ABCD Camp in full swing

The Adidas ABCD Camp is in full swing in Teaneck, New Jersey and several players are making headlines. The big talk is about not only college scholarships, but also NBA contracts. Several players have discussed the possibility of turning pro if the situation was right.

The biggest waves were made when LeBron James of Akron (St. Vincent), Ohio mentioned that he'd consider turning pro after his junior season in high school. The 6-7 forward is talented, but didn't put up a great showing in the camp. During the first few days of the camp, his team lost several games by big margins and James' youth and inexperience kept showing through. However, as his team became more comfortable with him and he with his team, James picked up the pace. In a Tuesday afternoon game, James hit a floater from 20 feet at the buzzer to give his team the victory.

If James can be just a little more consistent with his jumper he'll definitely have a shot at entering the NBA after his junior season.

Another somewhat disappointing player in the early going was Brooklyn's Lenny Cooke. The 6-6 swingman from Old Tapan High School was clearly the camps best player a year ago but did not dominate the way many expected. Some scouts in attendance attributed it to his team, noting the point guard and the team as a whole can have an impact on a wing's performance.

One wing player who was impressive was Antwan Wright of San Bernardino. The 6-7 small forward who plays at the Groton (Lawrence Academy), Mass. made a great impression in what is becoming his coming out party. Wright is quick with a good body. He showed that he is athletic enough to guard a two-guards yet big enough to rebound in traffic.

Several bigmen made a huge splash and many are speculating that they are positioning themselves for pro dollars. Sani Ibrahim, a 6-11 center from Decatur, Georgia, who will attend Winchendon Academy, proved that he is one of the best players in the recruiting class. Ibrahim performed very well in the class and as one observer in attendance put it "he's playing to minimize his time in college."

Another underclassman positioning himself for the pros could be big Texan Kendrick Perkins. The 6-11 junior big man from Beaumont (Horizons), Texas didn't play well the first day but shined the second. Many noted that it's going to be hard to keep him in college. He showed as much or more talent at this stage than other guys who've gone pro.

Two other centers who looked good were Nick Stiggers and Jason Fraser. Stiggers is listed at 6-9, 225 but most feel he's much closer to 250 pounds. Fraser is skilled, but on the thin side weighing in at only 210 pounds with a 6-10 frame.

Another young center that turned some heads was Reno, Nevada's David Padgett. Padgett is 6-11, 225 but has a frame that suggests that he could pack on quite a bit of muscle. Only a junior, expect Padgett to become a hot commodity next summer.

The highlight of this camp may be the point guards. There are a host of good young point guards, many of who played unselfishly, which is a rarity in many summer camps.

The best of the guards may have been recent Michigan commitment Daniel Horton. The Cedar Hill, Texas product showed a lot of poise. Horton has good poise and a complete game. He can play either the point or shooting guard and shifts gears easily from one position to another. The game appears to come naturally and easily to him. He rarely if ever forces the situation.

Another impressive Texas point guard is Carrollton's (The Colony) Deron Williams. Williams likes to dictate the pace and attack when on offense. There is no change of gears for Williams who is always go, go, go.

Some of the other impressive point guards are:

Elijah Ingram 6-0, 160 East Orange (St. Anthony), NJ Raymond Felton 6-1, 190 Latta, SC (NORTH CAROLINA) Anthony Roberson 6-2, 175 Saginaw, MI (FLORIDA) Sean Dockery 6-2, 170 Chicago (Julian), IL (DUKE)

Two players from China also turned some heads. Zhengdong Tang a 7-1 center from Nan Jing and 6-1 guard Qingpeng Zhang of Fu Shun City performed quite well at the camp.


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