Reebok U: Day 1

PHILADELPHIA – A few interesting names have emerged out of Reebok U., including a handful of underclassmen. Plus the old stand bys did their thing at the inaugural event.

Kevin Jones, PF – In the game we caught he had a huge first half mixing up the mid-range shots with boardwork inside. The young man is a legit high level power forward who will work and knows the game. Like him more each time out.

William Buford vs. Elliot Williams – This matchup was one we wanted to see. Like a lot of head-to-heads this summer, we'd have to give the nod to Buford, the slightly higher ranked player but it was well played by both. Buford is more than just a scorer, he's a thinking man's wing when it comes to shot selection. Williams, whose confidence couldn't be higher, slithers his around the court until he sees a crack and attacks. We're talking about two all-american caliber wings that actually stepped up and guarded each other.

J'Mison Morgan, C – Here's a novel idea: toss it to the big fella. When the ball was fed his way he converted and in a manner reflective of his potential. "Bobo" was beasting guys when he could. The low post spin and dunk was textbook and he's got that in him. In settings like this one, you have to look for "markers" of what guys can do and Morgan can score it down low and finish with the best at his position.

Miller Earns Admirers
Dwight Miller, PF – The native Bahamian is on the high-major watch list. Some have offered, others are intrigued. Miller has work to do to round out his game and can tone done the careless mistakes. What he does is catch your eye with his size, skill and he's definitely a new name to begin tracking. His touch isn't bad around the cup.

Justin Brownlee, SF – The post graduate forward is a total energy guy. He scores in droves off attacks and a game that strikes to mid-range. He's that kid at camp that's so active you can't help but notice him. Guys were scrambling in a quest for information.

Brian Walsh, SG – We've only seen him a few times but he strikes as the perfect player for Sean Miller. Miller, the son of a coach, is going to like the kid's feel and ability to make shots from different spots in the floor. Walsh makes correct decisions and his 30 foot bounce pass in traffic wasn't bad either. Observers felt this was his best day of the camp.

Renaldo Woolridge, SF – The shots were falling for the son of a former NBAer on Monday. In fact, Woolridge was smoking it pretty good in his nightcap. When he's making shots from the perimeter you can see why programs are interested. The challenge will be continually finding other ways to contribute besides his jump shot.

Tyshawn Taylor, PG – Here's a kid with one high-major offer and a big opportunity in front of him. As schools peer around for PG targets, he's on the watch list. Taylor had his moments. If he can show the ability to make 3s (up and down today) and value the ball (could stand to improve) he'll get his rides. He's a legit presence at the position and that helps him.

Wall Creates Buzz
John Wall, CG – The Raleigh native was good in the spring but he's pretty much blown up here. Before we even got to the event the buzz was brewing about the herky-jerky athlete who gets to the rim and finishes. Then we didn't see anyone here slow his progress to the rim.

His perimeter game behind the arc (zero 3's thus far) isn't there but the other pieces are lining up for a high-major recruitment. Since the high school season he's made considerable strides and has shown to be one of the best underclassmen guards at Reebok U.

Maalik Wayns, PG – With the hometown Villanova fans in the stands Wayns provided the camp with a few "wow" moments. Jet quick and adept at finishing Wayns has the talent to be the next big timer in the Wildcats guard pipeline. His entrance into the camp game breathed a breath of life into an otherwise mediocre contest. This will shake out to be an excellent pickup by Jay Wright's charges.

Tristan Thompson, PF – The next big thing out of Canada, eh? No question this import, who will attend St. Benedict's, has big time tattooed all over him. The young man is diverse, athletic and though already 6-foot-8 he's got more room to expand. Easily one of the elite members of the Class of 2010 nationally.

We heard a rumor that Terrence Jennings was Maryland-bound so we asked him about it. The native Californian indicated that while he liked the Terps he did not commit. "I have not made a decision yet," Jennings said. Memphis and Washington were mentioned and we're hearing UConn in the mix as well. …

Big man Josh Crittle told that Marquette is his leader. Iowa and Virginia have offered while Indiana, Kansas State and Virginia Tech are looking. … Center Festus Ezeli has outstanding grades and waiting to hear if he's been cleared to play this year. The native of Nigeria may prep or pick from Iowa State, UCLA, Cal, Florida, DePaul and Oregon State if they end up offering. …

Terrence Jennings doesn't dunk he punishes rims. … Dante Anderson, a Top 100 player who died last month, is remember at camp by each camper who wears his number on their jersey. … Colin Reddick, a 2009er, doesn't get a lot of chances. Not to worry, we took note of the jump hooks he dropped when given the opportunity. They were glimpses, albeit brief, but glimpses into the future. … Junior Joseph Bertrand is beginning to look comfortable. Lacking the physical tools to leave a big impact, he's tantalized you with what he can be next season. He's coming along. … Brandon Jennings is leading the camp in scoring. …

Stanford coach Trent Johnson broke from his stay of watching the Wear Twins and took in a game from committed wing Jarrett Mann. … Maryland's Gary Williams watched Isaiah Armwood, Terrence Jennings and Maurice Creek on Friday. …

William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver was eyeballing wing Mike Shanahan. … Missouri's Mike Anderson and Jacksonville's Cliff Warren eyeballed Shaquille Johnson. … Billy Donovan, Bob Huggins and Mike Krzyzewski were in the crowd for Kenny Boynton. The Duke head man also made a point to see Elliot Williams, Kendall Marshall and Nolan Dennis. ... Elliot Williams drew Duke, Bruce Pearl, Dave Leitao and a Memphis assistant. …

Thompson Emerges
Tyshawn Taylor has an offer from Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech, DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, West Virginia and Cincinnati are looking. … Sophomore John Wall has interest from North Carolina State, Clemson and Virginia. … J'Mison Morgan has it trimmed to Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Alabama and UCLA. "It'll be about the relationship I have with the players and coaches," Morgan said. Official visits are the order of the day for the big fella. …

Wing Sean Kilpatrick is trying to earn schollies this month. Syracuse, Minnesota, Miami, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and St. John's are looking. … Dwight Miller has offers from Virginia Commonwealth, Oregon State and Tulane. Purdue, Nebraska, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are looking. Expect Virginia to begin evaluating him as well in addition to Vanderbilt. …

Justin Brownlee likes Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida State and California. We're not sure what the interest level of those programs is but he's having a great camp. … Kevin Jones said Ohio State is new to his list. UCLA is looking and Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pitt have been staples. … Olek Czyz holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Arizona State, Pepperdine and Washington State. The Cougars offered first and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski watched him today. …

"We used to be able to go out and evaluate in July but not anymore. Everyone is committed and now (early) mistakes are being made."

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