By Shawn Siegel
July 9th, 2006
Day Three - Evening
Player capsules for the third evening of the ABCD Camp
in Teaneck, NJ. Final player rankings will be up later tonight.
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.
Teeng Akol - #140 Rockets - #48 Rivals.com (#14 PF)
Centereach, NY 611 2007
611 and athletic is good enough to be #48 in the
country. His skill level is about 450th in the country though.
Akol is amazingly long and lean, yet despite the length, its not like he was
really blocking or altering that many shots on defense. You also think hed
be a better offensive rebounder, but he corralled just one in the long
stretch of time I watched. Also, when Kori Augustus stepped Akol out on the
perimeter, Akol had no chance.
Chris Allen - #46 Bulls - #22 Rivals.com (#4 SG)
Lawrenceville, GA 63 2007 Michigan State
Allen was being guarded by Taylor King, and did a good
job leaking out after Kings shots or while King was rebounding to get easy
baskets on the other end. On the flip side though, this enabled King to get
lots of O-rebounds. The fact is Allen did absolutely nothing all week
outside of getting easy layups or shooting a three every 20 minutes.
Dante Anderson - #148 Bulls
Gainesville, FL 64 2008
I finally got a chance to focus on Anderson Saturday
night. This is a kid who has a knack for scoring, though hes not
necessarily a shooter at this point. He also jumps quite well, seemingly
hanging in the air with a lot of hang-time. He has a lot of work to do on
the rest of his game as hes a mediocre rebounder and not much of a passer
at this point.
Olu Ashaolu - #108 Jazz #19 Hoopmasters.com (08)
Brampton, ON 67 2008
Olus attitude was noticeable during the game, and not in
a positive way. He got a rare camp T for hanging on the rim, and also was
giving the refs a hard time on a couple of his fouls. Both are completely
unnecessary in such a camp, and the last thing he needs is to get a bad rep
with the coaches in attendance.
Kodi Augustus - #125 Jazz - #97 Rivals.com (#26 SF)
Pearland, TX 69 2007
Theres a reason Augustus didnt make the camp All-Star
game. Its because hes in love with his jump shot. Yes, he shot a nice 43%
from three, and his stroke is improving, but hed be more productive if he
played on the inside right now. The fact that he was more focused on
showing off his shot instead of helping his team win games might say
something about his personality.
Jonathan Baldwin - #68 Pistons
Alquippa, PA 65 2008
Baldwin is a solid prospect for only being a junior.
Hes listed as a wing forward, which I found odd at first, because he
handles pretty well and runs like a guard. But then I saw him shoot, and you
realize why hes not an off-guard. His form edges on being ugly and needs
some work. Hes also not the fastest guy out there, and lacks the
explosiveness of some of the wing players. Still, hes a good enough player
to warrant attention from high-major teams.
Chris Braswell - #114 Knicks
Temple Hills, FL 68 2008
Its odd to see a player who is so effective on defense
have such a weak offensive game. At one point, he spun in the post and threw
the ball so high off the backboard that it almost went over the glass.
Still, hes one of the few players who is noticeably good at reacting to
shots, passes, etc and getting his hands on them. Part of his struggles on
offense might stem from the fact, that he runs awkwardly because hes a bit
pigeon-toed, and his feet look too small for his frame.
Tramaine Butler - #40 Pistons
Detroit, MI 62 2007
Didnt see much out of Butler last night. He made a few
baskets, but he seemed like he was a dime a dozen player at this level.
With his lack of size here, he was noticeably unable to finish on the
Anthony Crater - #32 Jazz
Flint, MI 62 2008
Crater was up against fellow 08 guard Malcolm Lee, and
Lee was basically unable to drive by or do anything against the quicker
James Dunleavy - #54 Rockets
Los Angeles, CA 64 2007
Dunleavy spends most of his time on offense running
around, trying to run curls and come off screens looking to hit the three.
The problem is that even if he works hard for the three, his form isnt
particularly pretty and he missed a lot more shots than he attempted.
Braxton Dupree - #121 Celtics - #82 Rivals.com (#21 PF)
Baltimore, MD 68 2007 Maryland
Dupree looked much better yesterday than he did when I
watched earlier in the week. Up against the higher rated Cole Aldrich,
Dupree more than held his own, and he used his big strong arms to muscle
offensive rebounds that Aldrich should have gotten.
