NBA Camp: Day Four Rundown

Richmond, VA-- Day four at the National Basketball Players Association camp started out great. There were plenty of quality match ups to peak at, including Cole Aldrich against Michael Beasley as well as arguably the two best players in attendance going headed to head.

Key Performances

Darrell Arthur, 2006- No one has had a better than the half Arthur put together Saturday morning. The 6-foot-9 power forward went four for four from the three-point line and added two nice dunks all in the first half. Arthur is running the floor well and is beginning to show range on his jump shot. One of his four treys was shot off balance with just a few seconds remaining before the half.

Lance Thomas, 2006- Going right at one of the top players in the country, Thomas wasn't fazed a bit. Gerald Henderson checked him much of the game and he had some trouble containing Thomas off the dribble. The 19th ranked player in the country was knocking down off the dribble jump shots and taking the ball to the rack with authority.

Robin Lopez, 2006- He might not give you much offensively, but it's hard not to notice the work he does on the defensive end. Lopez hit the boards this morning, blocked 6 shots, and showcased a decent jump hook in the paint.

Taj Gibson, 2006- Not many players are having as good as a camp as Gibson. He's getting up and down the floor quick, and he's benefiting from playing with two of the best point guards at the camp in Brandon Jennings and O.J. Mayo. His first 12 points were all dunks on the break and he finished with 22 for the game. Not to mention he's blocking shots and rebounding the ball as well.

Michael Beasley, 2007 and Cole Aldrich, 2007- The two juniors-to-be have both had great camps, and they went to head on Saturday morning. Aldrich seemed to have trouble with Beasley's defense and got blocked by him at least four times. Beasley knocked down a few threes and got to the basket when he wanted.

O.J. Mayo, 2007 and Kevin Durant, 2006: The two best players at the NBA camp went at each other and each showed off some very impressive moves. Durant got it going early with a mixture of drives to the rack and three pointers from the wing. At the beginning of the second half Mayo and Durant traded three-pointers over each other and then both began taking the ball to the basket. Mayo crossed over Durant for a lay up, then Durant came right back with the same move. They each got a dunk on the break as well. Durant finished with 19 points and Mayo had 16.

Perry Stevenson, 2006- He's long, lean, and knows how to block shots. The 6-foot-9 forward blocked 6 shots in his night game. Stevenson also ran the floor and had a pair of dunks in transition.

Marques Johnson, 2006- The Tennessee commit played his best game of the week Saturday night. He knocked down a pair of threes and a few free throw line jumper. Johnson ran the point well and made some nice passes. He finished with at least 12 points.

Tyreke Evans, 2008- It's hard to imagine Evans is only a sophomore-to-be. There are so many things on the court he can do whether it be knocking down the jumper or taking the ball to the basket. He mixed two up and under lay ups with a number of deadly jump shots, including one fading into the corner.

Brandon Jennings, 2008- The speedy point guard carved up the defense in his morning game. He found Taj Gibson for a number of lay ups on his way to racking up at least 8 assists. Jennings made two between the legs bounce passes and dropped in a pair of threes as well. The 6-foot guard is having a big camp, and is making a case for the best point guard in the class of 2008.

News & Notes

Lance Thomas listed Villanova, Arizona, Duke UConn, Florida, Rutgers, UNC, Wake Forest, Ohio State, and Louisville. He said he'd like to narrow his list down towards the end of the summer.

Perry Stevenson has a long list of schools including Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, and North Carolina.

Dennis Horner said he likes West Virginia and is also getting recruited by, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and UConn.

2007 guard Jerryd Bayless likes Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, and Georgia Tech. He has offers from all five.

DC Assualts Austin Freeman has a top four of Maryland, Syracuse, Georgetown, and Miami.

Vernon Macklin said he has some interest in Georgetown, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Maryland.


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