Game One: Team Five 84 Team Six 106
In the first official action of the 2007 NBA Pre-Draft Camp, Team 6 jumped out to an early double digit lead and coasted to a 106-84 win over Team 5. Demetris Nichols finished 18 points and was the hot hand early for Team 6, but the ability of lead guards Coby Karl and Ramon Sessions to push the tempo and distribute the ball also played a major role in the decisive outcome. Team 5 received an energetic performance from Coleman Collins, who finished with a game-high 22 points on the day.
The victors never really slowed down the entire game, with several different players taking the reigns for short stretches. Karl heated up toward the end of the first half, knocking down 3 3-pointers on his way to an 11-point, 6 assist, 1 turnover performance. Ryvon Covile knocked down nearly every open jumper he took, and finished the game with 19 points and 6 boards. James Mays added even more energy, going for 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions added 7 assists.
Team 5 got 15 points and 9 rebounds from Aaron Gray, but shot just 41% from the field and 2-10 from beyond the arc compared to 56% and 9-16 for the victors. Early buzz recipient Dominic McGuire was quiet, scoring just 4 points and grabbing 2 rebounds for the game.
This first game was the highest quality action of the three seen here all day, likely because the players did not have to take a four or six hour break in between drills (like the other teams did) and instead just marched onto the court immediately after conducting an hour of drills.
Coleman Collins, 68, PF, Virginia Tech
22 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 to, 1 blk, 8-14 fgs, 6-8 fts
Collins legitimately held his own against bigger, more accomplished post players. He had just enough perimeter skill to get opposing bigs away from the basket, and generally did a good job as a slasher. There were several occasions where he may have forced the issue a bit, but Collins still managed to make a handful of plays by passing the ball.
Collins didnt do anything that screams NBA here, but certainly made a big impact on this game and did it in a way that is sure to catch the attention of the scouts. If he can keep up the intensity level and continue to make plays from the perimeter, this camp will have ended up doing wonders for his stock.
James Mays, 6-9, Forward, Clemson, Junior
13 points, 9 rebounds, 6/9 FG, 1 assist, 1 turnover
During the skills portion of the drill, we were able to get a nice look at the shooting mechanics of Mays. The release point needs to become more consistent and his form appears to be a little awkward, but the tools are in place for Mays to become a consistent threat to hit the open mid-range shot. He air-balled his first of three attempts during the transition drills in the morning, but bounced back and knocked down his next two 15 footers.
In the game, Mays made an impact immediately near the basket. Every time a shot attempt went up, the Clemson sophomore immediately fought his way inside in anticipation of the rebound. On one possession early in the game, Mays barely missed a tip-dunk while crashing the glass from the perimeter, but he was still able to adjust to get his own rebound and lay the ball in. Later on, the big man showed his explosive vertical leaping ability by leaping off the ground and tipping in a missed shot in one motion.
Mays is at his best when picking up garbage points on the offense end, but he also created his own offense a number of times. His nicest move of the day occurred on the right block, when he used a jab towards the middle to fake out the defender before spinning to the basket for a lay-up. In addition, he knocked down a few open jumpers from 15 feet, though he lacked the same accuracy from any distance further away from the basket.
Throughout his career at Clemson, Mays has become known for his ability to make passes that most big men arent capable of. The problem here results from the many ill-advised passes he tries when his teammates lack the proper spacing on the court. The added space on the NBA floor will help Mays in this area.
Defensively, Mays was often a step slow when closing out on jump shooting big men like Justin Doellman, but he did provide a physical presence when allowed to bang inside. As a weak side defender, he could become better as a shot blocker and better work on putting himself in the right spot to cut off guards on their way to the basket.
James Mays remains one of the more intriguing prospects at the pre-draft camp this season. His athleticism and ability to make aggressive plays inside give him the upper hand over many of the other big men here in Orlando. He has the option to return to Clemson for his senior season, and a strong performance here could potentially give him a promise that would keep Mays in the draft this season.
Aaron Gray, 7-1, Senior, Center, Pitt
15 points, 9 rebounds, 4-7 FG, 7-10 FT
Even though he had a solid game, certainly compared to some of the other performances seen today, Gray could have done even more to help his cause. He looked very earthbound getting caught flat-footed failing to go after a couple of rebounds that were well within his area, and blew a very easy finish in transition by not converting on a dunk. When presented with the wide open 18 foot jump-shot, he tentatively passed it up, despite having looked excellent in the morning drills knocking down jump-shots all the way out to the NBA 3-point line.
