2008 Reebok All-American Camp Review: Part Two

    
July 11th, 2008

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.