Nike Camp: Day Four

INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday was our final day at Nike Camp, thus concluding our coverage from the 2002 extravaganza. Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so with that said; here are our impressions one last time from Indianapolis.

Nike Camp, Day Four

2003 Checklist

Paul Milsap, PF: He's not the best prospect here and he's not even a lock high-major prospect but regardless of where he ends ups, he deserves a ton of credit for a terrific four-day performance. Milsap is a testament to the fact that if you play hard, people notice. Since April, he's gotten into great shape, busted his tail, improved his game and it all culminated in a terrific week of camp. Paul Milsap, nice job!

Gary Forbes, SF-SG: He came in as a relative unknown, and he'll leave with a national reputation. While too many guys in New York are over publicized and receive too much attention, Forbes is a kid in need of a publicist. He's been terrific at camp and while Providence might be the school that's been on him the longest, the line is about to form. He really shot it and scored it well here. The ACC and Big East schools (Georgia Tech, Villanova and NC State to name a few) are about to come guns blazing.

Gary Ervin, PG: For a guy who was once considered more of a scoring guard, this young man is going to be a fine point guard. The high-major prospect is learning the position and doing a fine job. He's thinking like a playmaker, creating for others and making shots when he needs to. Ervin deserves a ton of credit.

Shannon Brown, SG: In our opinion, this is the best shooting guard prospect in the country. Truth be told, he's been good at Nike but he's capable of so much better. Brown looks a little disinterested at times, then he does something that lets you know how great he can be. For instance, tonight he rained in an NBA 3 with room to spare. Then, he launched himself at the rim for a big time jam.

Marcus Hammond, SG: While we're handing out kudos left and right to guys like Milsap and Forbes, we can't forget Hammond. This shooter deluxe has drilled just about every shot he's taken. From mid-range to deep-range, he's been on the mark.

Kris Humphries, PF: What you see is exactly what you get, and that's a good thing. Humphries is a strong prospect who plays hard, will play physical, has a nice touch around the rim and will explode to finish plays.

Ousmane Barro, C: His postal carrier is in for a long week. Along with Long Longar, Forbes and Courtney Simms, Barro is one of the most talked about "emerging" prospects in the college coach's eyes. He's just so long and plays defense and rebounds so well that he's impossible to ignore.

Ben Rand, SF: It's not possible to make more jumpers than Rand did in the early afternoon session. The Iowa-bound swinger was on the mark. We've always said that he's an above average athlete with a smooth stroke and he's done nothing to lead us to believe otherwise.

2004 Checklist

Greg Steimsma, C-PF: There are some great big man prospects at this camp, but the Wisconsin-bound junior ranks right up there are the top of the list. He blocks shots at a ridiculous clip and is so mechanically sound it's scary. Remember the Rocky movies with Ivan Drago? Well, that's how this guy goes about his business; straight-faced and with great success. Super prospect and an impact player for the Badgers the moment he arrives on campus. Just ask Ndudi Ebi who had problems getting his shot off against him in the morning session.

Rudy Gay, SF: Tough to ignore a guy who continually makes plays. He's got great size for a wing to go along with his instincts.

Juan Tella Pelacios, PF: The kid has a big body and is tremendously skilled. The sweeping finger roll to the rim – even though it didn't fall – led someone to compare the move to Wilt Chamberlain. Man, this dude is quick on his feet and can really score.

NOTES – From what we understand, Providence might have been the first school in on Gary Forbes. That should help when everyone calls him in the near future. … Luol Deng drew Mike Krzyzewski, Pete Gillen, Jim Calhoun and Karl Hobbs. … Rick Barnes was front and center for Ndudi Ebi in the afternoon. Arizona assistant Josh Pastner was there too, along with Mike Davis. We don't think Duke watched him at that time. The Devils focused in largely on Deng on this day. … Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk appears to be honing in on Steve Hoelzel, a Wisconsin big man, as his top target in the Class of 2003. … Steve Fisher was front and center for Kyle Visser today. San Diego State hosted the big man on an official visit last month. … Bob Huggins sat in the stands presumably watching Corey Gibbs and Vincent Banks. … We hear UAB and new coach Mike Anderson are all over Banks. …

SCHOOL LISTS – Courtney Simms said that he might be leaning towards staying close to his Boston home for college. His present school list includes Rhode Island (offer), Syracuse, Providence (offer), William & Mary (offer), Boston U. (offer), Boston College, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Maryland and DePaul. … Danilo Pinnock a winger from Georgia headed to Coastal Christian says West Virginia was the first school to start heavily recruiting him. … Small forward Brandon Foust says he and Andrew Lavender are a definite package deal. Foust says Pittsburgh leads Seton Hall, Marquette, Cincinnati and Illinois. The Illini are not recruiting them as a package and that could wind up hurting their chances. Foust says he and Lavender will visit Pittsburgh unofficially in August …

RANDOM THOUGHTS – Memo to Michael Nardi: please stop pressing. The gym rat is struggling a little bit and his tension level is noticeably rising. This is a young man who needs to run a team and at some camps that's easier said than done. He needs the ball in his hands and it isn't happening here. … Ndudi Ebi wanted to play against Kris Humphries and Luol Deng and was given that chance. He's played well at camp, but his grandiose plan of destroying everyone in his path hasn't come to fruition. He's versatile, athletic and highly skilled but he'll need to certainly get stronger and also add more variety to his post up game. Having said all of that, watch him go out and take the Peach Jam by storm. … Skip Prosser recently added another assistant to his staff. Actually, he added a recruit and a coach. The new aid's name is Chris Paul. The guard is a super leader. There's a young big man on his camp team who probably doesn't belong at camp and is even drawing a few unwarranted jeers from the crowd. Enter Paul. At every chance, he's counseling the big fella and encouraging him. The kid is all class and he's a terrific guard. … So far this summer, the staff that seems to be beating the bushes the hardest is Michigan State. Tom Izzo and Brian Gregory have been moving quickly back and forth to games. They obviously are keeping a busy agenda with Shannon Brown and Drew Naymick at camp. … We love head coaches who bust their tail in evaluating players. SMU's Mike Dement is always in the gym and over the years, he consistently works about as hard as any head coach during the summer. … Florida offered Ryan Appleby during the summer. The point guard hasn't been able to get it going at Nike Camp. His shot isn't falling and he doesn't look to be in the flow at all. …

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