By Shawn Siegel
July 6th, 2006
Day One - Mayo, Walker, Bonyton, Aldrich
Player capsules for ABCD Camp Day One. Players are
listed alphabetically, with biographical information and a short scouting
report. Check back tomorrow for coverage of other players, and later in the
week for the final camp rankings.
Cole Aldrich - #141 Mavs - #16 Rivals.com (#3 C)
Bloomington, MN 611 2007 - Kansas
I wasnt really watching Aldrichs game this afternoon,
but I caught some of his play out of the corner of my eye. The Kansas
recruit looks much fitter and stronger than when I last saw him. To me,
hes the 2nd best center in the class behind Love, and continues
Chris Allen - #46 Bulls - #22 Rivals.com (#4 SG)
Lawrenceville, GA 63 2007 Michigan State
You would never have known Allen was such a highly touted
prospect by the way he played. He just seemed to be forcing things,
probably because he was going against OJ Mayo in the game I watched, and was
Olu Ashaolu - #108 Jazz #19 Hoopmasters.com (08)
Brampton, ON 67 2008
I loved Ashaolu last year, but he was somewhat
disappointing today. His size is basically the same as before, though all
his movements are much more fluid now and he moves better. Last year,
Ashaolu really focused on running the floor, rebounding and scoring down
low. This year, he seemed set on trying to show off a more well-rounded
game, taking longer shots and handling more. The problem is that his
3-pointers werent really close, and though he handles much better than
before, he still was trying to hard and had two traveling violations.
Kodi Augustus - #125 Jazz - #97 Rivals.com (#26 SF)
Pearland, TX 69 2007
At 69, Augustus has legitimate pro potential. Hes a
solid athlete, and has a variety of talents. He can hit the three, handles
in the open court, and finishes. Like so many forwards at camp though, sometimes
they try and do too much to show off their perimeter game, and Augustus was
a bit too trigger happy. He has a lot of work left to do, but his physical
talents alone should move him up the recruiting rankings.
Miles Beatty - #38 Cavs
Newark, NJ 63 2007
Beatty is not afraid to shoot, though his shot is oddly
one-handed and was inconsistent. He seemed to verge on the point of being
selfish, or he just didnt have any confidence in his teammates. He could
use more speed, though he does have a variety of stutters and moves to beat
you off the dribble. His head always looks down when he dribbles, but I
cant tell if its just bad posture, or hes really not looking around. Young
2009 point guard Kenneth Boynton blocked Beatty with ease on one play and
was clearly better than Beatty.
Charoy Bentley - #17 76ers
West Haven, CT 60 2007
Though hes not a top 150 player, Bentley could be a
surprisingly effective college player. Bentley has a lot of little nifty
moves on offense, as he hit some floaters, finger rolls, etc. Lacks size at
60, but hes not afraid to mix it up insize and plays bigger than his
size. He was playing off-guard here so Im not sure about his point guard
Melquan Bolding - #39 Jazz
Brooklyn, NY 64 2008
Bolding is a solid athlete for an 08, who has some
surprising hops, and finished one dunk with impressive power.
Kenneth (Kenny) Boynton - #35 Jazz
Pompano Beach, FL 62 2009
Ive heard some say Boynton is one of the best handful of
players in 2009, and he was even better than I expected. He was already
better than 2007 guard Miles Beatty, and he played with the confidence of a
top 2007 point guard. Physically, at 62, he has size, his speed and
ball-handling abilities are rock solid, and he can even shoot the ball.
William Buford - #65 Hawks - #4 SG Scout.com
Toledo, OH 65 2008
Buford doesnt look very big, but hes got surprisingly
good ups and finishes on the break and in the lane with great body control.
I didnt really get to see him shoot that much, so Ill have to check back
on him later in the week.
Junior Cadougan - #15 Jazz
Toronto, ON 60 2009
Young point guard who plays with Olu Ashaolu on Community
Christian. He came out shooting at first, and has good form on his shot,
though for a point guard youd like to see him work it around a bit more.
Hes got nice size already for an 09er and plays with a lot of confidence.
Ill need to watch more to see how he really runs things from the point.
