Teaneck, N.J.--ABCD is all about matchups. On first day of the basketball camp, two of the finest point guard prospects in the country competed against each other.
Adidas ABCD Camp, Day One
*Shaun Livingston vs. Sebastian Telfair--These two matched up head-to-head for the second time in as many weeks. The first matchup went to Livingston and he kept the title in the rematch. These are the two best guards in the class at this time and each is special, but Livingston's size helps. He went to work in the post and his athletic reverse lay-in was just nasty.
Plus, Shaun was making his patented mid-range jumper on "Bassy's" home turf and he played with a heavily taped ankle. Telfair's signature moments came off a 25-footer and a variety of assists with some flavor on them and his team won the game. Both of these guys really seemed to have a healthy respect for one another.
*Brandon Rush, SF--To be honest, prior to this afternoon, Rush had never played well when we were in the gym. That changed once he started drilling shots and making things happen. He's got range and a nice feel and he did in consecutive games. He does a nice job of playing under control.
*Roy Bright, SF--There's no question, Roy likes ABCD. Last year he was great here and this time around he looked even better. He did everything from catch alley-oops at the rim to stick threes. He hit the offensive glass and let everyone know what kind of athlete he is. Bonus: he's doing well in summer school.
*Cedric Simmons, PF--One Pac-10 coach actually went out of his way to compliment Herb Sendek on his commitment saying that he thought the world of Simmons and why not? All he did was dunk pretty much what he could within reason, bang a few more faceups and fill out his jersey like a big timer.
*Robert Swift, C--Everywhere we've gone this summer; Swift has made his way into the column. His skill level never fails to shine through. He's been great since early spring and he's still climbing up the charts. He's just out there having fun.
*Albert Webber, SG--The Crimson Tide has themselves a scorer. All day long Webber was busting jumpers. He's a gifted offensive player and there's a reason why he was in our pre-summer Top 50.
*Pierre-Marie Cespedes, PG--A pleasant surprise from our friends in Quebec. The speedy point man made shots and he bears watching a few more times.
*Tyler Smith, SF--His game is almost built for a camp like this because he can go out and get his own shot with the best of them.
*Andre McGee, PG: The little man has been lighting up ABCD all week. How's the sub-six-footer doing it? With a pretty stroke, that's how. He's not scared to let it go from deep and with a camp that encourages green lights, he's getting his chances.
*Taylor King, SF--He was the best player on the floor in his first session of games. Yes, this rising 9th grader can play. He's got the game of a player for more advanced and he's crafty. He's got a sweet stroke and all the moves to go with it.
*O.J. Mayo, SG--No, he's not the next LeBron (that's neither fair nor accurate). However, he is a player. He's grown since last season and his game has improved. His mid-range pull-up jumper is a thing of beauty and he's got great feel.