Nike Camp Day Two: Wrap-Up

Day two of the Nike camp found even more college coaches in the stands than the previous day. Also spotted were several observers sporting NBA logos on their shirts. Several players saw their stock rise, but most observers feel that the overall talent level is down. Some of the biggest standouts are the younger players from the classes of 2004 and 2004.

A few wing players are seeing their stock rise and you should expect the Wildcats get involved. Hasaan Adams, Richard Chaney and Andre Iguodala could all factor into Arizona's pursuit for a big wing player to fill the shoes vacated by Richard Jefferson.

Iguodala is an athletic three man from Springfield (Lanphier), Illinois who has a great body and played great both days of the camp. Iguodala is being over shadowed by high profile teammate Amare Stoudamire whom many feel is the top player in the Class of 2002. But Iguodala is a standout in his own right. He's big, strong and athletic and uses those attributes to make Stoudamire and his other teammates better players. Iguodala is very unselfish, smart and always seems to make the right play.

Iguodala is being heavily pursued by Boston College, Missouri and Iowa, but has stated that he is "a lot of interest" in Arizona.

"I hate cold weather," Igudala said. "I love Arizona."

Adams is another teammate of Iguodala's who has had a great showing. Adams, from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, picked up his intensity and showed a lot more aggression on the second day of play. Adams too has stated that he would be interested in the Wildcats if they increased their pursuit.

Chaney, 6-4 from Compton (Verbum Dei High School), Calif., is a little bit shorter than some of the other wings but has shown great athleticism and instincts. Many observers were very impressed, but others said that they wanted to see more.

Brandon Lincoln, another wing that the Wildcats are recruiting, has seen his stock drop somewhat. While all agree that Lincoln is a talented basketball player, it looks as if he may be too small to be anything more than a combo-guard. Although he may still be a Pac-10 level player, expect Lincoln to drop off the Wildcat wish list.

Another Wildcat recruit, power forward Rick Cornette, may have chosen a school. Cornette, 6-7 from Country Club Hills (Homewood Christian), Illinois is said to have Notre Dame as a clear favorite. Cornette came into the camp with thoughts of showcasing himself as a combo-forward, but he has clearly proven to be a pure post player. USC has shown a lot of interest in the big man, sending him 483 letters in one day, but the fighting Irish are the leaders.

Big Sheldon Williams is a ways off from deciding, despite the reports that the 6-8, 230 pounder is favoring Duke. Although he lists many criteria for his dream school, one on-court aspect is firm.

"I'm not going to play the five," Williams said. "If they have a five man already there, that will be a big factor.

Williams is clearly one of the best post players available, and that is evident by the teams pursuing the Oklahoma native. Duke, North Carolina and Illinois are all being considered, with Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and USC still in the hunt.

Arizona Chris Rodgers continues to gain high praise.

"He's got the whole package," said opposing guard Richard McBride. "He can dribble, he can shoot. He tried to dunk on me and did it."

Rodgers has played a lot of point guard and may prove to be one of the camps best at that position. Rodgers has also proved that he can defend any of the three perimeter positions, and is quickly being considered one of the nation's top recruits.

Several juniors are also making names for themselves.

The tallest player in camp is Shagari Alleyene of New York City (Rice). With his goggles and 7-3 frame, he's drawing comparisons to another New York big man, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

"I believe myself and Kareem have different games," Alleyene said. "I prefer the jump hook instead of the sky hook."

Alleyene is raw, but has some ability. He gets up and down the floor well, but is still awkward and thin. He had several nice putbacks and connected on his jump hook, but missed two dunks on successive possessions. And you have to remember, he doesn't even have to jump to dunk it!

At no more than 200 pound, Alleyene is thin and not much of a physical specimen. But he's on an extensive work out program, and some added bulk could make him a top recruit next year.

Another big man making a name for himself is Lorenzo Thompson from Chicago (Crane Tech). He is from the same hometown as former Wildcat Michael Wright, and in many ways resembles the Arizona power forward. At 6-6, 265, Thompson is an undersized, bull of a power forward. Thompson has some ball handling skills, leading the break on three occasions after collecting a rebound on the defensive end. His offensive skills are a little unpolished, but he a showed nice touch on a three point attempt that rimmed out. Recruiting experts are torn on Thompson. Some believe he is too short to be a big time post player, while others like his ability and think his wide body will make up for the height deficiencies.

Phoenix (Moon Valley) wing Devon Evertsen came into camp as a relative unknown, but has opened some eyes. A skinny 6-6, Evertsen has good shooting ability and likes to defend. He could be one to watch next year.

Sean Phaler from Anaheim (Villa Park) is very, very thin, but could develop into a good player. Phaler packs only 160 pounds on his 6-8 frame, but has a lot of versatility. Phaler has good three-point range, and despite his slight build is not afraid to mix it up with stronger big men on the inside. Phaler will have to mix in weight training and possibly protein shakes to be a serious recruit next year.

Kenneth Harris has the opposite problem as Phaler. The 6-9, 341 pound center from Gary (Bishop Knoll), Indiana needs to drop some weight. The heavy big man showed some nice skills, but needs to be in better shape to increase his stock next year.

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