2008 Reebok All-American Camp Review: Part Two
I took the drive down to Philly to catch this week's Reebok All-American Camp. While the overall talent in the 2009 class isn't as good as some recent seasons, there were still a lot of quality kids on hand. Top 25 prospects from the '09 class who were there included Renardo Sidney, Kenny Boynton, and Abdul Gaddy. There's also some top-level younger guys like Brandon Knight ('10) and Mike Shaw ('11).
**Below are mini-capsules for the remaining players I watched at camp. Unfortunately, I have to head out of town suddenly for the weekend, so I can't complete full scouting capsules.. but I'll get those done upon my return. What you see here are minimalist thoughts on each guy.. The rankings noted are from Rivals.com.
Carl Baptiste - 6'8" - 2009 - Pittstown, NJ - St. Joseph's
Strong, mature body that can match anybody. Gives a great effort. Not sure whether he has a well-developed offensive game.
Rodney Blount - 6'0" - 2009 - Orlando, FL - Undecided
Quick point guard who excels in open court. Not very effective in the half-court where he looked a bit overmatched at times. Not high-major ready.
Avery Bradley - 6'3" - 2009 - Tacoma, WA - Undecided - #16
Was most impressive on defense, going against Cadougan. Really stayed in front of him, and made life hard. Tries harder than most.
Junior Cadougan - 6'0" - 2009 - Toronto, ON - Marquette
Built like a brick. Had some top notch passes in the open court. In the half-court though, was relatively shut down by Bradley.
Givon Crump - 6'7" - 2009 - Washington, DC - #115
Caught fire with jumper at times. Standing around a lot though and not getting involved on the inside. Is he a 3 or a 4?
Trevor Dillard - 5'10" - 2009 - New York, NY - Undecided
Kind of chubby.. like a Levance Fields. Not as fast as you'd like and beaten off dribble at times. Showed some good pep and positive spirit at times. Not high-major quality.
Fuquan Edwin - 6'5" - 2010 - Paterson, NJ - Undecided
Has a lot of athleticism, but not very refined. Outside shot just looks bad, and needs serious work.
Dexter Fields - 6'2" - 2009 - Orlando, FL - Undecided
A pure scorer who was a pleasant surprise. Needs to learn how to play off the ball, but can really stroke jump shots.
Tony Freeland - 6'7" - 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Undecided
Strong kid who actually plays bigger than his height. Had one great follow-up jam. FT needs work and sometimes looks a bit out of control.
Kyle Fuller - 6'1" - 2010 - Moreno Valley, CA - Undecided
Only slightly watched him.. mainly because he was getting beat often by Udofia. Tough matchup though.
Abdul Gaddy - 6'4" - 2009 - Tacoma, WA - Undecided - #14
Brings a calming influence to the game. Great passer. More of a pure floor general. More suited for real basketball than this setting.
Tyrone Garland - 6'0" - 2010 - Philadelphia, PA - Undecided
Local kid, who needs some work to play at this top level.
Erique Gumbs - 6'9" - 2009 - Newark, DE - Undecided
A bit raw, but serious athletic talent. Effective blocking shots and dunking the ball. Needs improvement, but has BCS-level traits.
Tobias Harris - 6'8" - 2010 - Dix Hills, NY - #90
Disappointing. Runs a bit sluggishly and looked out of breath at times. Was soft, and played like a boy compared to other top senior forwards.
Marshall Henderson - 6'2" - 2009 - Hurst, TX - Undecided
Supposedly known for his shooting prowess. Hit a couple tough bank-shots, with surprising touch. Not really suited for the all-out fast break style of camp.
Pe'Shon Howard - 6'2" - 2010 - Cleveland, OH - Undecided
Amazingly thick body. Bit of a hot dog though. Is that just par for the course at Oak Hill?
Richard Howell - 6'8" - 2009 - Maritta, GA - Undecided - #59
Was in-love with the 3-point shot. He hit a bunch of outside shots, but was never really guarded. Not sure what he can do on the inside.
Joe Jackson - 6'0" - 2010 - Memphis, TN - Undecided - #10
Top notch prospect. Not only excelling on offense, but standing out on D where he took a charge and was very active in passing lanes and going for loose balls.
Dan Jennings - 6'8" - 2009 - Staten Island, NY - #128
Deserves a higher ranking. Post-game is really improving. Plays and looks like a man.
Karron Johnson - 6'7" - 2009 - Richmond, VA - #38
One of the best athletes in class considering size, but too inconsistent, out of control, and cocky at times.
Guy Landri-Edi - 6'7" - 2009 - Northridge, CA
Listed as a PF, but really a pure wing who runs the floor quite well and throws it down with force. Built like weight-lifter.. threw down one dunk from a virtual stand-still.
Meyers Leonard - 6'10" - Robinson, IL - Undecided - #94
Looks like a college athlete. Not getting to involved in the action.. almost a bit disinterested.
Arsalan Kazemi - 6'8" - 2009 - Houston, TX - Undecided
Runs quite well for such height. Really a wing. Very awkward movements. At times looks like he's never played ball before.
Aaric Murray - 6'10" - 2010 - Philadelphia, PA - Undecided
Seems like a high-major type prospect. Hit one nice baby-hook and has raw talent to develop actual post-game. Still, wasn't really outplaying anybody.
Dominique O'Connor - 5'10" - 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Undecided
Had scattered great moments mixed in with long periods of blah. Does have good speed and really gets out in the open court.
La' Quinto Ross - 6'9" - 2011 - Jackson, MS - Undecided
Even if a senior, would still be one of the best. Amazing body and ball-handling skills for kid his size and age. Big-time prospect.
Renardo Sidney - 6'9" - 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Undecided - #4
At times, looks all-world. Other times, just looks like a bust waiting to happen. Still, can't argue with the plaudits.
Michael Snaer - 6'5" - 2009 - Moreno Valley, CA - Undecided - #47
Top-notch athleticism. Had a nice dunk right over Dan Jennings. Blew by defenders at time going to rim.
Mfon Udofia - 6'2" - 2009 - Stone Mountain, GA - #30
One of the best PG's in his class. Can really pass the ball, and looked great running pick & roll. Enjoyable to watch.
Terrell Vinson - 6'9" - 2009 - Upper Marlboro, MD - Undecided #64
Seen him many times, but never been that impressed. Has a unique stature and strong-thick lower legs. Does he have negative attitude?
Darren White - 6'4" - 2009 - Danville, VA - Undecided
Unknown to me. Was surprisingly athletic, can really get up. Can hit the three, but not consistently. Looks like he's just now getting good.