Rashon Dwight - #33 Pistons
Newark, NJ 62 2007
I made a point of watching Dwight last night because he
was putting up decent numbers all week. But I wasnt really a fan. He was
particularly fast and looks good slashing to the basket. But the problem is
that hes not strong, and doesnt jump very well, so hes not really able to
finish. Despite the apparent weakness on offense, he did have a nose for
the ball and was able to get some rebounds that I wouldnt have expected.
Seems more like a mid-major prospect.
Devin Ebanks - #99 Jazz Scout.com #1 SF for 08
Long Island City, NY 67 2008
Ebanks is a great physical talent, and hes been an
All-Star game MVP for two years in a row, but when I was watching him
Saturday night I kept just thinking how overrated he is. He was mostly just
waiting for the ball, looking for chances to get easy hoops, etc and was not
working hard on defense, rebounding, etc. The kids physical attributes are
top notch, but if I needed to win a game tomorrow, there are a whole bunch
of underclassmen in camp Id rather have on my team right now.
Kelvin Grady - #7 Pistons - #18 PG Scout.com
Ada, MI 511 2007 - Michigan
Grady was playing alright in a game against the Magic,
those his teammates were not the most talented bunch. He was trying to
force three-pointers to go in, but they were just not falling. He did a
decent job of containing the talented Rico Pickett, but on the most part,
Grady was unexceptional.
Blake Hoffarber - #150 Magic
Minnetonka, MN 64 2007
Hoffarber seems to have got more confident as the week
went on, as he was really looking to score the ball more than earlier.
Leading the camp at 60% shooting and making the most threes by a wide margin
will help confidence.
JuJuan Johnson - #133 Magic - #85 Rivals.com (#6 C)
Indianapolis, IN 610 2007 Purdue
I finally got around to watching Johnson and was very
disappointed. The fact anyone could think hes the 6th best
center in the class is not so much the fault of Rivals as much as an
indicator of the weakness of the center class. Offensively, his post game
was a mess. He brings the ball low whenever he gets the ball and is a
candidate to be blocked or have the ball stolen.
Shaquille Johnson - #43 Rockets
Jacksonville, FL 63 2008
Johnson is a nice little player, who basically is a
scoring guard. Hes not the flashiest of players, but he simply hit shots
from all over.
DeAndre Jordan - #139 76ers - #33 Rivals.com (#9 PF)
Houston, TX 611 2007
I wasnt really watching Jordan in the evening, but its
hard to notice him when hes out there. Hes just so long and athletic that
you cant think he is a possible NBA player one day if he works hard and
Taylor King - #154 76ers - #40 Rivals.com (#7 SF)
Huntington Beach, CA 68 2007 Duke
You have to give King credit for improving his all-around
game. Hes become quite effective at offensive rebounds, and blocks a
surprising amount of passes. Saturday evening was one of the best
all-around games Ive seen him play.
Sylven Landesberg - #78 Pistons
Queens, NY 66 2008
Landesberg is all about potential at this point. Hes
great driving to the hole and finishing, but he doesnt have good range on
his jumpers at this point. If he wants to play shooting guard in college,
then he simply needs to improve his jumper. Once he can hit jumpers
consistently, hell be an offensive force to be reckoned with.
Trey Lang - #90 Rockets
Marietta, Ga 67 2007
Lang was impressive last night despite not putting up big
offensive numbers. He impressed by playing good defense on Olu Ashaolu.
When Olu got the ball in the post, Lang got nice and wide in his stance and
got his arms up high. He also had a nice block on Kenny Boynton.
Alex Legion - #66 76ers - #38 Rivals.com (#11 SG)
Southfield, MI 65 2007
I feel like Ive picked on Legion a lot this week, but
the fact is he just continued to take a lot of bad shots. He has so much
speed and moves, that I wanted him to take it all the way to the basket and
finish, instead of flashing mid-range shots that clanked off the rim.
Malcolm Lee - #63 Rockets
Moreno Vally, CA 65 2008
The most noticeable thing about Lee is his great height
for a point guard. Unfortunately, he was getting handled with east by
Anthony Crater. He was one of the few players of the day making noticeably
more turnovers than good passes, and he shot the ball at a very low
percentage in the few attempts he took.
