RICHMOND, Va. -- When big timers like Kevin Durant and Wayne Ellington are clicking, you can't help but enjoy the ball. Friday night at NBA Camp saw two of Scout.com's Top 5 recruits at their best.
When two of the elite wing players in the Class of 2006 tangle you have to see it. On Friday night, Kevin Durant
and Wayne Ellington
were doing their thing in a camp game that needed overtime before it could be decided. Durant's squad got the "W" but each was impressive.
O.J. Mayo has been the best player here at camp but Durant narrowed the gap with a plethora of long range shots. He went off for 20+ points in the game and certainly his 3's stood out but the a sweeping move across the lane in which he softly went glass was unfair. His skill level is something to marvel at.
Meanwhile, while Durant was dialed in, Ellington was dialing up from long range himself. In terms of his scoring technique, we're pretty sure he's close to filing the patent for his step-back mid-range jumper which is his bailout shot. He's got that one down pat.
We did a little gym jumping a caught a few top-notch efforts. Here's a rundown of the evening's peak performers:
Duke Crews, PF: Unoffically someone had him down for 17 and 14. Not too shabby.
Brook Lopez, PF: You have to respect the two 3-pointers he drilled Friday night.
Daniel Deane, PF: He traded paint with Cole Aldrich and busted his tail for some hard earned points.
Scott Reynolds, G: He showed off the drive in the morning and the jumper at night.
Doug Wiggins, PG: He and Tywon Lawson went at it; Lawson had 13 points but Wiggins more than held his own and dropped some nice dimes. Both looked pretty good and Lawson is a big time finisher with multiple gears; Wiggins took a charge on Ty with 5 seconds in regulation. Great stuff.
James Keefe, PF: He played with a purpose and that's what we're looking for. Did it in the post and on the perimeter with great effort!
Isaiah Dahlman, SF: The jumper was going down tonite and he wasn't afraid to stick a few in a row.
Quincy Pondexter: Arizona, Washington, Kansas, UConn, Memphis.
Curtis Kelly: UConn, Texas, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse.
Corey Stokes: UConn, Rutgers, Villanova, Wake Forest, UNC.