For a first-year event, the talent level was very good. In fact, from my standpoint and many of the media members there, it exceeded expectations.
"I'm relatively happy but not satisfied," director Dinos Trigonis said. "I thought it could have been a little bit better as far as the marquee guys. I think it has a chance to be bigger and better. For a first year event it all seemed to go well. Dave Miller did a fantastic job with the instructional component of it and it kind of set the tone."
Miller, the former Southern Cal assistant who now runs MVP Camps, did his best sweatin' to the oldies impression and got hands on with the players during the instructional sessions. From there, it was all about ball and three days of it.
Throughout the course of the weekend, it became apparent that the Southern Cal Trojans have a gem in 2004 center Robert Swift. The Bakersfield (CA) Highland prospect – 7-0 and growing? – has improved in every facet of the game. He was consistently dominant while facing good competition at the camp.
While Swift was raising his national profile and becoming a candidate for the McDonald's All-American Game, so to was another future Pac-10 standout. Jawann McClellan, a 2004 commitment to Arizona, was a scoring machine for the weekend. His jumper was on the mark from deep and we mean deep and his mid-range game sets him apart from other guards.
In the Top 20 all-star game, McClellan's long range antics from 25-feet and beyond sparked his team to the win.
Speaking of all-star games, freshman Nic Wise was the hero of the Top 40 game. Like McClellan, Wise too is committed to Arizona. In the overtime period, Wise calmly gathered himself and drilled the game-winning 3-pointer from the right wing. All in all, it was a super weekend for future Arizona Wildcat signees.
Wise and McClellan weren't the lone Texans to have big weekends. In fact, 2004 small forward Dion Dowell (bound for Texas) was consistently good all weekend long. If he's the 4th best recruit in the Longhorns' class next season then Rick Barnes is thinking he's got multiple chances to bring a national title to Austin.
Camp Notes – Chicago forward Gordon Watt, another 2004 standout, increased his national presence by playing extremely well in the Top 20 all-star game. … Dorell Wright, one of the elite level talents in the nation, stopped by and played in one game Saturday. Wright, a 6-7 swingman, will attend prep school next season. …One freshman made the top all-star game and that was guard Christian Polk out of Arizona. …
6-10 Aaron Agnew showed improvement in his game, likely as a result of shedding nearly 30 pounds. He's a terrific passer. … 8th grader Taylor King was also voted to the top all-star game. The 6-6 King is savvy beyond his age and really knows how to make plays. … Major props to Mohamed Tangara who has the be the hungriest recruit in the class. He continues to seek out coaching, strives to improve and is now showcasing some nice post moves. …