with ease,
and has a perfect wing forward’s body. Definitely worthy of a high national
Braxton Dupree - #121 – Celtics - #82 Rivals.com (#21 PF)
Baltimore, MD – 6’8” – 2007 - Maryland
I watched Dupree for the first time yesterday and was
generally unimpressed. He has the look and physique of an ’08 big man, and
really wasn’t involved in the action. He has already committed, so maybe he
just wasn’t into playing. Another issue is that he’s listed as a PF, and he
was guarding the opposing center in this game. Still, he didn’t box out his
man once or twice, and lacks the powerful finishing ability of some other
guys in camp. Despite the flaws, Dupree has a solid body and was able to
corral enough rebounds and make easy lay ups to at least be effective.
Doesn’t seem to deserve his lofty ranking from the little I saw, but I’ll
need to check him out again.
Devin Ebanks - #99 – Jazz – Scout.com #1 SF for ‘08
Long Island City, NY – 6’7” – 2008
Ebanks is listed as the #1 SF in the Class of ’08 by
Scout.com, but he hasn’t really shown me much this week. With his height
and athleticism, he still manages to score baskets on the break and off
occasional cuts to the basket, but he’s not doing much else. Yesterday, he
was up against ‘07 Corey Stokes, and Stokes simply shut him down. You would
think Ebanks would be a solid rebounder, but he’s not even top 11 amongst
Juniors in camp, his outside shots aren’t falling, and he should get to the
line more often. His body alone makes him a good prospect and he has better
days ahead, but he’s been disappointing.
Greg Echenique - #123 – Celtics
Ridgewood, NJ – 6’9” – 2009
Echenique continues to surprise me with his solid play.
He’s not going to dominate a game at this point, but he holds his own
against other team’s big men. He even showed off solid touch on his ft’s
yesterday. He’s averaging 5.3 boards per game, and leads all sophomores in
steals and blocks. Definitely a kid to look out for in the future.
Michael Eric - #126 – Lakers
Newcastle, DE – 6’9” – 2007
I had no real intention of paying attention to Eric, but
he woke me up with a monster jam at one point. The kid’s got a very strong
upper body and is a nice athlete. He also blocked a few shots. Seems very
raw, and is a high risk/reward type of prospect.
Carlton Fay - #116 – Mavs
Hennepin, IL – 6’8” – 2007 – SIU
Fay looks like a pure MVC player, actually more
specifically he looks like he belongs on Wichita St. The kid is very strong
physically, weighing in at 235 pounds, but mostly muscle and mass and not
fat. It was an awkward game to watch Fay, because he was up against the
monstrous 7’2” big man James Tyler. Fay does a good job when boxing out and
fighting for position in the post, to get his rear end into his opponent,
and to get his center of gravity down low. Because of his technique and his
strength, Fay is one of the better rebounders in camp, where he’s averaging
about 6 per game. Offensively, he didn’t show much outside of an occasional
lay in. Its hard for inside-post players to really show off though in such
an up and down environment.
Corey Fisher - #34 – Celtics - #71 Rivals.com (#13 PG)
Bronx, NY – 6’2” – 2007 – Villanova
Unlike Thursday afternoon, Fisher really found his rhythm
yesterday scoring the ball. You love how Fisher takes it to the hole,
because he has so many little fakes and amazing body control that though it
looks like he’s going to get blocked or he’s out of control, it still goes
in. Also impressive was one or two nice stop and pop jumpers after he beat
his man into the lane. On the negative side, Fisher still just dribbles way
too much, and occasionally needs to just calm down. He’ll need to learn to
simply pass the ball quickly after it getting up court and letting the team
get into the offense.
