Quincy Pondexter, SF: For a guy who doesn't carry the reputation of being a shooter, he was knocking them down Wednesday night. In fact, he looked outstanding as he got out in transition.
Larry Drew, PG: He's exactly what you want if you're looking for a point guard who can score. Toss in the fact that his father balled in the NBA and you've got a serious prospect. He's an acrobatic finisher and his game is more mature than most freshmen points.
Jeff Withey, C: Great hands, super size at 6-foot-10 and a touch to boot. This guy is going to be a prime-time player in his class. He's a stock you want to invest in right now.
From Tracy Pierson's Adidas: West Coasters Day Two
Derrick Jasper, 6-4 SR CG, Paso Robles (Calif.) High, followed up a good first day with a good second one, looking even more confident in attacking the rim and executing some of the best passes of the day. Being 6-4 and playing like a point guard, Jasper has very good angles on his passes. He was great in the halfcourt, on one play throwing a beautiful 30-foot bounce pass that his teammate caught in stride, right ahead of his defender. His shot is still a bit funky, long and sideways, but he's playing a good all-around game here. EBO, the Fresno-based AAU team, is having a good camp, with Jasper and the Lopezes.
Robert Sacre, 6-10 junior center, Vancouver (Canada) Handsworth School, had a better second day, showing improvement in his skills, scoring on some little jump hooks and a 10-foot jumper. It was a good sign for him, who had questions about his ability to score. He is so proportional, since he's so well-built that he doesn't look as tall as he is, but he's probably closer to 6-10 than 6-9.
Harper Kamp, 6-6 JR PF, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Kamp could be one of the best low-post players in the west, with a great feel, passing ability, quickness around the basket and scoring skill. He did it all Wednesday, scoring, rebounding, blocking shots and passing out of the post, against much larger competition. If Kamp were 6-8 he'd have every high major in the land on him.
Luke Babbitt, the 6-6 sophomore power forward from Reno (Nev.) Galena. Babbitt was scoring over Robin Lopez in one matchup, able to use his length and agility to get to the basket. He's on the same team here with Kamp, and the two combined their superior basketball feel to out-play their opponents consistently with a nice two-man game.
Aaron Moore, 6-5 FR SF, Fontana (Calif.) High. Moore is a ringer for a young version of UCLA's Dijon Thompson, both physically and in his style of play. He's probably quicker than Thompson, and he can explode up the court well, while his skills are still developing. He is very active, though, and likes to pass the ball, which is a good sign at this age.
Jamelle Horne, the 6-6 JR SF from San Diego (Calif.) Hoover, hasn't participated due to a sprained ankle he suffered last week. He'll sit out the entire camp but resume playing next week in tournaments in L.A.
From Mike Hughes' report on InsideTheVille
Brandon Jennings, perhaps the top sophomore point guard prospect in the nation, played well to open camp. He's quick and elusive and reminds of former Georgia Tech star Kenny Anderson with his ability to push tempo and find open teammates. His outside jumpshot also seems to be improving. Jennings scored 17 points in two games, making 6 steals while commiting just three turnovers. Jennings listed Arizona as his favorite school. "I like that they run alot, and get after it." He also listed UCLA and Syracuse. A former teammate of Louisville freshman Bryan Harvey, Jennings said of the Cardinals, "They run the floor, play good defense and get after it and I like that. I'm looking to either stay out west or go back east."
Many Wildcat fans felt that Duke and Villanova were the two biggest threats in landing Lance Thomas. Apparently, a new school is in the mix.
"Myself, Derrick Caracter and Earl (Clark) are all talking about going to Rutgers and turning that program around," Thomas said. "We're definitely thinking about it. I think the (Rutgers) coaches are good, they just haven't had much to work with. New Jersey has a lot of talent but majority never stay home. We all grew up together, and we want to continue to play together, but recently we just started talking about it."
Cat Tracks contributor Terry Steffan was at the the evening session of the Nike Camp and filed the following report:
The talent seems a little weaker than normal. Usually this camp is loaded with much of the best talent, but this year it is not as good. "Nike" players Kevin Love and Darrell Arthur are not here and I hear that they are in New Jersey.
It's not all terrible as guys like Kevin Durrant, Spencer Hawes and Tyreke Evans were all in attendance.
I watched a few players. Nic Wise was solid, doing what he does well. He may have fallen out of the top-100, but I like his game and his attitude. He always works hard.
Kyle Singler is great. I could not believe how versatile he is. People say that he plays like former Oregon player Luke Jackson and I can see that. He does a lot of different things well. They say he will be a small forward in college, but I think he can play inside if he wants.
Jerryd Bayless is fun. He is a great scorer and can really throw down some dunks. I was listening to some people in attendance and they think that Bayless is more of a combo-guard than a point guard. I'm not sure about that, but he is a great player. Wildcat fans should really want this guy.
All I can say about Hawes is that I understand why he is one of the best big men in the nation. He can really do it all.
Don't know if the Cats are going to go seriously at Jai Lucas, but I love to watch him play. He really looks a lot like his dad and brother, especially John Jr. His floater is just a pleasure to watch.
I tried to follow the Wildcat coaches and see who they were looking at. They were at games of Spencer Hawes, Gary Johnson, Chace Stanback, Bayless, Singler and Wise among others.