Coby Karl, 6-5, Senior, Shooting Guard, Boise State
11 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover, 4-7 FG, 3-4 3P
Demetris Nichols, 68, SF, Senior, Syracuse
18 points, 3 rebounds, 7-9 FG, 4-5 3PT
As you can see from the statline, Nichols was very efficient in scoring his points, making the most off all his touches, as hes not a player who consistently creates shots for himself. Nichols got out in transition and did a good job drifting to the open spaces on the floor, where his teammates got him the ball for his quick-release outside shot, which he knocked down almost every chance he got. Nichols scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game by getting out in transition, finishing on lay-ups on the break, and even creating a fast-break himself, making an anticipation steal coming from behind his man, and dribbling the length of the court to lay the ball in the hoop. He played well in transition overall, not just scoring the ball, as he consistently was one of the first players on his team down the court, and also made some nice transition passing, even handling the ball in the open court when he needed to.
Nichols did try to mix things up a bit on offense, putting the ball on the floor more often than he did at Syracuse, though he wasnt able to consistently score, but he didnt force the issue either. On one possession he faked a shot before putting the ball on the floor in the lane, but he passed the ball to his teammate when he recognized a weakside defender coming over. On another possession he put the ball on the floor going left and went into a stepback jumper from the free-throw line, but he missed the contested shot. One of Nichols nicest plays on the day was when he dribbled left from the top of the key and went into a fadeaway jumper, but he got called for a conspicuous offensive foul for a push-off that might not have been there.
Defensively, Nichols was matched up with Dominic McGuire in the second half, and whenever he got the ball and tried to put in on the floor, Nichols did a good job moving laterally to stay in front of him, not letting him score the ball against him. He played aggressive man defense when his man had the ball in his hands, but got caught not boxing out at times when his man didnt have the ball.
Ryvon Covile, 69, PF, Detroit
19 points, 6 rebounds, 8-11 fgs, 2-5 fts, 1-1 3-pt
Covile has ideal form for a roleplayer big man, with a high release and soft touch. He certainly wont blow anybody away with his athleticism, but did a good job of filling the lanes on the break and finding seams in the defense for easy opportunities around the basket. With his bulk Covile was certainly at a disadvantage athletically in this mornings game, but was able to convert a handful of post moves closer to the basket. He clearly has a solid understanding of what is happening on the court, and when to seek out high-quality opportunities for himself.
Coville is by just average size and athleticism, and probably has the game of a 5-man in and a 4s body. But he was clearly one of the best players in this mornings game, and will further cement his stock if he can continue to light it up from the outside. Whether he is able to hang on in the NBA as a roleplayer or ends up in a high-level European league, this has been a great spring for the big man. If he plays the way he did this morning over the remainder of the camp, more NBA interest will certainly head his way.
Jermareo Davidson, 611, PF, Alabama
8 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl, 2 to
Even without the impressive statistical results, Davidson still displayed the combination of polish and upside rarely seen in this setting anymore. He certainly could help himself by playing a more paint-oriented game, and watching Justin Doellman keep him from getting good post position made it obvious that he still needs to add quite a bit of strength. But this isnt a raw prospect still learning the nuances of the game, either. Davidson should be a capable rebounder and defender early in his career, and is skilled enough to fit into a variety of different offenses. It should be interesting to see if Davidson can build some significant momentum through the remainder of the camp.
Bobby Brown, 6-1, Senior, Point Guard, Cal State Fullerton
11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3-8 FG, 5-5 FT
Carl Landry, 6-8, Senior, Power Forward, Purdue
5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2-4 FG
Ramon Sessions, 6-3, Point Guard, Nevada, Junior
10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 turnover, 4/10 FG
Sessions displayed his court vision early on in the game. After penetrating on a pick and roll, he dropped the ball off to an open teammate with a no-look pass in traffic. In a draft camp setting, it can be difficult to evaluate a lead guard who will not know the tendencies of the teammates they have played with for just a matter of days. It was obvious that Sessions has a great basketball IQ as he controlled the offense with great command and allowed his true point guard instincts to take over. He was particularly effective running the pick and roll, and made many smart passes in transition.
As a scorer, the junior point guard has the potential to be passable as an NBA point guard, but lacks the polish to be a consistent threat in this area right now. Sessions attempted to show his ability in this area many times with mixed results in the end. He was unable to convert a series of floaters from 8-12 feet, and his outside jumper remains sketchy despite a major improvement in three point shooting percentage this season. In the NBA scoring will be a secondary option for Sessions, but the ability to knock down an open three pointer from NBA range will help him greatly.