Johnny Flynn - #13 – Bulls – #29 Rivals.com (#7 PG)
Niagara Falls, NY – 6’0” – 2007 – Syracuse
Flynn was his usual speedy self yesterday, blowing by
Demetri McCamey at times in the isolation. Still, with that said, Flynn is
not a great point guard yet by any means, and often disappeared from the
Darius Gabriel - #18 – Bulls
Rockaway Beach, NY – 6’1” – 2008
Gabriel impressed me in camp last year, and he was solid
once again yesterday. He’s not an explosive scorer, nor does he have
blinding speed. But Gabriel works hard, knows his role, and was playing
noticeably good defense. Sort of the opposite of fellow PG Travon Woodall,
who was more flashy and offensive minded, but not as solid running the show.
Aaron Gilstrap - #146 – Mavs
Marietta, GA – 6’4” – 2007
Gilstrap is a solid, but unspectacular contributor.
Defensively, he was able to lock down the younger Darius Gabriel. He moved
well on offense, doing his best to create open threes, though his shots
weren’t falling in the game I watched. Still, Gilstrap has a good-looking
stroke and he’s known as a solid 3-point shooter. He was clearly
comfortable roaming on the perimeter, and was outmatched on the rare
occasion he strayed into the lane.
Mitchell Hampton - #152 – Magic
Monroe, LA – 6’8” – 2007
Hampton was underwhelming, and seems likes he should be
better for his good size. He might not be weaker than other big men (and
doesn’t look weak), but he still doesn’t play with much force and constantly
turns his back to the basket instead of finishing with power. I understand
he’s getting interest from SEC schools, but he doesn’t seem like much of a
high-major talent from the little I’ve seen. I’ll need to watch again today.
Blake Hoffarber - #150 – Magic
Minnetonka, MN – 6’4” – 2007
Hoffarber picked up his three-point shooting yesterday,
and it seemed like he never missed. There’s no doubt he can hit shots while
he’s open, and he can even catch and shoot after coming off a curl, but he
still struggles to create open shots. Still, its hard to believe this kid’s
only offers have come from mid-major scools. So few kids can shoot, and he
seems like a nice zone-buster. Another fault is that I’m not sure if he has
any range outside of a few inches over the 3-pt line, because he does a good
job of setting himself up for the easiest three possible on the wing.
Elijah (Eli) Holman - #136 – Jazz
San Pablo, CA – 6’10” – 2007
Holman played well yesterday. For a kid with so much
height, he runs great and has a lot of energy. He had a vicious block on
Echenique yesterday, but he sometimes goes to much for the highlight block
instead of playing solid defense. Then again, he’s averaging 4.3 blocks per
game, so I guess I don’t blame him. Braxton Dupree was guarding him for a
lot of the game, and Holman was way too fast and quick for Dupree. On the
negative side, Holman was suspended in HS for 18 months because he shoved
the ref (not surprising since he seems to have so much pent up energy). If
he can channel the energy into the right areas, he could be a legit player
with some more seasoning.
Zane Johnson - #81 – Celtics - #81 Rivals.com (#17 SF)
Phoenix, AZ – 6’6” – 2007 – Arizona
Johnson was disappointing again yesterday afternoon.
He’s playing on a fivesome that lacks great talent, and it could be a good
opportunity for Johnson to show off his skill and leadership ability.
Instead, he seems content to be mediocre and not lead his team. Granted
he’s committed, but you’d like to see more. Outside of running the floor
and getting some layups, I cant remember seeing him hit a shot this week..
Verdell Jones - #28 – Magic
Champaign, IL – 6’2” – 2008
One day I’ll figure out what this kid is all about. He
plays with a lot of confidence, but doesn’t seem to do much outside of
getting the ball up the court and then passing it to someone standing on the
DeAndre Jordan - #139 – 76ers - #33 Rivals.com (#9 PF)
Houston, TX – 6”11 – 2007
After finally watching Jordan for the first time
yesterday afternoon, I was surprised that he wasn’t all over the camp
leaderboards. He played very well against the Lakers. Physically, he’s got
extremely long legs, and looks like he’s not even done physically maturing.
He has one monster put-back dunk, and even showed off leading the fast break
where he found the open man cutting to the hoop. This is a high-major
prospect with serious potential.
