Nike Camp -- West Coast

It's a smaller contingent of west coast players at the Nike Camp this year. After just one night of a practice session, a few west coasters make impressions, including Los Angeles junior center <b>Amir Johnson</b>...

Sunday night we got the first glimpse of the Nike campers in an informal game/practice session.

It certainly was only enough to give you a first, quick impression of the players, and that's about it.

From a west coast perspective, the number of campers was significantly down from past years. Usually the west coast has about 30 or so participants and this year, only 21, with two not participating Sunday.

West coast Campers:

Rico Tucker, 5-11 SR PG, San Diego (Calif.) University
Todd Follmer, 6-11 SR C, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Amir Johnson, 6-9 JR C, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Robert Rothbart, 7-0 SR PF, Cupertino (Calif.) Monta Vista
Josh Shipp, 6-5 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Derrick Low, 6-1 SR PG, Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani
Mike Pagan, 5-9 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
David Pendergraft, 6-5 SR SF, Brewster (Wash.) High
Chris Henry, 6-8 SR PF/C, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Harvey Perry, 6-4 SR SG, North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Jon Brockman, 6-7 JR PF, Snohomish (Wash.) High
Marcus Johnson, 6-5 JR SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Antonio Kellogg, 6-1 SR PG/SG, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Mike Gerrity, 6-0 JR PG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Mitch Johnson, 6-0 JR PG, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Maarty Leunen, 6-8 JR PF/SF, Redmond (Ore.) High
Jordan Farmar, 6-1 SR PG, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Martell Webster, 6-6 JR SF, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Chris Miles, 6-10 SR C/PF, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Jamal Boykin, 6-6 JR PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, no-show, expected today
Gabriel Pruitt, 6-3 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, not expected, summer school

Quick First Impression:

Amir Johnson looked good, rebounding, blocking shots, and scoring inside and out. He recently hadn't been playing well, so to see Johnson come out with energy was promising.

Josh Shipp had some moments. He measured at 6-5 (Nike actually does some pretty accurate measuring), looked active and athletic.

David Pendergraft, the small forward committed to Gonzaga, might not fit in here at the camp. He actually is attempting to play basketball, rather than just go one-on-one.

One of the most interesting aspects of this camp from a west coast perspective was to see if Jon Brockman could compete at this level. Without being explosive, but playing with such intensity, Brockman worked over some players the first night. With good academics, and fitting their mold, it's easy prediction that Stanford could be a likely destination for him.

Mitch Johnson played well, looking crafty with the ball and driving to the basket.

Martell Webster looks bigger every time we see him. He measured at 6-6 and weighed in at 215.

After admittedly just being able to glance at most of the players in the camp, it appeared the most impressive pure point guard could be Jordan Farmar. He was setting up his teammates every time down the floor. With Farmar playing alongside very talented Mississippi junior combo guard Monta Ellis, it made for the best playmaking of the evening.


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