On the defensive end, he lacks superior quickness but uses solid fundamentals to compensate in this area. Sessions uses good positioning and a tough mentality to stay with athletic guards who have more polish physically.
Overall, it was a very strong showing for the junior point guard from Nevada. He has the natural point guard skills of an NBA player, but must improve as a scorer to play in the NBA while showing that a lack of athleticism wont cripple his game. The wise choice for Sessions would be to return for his senior season at Nevada and continue to improve his scoring ability and physique.
Darryl Watkins, 6-11, Center, Syracuse, Senior
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3/5 FG, 6 Fouls
Offensively, Watkins possesses great tools, including a hook shot and turn jumper that can be very effective from the low block. Early on in the game today, he first used a nice spin to make a hook shot with his right hand before facing up out of the post from 15 feet and knocking down a contested jump shot. At the NBA level, his ability to hit a mid-range jumper could be very effective when coupled with a pick and roll point guard. Unfortunately, Watkins lacks the consistency and knowledge in this area to be a consistent threat to put the ball in the hoop.
On the defensive end, Watkins struggled throughout the day today due to a fundamental lack of understanding combined with an underwhelming effort. Whether its fight his position, bodying up his man, or going for a blocked shot, Watkins was a step slow throughout the day.
Watkins could turn into a nice role player at the NBA level with the right coaching, but he will need to show the desire to improve for the first time in his career if this is ever going to happen. He could potentially turn into an interesting candidate for the D-League, and natural tools will give him many chances to make an NBA roster.
D.J. Strawberry, 65, PG/SG, Senior, Maryland
5 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2-7 FG, 0-3 3PT
Strawberry also did a pretty good job passing the ball, though he spent most of his time as an off-guard, making his good passes in transition rather than by running the offense in the halfcourt. He showed good patience and vision in transition, not forcing the issue and waiting for passing lanes to open, making a nice bounce pass to a cutter in the lane on one play, and making a great assist ahead to his teammate and over defenders on another break.
Strawberry couldnt get much going in terms of scoring the ball, missing on all of his spot-up three-point attempts, though he was hitting fairly consistently with his slightly overhead shooting motion earlier in the day during shooting drills. When Strawberry tried taking it into the lane to score, he wasnt able to convert, missing badly on a pull-up jumper from five feet off a good pivot move.
Strawberry was one of the last players to receive an invitation here at Orlando, but he certainly has the potential to play in the NBA, as a combo-guard or a slightly undersized shooting guard. Hed help his stock out by doing a better job scoring the ball in the remaining games here, but he needs to continue playing strong defense and passing the ball like he did in this first game. Strawberry will probably need to make a team through summer league play, but he has an outside chance of getting drafted in the second round.
Renaldas Seibutis, 65, SG, 1985, Lithuania
9 points, 2 rebounds, 4-6 FG, 1-3 3PT
On the offensive end, Seibutis hit a few shots from the outside, though hes been inconsistent with his shooting throughout the first few days here, and scouts more familiar with his game say his long-range shooting is one area that needs the most work, though hes consistent from mid-range. Seibutis hit a spot-up three-pointer and a long two-pointer, and also hit on a pull-up 15 footer in transition. Seibutis scored his other field goal on a putback attempt where he attacked from behind the arc, getting right amidst a crowd and going up strong for a lay-up off the glass that he was also fouled on.
Seibutis is a player who could get drafted late in the second round and stashed in Europe for a year or two, as hes definitely a player with something to potentially contribute in the NBA, especially if he can improve his consistency on his outside shooting, where he seems to have the potential to get better. With his defense and feel for the game, he could be a solid glue guy coming off the bench in the not-so-distant future.
Sean Singletary, 511, PG, Junior, Virginia
6 points, 4 assists, 4 turnovers, 3-10 FG
In terms of scoring the ball, Singletary couldnt consistently put the ball in the basket, taking a lot of off-balanced, pull-up type shots off crossovers that got him excellent separation, but not high-percentage shot attempts, though he did manage to hit some of them, including two from the 18-20 feet range. He air balled a right-handed floater on one occasion, and missed on a few more floaters and pull-up shots from various ranges inside the arc throughout the game.
Defensively, Singletary had trouble when matched with Ramon Sessions, letting him get past him into the lane, even when he was trying pretty hard to guard him.
