adidas Superstar: Day 2, Part II

SUWANEE, Ga. – You wanna know what's cool? Cool is when a guy like Eric Gordon approaches camp like he's a nobody trying to make a name for himself. That's cool! More on Gordon and the rest of adidas Superstar Camp in this update!

Eric Gordon, SG – It's something to see a guy who is committed play with the kind of intensity and passion Gordon demonstrated here. He seems to be approaching camp as if he's trying to play his way into a scholarship. If he hasn't been the top guy here he's on a very short list. He had 14 tough points in the game we caught and he was getting after it defensively as well.

LaRon Dendy, PF – Loved his energy and his effort in the contest we watched. He dunked what he could; scored 15 points and the step back jumper gave you a little taste of what kind of ability he's got in his game.

Rick Jackson, C – His spring and early summer has had some extreme high points followed by a few lulls. Thursday night was a case where there wasn't anybody who could check him inside and we thought he did a nice job.

Austin Daye, SF – The kid is rail thin and very skilled, especially for his size. He tossed a touch pass over his shoulder in mid-air and guys his size simply don't do that. He hit his normal quota of shots and you have to really like his long term potential. Back in the day you'd redshirt a kid like him and let him add the strength and weight he needs but we're in an instant gratification society now so you can't count on that happening.

Isaiah Tate, SG – The mid-majors are going to be swamping this dude after camp. For starters, he's got big time grades. Last night he hammered down a thunderous dunk. Today, he made enough shots to catch your eye and you'd have to say this has been a fine camp for the lefty.

Lucca Staiger, SF, Germany – There's an entire team of foreign players here (always is) but few seem to matriculate to the States. Last year Cal nabbed a point from this camp and Staiger is our pick to make it to a U.S. college from this group. Heck, he's halfway there already. He's going to Worthington (Ohio) High next season so he's halfway there. He's got feel for the game and a stroke. Nobody's recruiting him and we probably won't get another look at him but remember the name.

Jerime Anderson, PG – There's no question that his team would have lost to the foreign-based squad if he didn't steady the ship. What was cool is how he did it. He scored it when needed and spread the wealth around from his point guard spot. He's a good player and a high-major point for sure.

B.J. Mullens, C – It was good to finally see him be productive at both ends. He blocked a few shots, got some boards and attempted offense. Again, at a camp like this, maximizing your touches and creating opportunities through rebounding are key and he did a nice job tonight.

DeAndre Liggins, SF – We had extremely high expectations for him heading into the spring and he didn't quite meet them (which is fine, he's young). But on Thursday night he brought the energy game and started creating chances going to the rim. He's an able and willing passer who can score in attack mode. He needs to continue steadying the jumper but he made an impression.

Noel Johnson (above, right), SF – The state of Georgia … wow! The Peach State has a lot of players who don't even have any fuzz on their chins who should turn out to be prospects. This guy is one of them. He canned a trio of 3-pointers – with a nice stroke – and did a little Josh Childress impression on the baseline. You have to like this guy.

Tony Chenault, PG – OK, he's a little young to be writing about but he's here so that makes him fair game. This our second time seeing him three weeks and he's got us believing. The youngster has game and a presence at his position. He's out here hooping and having fun and he's a real good looking prospect … down the road.

Dominique Sutton was watched by assistants from Wake Forest and Oklahoma. … Ty Walker was checked out by a Wake Forest assistant; the Deacons have offered. … Over at Nike Camp, it was reported that Clemson received a commitment from Terrence Oglesby, a shooter out of the South. …

Texan Kris Richards informed us that Arizona State, SMU, Virginia, Wichita Stat and Rice are keeping up with him. … Tyler Griffey, a 2009 power forward, has already been hit up by Missouri, St. Louis, Illinois and Kansas. …

Isaiah Tate, who is about to heat up, is being recruited by the boys from Ivy League and American. …

Jake Kelly. He's heating up. Word was that he played well again in the nightcap. He's got a little buzz going about him in the gym among the assistants from various levels. … Pierre Jordan, a 2008 kid who committed early to Clemson, had the best game we've seen from his this season. … Senario Hillman is easily one of the best wing athletes in this class and he's tremendous as a finisher. He missed a dunk tonight and that doesn't happen too often unless he's not locked in and hits the back of the rim!

"I'm not looking at anyone past the Class of 2007. That's a little presumptuous."

  • One assistant coach said with a chuckle. Even in the summer guys worry about job security!


  • Nike Camp (July 7-9). However, we'll have a report from the adidas Superstar All-Star game a day after the event closes.

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