Corey Chandler - #8 Suns - #76 Rivals.com (#20 SG)
Newark, NJ 61 2007 Rutgers
Chandler was even better than his #76 national ranking.
Though a natural scorer, Chandler was playing point guard, and he was even
better than a similar ranked player like Corey Fisher today. Chandler flashed his
3-point range, though overall he did miss a bit too many shots, and even got up to block a 610 players (JuJuan Johnson)
shot. Plus the kid is an explosive finisher.
Anthony Crater - #32 Jazz
Flint, MI 62 2008
Crater is a legit big-time talent. His most noticeable
skill is his great vision, both on the break and in the half-court. When he
gets the ball after the defensive rebound, he finds and makes the right
outlet pass immediately. I dont see Crater ranked on the Hoopmasters.com
Top 40 for 2008, but he should be.
Devin Ebanks - #99 Jazz
Long Island City, NY 67 2008
Ebanks is a rock-solid player, who was very active
despite not dominating the action like some other players try to do. He was
one of the few players who was noticeably working hard on defense as well,
and with his nice 67 frame, he projects to be a solid though not
spectacular forward at the elite level.
Greg Echenique - #123 Celtics
Ridgewood, NJ 69 2009
A local product, Echenique is a big boy who carries
around 265 pounds. Still, he doesnt look fat necessarily, though he does
have a lot of baby fat that hell eventually lose. He doesnt jump very
well, but he still is able to finish because he loves to use his elbows to
make himself wide. He was definitely better than I expected, and is more
talented than some other raw big men of similar ilk.
Corey Fisher - #34 Celtics - #71 Rivals.com (#13 PG)
Bronx, NY 62 2007 - Villanova
Fisher had the misfortune of going up against Derrick
Rose to start play. He looked kind of chubby, in the same sense that Kyle
Lowry was thick too. At first, Rose owned him, blocking his shot and
forcing the Villanova recruit into a charge, but Fisher got better as the
game went on. Hes not the fastest guy out there, but he plays with a lot
of energy, and hes explosive heading to the basket. His shot was off
today, and his form isnt pretty either.
Timothy Flowers - #75 76ers
Chicago, IL 65 2007
Flowers is here because hes Derrick Roses high school
teammate. The kid is as round as a globe (another way of saying hes fat),
but he does have some game within 5 feet. Hes got good footwork, a good
touch down low, and manages to get the ball in the hole despite lacking
height. On defense, hes a step slow though, and outside of 5 feet from the
rim he doesnt have much of a game on offense. Still, with that wide body
(listed generously at 235 lbs), he can cause some problems in the paint.
Johnny Flynn - #13 Bulls #29 Rivals.com (#7 PG)
Niagara Falls, NY 60 2007 Syracuse
This year, Syracuse has physical freak Paul Harris coming
in, and next year they have Flynn, who is like a smaller version of Harris,
coming in. Flynn is amazingly quick, has huge calves, and is like a track
and field star. On the plus size, he was unselfish, showed toughness
outrebounding opposing guards for rebounds, and even got up to block 69
Aaron Pogues shot. On the negative side, he didnt really dominate play
like youd expect for such a highly ranked player, and he could have
finished better in the paint.
Angel Garcia - #112 Cavs - #25 Hoopmasters.com 08
Levittown, PR 68 2008 (?)
Looks taller than 68, his legs are very long and
string-bean like. Surprised by hitting a pair of threes in the same half,
causing the opposing coach to scold his man for not stepping out. Garcia
looks like he will grow even more, because he currently has an awkward body,
and his movements are not that fluid from his legs down. I was unfamiliar
with Garcia before, but he was the most impressive player on a weak Cavs
Chris Gradnigo - #97 Suns
Lake Charles, LA 67 2007
I was unfamiliar with Gradnigo coming into camp, but he
surprised me with his ability. Hes very mature physically, and has a real
nose for the ball and getting himself near the rim. He even was one of the
rare player to hit a couple of mid-range shots.
James (JJ) Hickson - #129 Bulls - #14 Rivals.com (#3
Marietta, GA 69 2007
Perhaps the highest rated player I hadnt seen yet before
this week, Hickson is a monster finisher. Hes basically a better version
of camp teammate Tracy Smith. Outside of some monster dunks (including one
where he got fouled and still threw it down with ease), he didnt show much.
