By Shawn Siegel
July 8th, 2006
Day Three - Afternoon
Player capsules for the third afternoon of the ABCD Camp
in Teaneck, NJ. Day three evening capsules will go up tomorrow
morning. Players are listed alphabetically, with biographical
information and a short scouting report. Each day different players are
discussed, so check out previous days and upcoming days for other prospects.
Final player rankings will be released after the camp.
Cole Aldrich - #141 – Mavs - #16 Rivals.com (#3 C)
Bloomington, MN – 6’11” – 2007 – Kansas
Another mediocre game for Aldrich this afternoon, though
he was 4 for 4 from the floor. However, when he got the ball in the post
once or twice, he made little baby stutter steps that should have been
traveling calls that the refs didn’t call. You’d like to see him catch and
just go up strong, instead of needing to baby himself into position. Up
against Aaron Pogue, Aldrich looked better, but not by that much.
Charoy Bentley - #17 – 76ers
West Haven, CT – 6’0” – 2007
Not too much out of Bentley today. Mostly standing on the
wings waiting for the ball. Like I noted for Tim Flowers though, when
Legion and King are on your team, there’s not much room to get the ball.
Malik Boothe - #3 – Mavs
New York, NY – 5’10” – 200
I didn’t watch Boothe today, but I forgot his capsule in
yesterday’s coverage. Boothe has the body of a football player, specifically
a running back. He was up against the Bulls’ Percy Miller (who is not the
greatest at this point), and really outplayed Miller. His head is
constantly up when he handles the ball, and is good at finding the open
man. Boothe has to be one of the best players not in any of the major top
Chris Braswell - #114 – Knicks
Temple Hills, FL – 6’8” – 2008
Braswell has not particularly impressed me on offense.
He’s got good height, but the way he plays takes off a few inches. He
shoots from a very low position, and even on lay ups the ball is always
below his head. Defensively though, he’s a bit more solid, as he does a
great job of getting his long arms into the passing lanes and slapping at
the ball to make steals, and also grabs rebounds.
Kenny Collins - #115 – Magic
Redlands, CA – 6’8” – 205
This is a California player who I’m not really familiar
with. I get the sense that Collins has gone on a late growth spurt, because
he seems to want to play on the outside and isn’t that comfortable down low
with other bigs. He can handle well for a 6’8” guy, and can finish
relatively well too. Good on-the-ball skills for a kid his size.
Timothy Flowers - #75 – 76ers
Chicago, IL – 6’5” – 2007
Flowers looks great in pre-game warmups, showing off his
foot-speed with nice spin moves and hitting jumpers with nice rotation. But
in the game this afternoon, he was again mostly non-existant. This has a
lot to do with the style of play and being on the same team as offensive
minded players like Legion and King.
James Harden - #72 – Knicks - #39 Rivals.com (#12 SG)
Rancho Dominguez, CA – 6’5” – 2007
Harden is a highly touted prospect, who has been solid but
not special this week. He’s known as a great shooter, but he hasn’t really
been looking for shots that often. Once or twice this afternoon, his
teammates had to chide him because he had the ball 10 feet from the hoop,
but instead of shooting the open shot, he passed it around. Also, although
he’s got a good body, you’d really like to see Harden toughen up and play
with some more strength and aggression. In that sense, he’s more of a west
Brandon Jennings - #31 – Knicks - #1 PG Scout.com (08)
Lakewood, CA – 6’2” – 2008
Jennings is widely considered the top point guard in the
class. He’s played up to this billing, though Anthony Crater has basically
been his equal. While Crater is more of a passing guard, Jennings is more
of an all-around offensive force, because he can shoot (his shot usually
comes off the rim nice and softly), get into the lane and once he’s there,
he can finish as well as pass. He’s got some of the best dribbling moves of
any point guard in camp, seniors included.
DeAndre Jordan - #139 – 76ers - #33 Rivals.com (#9 PF)
Houston, TX – 6”11 – 2007
Jordan was up against Kevin Love in the afternoon and
showed some flashes. Unfortunately, Love showed 5 times as many flashes,
scoring 25 points and pulling down 14 boards. Jordan did a very poor job of
stepping out on Love’s long range shots, and did an ever worse job allowing
Love to get 9 offensive boards. These were not all Jordan’s fault, but
overall Jordan needs to focus more on the fundamentals as opposed to just
jamming and blocking shots (he does do both quite well.)
Nalaey Kashwal - #118 – Cavs
Chicago, IL – 6’8” – 2007
King hadn’t really been hitting his trademark threes
before exploding for 25 points on 11 of 17 shooting this afternoon.
Alex Legion - #66 – 76ers - #38 Rivals.com (#11 SG)
Southfield, MI – 6’5” – 2007
One of the most disappointing players in camp this week.
Everyone knows Taylor King likes to shoot, but Legion is trying to do outdo
his camp teammate in shot attempts. It seems like Legion has missed a lot
more shots than he’s made, and his play has been sloppy. He’s lost a few
balls going up for lay ups, missed another open layup, and made one or two
poor passes. He can create a shot with his speed and athleticism whenever
he wants, unfortunately the shots he created haven’t gone in.
Jon Leuer - #134 – Knicks – #27 PF Scout.com
Long Lake, MN – 6”10 – 2007
Leuer is a good long range shooter, who really
looks to run off the curl and shoot the three. Most of his shots though are
from the left wing, and he hasn’t show the ability to drive to the basket.