Taylor King - #154 – 76ers - #40 Rivals.com (#7 SF)
Huntington Beach, CA – 6’8” – 2007 – Duke
With Rose injured, King definitely tried a bit harder
today. He was also more conscious of shooting less, and being more of a
team player. In the afternoon game, he was really effective going to the
glass, and he’s now 3rd on the rebounding per game list. He
doesn’t necessarily block out the best, but he seems to have an eye for
where the ball is coming off the rim, and he finds a way to get it (also, it
didn’t hurt his stats that he got extended minutes in the afternoon game
with Rose out.) His shot wasn’t really “on”, but I was more impressed with
his good effort. He even tried to take a charge (which I thought he got
though he was called for blocking).
Alex Legion - #66 – 76ers - #38 Rivals.com (#11 SG)
Southfield, MI – 6’5” – 2007
Legion has mostly been disappointing in the minutes I’ve
seen him play. With his body and style, he has sort of a Ben Gordon thing
going, but his play has not stood up to the look. His jumper was off, he
doesn’t rebound that much, and his only points were of the easiest open
variety. For a guy weighing offers from a whose who of basketball programs,
you’d like to see him do more than simply be a special physical talent
(which he really is).
Kevin Love - #138 – Knicks - #5 Rivals.com
Lake Oswego, OR – 6’10” – 2007
Love leads camp in scoring and rebounding as of now, as
well as player rating. With Oden out of the picture, Love really has no
equal in camp. He’s far superior to the guy most consider the #2 center in
camp, Cole Aldrich. The only negative in terms of Love is that he’s not
really any more dominant than he was at camp last year. Physically, he may
have reached his peak, though his game is more polished now. He’s one of the
few players with confidence in the post, and his jumper was rock-solid as
Demetri McCamey - #51 – Mavs - #51 Rivals.com (#9 PG)
Bellwood, IL – 6’3” – 2007 – Illinois
This kid was highly impressive yesterday going up against
Johnny Flynn. McCamey’s got a big, thick, strong body and plays like a
seasoned veteran. Flynn did give McCamey some problems with his amazing
speed, but Flynn gives almost everyone problems one on one. Even if McCamey
isn’t the fastest guy out there, he moves well with the ball in his hands,
has a really quick and sharp cross-over move, and finds the open man at the
right time. Illinois has a real find here.
Rico Pickett - #55 – Magic - #60 Rivals.com (#11 PG)
Decatur, AL – 6’4” – 2007
A noticeably good physical talent, with great height and
quickness with the ball. Pickett just seems very sloppy though. Yes, he
lead camp with 5.3 apg going into last night’s game, but luckily for him,
they don’t keep track of turnovers. In one 3 minute period, I saw Pickett
drop an easy pass, dribble it off his foot, and then make a lazy pass that
got picked off in traffic. Though he’s not racking up steals, Pickett seems
like he could be a great defender based on his long wing-span size, and
Aaron Pogue - #111 – Hawks
Dayton, OH – 6”9 – 2007
I caught Pogue in his matchup with Kevin Love, and he
didn’t show much. His foot speed was lacking, and he genuinely looked
rather weak. I’ve seen better from Pogue in the past, and I need to check
him out later today against a lesser center to see how he performs.
Anthony Raffa - #12 – Jazz
Strathmere, NJ – 6’0” – 2007
Raffa hasn’t shown me much to warrant being here. He’s
listed as 2-guard, but his 6’0” height and frame is unimpressive. Plus, his
outside shots look like he’s heaving them.
Edwin Rios - #27 – Lakers - #89 Rivals.com (#14 PG)
Miami, FL – 6”1 – 2007 – Miami
Rios, as always, impressed me with his toughness and
leadership. Not as athletic as guys like Pickett or Flynn in camp, but
equally as good at doing the job of being a point guard. Miami did well
with this signing.
Derrick Rose - #50 – 76ers - #3 Rivals.com (#2 PG)
Chicago, IL – 6’3” – 2007
Rose was injured and missed some time with ankle issues.
Don’t know if he’ll be back in action today.
