NBA Camp: Day 1 (Morning)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– Brandon Jennings (surprise, surprise) got it done in the opening session of the NBAPA Camp. The nation's top point guard was on point against another Top 100 prospect.

Brandon Jennings, PG – We didn't devote our full attention to his game BUT we know he dominated. Against Larry Drew and Co. Jennings was in complete command of his game and his team. Jennings (24 points) has turned in some memorable games and this camp effort falls into that category. The morning session's top performer.

JaMychal Green, PF – Production is made simple by this guy. Every time we see him he's ready to score. A master of opportunity buckets mixed with bounce and fortitude inside, Green is always active and efficient. By the way, playing that way is a choice and you know what you're going to get with him. In a game with a lot of size this morning, Green found a way to stand out.

Ty Walker, PF – Ask Daniel Orton if Ty Walker is a good shot blocker; Walker pinned him twice with calling card rejections. A player in the making – and he's getting there year by year – Walker shuns physical play and gets frustrated at times. When he's able to create space he's able to score.

Elston Turner, SG – In our viewings of him he's been average. Today he was outstanding. Turner stuck to the script and took advantage of his chances. He made open 3s and converted his drives. Nothing flashy but very workmanlike and efficient.


Sampson Improving
Chris Singleton, PF/SF – His opening game first half was exactly what folks picture when his name comes up. Singleton played under control, executed and finished his drives and kept his chances on the perimeter reasonable. Unfortunately in the second half the effort level wasn't nearly the same. To make a leap in the rankings its imperative he piece together complete games; he's more than capable of doing so. He had 14 in the opener.

Ralph Sampson, C – An honest assessment of Sampson at this camp last year put him squarely at the bottom of the post players list. Fast forward a year and he's one of the quickest risers in the senior class. Sampson made a series of mid-range jumpers and we believe he will win over the big boys in July. First he's got to continue improving and get his tail on the glass!

Xavier Henry, SG – If you can't evaluate him in the layup line you're destined to miss the boat. Henry's slashes and athletic finishes put him in the spotlight. His ability to make shots from different areas on the court is tremendous.

Trey Thompkins is at camp hobbling around on crutches and is unable to participate. … Demar DeRozan was sporting a Southern Cal T-Shirt today and that's a good sign for Trojans fans. …

Kenny Boynton has already heard from Coach K at Duke, Villanova, Texas, Wake Forest, Ohio State and Miami. Offers have been collected from the Wildcats, Buckeyes, Seminoles, ‘Canes, Clemson Tigers and Deacons. …

Dashan Harris was at Kentucky two weeks ago. He's been to California, Florida State and USC. The list: FSU, Cincinnati, Kentucky, USC, Cal and Indiana. … 2009's Dominic Cheek rattled off Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse, Georgetown and North Carolina. …

Michael Dunigan said Duke called him recently along with Connecticut, Cincinnati and Virginia. Purdue, Illinois, Oregon, Iowa, Georgetown, Kentucky, Kansas and Wisconsin are established on his list. Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Oregon have had him on campus. …

Devoe Joseph indicated that Arkansas, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Michigan have offered. He has not seen any of those campuses to date. …

Angel Garcia lists Memphis, Louisville, Indiana and Florida. He's seen them all except for the Gators and may visit them next week. … Eliott Williams is likely to trim his list to 4-5 after this camp. …

Jordan Hamilton stroked a last second game-winner. … Samardo Samuels and Mike Rosario were two guys who had the gym buzzing. Samuels had 15 and 5 and Rosario 19. … Kyle Hardrick had the double-double in the morning with 15 and 11. …

Scott Suggs is coming around and in a setting where everyone thinks shot first, Suggs impressed with his three first half assists and basketball feel. … C.J. Harris, only a rising junior, is here working on his PG skills and has made steady progress. …


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