Singletary is one of the more well-known players here, but he needs to do a better job with his shot selection, decision-making, and overall management of his teams offense. He has a lot of intriguing tools, but he probably isnt an NBA point guard at this stage of his development.
Game Two: Team One 76 Team Two 80
Taurean Green overcame a slow start in his personal matchup with Mustafa Shakur to score 11 points and lead Team 2 to a slight victory in a contest that was far from pretty to watch. Shakur, who would finish with 12, found open lanes to the basket in the early moments of the game, but was much less noticeable in the second half. Green and Jared Jordans floor leadership allowed Team 2 to shoot 56.1% from the floor, and overcome a 25-12 made free throws disparity.
Antanas Kavaliauskas led Team 2 with 14 points on 6-8 shooting, while Ali Traore chipped in with 13. Team 1s Mohammed Abukar led all scorers with 16 points, putting on an impressive shooting display for a big man. Several of the more highly touted scorers struggled in this one, with JR Reynolds, Trey Johnson, Russell Carter, and Zabian Dowdell all failing to reach double digits.
Mohamed Abukar, 6-10, Senior, Small Forward, San Diego State
16 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 turnovers, 5-9 FG, 6-7 FT, 0-1 3P
Zabian Dowdell, 6-3, Senior, Point Guard, Virginia Tech
8 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover, 3-9 FG, 2-2 FT
Sun Yue, 6-9, Small Forward, China
7 points, 3 assists, 3/5 FG, 1 steal
Yue must improve his shooting mechanics before he will be taken seriously at the NBA level, and his release point must become more consistent. He also lacks the ideal athleticism for the NBA, as he proved on a drive to the basket where his lay-up attempt was sent back by Russell Carter. He still managed to make a number of nice dishes while attacking the hoop, but its tough to project him to the NBA at this point in time. Sun Yue will certainly attract the attention of some NBA decision makers, and could be an interesting candidate to draft in the second round and send to the D-League.
Herbert Hill, 610, PF, Providence
8 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl, 2 to, 2 blk, 3-9 fgs, 2-6 fts
The rest of the way would be a mixed bag. He used his length and athleticism to come up with a couple of blocks, but didnt convert those post moves the way he did early on. Hill continued to show great awareness on when to look for his shot, but also struggled with individual post defense and a general lack of physical toughness. Hill is very skilled and loves to operate with his back to the basket, but would be well-served to learn how to take contact a bit better. He came up with a key steal late in the game, but also had a handful of shots blocked down the stretch. All in all, this performance really shouldnt have changed anyones impression of Herbert Hill as a prospect. We think he has more to offer, and will show it later in the camp.
James Hughes, 6-11, C, Northern Illinois
3 pts, 3 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0-8 fgs, 3-4 fts
Russell Carter, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame, Senior
8 points, 1 rebound, 4/9 FG, 0/1 3PFG
The pull-up jumper was a strong tool for Carter this season, though he couldnt get a single one to fall today. All 8 of his points came off of spot-up jumpers from around 20 feet, with 3 of them coming in transition. Carter took the ball to the basket only once today, showing his explosiveness and body control on a reverse lay-up attempt that rolled off the front of the rim.
The defensive end of the floor was a different story from the guard out of Notre Dame, as he played lockdown defense on both Sun Yue and J.R. Reynolds. Carter uses his muscular frame in combination with good length to limit the driving ability of opposing players, and his ability to close out quickly allows him to contest most of the jumpers taken by his opposition. In an environment where shoot first guards thrive, it was refreshing to see a guard concentrate on taking an opposing player out of his game.
Russell Carter has both the athleticism and the shooting stroke for the NBA, though he has a few limitations at this point. For a 2-guard, it will be important for his ball handling to improve, and he will always lack the ideal size for his position. Still, he has the potential to get hot and improve his stock with a strong offense showing as the week progresses.
Major Wingate, 6-10, Center, Tofas Borsa
4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1/6 FG, 2/4 FT
Early on the in the game, Wingate immediately made his presence felt by knocking down a 10 foot jumper on the baseline, and making an outstanding pass to a cutting guard the next time down the floor. In Turkey, the troubled center clearly spent some time playing in the high post, and there were at least 4 nice passes by Wingate to cutting guards today. Offensively, Wingate still struggles to convert anything outside of a dunk, and his shooting mechanics clearly need a major overhaul.
