Teaneck, N.J.--Sitting up in the press room at ABCD basketball camp allows you to see all the courts. In this section, we give you a scouts-eye view and then get you in the mix for the latest recruiting scuttlebutt.
Hatila DeSouza can really board. He hit a few jumpers on Thursday night. Now, they weren't textbook, but they did go in and he's going to have to work on that part of his game if he wants to take the next step.
*Cheyenne Moore's athleticism dazzles observers. He had a nasty one-handed jam.
*Brandon Costner is a very skilled junior power forward with a solid mid-range touch. *
*Brian Laing is improving an area of his game that he needed to excel at. He's sticking mid-range jumpers and that's a great sign. * For those who might not have caught onto it yet, Troy Mathis is a very solid ˆ and potential ˆ high-major point guard. * Andre Blatche has great hands and his progress (Top 50?) continues. * Was that Glen Dandridge with the surprising one-handed throw down? *
The pieces have not all come together just yet for Dorell Wright, but it's a guarantee that at least once in a game he'll flash you some athleticism or range on his jumper that confirm your suspicions: he can be a great one.
*Curtis Allen must make jumpers or he can get lost in the shuffle in a hurry. Thursday night he was making them.
*The Randolph Morris-Dwight Howard matchup just wasn't exciting.
*J.R. Smith is a rhythm shooter and he wasn't getting himself set to launch them tonight. He was shooting off balance and never really got it going. He can really help himself by going to the rim instead of settling for Js when they aren't falling. Besides, when you have his athleticism going to the rim can be quite fun.
*The game needs more characters with personality like "Big Baby." The kids love him and while he's fun-loving he's no novelty item. *
Props to Mike Williams for realizing the strength of his game isn't firing threes, but taking mid-range jumpers and working inside.
*The dunk of the night was a Marshall Brown 360 on the break. That took guts to attempt that kind of degree of difficulty.
News & Notes
*Coach Buzz Peterson was in the crowd watching Tyler Smith.
*Kyle Lowry is in summer school and did not attend the camp.