Still, what he did show was enough to solidify interest from the biggest
Blake Hoffarber - #150 Magic
Minnetonka, MN 64 2007
Hoffarber really impressed me last year with his shooting
touch. This afternoon, he didnt really have a chance to show off his range,
but instead was playing more of a point guard role where he appears to have
improved his confidence on the ball. Hoffarber is a fine enough passer, but
he doesnt really have the quickness or moves to beat top opposing point
guards off the dribble or the strength to finish down low. Still, hes got
good size, can shoot the ball and handle it as well. Though hes been
offered by a lot of mid-major schools, Hoffarber can definitely contribute
(off the bench only) at the high-major level.
Elijah Holman - #136 Jazz
San Pablo, CA 610 2007
I wasnt focused on Holman, but usually a player will do
something during a game that makes you notice them. Holman was pretty quiet
Zane Johnson - #81 Celtics - #81 Rivals.com (#17 SF)
Phoenix, AZ 66 2007 Arizona
Johnson has a sweet stroke, and sometimes its almost as
if the three-point line is too close for him. His range is endless, but
unlike some other players (ie Taylor King), Johnson doesnt have the urge to
shoot every time.
Verdell Jones - #28 Magic
Champaign, IL 62 2008
Last year, Jones was a stick thin 62, 140 lb guard who
showed flashes on the fast-break, but did little to contribute in the half
court. This year, Jones was basically the exact same player with about 3 lbs
added to his frame. Not my favorite player, but maybe hes just not suited
for this type of up and down street-ball like setting.
Nalaey Kashwal - #118 Cavs
Chicago, IL 68 2007
I was unfamiliar with this player. Hes got a very
strong looking body, and is a nice athlete. Ill be watching him more as the
Taylor King - #154 76ers - #40 Rivals.com (#7 SF)
Huntington Beach, CA 68 2007 - Duke
It seems like King has been around longer than Julio
Franco. He hasnt really grown in the past year, and his speed is the same,
though he does appear to be thicker and stronger. King still loves to bomb,
and its almost a victory for his teammates when he passes the ball.
Some people think hes just selfish shooting the ball so much, but the fact
is, the kid has a knack for scoring and ultimately the name of the game is
putting the ball in the basket.
Alex Legion - #66 76ers - #38 Rivals.com (#11 SG)
Southfield, MI 65 2007
I wasnt really paying attention to Legion today, but you
cant help but notice hes a rock-solid off-guard, who has no noticeable
weaknesses in his game.
OJ Mayo - #73 Hawks - #1 Rivals.com
Cincinnati, OH 65 2007
Mayo was mediocre in the afternoon session, perhaps
preoccupied by his impending college decision. I was disappointed that he
was playing off-guard, letting Isaiah Thomas handle the point guard duties.
Mayo is trying to show hes a combo guard in the mold of Dwyane Wade, but
all this does is minimize his great on-the-ball skills. He flashed some
devastating blow-by moves on offense, but his shot wasnt really falling.
For whatever reason though, I dont seem to ever catch him on days when his
jumper is really on. He was obviously still solid, but id you didnt know
who Mayo was, he would basically have just seemed like a good but not
special player this afternoon.
Carter McMasters - #135 Cavs
Chattanooga, TN 610 2008
McMasters is a very raw, long player who was effective on
defense with his long arms. Despite the length, he doesnt get off the
ground very well, and needs work on offense.
Dwan McMillan - #9 76ers
Hempstead, NY 60 2008
Quick point guard, who looks kind of awkward when he
runs. Likes to get up and down on the break, but hes not the best
finisher. Could use more strength and a bit more hops. Need to watch him
Marshall Moses - #107 Cavs - #122 Rivals.com (#35 PF)
Greensboro, NC - 67 2008
Seemed to be forcing the action early on. Not his best
Roberto Nelson - #42 Celtics
Santa Barbara, CA 64 2009
Nelson looked mediocre and somewhat shaky as a point
guard. But then you realize hes only in the class of 09, and then his
great size and ball-handling skills suddenly seem more impressive. He needs
to be more conscious of players come from behind and picking his pocket, and
to stop and slow the pace at times.
