NBA Camp: Day 4

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It's playoff time at the NBA Camp. Tyler Zeller had a strong opener. So did Miles Plumlee and a handful of other campers.

Tyler Zeller, PF – Last year Kevin Love dazzled us with his unique ability to toss pin point outlet passes. This year's equivalent is Zeller's talent as a runner of the floor. Others can't/don't find him in transition and he makes them pay. Today's clinic came at the hands of Xavier Gibson whom Zeller outscored 18-4; Gibson may have re-injured his hand when he was fouled on a breakout dunk attempt. Right, lefty it didn't matter as Zeller racked up the points.

Miles Plumlee, PF – The future Stanford signee had it flowing and tuned up his opponents for 19 points. He made a 3 and was followed, finished with both hands inside and saved his best camp game for a playoff performance.

Kenny Kadji, C – Over the course of 4 days he's made strides and his confidence on offense has followed suit. Basically, his activity has been up and his production followed. He'll be entrenched as a Top 25 prospect for sometime.

There's a buzz about Jordan Hamilton and his class status. Hamilton addressed the rumor that he's Class of 2008 or will be. "That's totally not right," the wing said Saturday morning. His mother explained a problem with paperwork that occurred in the past and they've filed with the school district. The family expects to have a resolution soon. "There shouldn't be a problem," Hamilton's mother said. "He's 16 and we'll work it out." …

Forward Paris Bennett has nice options. He indicated tons of interest from Temple, LaSalle, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Fordham. … Terrell Holloway understands July is a key month. St. John's may be closest to offering and is on the list (no offers yet) with West Virginia, Virginia, Marquette and Texas A&M. …

Terrance Henry's feet get ahead of his hands. A simple pause in the post will eliminate the turnovers he's prone to once he catches the ball. On a major positive side, his wingspan is major league and he knows what to do with the length. … Ron Steele's energy was infectious at the point and one of the driving forces in his team's win. …

Mookie Jones and Kevin Jones? Which one do you like? We've flipped coins on which projects higher only to come to the conclusion that they are both good and use different means to achieve results. Kevin has committed to being the inside-out threat he can be and his rebounding has been solid. Meanwhile, Mookie's versatility – on defense too – is impressive. … Didn't see the game but Samuels (19 points) vs. Mullens (8) went the way of the future Cardinals center. …

At this point in the year we're looking for anything to separate point men by. Larry Drew and Anthony Crater locked up in the morning. Drew's offense was crisp (8 points) and he's quicker. Crater didn't score in the game and Drew's team got the win. …


T-1	Samardo Samuels	        12.29
T-1	Tony Mitchell	        12.29
  2	Derrick Favors	        12.14
T-3	Elston	Turner		12.0		
T-3	Brandon Jennings	12.0
  4	Terrell Vinson	        11.86
  5	Noel Johnson	        11.71
T-6	DeQuan Jones	        11.0
T-6	Elliot Williams	        11.0
  7	Isaiah Thomas	        10.71
  8	Kenny Boynton	        10.57
  9	Demar DeRozan	        10.43
T-10	Xavier Henry		10.14
T-10	Kevin Jones		10.14

C.J. Williams is averaging 13.0 points but only played in 2 games thus far.

  • This concludes our "live" coverage of the camp. We'll check back with scoring leaders and championship results.

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