OJ Mayo - #85 Hawks - #1 Rivals.com
Cincinnati, OH 65 2007
Not Mayos best game last night (seems to be the story of
his camp.) He was most impressive on the defensive end, as he can be a real
stopper with those long arms and even better foot speed. Offensively, he
was mediocre, trying to be a bit too flashy, and making some ill-advised
JMison Morgan - #142 Pistons
Dallas, TX 611 2008
I knew nothing about this player before last night, but
he was surprisingly effective. Hes tall, big bodied, and despite being
listed at 270 pounds, he does not look as out of shape as some other big men
his age. Hes also pretty well coordinated, got a decent array of post
moves, and made a few blocks in this game, and averaged a good amount of
blocks all week. I havent heard his name much, but I definitely expect
Morgan to be one the better centers in camp next year if he returns.
Aaron Pogue - #111 Hawks
Dayton, OH 69 2007
Pogue is a solid player, and one of the better players
not in the national ranking. Hes like a lesser version of Braxton Dupree, a
little slower, and not quite as polished on the offensive end. Still, hes
efficient, and at one point he impressed me by having to step out and
effectively help guard point guard Edwin Rios.
Hamidu Rahman - #144 Rockets
Somerset, NJ 70 2007
Rahman shows enough flashes that he seems like a worthy
project for just about any team. He blocked one or two shots, though they
were weak attempts that such a big guy would have had to have blocked.
Offensively, he basically does the same thing every time, turning and
shooting a little semi-hook over his left shoulder. Hell need to work on
adding some variety, or at least being able to make his one shot
successfully. The fact is, hes a very big boy with good enough
coordination that he gets rebounds, clogs up space, and is not a liability
on either end of the court.
Dwalyn Roberts - #96 Mavs - #128 Rivals.com (#36 SF)
Dallas, TX 67 2007
Its funny that Roberts and Evan Turner are on the same
team, because the two look a like and play similarly. Turner just does
everything a bit better than Roberts does, particularly shooting from the
Tracy Smith - #117 Bulls - #96 Rivals.com (#24 PF)
Durham, NC 68 2007
Smith was up against Tim Flowers, and easily got the best
of him. Even though hes so tall, Smith can handle, and he blew by Flowers
once or twice off the dribble. Hes got a good touch on his short jumpers,
and also from the line. Smith is a legit high-major stud.
Antonio Topps - #22 Magic
S.Holland, IL 61 2007
Topps was not particularly good. He missed the few long
shots he took, and more importantly, his decisions handling the ball were
not good. On the break, he had made a few bad passes, and I did not feel
comfortable with him leading the team. The only positive was that he did a
fine job defending Rashon Dwight, though Dwight isnt much of an offensive
Darquavis Tucker - #45 Mavs -
#36 Rivals.com (#10 SG)
Saginaw, MI 63 2007
Tucker was disappointing last night. Yes, he finished
one breakaway with a sick 360 jam, and yes, he hit a wide open three, but
there wasnt much going on in between. You would think a player of his
stature would have moves to beat people one on one, but despite trying, he
was never able to go anywhere.
Alex Tyus - #151 Mavs - #41 Rivals.com (#12 PF)
St Louis, MO 68 2007
During the afternoon, Tyus jumper disappeared, though it
reappeared in the night session. Such is life at this point with Tyus,
inconsistency with his shot, though now hes on one of every two games,
where at this point last year, it was only once every few days.
Storm Warren - #153 Jazz
Monroe, LA 68 2008
Kind of a forgotten man on the Jazz, who have a lot of
offensive weapons. At this point, hes a nice athletic body without much
talent to go with it. Still, hes tall an athletic enough that hes someone
to watch in the coming year depending on how he develops.
Leonard Washington - #92 Magic - #43 Rivals.com (#8 SF)
Breaux Bridge, LA 67 2008
Washington played well last night, particularly on the
defensive end. Hes one of the stronger kids out there, and was really
active on defense. He had two steals and a pair of blocks in the little
time I watched and his opposition wasnt able to get by. Offensively, he
lags behind other top prospects, but hes the type of guy you want on your
Elliot Williams - #58 Rockets
Memphis, TN 64 2008
I caught just barely enough of Williams to give him a
plug in here. Hes a very good athlete, and he was able to simply jump up
above some people to get rebounds. He plays bigger than youd think and did
a pretty good job defending the highly talented Kenny Boynton.
Teondre Williams #59 Rockets
Tucker, GA 64 2008
Williams is similar to Shaquille Johnson who was his
teammate in camp except that Williams is a bit more athletic while Johnson
has a more refined shooting touch. He did hit a pair of threes in the
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