Collegiate players get their run in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – The Nike All-American Camp is not just for high schoolers. Many of the nation's top collegiate players are here as well serving as counselors. Not only do they get to mentor the younger players, they also get to workout with the coaches and instructors at the camp. The best part, however, is when they play a little pick-up ball and strut their stuff.

Three Wildcats are at the camp. Hassan Adams, Andre Iguodala and Channing Frye are all in Indianapolis representing Arizona. The first thing you notice about Frye is that he is a little more solid than he was at season's end. One thing that does not change is the desire of his opponents to put a body on him. Frye did not see a shot attempt where someone was not trying to push him around.

Adams, who sat out yesterday with a slight knee sprain (nothing serious), is sporting some longer facial hair these days. The sophomore-to-be has let his goatee grow long. Combine that with the multi-colored headband and he was ready to play in the ABA.

Iguodala looks like he too put on some weight. He's as quick and athletic as ever and you get the sense that this could be a breakout year. He was matched up against UConn's Emeka Okafor and it proved to be interesting match. Iguodala was strong enough to guard Okafor in the post and Okafor was quick enough to guard Iguodala on the perimeter.

Another player who looks different is North Carolina's Sean May. May has dropped some weight and looked strong in the post. His health could be vital for the Tar Heels' success this season.

Speaking of strong in the post, Missouri's Arthur Johnson was a beast today. He backed down whoever was guarding him and his baby hook was impressive. Expect good things from the big man this year.

Okafor showed why he is the player NBA scouts covet. Not only is he 6-9 with an amazing wingspan, he's chiseled as well. He has all the tools and was the best player in drills. His timing and athleticism are just so good. The fact that he came back to school instantly makes UConn the team to beat in my eyes.

Speaking of the NBA, although college coaches could not attend, NBA scouts could. Not only were they watching the collegiate kids, they had their eyes on the prepsters as well. It was tough to tell if every team had a scout here, but I'd suspect they did.

One player who seems to be auditioning for the NBA was Michigan State's Allan Anderson. Anderson was shooting lights out and went to the rack for some impressive dunks. Several observers speculate that he wants to turn pro if he can prove he is a shooter.

Josh Childress has added weight, but is still very thin. Travis Diener does not look like an NBA prospect, but his knowledge of the game and floor awareness are very impressive.

Rashad McCants is terrific to watch in person. He is just so athletic and agile. Combine him with May and Roy Williams has a great foundation with which to work.

Pandov Todor was limited with a knee injury.

Sheldon Williams looked solid. His hook shot is nice and playing against guys like Okafor, Johnson and Frye should help.

Blake Stepp and Luke Jackson represented the Pacific Northwest. Gonzaga does not lose much at all and could be a great team in 2003-04. Unfortunately for Jackson, the Ducks will greatly miss Luke Ridnour. With Ridnour they were a top-10 team, now they are still good, but a longshot come March.

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