Nike West Coast: Shipp Impresses

Josh Shipp, the 6-5 wing from Los Angeles, has put together two good days of practice scrimmages, looking like one of the best wings at the Nike Camp early on...

Jordan Farmar, 6-1 SR PG, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, was all the rage here after the first evening practice session at Nike. A few writers even went as far as to state he might have been the best all-around player at the camp Sunday night.

Having seen Farmar quite a bit over his career, it wasn't as if Farmar played particularly well or beyond his usual game. It's just really a matter of many national scouts beginning to understand how good Farmar is. There is always a lag time on west coast players when it comes to national discovery, and it appears that it's finally starting to catch up with Farmar.

Many are calling him the best pure point guard in the country.

Monday night, Farmar played well, but not as well as Sunday night. His shot isn't going down yet, but he hasn't really been able to get in a shooting groove because of the frenetic pace of the games here, and the fact that every other player is looking to shoot whenever they touch the ball. Farmar did, though, show some great defensive effort Monday, turning on the quickness and instincts to shut down the opposing guard in his practice game.

Josh Shipp, 6-5 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, might have had the best showing among west coast players Monday. Shipp did just about everything right, hitting his outside jumper consistently, making some nice passes, and looking quick and athletic. And, he is probably all of the 6-5 he's listed here.

Another west coast guard who had an eye-opening performance Monday was Antonio Kellogg, 6-1 SR PG, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. Kellogg played the point, and gave up the ball unselfishly, setting up post players well, while also then taking opportunities to score. His low-slung outside stroke went down all night, and he impressed many national scouts.

Rico Tucker, 5-11 SR PG/SG, San Diego (Calif.) University, had a better night Monday, playing more within himself by dishing out some good assists.

Maarty Leunen, 6-8 SR PF/SF, Redmond (Ore.) High, also had a better day, obviously shaking off some nerves while hitting his mid-range jumper and being more active under the basket.

Derrick Low, 6-1 SR PG, Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani, has improved in the last year. He's bigger physically, both height and width-wise, and it enables him to play a more controlled, headier game. His shooting touch is nice, being able to pull-up when he finds mid-range space well.

Martell Webster, 6-6 JR SG/SF, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep, has many scouts talking about him, despite not really having any particularly great moments yet here. It does seem like it's just a matter of time, though.

Tuesday the camp really gets into gear with all-day competition, and the 3-on-3 competition, which could be the best feature of any July evaluation period event. It really creates a great opportunity to see each player perform, providing them more touches (which can be hard to come by in standard camp ball) and a showcase to compare players through more intense one-on-one matchups.

The word is that Gabe Pruitt, 6-3 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, is at the Adidas ABCD Camp.

Jamal Boykin, 6-6 JR PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, was in transit Monday and will participate for the first time today.


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