Defensively, Wingate showed improved positioning coming from the weak side, but still remains ineffective as a shot blocker. His lack of timing on the defensive end leads to a number of fouls, and he would be unable to remain on the floor for more than 10 minutes in the NBA for this reason. Wingates poor hands hurt him greatly when it comes to rebounding as well as catching the ball in traffic on the offensive end. Major Wingate has the talent and athleticism to play in the NBA, but he must fight an uphill battle to reach his potential.
Sammy Mejia, 66, SG, DePaul
6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 tos, 3-6 fgs, 0-2 fts
Mejia has added a bit of bulk to his painfully thin frame since the end of the season, and was able to put it to good use with a pair of transition slashes to the bucket early on. But on the whole, it was a very quiet game for a player on the outside looking in when it comes to draftability. Mejia entered college billed as a combo guard, but eventually became a full-time wing and didnt get the chance to show off much in terms of ball handling here. He certainly has good court vision for a wing, as evidence by a couple of very nice passes in this game. But these were offset by a couple of sloppy ballhandling mistakes, and it would be nice to see Mejia take advantage of his formidable length and athleticism a bit more than he did in this one.
It isnt hard to see Mejia putting in a big-time effort here in Orlando, but at this point he probably needs to if he is going to convince a team to spend a draft pick on him.
Jared Jordan, 62, PG, Senior, Marist
6 points, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 3-4 FG
Jordan made some of the best passes of the day in the transition game, throwing an assist ahead to his teammate on a strong chest pass and making an excellent bounce pass on the move through three defenders to a cutting teammate. In the halfcourt, Jordan did a very good job making reads and making passes on pick-and-rolls, getting a few assists in that manner. Jordan also made one extremely precise one-handed bounce pass right off a crossover dribble while on the move on one occasion, showing how versatile he can be in terms of passing the ball. Jordan did an excellent job managing the game for his team, directing players to open spaces on the floor and maintaining good floor balance for his team, something rarely seen from a point guard in this setting. Jordans ball-handling is very impressive in that hes great with either hand and really controls and protects the ball well, even though hes not a big threat to get a step on his defender.
Jordan did get into the lane at times in this game, mostly off high screen situations, but also by using some craftiness and his versatility in dribbling the basketball. He uses hesitation dribbles well, and also has a compact crossover that couples well with the hesitations. His best scoring sequence of the game was on a left-handed drive where he stopped, pivoted, and spun off his man to gain separation, hitting a five-foot jumper over the hand in his face. Jordan also hit one spot-up shot from 18 feet and missed another. He scored his only other basket on a lay-up off a cut to the hoop, something he frequently did when the ball was not in his hand.
Jordan is lacking in athleticism and quickness, so he isnt able to consistently create offense in the halfcourt, relying on high screens and pick-and-rolls to do much of his creating for teammates. His dribbling ability is good, and he possesses some nice crafty moves, but he should continue working on that to take his dribble-drive game to the next level. Hes been working on his outside shooting, but he needs to continue to improve on his range and effectiveness shooting from the outside as well, as becoming a deadly outside shooter will be critical to his potential success in the NBA, given his athletic limitations. He has trouble staying step-for-step with his man on defense, not possessing the lateral quickness to stay in front for a long time.
Trey Johnson, 6-5, Senior, Shooting Guard, Jackson State
4 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 turnovers, 1-5 FG, 0-2 3P
Rashad Jones-Jennings, 6-6, Senior, Power Forward, Arkansas-Little Rock
0 points, 5 rebounds, 0-5 FG
Ivan Radenovic, 6-10, Senior, Power Forward, Arizona
10 points, 0 rebounds, 3-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 3-4 FT
J.R. Reynolds, 62, SG, Senior, Virginia
8 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 1-5 FG, 0-2 3PT, 6-8 FT
Reynolds also didnt look very good on the defensive end, not always getting back in transition, leading to some open shots for Russell Carter, who he was guarding. Reynolds definitely is a better player than he showed here today, but if he continues to have no impact in terms of scoring the ball, hes going to really hurt his stock, as he doesnt do anything at an NBA level other than score.
Stephane Lasme, 68, PF, Senior, UMass
4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 blocks, 1 steal, 5 turnovers, 2-3 FG
Defensively is where Lasme made his presence known, blocking shots in man-to-man and weakside situations around the basket, using his length and explosiveness the best way he could. He came from behind drivers going down the lane, blocked his man straight up in the post, and rotated over from the weakside to swat shots as well.
