NBA Camp: Day Two Notes

<b>RICHMOND, Va. –</b> Wilson Chandler has himself a leader. Catch up some school lists and quick hitters in this edition of News & Notes.

News & Notes

Wilson Chandler, a small forward out Michigan, has offers from Michigan State and Dayton. Purdue, Marquette, Penn State, Illinois, Arizona, UConn, Xavier, Kentucky and Tulsa are in the mix. Michigan State, according to Chandler, is the leader. "I like Tom Izzo, he's a professional coach," Chandler said. Chandler also really likes Illinois (grew up liking the Illini) and Dayton. …

From the world of college buckets comes a recruiting tidbit on former UK power forward Bernard Cote. Apparently, he's closing in on a decision and the finalists are Iowa, Northwestern and Evansville. …

Anthony Sparks, a Top 100 big man out of Michigan, had an offer from Ohio State prior to Jim O'Brien's dismissal. Dayton had offered too and he's receiving interest from Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky. Sparks has spent the better part of his summer running three miles daily and shooting 500 shots a day when he's in town from "The Gun" at his school. …

Scout's Seat

Wilson Chandler is an athletic small forward who is likely to creep into the Top 100 if he continues to play well here. … During the individual instruction, Cyrus McGowan surprised with his ability to score with skill inside from close range. … Korvortney Barber isn't the perfect size for a power forward at 6-foot-7 but he's explosive and he's a speed and quicks guy. …

Gerald Green is a terrific offensive player and a fine scorer. As good as he is, he's costing himself cheap points. Guys like Carmelo Anthony and Malik Hairston, kids with size on the wings like Green, get easy buckets via offensive rebounds. If Green is going to play shooting guard or even small forward, he's got to use his size more for rebounding. He'll rebound defensively but isn't a factor on the offensive glass. …

Eric Boateng did a nice job on the inside during morning skill work. However, his ventured to the perimeter in the first session and was outside of his range. In the nightcap, we actually watched a game where he didn't get a touch in the paint. He's clearly frustrated at this point but it'll be up to him to make his own offense in this setting. Time to get on the glass and create chances. …

Leo Criswell is struggling some here at camp. It appears that Criswell is not comfortable with his natural position of power forward and is trying to be a small forward. He's athletic enough but at this moment he's got game for the power slot. His big time dunk in traffic in the paint should have been a clear enough sign of what he can do if he commits himself to being a power forward. …

You have to hand it to A.J. Abrams. He drew praise from Michael Mercer for the way he stands his ground defensively. Mercer was able to use his size on a few plays, but for the most part, Abrams hung in there. He's one of those guys who knows his own game well enough to compensate for his lack of size. …


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