Renardo Sidney - #122 – Lakers
Jackson, MS – 6’9” – 2009
There’s a reason Sidney is so highly touted within the
Class of ’09. The kid has a multitude of skills well beyond his years.
Sidney still looks young, has some baby fat, and isn’t jacked like other
players, but he’s a deceivingly good athlete. He runs well, handles it in
the open floor, has good vision, a solid long-range stroke, and finishes.
Obviously he’s young, but Sidney is already a future-NBA type talent.
Corey Stokes - #84 – Celtics - #54 Rivals.com (#13 SG)
Bayonne, NJ – 6’5” – 2007
Stokes wasn’t quite as good yesterday as on Thursday, eat
least on offense. Defensively he was solid, using his great athletic body
to make some steals and hold his own guarding. While the game I watched was
dominated by his teammate Fisher, Stokes impressed when he took the ball to
the basket with a lot of force as opposed to settling for the jumper.
Malik Story - #71 – Lakers - #34 Hoopmasters.com (08)
Cerritos, CA – 6’5” – 2008 – USC?
I wasn’t really watching Story, but he was impressive on
defense against highly touted Alex Legion, and he’s obviously got the body
and athleticism of a college wing.
Evan Turner - #95 – Mavs - #23 Rivals.com (#6 SF)
Chicago, IL – 6’7” – 2007 – Ohio State
Turner is a legit find for OSU. At 6’7”, he’s got an
ideal frame for a college small forward, and like the rest of his Illinois
Wolves teammates on the Mavs (McCamey, Fay, etc), he’s extremely polished
and knows his role. He had one sick spin move while driving to the lane
that he made look too easy. Not the flashiest wing player in camp (see
Walker, Bill), but he’s perhaps the most ready to contribute.
Alex Tyus - #151 – Mavs - #41 Rivals.com (#12 PF)
St Louis, MO – 6’8” – 2007
Tyus continues to improve by the day it seems. He’s
clearly better than the 41st best player in the country, and now
even his outside shot is coming along. In a game against the Bulls
yesterday, it went to overtime, and Tyus hit a baseline fall-away jumper to
win it. Its hard to imagine a school that wouldn’t want this kid on their
Terrell Vinson - #79 – Celtics
Baltimore, MD – 6’6” – 2009
Vinson was great today, outplaying highly ranked 08’
forward Olu Ashaolu. He still has a lot of holes in his game, but the kid
runs so well and has such a nose for the basket, that he works himself into
easy points, rebounds, and put backs. He’s shooting 64%, and is in 4th
place in the camp in overall rating (the only underclassmen in the top 10).
Vincent doesn’t wow you with monster jams and sick blocks, but he quietly
goes about his business the right way. I’ve only seen him take one jumper
in game play this week and it was a pure swish.
Bill Walker - #86 – Hawks - #2 Rivals.com
Cincinnati, OH – 6’6” – 2007
Bill Walker’s a freak. Not much else to say about that.
Brian Walsh - #54 – Celtics
Moon Township, PA – 6’4” – 2008
An unknown player to me before this week, Walsh has some
potential. For a kid who can run the point or play the two, Walsh has good
height and has a solid body for an ’08 prospect. He’s able to hit shots
when he’s wide open, but I didn’t see him scoring while under pressure, nor
does he have the creativity or quickness to create for himself right now.
He’s an active player, doing a good job moving on offense and also running
for loose balls and rebounds. Once or twice though, he got nice offensive
rebounds, but didn’t have the strength and confidence to finish the score on
the inside. Still, Walsh leads all juniors in overall player rating at
Travon Woodall - #26 – Nets
Paterson, NJ – 6’1” -2008
Woodall was impressive, easily the best offensive player
of his fivesome. On the negative side was that for a point guard, Woodall
was a bit too focused on scoring the ball, and wasn’t really distributing
it. Though it was hard to blame him because he seemed to have the best of
08’ PG Verdell Jones who was guarding him. He’s got a quick first step to
the basket, and showed off his long-range shot. Defensively, he uses his
quickness to get in front of his man, and was able to make some steals.
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