NBPA Camp update

The action at the NBPA Top 100 Camp continued on Thursday, and as you might expect there were no shortage of standout performances. We get some of Scout.com's best recruiting analysts to chime in

Phog.net's Eric Bossi:

Derrick Jasper - Not discussed that much as other guards, but he’s out there and there playing well. What you have to appreciate about Jasper is that he’s 6-5, can run the point legitimately and he seems to make his teammates better. He’s probably not a big scorer from day one on the next level, but Jasper has the type of frame that can take a hit and allow him to finish.

Tre’Von Willis - Not a big time recruit yet. Thursday, he’d probably just like to forget about. Willis struggled through a rough day handling the ball and shooting. It looks like he’s filled out in the last year and has perhaps gotten a bit heavy legged.

Quincy Pondexter - Last year, about this time, the knock on Pondexter was that he was a nice athlete who lacked aggressiveness. This year, Pondexter has been almost too aggressive on dizzying drives to the basket. He’s bulked up some and is much more confident with his dribble. His jumper comes and goes but he stays in the game thanks to his activity level.

Gary Johnson - Had as good a day as anybody in Richmond. The tough 6-7 ½ BF used his strength and quickness in the block to go by, around and through anybody in his way. He’s got a little Joey Graham in his game and is pretty effective on midrange jump shots. Looked big ol’ Ray Hall in the face, smiled and then proceeded to punk the somewhat lumbering big man. Rather than use his decided quickness advantage on Hall, Johnson took it right at him and defied Hall to shut him down. Never happened.

Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com:

Taj Gibson has picked up where he left off last month at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Gibson, who was named to the All-Tournament team at the TOC over the Memorial Day weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, hasn't missed a beat through the first three games of the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Richmond, Virginia this week.

An athletic 6-foot-8 power forward/center prospect, Gibson is adept at blocking shots in the paint. He runs the court well,and has a knack for finishing with authority in transition. He's even flashed some fairly good post moves, a soft midrange jump shot, and a quick first step on the baseline.

Thursday night, Gibson enjoyed his best effort of the camp against 6-foot-9 Arizona commit Jordan Hill. In the nightcap, Gibson scored 16 points (five dunks), grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. He ran the court, knocked in a 12 foot baseline jumper, and hit a pull up bank shot on the break.

Jeremy Franklin, a 6-foot-4 guard from San Leandro, California, really likes Louisville.

"He really likes Louisville's style of play and coach Pitino," Franklin's father said.

He had previously listed the likes of Arizona, North Carolina and UCLA among others.

Franklin was very impressive in the days final matchup, going for 14-18 points with a couple of three-pointers.

Brandon Jennings, a 6-foot rising sophomore from Compton, CA, destroyed acclaimed Arizona point guard prospect Jerryd Bayless in a Thursday night matchup. Consider it a knockout for Jennings, who has to rank among the top point guards in the Class of 2008 nationally. He's quick, can push tempo and really knows how to deliver the rock. He even flashed his scoring skills in the morning game, taking over on offense with his relentless scoring jaunts to the basket.

Mike Sullivan and Russ Blake of the Rutgers site had this to say about Lance Thomas:

Lance Thomas, one of the better combo forward prospects in the Class of 2006, hasn't really started narrowing his options. But he did say that he plans on making a fall decision, which means that things will likely start taking shape after the July evaluation period. "I will try to narrow my list down by the end of the summer," he said. "From there, I will figure out what schools I want to visit."

While Thomas declined to name a leader, he said he's developed a strong rapport early with Arizona, Villanova, Duke and Florida. Rutgers will likely have to pick up the pace to crack the top five list with Thomas, who has already been on a slow pace in narrowing his field down.

"Those schools came to the tournaments that are sanctioned, and I've had a lot of contact with the coaches," he explained. "They're also the first schools that end up calling me when they're permitted to."

According to Inside Carolina:

In Kevin Love was late getting to the camp and did not play until Thursday night. In his first game, he did not see the ball much. Apparently he did nail a three and scored a few inside.


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