Nike Camp: Second Report

INDIANAPOLIS – Durrell Summers erupted at Nike Camp. Coaches were text messaging each other. Guys were whispering his name around the gym and a buzz was created.'s No. 32 junior is on his way up.


Tywon Lawson vs. Sherron Collins: "I think this was the matchup everyone wanted to see," Collins said afterward. "It was challenging. I think it was mostly even. We made each other work." Collins' assessment was on point. Lawson finished with 11 points (4-8 FG, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 3 boards) and Collins dropped 8 points (4-6 FG, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 steals).

There was no negligible difference in the two standout point guards. Collins uses power and quickness while Lawson's game is a bit more refined; either one works. The highlight of the matchup was Lawson drilling a 3-pointer and getting fouled by Collins with 24 seconds left. Lawson would then miss the free throw, leaving the door open for Collins.

The Chi-Town star blew past Lawson and everyone else on his way to the hole for the game-tying bucket to send the contest into overtime. In sudden death, a ridiculously poor call by an official ended the game at the free throw line with a big man stroking a freebie. A better scenario would have called for Collins and Lawson to play a sudden death game of one-on-one.

Patrick Christopher, SG: Camp Rule 101: when you're hot, keep shooting. In the evening session, Christopher had it working from the outside. His touch from behind the arc earns him mention and there's little doubt he went for 20+ in the nightcap.

Kevin Durant, SF: He missed the first couple of days because of summer school and arrived Friday evening. His first camp game wasn't vintage Durant so we expect big things from him on Saturday.

Jon Scheyer, SG: Just when it appeared as though he might be headed for an average showing at camp, the 3's began dropping and at key moments. Scheyer decided to make the bulk of his 3s in late game situations like when he stuck a pair in a tight first session. Then, during the evening, he was more consistent with his stroke and caught fire early and often.

Jerome Dyson, SG: There are two 3-point lines on the courts here at Nike. Dyson, for the second day in a row, elected to use the first one as a guide let it rip from behind the farthest line. By and large, he was on target. Mix in some explosiveness of the dribble and you've got yourself one of the camp's better performers.

Adrion Graves, SG: The Cincinnati native is making us look smart for sneaking him in at No. 100 in our latest set of rankings. Athletic ability combined with an uncanny knack for heating up behind the arc has led to his name popping up in conversation all over the gym.

Jason Bohannon, PG: He's playing a lot off the ball here at camp but he's been up to the task. In fact, he's been good every time we've seen him and when he started dunking it one-handed in semi-traffic, well, a courtside Bo Ryan had to be excited about his spring addition that has plenty of spring in his step.

Duke Crews, PF: When he sticks to his strengths – working the glass, being athletic inside – Crews looks good as was the case on Friday. A solid day of work from a kid who might be in the process of playing his way into a series of offers.


Durrell Summers, SG: If they handed out an award for camper of the day, Summers would get the nod. During a brief stretch he scored 8 straight points and narrowly missed on 10 straight when his acrobatic dunk didn't quite make it over the rim. You name it, he scored it that way. Be it 3-pointers or serious dashes for dunks from the wing, Summers was simply masterful. We've got him at No. 32 in 2007 and that's way too low.

Derrick Rose, PG: The speed, the burst, the poise. He's got the total package at point. The great ones play the game the right way and make everyone better. Rose is in that category and we wouldn't be upset if he even got a little more selfish with his offense because scoring comes easy to him. The jumper was cookin' in the evening game but the explosion was eye popping.


Samardo Samuels, C: He's the truth. In fact, we'll draw the comparison to a young Eddy Curry but with more bounce at the rim. He's dominating on the low blocks and can score it with skill and power. Gary Johnson is one of the toughest dudes on the circuit and Samuels hammered one down on him. He's one of the best big men here regardless of class.

Tyreke Evans, SG: From the moment he stepped off the plane, Evans has been sick. In an afternoon game, he mustered up his best performance of the camp. Though we didn't see the contest, the reviews contained nothing but effusive praise for the youngster.


The word on the streets is that Kyle Singler's MRI on Friday revealed a slight tear in his meniscus. has learned that surgery is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and the forward will be out 4-to-6 weeks. …

Ramar Smith (pictured) to Philly? Not so fast. "I'm leaving [Detroit] but I don't know if I'm going to Philly," Smith said. His reason for leaving is because he'd like to play on a high school team that is able to play a national schedule. The Michigan high school association prohibits that kind of extensive travel. Smith listed Arkansas, Illinois, Arizona, UConn and Michigan State. …

Greivis Vasquez is being chased by Gonzaga, N.C. State, Boston College, Maryland and Miami. … The latest rumor sweeping Nike Camp deals with Tywon Lawson. There's a chance he transfers from Oak Hill to Montrose Christian. A decision should be made by mid-July. …

Cincinnati assistant Frank Martin was front and center for Jason Bennett. Miami was repped by assistant Jorge Fernandez. Clemson dispatched assistant Kevin Nickelberry to represent the Tigers. … Isaiah Dahlman drew head coaches from Michigan State and Minnesota with an Iowa assistant representing the Hawkeyes. …

In the stands watching wing Adrion Graves were coaches from Boston College, Dayton, Cincinnati and Ohio State. … Roy Williams spent some time with the youngsters today seeing Gary Johnson and Gani Lawal in action. …

Jerome Dyson drew assistant from Boston College, Maryland, N.C. State and Notre Dame. … Texas head coach Rick Barnes was front row for Kevin Durant's first camp game. … Dayton was front and center for games involving Kosta Koufus and Chris Wright. They were joined by a slew of Big Ten teams. …

  • Malcolm Delaney (2007): Miami, N.C. State, UNC, Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Syracuse, Georgetown.
  • Ryan Thompson: Bucknell, Rider, UMBC, Mt. St. Mary's, Delaware.
  • James Inge: West Virginia (offer), Kentucky (UK unlikely to have interest), LaSalle (offer), Villanova, Virginia Tech, Temple (offer).
  • Jonnie West: West Virginia, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Purdue, DePaul.
  • Durrell Summers (2007): Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse.


    Jason Bennett swatted away a handful of shots in one game and even made a 3-pointer. … Josh Chichester was a dunking machine all day long. … Josue Soto had his best camp game in the first session. … Marcus Johnson's athleticism was evident plus he can run some point in a pinch. … Joevan Catron is exactly the kind of undersized power forward colleges crave in the spring time. … Didn't see the game but from the sound of it, Jerryd Bayless was giving Sherron Collins the business but made the mistake of chirping to him about how well he was doing. As the game wore on, Collins wore Bayless out. Moral of the story: don't ever talk to strangers. …

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