Taurean Green, 60, PG, Junior, Florida
11 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 4-5 FG, 3-4 3PT
As the game went on, Green hit three three-pointers, one on a spot-up shot, one on a pull-up in open space, and another on a pull-up coming around a screen. Green didnt do much driving the ball, settling to stay on the perimeter most of the time, though he made a few nice passes in pick-and-roll and transition situations, netting all his assists in this manner. Green would do himself well to show some more consistent creation abilities on the offensive end in his remaining games here, as points guard like Dashaun Wood, also competing here, are closing in on him with more versatile performances.
Game 3 Team 4 78, Team 3 67
Brandon Heaths 17 points allowed Team 4 to pull away from Team 3 down the stretch in the sloppiest game of the day. Reyshawn Terry added 13 points of the mostly spectacular variety, while Aaron Brooks played well down the stretch and finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Team 3 was led by Caleb Greens 14 points and 8 rebounds, with Ron Lewis adding 12. DaShaun Wood did a great job of pushing tempo and distributing the ball, but Team 3s starting perimeter rotation of Dominic James, Daequan Cook, and Cartier Martin shot just a combined 5-21 from the floor. Cook finished with 8 turnovers.
Brandon Heath, 63, SG, Senior, San Diego State
17 points, 2 steals, 6-9 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-4 FT
In terms of passing the ball, Heath made a few nice passes to cutters and open shooters, but didnt notch any assists and wasnt really looking to be a playmaker for his teammates, even for the five or so minutes he played the point for his team. Defensively, Heath played aggressively at times, but also bit on some fakes on one occasion against Ron Lewis, getting scored on after losing his position.
Reyshawn Terry, 67, SF, Senior, UNC
13 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 block, 5-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-2 FT
Terry scored in a variety of ways, first scoring off a crossover going left to right, laying the ball up with his left hand after a few dribbles, though his defender didnt really put in much effort on the possession. Terry next dunked the ball twice, once on a cut and once in transition, then went quiet for awhile. Later, he made a nice, long-strided drive, spinning from the top of the key and taking the ball to the hoop, laying it in with his right hand. He made a nice move in transition where he faked with the ball and put up a finger-roll, though he badly missed on that attempt. Terry missed his first two shots of the second half, a turnaround jumper in the lane and a spot-up 18 footer, though he drew a foul on a right-handed drive and scored on a spot-up three-pointer later in the game.
Defensively, Terry wasnt consistent with his effort on the perimeter defense, and he also got beat easily on a lazy fronting attempt in the post on one play, but he did make a few nice plays, including a pokeaway leading to a steal and drawing a charge on a rotation near the basket.
Terrys one of the better potential prospects here, and he had a decent start to his camp, though more assertiveness on the offensive end would help out his stock if he can do it while staying under control.
Dominic James, 511, PG, Marquette
0 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 0-3 fgs, 0-2 fts
James started the game off with a clear pass-first mentality, and he was able to thread the needle on a couple of forays into the lane in the early going. He would continue to sprinkle in a decent feed every now and then the rest of the way, but never really forced the issue off the bounce. This was quite surprising to see, as the one thing everybody counted on seeing from the undersized floor leader was that burst of speed on the way to the basket. But going up against players like Aaron Brooks, James looked very non-descript as an athlete, and almost tentative in the way he approached the game.
James rarely looked to score in this one, but his lack of size was apparent whenever he did. Given his shooting struggles and continuing tendency to waste precious of the shot clock by hanging onto the ball, these just arent good signs coming from a prospect that was thought of as a potential lottery pick at the beginning of the season. Needless to say, James will need to pick it up a couple of notches from here on out if he wants to find himself in the draft mix this year.
DaShaun Wood, 511, PG, Wright State
6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 3-7 fgs
Despite the lack of size, Wood picked his spots well and found ways to get to the basket. He missed a couple of full-speed drives by the slightest of margins, or else his point total would look a bit better as well. He barely even looked to show off his outside shooting stroke, which had been deadly in the drills. Wood did a great job of playing under control at such high speeds, and has to have moved up the list for any team looking to draft a backup point guard in round two.
Cartier Martin, 67, SF, Kansas State
8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2-8 fgs, 4-4 fts, 0-5 3-pt
Jared Dudley, 6-7, Senior, Small Forward, Boston College
7 points, 1 rebound, 2-3 FG, 3-3 FT, 2 blocks
Aaron Brooks, 5-11, Senior, Point Guard, Oregon
10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 3-7 FG, 3-4 FT