11:50: Games have concluded and so has our meeting discussing upcoming 2016 rankings (stay tuned), and Bragg definitely was the star of the night. He scored 36 points on 14-16 shooting and pulled down 14 rebounds as well. And yet, his performance was as notable for the fact that he was playing hard — others have gassed out — as much as the production itself.
9:12: Carlton Bragg has been the star in the final round of the evening. He's setting up in the post and aggressively backing his man into position for an easy shot. When he doesn't get the ball, he gets angry. That's the kind of bull he can be, given his full complement of coordination and shooting touch. When he's inside-out, few big men in the class can hold him.
8:46: Okay, now the players are beginning to lose steam. The guy who actually caught my eye most wasn't even on my court. Antonio Blakeney attacked relentlessly off the dribble and drew foul after foul on his opponents. Blakeney may never be the most efficient player — his nature is to score, even if that entails forcing shots — but he's an alpha and definitely is not scared.
6:55: Back to the gym shortly for the evening games, and in the first session today the level of play actually remained fairly high. Fatigue definitely has begun to take effect, but credit to the campers for continuing to compete.
12:55: The Dennis Smith vs. Derryck Thornton matchup has been very interesting. The two junior point guards seem to be aware of the other and are competing accordingly, yet neither is being selfish. Smith has gotten the better of it, utilizing his ability to change direction to penetrate past Thornton. The difference in size — Smith is a couple inches taller — also is apparent. That said, Thornton has had his moments off the bounce as well.
In the prior game, guard Bryant Crawford enjoyed his best half, punctuated by a very surprising slam off one foot in the lane. He finally began to look comfortable and assertive, making aggressive moves to the rim.
11:34: P.J. Dozier has had his best game of the camp, playing extra minutes due to the inevitable attrition that occurs over the course of a long week. Dozier is handling and passing well, has knocked in at least one three, made timely defensive plays and finished well above the rim.
Kentucky commitment Charles Matthews is competing aggressively this game, using his dribble more frequently to penetrate into the lane and create scoring chances.
The elite power forwards on court 1, Ben Simmons and Carlton Bragg, have been relatively quiet thus far.
10:25: Back for another day of action at camp, and today I'm on the prowl for some of the less heralded players who have received less attention to this point.
Along with, obviously, those playing the best among the 100 or so high-majors in attendance.