Also, he’s extremely frail (195 lbs) and plays smaller than his height
suggests. Still, he looks very good shooting the long ball and could be a
very effective weapon on the right team.
Kevin Love - #138 – Knicks - #5 Rivals.com
Lake Oswego, OR – 6’10” – 2007
How do the numbers 25 and 14 sound to you? Points and
rebounds that is. Love was pretty money this afternoon, outplaying highly
rated DeAndre Jordan. The key to Love’s greatness is his versatility,
particularly the smooth jump shot. Opposing big men just don’t know what to
do when Love catches it on the perimeter. Also of note was how impressive
he was at making real long outlet passes that lead the wings to easy
OJ Mayo - #85 – Hawks - #1 Rivals.com
Cincinnati, OH – 6’5” – 2007
(By the way, Mayo is listed officially as 73, but he’s
been wearing 85.) Mayo was solid today, being guarded by the talented Evan
Turner. Turner is a solid athlete who was doing a nice job on D, but Mayo
still is able to create shots whenever he wants to. The problem is that the
shots he creates aren’t necessarily good shots, though he’s scoring a
decent amount of points and his percentages are still solid, 53.7% so far.
Demetri McCamey - #51 – Mavs - #51 Rivals.com (#9 PG)
Bellwood, IL – 6’3” – 2007 – Illinois
Didn’t see much of McCamey this afternoon, but when I did, he was
really overpowering senior PG Isaiah Thomas.
Wendell McKines - #88 – 76ers
San Pablo, CA – 6’6” – 2007
McKines has been putting up numbers all week, first for
the Hawks and then when he was moved to the 76ers. He doesn’t have much of
a perimeter game, but he has a nose for the basket. He’s scored a lot of
points in the paint against seemingly bigger players. He’s very strong and
tough-minded, but his game will need to become more well-rounded to be
successful in college.
Dwan McMillan - #9 – 76ers
Hempstead, NY – 6’0” – 2008
McMillan was up against senior Stephen Thomas as well as follow
junior Brandon Jennings during the afternoon. McMillan played well against
both. He really uses his quickness to get into the lane, and he can also
shoot the ball from long-range. More impressive though was how he defended
the talented Jennings, who he was giving up two inches to. McMillan was
really able to hold his ground while Jennings was trying to beat him with an
assortment of moves.
Josh Miller - #1 – Hawks
Charleston, WV – 5’9” – 2007
Miller is a little (literally the smallest guy in camp)
point guard with a lot of speed. As soon as he gets the inbound or the
outlet, he pushes the ball up as fast as can and does a nice job of it. I
never sat down to particularly focus on Miller, but I did find myself
noticing his play often because he looked good. It should be noted though
that Miller was on his squad’s “B” five, so that he was often going against
lesser opposing pg’s. Seems like a career backup at the high-major level or
a starter at a lower level.
Aaron Pogue - #111 – Hawks
Dayton, OH – 6”9 – 2007
Yesterday, Pogue looked very overmatched against Kevin
Love. Today though, he was up against Cole Aldrich, and Pogue held his own
with ease. Up close, you realize just how thick this guy's arms are. He
wasn’t great, but he was a heck of a lot better than yesterday.
Isaiah Thomas - #2 – Hawks
Tacoma, WA – 5’9” – 2007
Last year, Thomas impressed with his spark and
ball-handling abilities, but he was rather mediocre this afternoon. I’ve
watched his team play all week, as he’s teamed with Mayo and Walker and
rarely has Thomas stood out. Granted, with those guys, they basically do
what they want. Still, outside of the transition game, Thomas trails behind
the other guards in his leadership, ability to finish in the lane, etc. It
didn’t help he was up against the much bigger and stronger Demetri McCamey.
Stephen Thomas - #21 – Knicks
Indianapolis, IN – 6’0” – 2007
This was the first time I’ve seen Thomas, and I was
happily impressed. He has kind of an Army look to him, very clean cut and
mature. He plays with a lot of control, and has a really good looking shot
that was on this afternoon as he hit a few threes in a 10 minute period.
He’s strong and looks like a good leader, but he never showed the ability to
beat his man off the dribble and get into the lane. He seems like a real
steal for the mid-major schools out there.
Darquavis Tucker - #45 – Mavs
Saginaw, MI – 6’3” – 2007
Up against Bill Walker, Tucker looked small and weak, but
Walker does that to most kids. He can clearly shoot the ball, but I didn’t
see much else.
Evan Turner - #95 – Mavs - #23 Rivals.com (#6 SF)
Chicago, IL – 6’7” – 2007 – Ohio State
The more I watch this kid, the more I like him. Up
against OJ Mayo this afternoon, Turner held his own. He’s so long and lean,
and can jump up on a dime, which causes a lot of problems on the offensive
boards. He’s one of the few guys who you could fault as being unselfish, as
he doesn’t try to dominate the action like other stars.
Alex Tyus - #151 – Mavs - #41 Rivals.com (#12 PF)
St Louis, MO – 6’8” – 2007
Tyus wasn’t at his best today. His jumper wasn’t
falling, and he didn’t seem to be as active on the boards. On offense, he
has issues because he doesn’t really play with his back to the basket so
when his jay is off, he doesn't have much to offer in the half court. Until he locks in one of those skills,
he’s relegated to scoring only on the break or after offensive rebounds.
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