NBA Camp: Day One Rundown

RICHMOND, Va. – The first day at NBA Camp is on the books. Guys like Anthony Randolph and Patrick Patterson made it interesting but the shooting star of the session was Jon Diebler. The future Buckeye was stroking it on Wednesday.

Patrick Patterson, PF – This guy is doing it the right way. He's systematically moving up the charts and seemingly gaining confidence each time out. He's peaking at the right time and he was far and away one of the top performers the first day out. On a floor with a lot of big name big men, he was the best of the bunch in the evening session and his rise continues.

Anthony Randolph, PF – He had 21 in the final session game and man did he ever look good in the process. When he's making 3s the game looks so effortless for him. He'll always be one of the best prospects in this class and if he ever wanted to do it every time out the sky would be the limit.

Jon Diebler, SG – In the morning session had it rocking from downtown. Diebler is a much more confidence player who is enjoying himself out here and his stroke was on point. He's relocating for jumpers and knocking down the opportunities presented to him and he's having fun in the process.

Kosta Koufos, PF – When the 7-footer is making jump shots in a camp setting you have to notice him. Playing alongside Diebler this tandem is showing a glimpse into the already bright future in Buckeye Land!

Scott Thompson, C – The kid from Idaho gets no pub, absolutely zero burn. So, we'll give him a little from camp (he deserves it!). He's got decent touch for a big kid and though he's got a thin body we like his upside. This is probably the first time he's looked another big kid eye to eye in a while and he's not out of place.

Devin Ebanks (right), SF – We think he's reclassifying (from 2007 to 2008) and relocating (from N.Y. to The Patterson School) and all the while he's making a case as a big time prospect. He could be a multi-positional, multi-skilled combo forward. He's go the body and athletic talent to make a lot of things happen and he was one of the top performers in the morning session.

James Tyler, C – There's a long way to go but the journey is fruitful for this big fella. Tyler once hovered around 400 pounds and now he's in the mid 300's and his game is coming along. There's a skilled player inside that frame and all you needed to see was the assortment of jump hooks he dropped on campers early. He's got great hands, tools to work with and has consistently shown improvement with his body. They call him "Baby Shaq" and while we aren't ready to compare him to the "Big Diesel" we'll give him plenty of credit for making strides!

Delvon Roe, PF – There's a lot of Antawn Jamison in the way he plays the game. He gets his shot off so fast and in a setting like this his overall energy and production stand out all the time.

A few months ago it was reported that Kenny Belton committed to Maryland. Days later it was cleared up that Belton is not a Terp and we wanted to make that clear. He's open and just this week was on the campuses of Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Virginia and VCU. …

Winger Jeff Jones visited Charlotte, Wake Forest and Clemson unofficially in the past few days. … Whispers that a commitment to Illinois could be nearing, Evan Turner squashed that. Turner said he's not ready to commit yet and won't until he's comfortable with a decision. …

Center Scott Thompson said Boise State is his only offer right now. The Scout.com Top 100 prospect is hearing from Washington, UCLA (he'll attend the Bruins elite camp this month), Michigan, Pepperdine, Oregon State and Washington State. …

Alex Legion's list has UCLA, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State (recently turning up the heat), Michigan and UConn on it. … Ed Davis is getting hit up hard by ACC and Big East schools, in particular Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Maryland and Clemson. …

Patrick Patterson is being recruited by the head coaches at Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He anticipates speaking with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski shortly after the conclusion of this camp. …

Ed Davis finds ways to contribute. The 2008 power forward continues to distinguish himself as one of the elite players at his position. … Jeff Jones had a fine start to camp making a variety of shots in the morning session. … Here's something the coaches will love. Kosta Koufos calling out picks for Kalin Lucas is priceless. Communication is the key! …

Corey Stokes was the high point man of the morning with 20 and had 9 in the evening. … Martez Walker (2008) came out smoking jumpers and attacking. The young fella needs to replicate that intensity in both halves. … Jai Lucas is a very good point guard. Period. Forget the size, he's a leader and shot maker. …


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