Byron Eaton, PG, Lincoln (Tex.): Established himself as one of the top floor leaders at the camp. Always plays with intensity and carries a football-mentality onto the court. Tough, gets to the basket and can finish.
Jonathan Kale, BF, St. Andrews (R.I.): Providence got a steal in the rugged power forward. Scores inside, rebounds and plays tough defense. Nothing flashy, but gets the job done.
Lawrence Hill, F, Deer Valley (Ariz.): Did most of his damage in the paint in the opener, but then opted to stay outside and was on fire from the perimeter in the nightcap. The Stanford-bound forward averaged 17.5 points – good for fourth in the camp after a day.
Leo Criswell, F, Piper (Kan.): One of the surprises of the opening day. Lit it up from all over the court for 21 points in the afternoon session and stayed hot in the nightcap. Put it on the floor and also knocked down the 3-pointer.
Sean McCurdy, PG, St. Anthony (N.J.): Had a somewhat up-and-down day. Some love him, others aren't so high. Had a somewhat sub-par first game and then rebounded with a solid outing in the night contest.
Mike Conley, Lawrence North (Ind.): There's no flash to his game, but the bottom line is that he's one of the top floor leaders – regardless of class – in the country. Picks his spots offensively, gets his teammates involved and is a big-time leader.
Greg Oden, C, Lawrence North (Ind.): He basically slept through the first half of a touted matchup against Andray Blatche, but he woke up in the second half and then dominated with an array of dunks and follows in the night game.
O.J. Mayo, WG, North College Hill (Ohio): There was no Lenny Cooke or Sebastian Telfair, so the New York media was forced to go out-of-state for a go-to guy – and Mayo was the choice. He did a little – no, check that – a lot – of everything all day. The most impressive aspects of his game were his body control and ability to make those around him better.
Eric Wallace, WG-WF, Glenn (N.C.): No one has really seen all that much of Wallace, but he showed he can score in virtually any way possible – from long range, mid-range, dunks and follow tip-ins. This kid is big-time.
Taylor King, F, Mater Dei (Calif.): Last year at ABCD was his coming out party, and after a disappointing spring, the UCLA-commit rebounded by knocking down 3's, hitting the boards and most of all – setting up his teammates for easy buckets.
Martez Walker, G, Central Park Christian (Ala.): The rising freshman, who played extensive time at Reserve Christian (La.) as an eighth-grader last season, averaged six points in two games – but played hard and will be a big-time player down the road. News & Notes
Andray Blatche has changed his tune. Instead of saying that the NBA is the primary option, the South Kent-bound 6-11 big man is now talking about going to college after a year in the prep ranks. ``I'm leaning to going to college, but keep my options for the NBA open. Right now Syracuse and West Virginia are basically even." … Shawn Taggert, a 6-11 versatile big man who played at Mount Zion (N.C.) last season, will either return for another year at the Durham school or head to IMG Academy. Taggert lists Georgia, DePaul, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Richmond, Missouri, Memphis, Wisconson, Georgia State, Florida, Miami. Right now his top three read Memphis, Clemson and DePaul. … Martez Walker is the youngest player in the camp. He turns 16 on Feb. 17 and has an early, early list of Louisville, UNC, Texas, UCLA, Alabama and Mississippi State. … Head coaches in attendance: Rick Pitino, Gary Williams, Herb Sendek, Jay John, new Ohio State coach Thad Matta, Brian Gregory, Stan Heath, Louis Orr, Seth Greenberg, Mike Davis and John Brady.
Bay City (Mich.) guard Eric Devendorf committed to Syracuse on Thursday. ``I can play there right away," he said. "I love the coaching staff and just felt like it was the right fit." … Taylor King, who dropped 20 pounds since April on the Zone diet, is still committed to UCLA. ``I'm still completely committed," King said. "I'm 100 percent sure of that right now. … Redemption Christian's Will Harris lists Hofstra, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Nebraska, Clemson, Kent State, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt. Prior to April, the main players were Hofstra and Sacred Heart. … Scotch Plains (N.J.) junior forward Lance Thomas lists Duke, Arizona, North Carolina, Wake Forest, UConn, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Florida, UCLA, St. Joseph. … Byron Eaton's top three is Oklahoma State, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech. He also likes Arkansas. … Gulf Shores (Texas) guard Jovan Adams played well at the point and likes UNLV, Arkansas, BC and Oklahoma.