Nike: First Full Day

On the first day in front of college coaches, a few west coast players step up and improve their stock at the first full day of activity Nike Camp in Indianapolis...

Devon Evertsen, 6-6 SR SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley, probably had the best performance of any west coast prospect on the first full day of activity at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis.

During the afternoon session of games, Evertsen had an excellent second half – actually one of the best halves I've seen among any players at the camp. Evertsen's team was trailing, so the coach decided to put the ball in his hands and allow him to create. Without forcing it or being selfish, Evertsen put on a show – hitting a couple of pretty threes and one mid-range jumper while distributing some nice assists. In one sequence, Evertsen, with a quick first step, drove the baseline, spun and shoveled a pass to a teammate for a dunk.

Maurice Shaw, 6-9 SR C, Gilbert (Ariz.) High, probably put in the second-best performance of the day by a west coaster. Shaw looked active and physical in the 3-on-3 games, not backing away from any national competition. He also showed some good athleticism and some nice, across-the-key scoring moves.

David Pendergraft, 6-5 JR SF, Brewster (Wash.) High, had a good day Monday. Pendergraft, a rising junior who has already verbally committed to Gonzaga, showed great versatility, with a nice, consistent stroke, but also great vision and passing ability in the open court and in the half-court. He also played very active defense and had some decent hops, swatting away a couple of shots.

Kevin Bell, 5-9 SR PG, Los Angeles Fairfax, has played well in the first two partial days and continued to do so yesterday. With so many scorers around him, Bell has decided to become a set-up man, and he's doing it well, being one of the best at the camp, actually, in setting up his scorers. He's also making very few mistakes, which is a great improvement, while also making some nice, risky passes. He looks very small in the context of national competition like this, and Nike measured him at 5-8, but he's definitely improved his stock with a good performance so far.

Marcus Wiliams, 6-2 SR PG, Los Angeles Crenshaw, sat out the afternoon games with a sprained ankle. He played in the night session of games, but looked like he had lost considerable quickness due to the injury.

Our last day of attendance at Nike is today, Tuesday, and we'll have a complete run-down of each west coast player – and some of the best national standouts – tomorrow…

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