ABCD Camp at a glance

A couple of "relative unknowns" have jumped onto the scene at the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ. It's no secret the Arizona Wildcats are making a push to fill three spots on roster and several players have made an impression here. Other players are also moving up………

Lorenzo Mata, a 6-9 big man from South Gates (HS), Calif., is playing like a man possessed at this camp. Mata is not a huge offensive threat. His defense is far advanced, but he knows what to do with the ball in hands. He has nice little turn around jumper and baby hook that finds its mark more often than not.

Mata's offensive game may be lacking a little at this time, but effort at both ends of the court is what will grab your attention. Mata is very active. He goes after rebound, tries to block every shot in area and tough, in-your-face defense.

Right now, Texas Tech is high on Mata..

Alex Galindo, had been hiding his game in Mayaquez, Puerto Rico until he came to the states last year.

Galindo, a 6-7 wing from Newark (St. Benedict Prep), NJ, is not the most athletic player on the court. However, he is very efficient. Galindo can score in a many ways. He has the handle to put it on the floor and get by his man. He knows how to finish, but he can also hit the three if a defender plays off him.

"He's not as big as (former Duke wing Mike) Dunleavy," said Dan Hurley, his coach at St. Benedict. "He plays similar to Dunleavy. He's not physical, but he shoots it very good. He has a great stroke and he handles it well." Galindo has been playing along side J. R. Smith at St. Benedict and both are playing at ABCD.

"J. R. is ahead of Alex right now," Hurley said. "He's just more mature. But Alex has a lot of skill. Last year, he played back up point guard for us."

Galindo's schools include NC State, Villanova, Virginia, Seton Hall, St. John's, UConn, Miami and UTEP. All have offered a scholarship.

"Alex likes warm weather," Hurley said. "He's looking for the best combination. 1A would be the level of play and 2A would be academics. He's a good student and his family is still in Puerto Rico, so he's not necessarity looking to stay on the East Coast." Others grabbing some headlines at ABCD: Shaun Livingston is flat out the best point guard in the Class of 2004 and ain't close. Some schools, Duke in particular, are looking at Livingston as a pure point and others (Illinois and Arizona) are hoping he can use his 6-7 frame to play on wing.

Duke might the winner in the Livingston Sweepstakes. He's simply so much better with the ball in hands than is without. Livingston might lack a scorer's mentality, but he's a great passer and can shoot when he's left alone.

Justin Cerasoli, a 6-7 wing and teammate of Shaun Pruitt's at Aurora (West), Ill., is lighting it up at ABCD and making a name for himself.

Richard Dorsey, a 6-8 man-child from Durham (Mt. Zion), NC, might be an undersized post player but he's a beast around the basket. Dorsey, born Dec. 16, 1983, is almost 20 years old and he's using his strength and experience to intimidate the opposition.

C. J. Giles, a 6-9 post player from Seattle (Rainier Beach), Wash., has also displayed some skills and could get a closer look from the Wildcats when Lute Olson arrives tomorrow.

Another in the long line Rush brothers, Kareem attended UCLA and Jaron starred at Missouri, are sending another brother to Division I. Brandon Rush, who puts it up with his right hand, is a 6-6 athlete with all the skills of his older brother. Brandon, who has been attending Kansas City Westport will fine-tune his game at Mt. Zion Academy next season.

Randolf Morris, a 6-10, 255 lb. banger from Palmetto (Landmark), Ga., is one of the more physical big men at the camp. Georgia Tech is rumored to be the leader.

Jarod Dudley, a 6-6 wing who helped lead San Diego Horizona to the state championship, will attend prep school next fall.

Marcus Williams, a 6-5 wing from Seattle (Roosevelt), Wash., is a multi-skilled player from the Class of '05 who get more looks during the summer and already has the attention of the Pac-10 Conference.

Mari Chalmers, a 6-2 point from Anchorage (Bartlett), Ak, is another from the Class of '05 grabbing some headlines. Chalmers is a super-smoother floor general that have the Wildcats in pursuit if had they taken a commitment from Nic Wise.

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