Hoop Jamboree: The Bigs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2008 Nike Hoop Jamboree unearthed a handful of big man previously not on Scout.com's radar. Plus, we'll clue you in on James McAdoo and Jared Sullinger and how they did in regards to their peers.

Before we break down big boys from the 2008 Nike Hoop Jamboree, it's vital to understand one basic premise: wings dominated this camp.

In the past, Greg Oden and Tyler Hansbrough worked out on the rims at Simon Rec Center on the campus of St. Louis University. This time around, there wasn't a dominant post man who dominated each session. However, there were some excellent prospects.


When it came to power forwards, the name James McAdoo (2011, Virginia) was on everyone's lips. The 2011 big man – the son of two former Old Dominion players – displayed a skilled game that should expand inside with added strength in the coming years.

The 6-foot-8 McAdoo likely has a few more inches of growth remaining. His steady presence and play was commended with each session. A strong spring was verified by his showing in St. Louis.

Good Week For Hairston
Josh Hairston (2010, Virginia) performed at a high enough level to warrant the second mention on this list. His combination of inside-outside participation was strong. Playing his role for a talented camp team didn't hurt either.

Julian Royal (2011, Georgia) took a while to get his "A" game going. It wasn't until a match up with McAdoo that he began finding his comfort zone. At 6-7, you'd like to see him get bigger because the tools are there.

Tobi Oyedeji (2010, Texas), in our mind, played his best basketball since the high school season. He demonstrated a high skill level inside to go with his length. Not the tallest kid at 6-7, but a battler with more skill than we previously figured.

Melvin Tabb (2010, North Carolina) had his best event of the season and was responsible for a posterizing dunk that created whispers throughout camp. Okaro White (Florida, 2010) had a strong opening day until a stray elbow loosened a few teeth and prematurely ended his camp.

KEEY AN EYE ON – Mike Shaw (2011, Illinois), Zach Peters (2012, Texas), Aaron Ross (2011, Arkansas), Chane Behanan (2011, Ohio), Kyle Wiltjer (2011, Oregon).


Jared Sullinger (2010, Ohio) exited camp as the top performer at this position. His final day was definitely his best effort and there's something to be said for that. As strong as he was at the end of camp, he left scraps on the table earlier in the week. This event was set up for him to polish off all comers inside and it took him a while to get established.

Sullinger Finishes Strong
Sullinger's AAU teammate, Adreian Payne (Ohio, 2010), wasn't bad either. He was asked to rebound and block shots on his team and he did just that. Long and athletically gifted, Payne presents problems on the defensive end.

Speaking of defense, we fell hard for Rakeem Christmas (2011, Pennsylvania). The long-armed shot blocker wasn't a guy we had spotted previously so it was quite the surprise to see him swatting away shots.

Another pleasant surprise and young man we feel has tremendous long-term potential is Meyers Leonard (2010, Illinois). With added beef and strength, we're projecting him to be a high-level prospect in the near future.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR – Kevin Johnson (California, 2011), Malcolm Gilbert (2011, Delaware), Dwight Powell (2010, Canada), Jordan Latham (2010, Maryland), Greg Lewis (2011, Maryland), Will Regan (2010, New York), Tyler Adams (2011, Mississippi).


Longest Reach – Payne (9-feet), Christmas (8-11), Oyedeji (8-11), Johnson (8-11), Tyler Adams (8-11), Josh Henderson (8-11), Leonard (8-11), C.J. Aiken (8-10), Kadeem Green (8-10), Tavares Sledge (8-10), Sullinger (8-10).

Wingspan -- Oyedeji (7-foot-5), Green (7-3), Seantrel Henderson (7-2), Sullinger (7-1), Johnson (7-1), Johnny O'Bryant (7-1), Adams (7-1), Aiken (7-1), McAdoo (7-1), Leonard (7-1).

There were no bigs who finished amongst the Top 10 scorers at camp. The top big man producers were Sullinger (12.6), Regan (12.6), Adams (11.6), McAdoo (11.0) and Oyedeji (10.8).

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