Kleiza, Paul Highlight Camp

HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. – Outside it was about 85 but inside the gym it felt like 100 degrees. No matter, hot temperatures weren't enough to prevent guys like Chris Paul and Linas Kleiza from having terrific performances at Five-Star.

Recap of Hampden-Sydney Session

After arriving at Five-Star Camp it took about three minutes for someone to walk up and mention just how good a week Wake Forest commitment Chris Paul was having. Later in the day, this observer would find out firsthand just how well he played.

Paul, a 6-0 point guard, led his camp team to the championship. Few times in the history of Five-Star had a team finished the regular season and playoffs undefeated but Paul's bunch went 9-0. In the semifinals, he scored 40 points. He had over 20 in the first quarter. Then, in the finals he hit for 21 and the outcome was never in doubt.

For his efforts, he was expected to be named Most Outstanding Player on Thursday. By all accounts, he had the finest week at camp and really brought his "A" game.

While Paul was busy dazzling observers and positioning himself for a run at the McDonald's game, power forward Linas Kleiza was working.

Kleiza reportedly came to Five-Star to get a piece of Major Wingate and on Wednesday he did just that. Despite losing in the semifinals to Wingate's team, Kleiza finished with 31 points to Wingate's 6. In head to head competition, it was the 6-7 ½ Lithuanian showing no fear. He scored over and around Wingate while playing rugged defense on the big man at the other end. "I think he was scared," Kleiza said afterward.

NOTES: Rising junior JamesOn Curry was expected to receive the camp's award for the most promising underclassman prospect. The 6-1 Curry will make an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Saturday and he isn't expected to stray far from home when he makes his decision. We hear North Carolina and Duke and don't expect otherwise at this point. …

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