Nike Day 2: West Coast Pespective

A few west coast players who stepped up the first night of the Nike Camp continued their good play Thursday, but other west coasters looked good, including shooting guards <b>Stephan Gilling</b> and <b>Ray Reese</b>, and point guard <b>Mitch Johnson</b>...

The west coast players mentioned in the story on the first night of Nike continued to look good on the first full day of play Thursday.

To re-emphasize, though, Chris Oakes, the 6-8 PF/C from Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont, has probably been the biggest surprise among west coast players at Nike. Oakes continued to play his butt off Thursday, often times out-working bigger and heavier post players, and showed great quickness and ability to get off the floor. There was some buzz about him among some high majors who had never seen Oakes before.

Jon Brockman, the 6-7 senior power forward from Snohomish (Wash.) High, played well in front of both Duke's Coach K and North Carolina's Roy Williams, both of whom have not offered him as of yet. The word around the camp was that Duke would more than likely offer Brockman.

Martell Webster, the 6-6 senior small forward from Seattle (Wash.) Prep, looked better in the 3-on-3 games Nike conducts every morning of the camp. His shot was going down and he made less mistakes.

Others besides those mentioned in the first story that looked good Thursday:

Stephan Gilling, 6-2 senior shooting guard, Chino Hill (Calif.) High. Gilling has a good feel, good skills and a very good outside jumper that has made college coaches notice him.

Ray Reese, 6-3 senior shooting guard, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Reese had a very good game Thursday, making some nice steals and passes and hitting the two threes he attempted.

Christian Polk, 6-2 junior shooting guard, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley, had a good game Thursday, passing the ball and setting up his teammates well while also scoring when he had he opportunity.

Mitchell Johnson, 6-0 senior point guard, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea, hasn't seemingly missed a shot attempt since he's been here. He's also played very well under control, and made some nice passes.

Diamon Simpson, 6-7 senior power forward, Hayward (Calif.) High, has been right there with Oakes as the west coast player most-getting-discovered at the camp. He's shown his quickness and relentless rebounding.


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