Nike Camp: Part IV

INDIANAPOLIS – Monday was our final day at the 2001 Nike All-American Camp. Here's a brief rundown of the action we took in on our last trip to the gym. Rashad McCants was a big star for the second day in a row.


Villanova received a commitment from combo guard Allen Ray. Jay Wright used his old-time NYC connections to get that one done.

No Longer Committed

This may come as a surprise to a lot of people but SF Cortez Davis is no longer committed to Maryland. "Basically, I rushed into it," Davis said. "I want to open it up and give everyone a chance to recruit me. Davis said that Maryland, Miami, Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Villanova and Florida State are schools he's interested in but wouldn't mind hearing from others after July.

2002 Standouts

Rashad McCants, SG/SF Again, in the game we watched, McCants was clearly the best player on the floor. You name it – 3s, dunks, steals and assists – he did it all. He loves the spotlight and on Monday he took center stage.

Marshall Strickland, PG/SG He was really good this week. On Monday, he dominated in 3-on3 and then rolled it into a fine evening performance where he did a little bit of everything. Strickland understands that his future lies at the point but he can really score it. He's probably going to open up his recruitment and see what happens. Not to worry, plenty of schools will be interested in this lock to be a Top 50 player.

JR Morris, SF In his final game on Monday night, Morris was very good. What he truly represents is a kid who can flat out score. He slashes, gets his hands on a lot of balls and makes plays. He's not a great 3-point shooter, but he'll make a few. He just plays and that's what he did on Monday.

2003 Standouts

Shannon Brown, SG This kid is a big-time scorer. From 3-land he's good. Off the bounce to the rim, he's probably even better. Brown accounted for a slew of points with his acrobatic layins and work off the drive in the nightcap. He's a big-time player. Illini fans would take comfort in seeing his father decked out in an Illinois T-shirt.

Taurean Minor, PG He's 5-10 and a ball of energy. Unlike some of the smaller PGs, Minor is very strong. He's also dangerously quick and makes great decisions with the basketball. We liked the little floater he was showing off.


Aliou Kane, PF The native of Mauritania isn't a finished product. What he is a big man with strength. He actually made some short jumpers. He plays with aggressiveness. He's going to get some looks but needs to work on his footwork and catching the ball in the post.

Adam Zahn, PF The brother of Arizona forward Andrew Zahn is a player in his own right. He's athletic and active. He had a great day on Monday. If he continues to stick that free-throw line jumper he has a chance.

Richard Chaney, SG/SF Having seen Chaney a lot this spring, I feel qualified to say that his performance at Nike was the best he's played since school's been out. Chaney is a serious candidate for surprise of the camp. He made medium-range jumpers and got on the glass like a man possessed. What in the world got into his this week? He was outstanding.

Jarrett Jack, PG In the games we watched, it was a very mediocre week for Jack. However, on Monday night he really picked it up. Jack was drilling 3s and attacking the rim like he's capable of. From what we saw on Monday, he appears to be making up for lost time early in the camp.

Mark Patton, PF If he only had some meat on those bones. The skilled West Virginia native is a known big man with a nice touch. However, he always flashed a few low post moves that worked well. The book on him is picking the right place. He needs to go somewhere that can afford to wait for him to mature physically and get stronger. That means a mid-major unless he's looking to redshirt for a year.

Charles Bass, SF/PF Bass was hoping to play his way into a nice scholarship offer this summer and he made some strides on Monday and really all week long. He's a lean jumping jack type who can hit some medium-range jumpers. He'll actually stick his nose in the paint and mix it up. He has skills, but again, needs to be introduced to the Big Mac and Joe Weider.

News And Notes …

The story circulating that Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart are committed to North Carolina is false. I can say with certainty that UNC has not offered the twins. Will they remains to be seen, but as of right now there are no offers. … Ohio State and Purdue were among the schools who sent head coaches to watch SG DeForrest Riley on Monday. … We have a sighting. By our count, Alabama was the first school of the summer to send all three coaches to watch one player. Mark Gottfried, Philip Pearson and Orlando Early were all in attendance to watch AL SF Kennedy Winston.

Congrats to Tom Izzo and Tom Crean. Both head coaches were at the Nike and adidas Camps on Sunday. We think they were the first head coaches to pull the two-camps-in-one-day trick this year. … Speaking of Michigan State, Izzo was on hand to watch junior PG Brandon Cotton. … South Florida loves FL SF Sam Barber. … Billy Donovan, Mike Krzyzewski and Matt Doherty were on Shavlik Randolph patrol all day long. The patrol began with the 3-on-3 games in the morning and lasted through the evening. …

3-on-3 Standouts

Marshall Strickland was hot from downtown and too tough off the dribble for most defenders. … Torin Francis proved he's one of the best 3-on-3 players as he solidified his standing with a reverse dunk from underneath the bucket over Grant Billmeier. … Brandon Bowman is quickly rising up the recruiting lists and for good reason. He showed some defensive savvy and took on some tough matchups with great success.

Michael Thompson was awesome in 3-on-3. Heck, he's been awesome all week long. The confident Thompson doesn't lay it in anymore; he's looking for the jam. … Ndudi Ebi is going to be a standout in the Class of 2003. He shot a ton from the perimeter and we just want to remind him that he's a great passer too so look for those cutters. … Evan Burns is tough in this setting. He has so many scoring tricks in his bag. … Shannon Brown was another standout and he got his shot at will.

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