Ed Nixon - #57 Suns
St Petersburg, FL 64 2007
I wasnt really paying attention to Nixon, but I
constantly found him sticking out with good hustle, quick hands on defense,
and solid finishes. For a two-guard, I didnt see him shooting or scoring
that often, but I need to watch him more as the week progresses.
Derrick Rose - #50 76ers - #3 Rivals.com (#2 PG)
Chicago, IL 63 2007
Since Mayo wasnt playing point today, Rose was easily
the best PG in camp this afternoon. He was matched against Villanova
recruit Corey Fisher, and absolutely dominated him at the start, blocking
Fishers shot and even taking a charge. I love how Rose catches the
inbounds pass after made baskets at full speed, and he constantly puts
pressure on the defense when the ball is his hands. As the afternoon game
went on, Fisher started to get the better of Rose, and he missed some shots
that youd usually expect him to make. I would give his performance a B for
Zach Rosen - #41 Cavs
Colonia, NJ 62 2007
Struggled to beat people on the dribble, despite many
attempts to beat them on the left.
Corey Stokes - #84 Celtics - #54 Rivals.com (#13 SG)
Bayonne, NJ 65 - 2007
Unlike his camp and future Villanova teammate Fisher,
Stokes came out with his A-game from the opening tip. He shoots the three
with ease, and can stop on the dime and shoot, even when hes off-balance.
He played better than other players ranked even higher in the class.
Dane Suttle - #77 Celtics
Los Angeles, CA 66 2007
Suttles dad had a short NBA stint after an impressive
career at Pepperdine. Here, he showed he can play with the big names, but
appeared to be a bit selfish. At one point, his team was on an easy 3 on 1
break, but instead of dishing for an easy layup, hell pulled up for the 10
James Tyler - #156 Bulls
Murfreesboro, TN 72 2008
Tyler is a young, raw talent who is absolutely huge (330
lbs). Unfortunately, after about 40 seconds of play, he was huffing and
puffing like he ran a marathon. At this point he cant jump, and has a lot of
work to do. His best moment was a nice baby hook down low. 69 Terrence
Jennings, who weighs about 100 lbs less and is twice as fast and
experienced, was an unfair matchup for the biggest player in camp.
Alex Tyus - #151 Mavs - #41 Rivals.com (#12 PF)
St Louis, MO 68 2007
Tyus played his usual, energetic, athletic game this
afternoon. Always runs the wings with reckless abandon, and he threw down
one sweet alleyoop from Illinois signee Demetri McCamey.
Terrell Vinson - #79 Celtics
Baltimore, MD 66 2009
Vinson is an intriguing power forward talent, who has a
lot of room to improve. He runs well, particularly north-south, but he lacks
the strength right now to finish well in the paint. At first, he looked
good with some back to the basket scores, but then you realize he always
turns his back to the rim because hes just too weak right now to finish
with power. Vinsons future will strongly depend on how much he grows, with
the game he has now, hell need an extra 2-3 inches to make it work at the
Eric Wallace - #82 Celtics - #105 Rivals.com (#29 SF)
Winston-Salem, NC 66 2007 Virginia
Wallace was once a premier player in this class, but fell
out of style as other players caught up physically. Somewhere along the
line, he went from being overrated to being an underrated talent. His game
has been the same for some time now, showing occasional flashes of greatness
mixed in with some quiet stretches where hes silent.
Bill Walker - #86 Hawks - #2 Rivals.com
Cincinnati, OH 66 2007
The super-freak showed off his usual array of absurd
dunks this afternoon. His big highlight was throwing it to himself off the
backboard and dunking it. His jumper is improving, but still inconsistent.
Its got such a tight spiral, that when it falls, his shot looks perfect,
but he still sprays it around sometimes.
Bradley Wanamaker - #61 Cavs
Philadelphia, PA 64 2007
Wanamaker is simply ripped. He has the shoulders and
biceps of an NBA player, and he is really quick getting up and down the
floor. I wasnt really paying attention to his fivesome, so Ill need to
check back in on him later.
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