NBPA Camp: Thursday AM Notebook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Just how impressive was Kevon Looney on Thursday morning? What schools have the best shot with Idrissa Diallo? Which point guard battle highlighted the first set of games? And who is Ahmaad Rorie trying to bring with him to Cal?

Looney dominates opening round

Heading into his opening round game, Kevon Looney was rated as the top prospect on the floor and by game's end it was clear why.

A 6-foot-8 power forward out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton, Looney proved himself as a versatile scorer, as he put up points in transition, off mid-range jumpers and off low post finishes.

Looney is also one of the best rebounders in the 2014 class. In his opening game he used his athleticism, length and toughness to reel in rebound after rebound. A couple of them were of the offensive variety and led to points.

His energy also caught our eye. Looney seems to rarely get tired and has one of the best motors in the 2014 class. He's constantly on the move, runs the floor looking to make plays and defends his position well.

There's been a lot of buzz about Looney, Scout.com's No. 7 overall recruit, this spring and he's continuing that strong play at one of the most prestigious camps of the summer.

Diallo wants to stay local

Don't expect 6-foot-10, 220-pound Los Angeles Cathedral Prep center Idrissa Diallo to venture too far from home for college.

The 2014 prospect says that while schools outside of California have recruited him, he's made it pretty clear where he prefers to play college basketball.

"I always tell everybody that I want to stay in L.A. or California for college," Diallo said.

Diallo is in no rush to make a decision, but does know at least three schools that will get official visits.

"So far I have three schools I will for sure visit – UCLA, USC and Cal," he said. "Maybe Colorado too."

For the weekend, however, recruiting is on hold as Diallo tries to enjoy his time in Charlottesville.

"This is a once a lifetime thing and it's really exciting," Diallo said. "I'm going to do what I can do to get the most of it."

Point guard battle highlights morning session

The key in camps is to have excellent point guard play or else everything can go downhill quickly. In the morning game two point guards really stood out and managed to do so without dominating the ball and shooting all the time.

Both Tyler Ulis and Joel Berry were instrumental in their team getting good shots and scoring points. Neither Berry nor Ulis is dominant in terms of physical size or athleticism, but both know how to play the game and run a team.

Berry does it with strength and floor vision while Ulis quickness and feel for the game. Each of them found open teammates and just figured out how to make plays without shooting and disrupting the flow of the offense by dominating the ball.

The value of a true point guard who runs a team is through the roof, and on day one both Ulis and Berry showed how they big they will be when they get to college.

Rorie recruiting for Cal

Between the Pangos All-American Camp, a basketball trip to Italy representing USA and the NBPA Top 100 Camp, it's been a long couple of weeks for 6-foot-0, 170-pound 2014 point guard Ahmaad Rorie, who is verbally committed to California.

Consistently going up against high level competition is something that Rorie will have to get used to, however, as he recently decided to transfer from Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln to Montverde (Fla.) Academy for his senior season.

"I watched Montverde on TV during the season and then looked at their schedule," Rorie said. "I think it would be best for me academically and get me ready for Cal."

Everything is going well with Rorie and Cal, and the four-star point guard has stayed in close contact with his future assistants.

"I talk to all the coaches a lot; coach (Gregg) Gottlieb, coach (Travis) DeCuire and coach (John) Montgomery so we're always on the same page," Rorie said. "I want to be ready when I get there."

The future Golden Bear has also done a little bit of recruiting for his future school recently.

"I'm trying to recruit other players to Cal right now," he said. "Zylan (Cheatham) is the main guy right now. He was in Italy with me and he told me he's going to look into it. I'll stay in his ear and see if he'll do it."

* Josh Gershon, Evan Daniels and Brian Snow contributed to this report.

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