NBA Camp: Day 3 (Morning)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – There's a guy at camp who has been in double digits 4 of his 5 games. Everyone knows his name but Derrick Favors' under the radar presence isn't going unnoticed at NBA Camp.

Tyler Zeller, PF – When guys like Zeller and Samardo Samuels are on the same floor you'd hope for a fireworks show. Didn't happen. Zeller does have an evening tilt with B.J. Mullens and that could be a rankings booster for somebody. Mullens, reportedly, warmed up well with a strong morning session.

Kenny Frease vs. Yancy Gates – Again, given the proximity or where each is ranked in relation to the other, we didn't expect any lopsided outcome. What we got was a bad camp game that turned into a somewhat spirited matchup in the second half, albeit a brief one. Frease controlled the boards. Gates' shining moment came on a face up spinner past Frease. In medieval terms, the joust was a complete draw.

Derrick Favors, C – What gets you about Favors is how quiet he handles his business. He won't say it publicly but his knee is bothering him though it seemingly isn't hampering him. The kid has scored against every matchup – big or small – we've seen him encounter. Again, not loud games but extremely productive (8, 13, 15, 14 points respectively).

With Ty Walker and Ben Cronin – a pair of big fellas – eating space, Favors was able to turn the scoreboard. Plus, Elliot Williams did his thing and when we left at the half they were up 19 and not looking back.

Iman Shumpert's original plan included July visits to Bradley and Notre Dame. Upon learning he couldn't do that in July the timetable for trimming the list was amended to August. The players are Marquette, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Wisconsin, the Irish and Braves. …

Terrance Henry, Scout.com's No. 61 prospect, is feeling the love from Ole Miss, Kansas, Baylor, Arkansas, LSU and Miami. … Ralph Sampson will be at UCLA's elite camp in the near future. The Bruins have not offered but are showing interest and Sampson is listening. California and UNLV are the new entrants and they join Minnesota and Georgia Tech, the established schools on his list. …

Statistics are being kept at camp and some guys are really putting up good numbers. Here's a word of caution: the best five kids on each team (for the most part) play in the 2nd and 4th quarters. Some guys are getting fat off the second teamers. It's no one's control when they play but the sledding is tougher with the big dawgs in there. ...

Kenny Gabriel gradually has felt his way through camp and allowed his athleticism to shine. A fence sitter between mid and high level programs, this setting is good practice for July when he'll be playing for scholarships. …

Mason Plumlee, a 2009 forward, is going to require a program that understands his strengths. He'll mix it up inside but he'll be best suited and most happy at a place where a balance between the paint and being able to handle and create away from the hoop is struck. …

When it comes to senior point guards, two have created a gap at this camp. Brandon Jennings is No. 1 and Kemba Walker is No. 2. We're waiting for the next point man to begin the process of separating himself in the Class of 2008. …


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