NBA Camp: Day 1 Rundown, Part A

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Scout.com's No. 1 ranked rising junior, Tristan Thompson, delivered the goods on day one of the NBA Camp. To go with his impressive outing, Mfon Udofia, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Kevin Parrom put up strong efforts as well.

Christian Watford, PF – The 6-foot-9 face up four-man was active throughout his evening contest. He ran the floor, used his athleticism inside and knocked down a three-pointer. The Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley standout also showed great body control in the lane and recorded a bunch of finishes around the basket on his way to a double-figure outing.

Mfon Udofia, PG – Whether it was playing on or off the ball, the Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove standout was impressive on Wednesday. The southpaw was diming up his teammates, especially in the open court, where he managed to slip passes in tight spaces. The active combo guard also kept the defense honest by connecting on a three-pointer from the wing.


Parrom Shows Off His Stroke
Tommy Mason-Griffin, PG – Udofia's backcourt mate, Mason-Griffin played just as well and the two actually fed off of each other rather well. Just like Udofia, Mason-Griffin played an unselfish brand of ball and was looking to drive and kick majority of the time. The 5-foot-11 built lead guard didn't do a ton of scoring but did hit a tough left-handed lay up in transition.

Kevin Parrom, SF – The 6-foot-5 wing out of New York put on a shooting clinic in the night cap. Although Parrom's form isn't textbook, as he puts his left hand towards the top of the ball, he has great rotation and gets good lift on his shot. He went 5-for-5 from three and also managed to finish with his off hand in traffic. Parrom finished with 17 on the game.

Jordan Hamilton, SF -- When his camp team needed a bucket, Hamilton was the go-to guy. The 6-foot-7 wing wasn't shooting deep jumpers, as he usually does, instead he attacked the rim and had a handful of adjusting finishes around the basket.

Tristan Thompson, PF – In a match up with Jeremy Tyler, Thompson put together a heck of an effort. The now 6-foot-9 face up four went to work inside, scoring off tough finishes around the rim, and also managed to mix in some strong drives from the top of the key. Although Thompson gave up quite a few pounds to Tyler, he managed to keep the opposition in check by using his length to alter shots. Thompson, who is ranked No. 1 by Scout.com, certainly lived up to his ranking on day one.

Josh Hairston, PF – After putting together a pretty good week at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Hairston took three days off before heading to Charlottesville. Despite the hectic schedule, Hairston played extremely well in his final game of the day. He's skilled inside and used hooks and fadeways to score on the block. Although it was clear that Garrick Sherman's size bothered him, he managed to maneuver around him and got out in transition to get easy buckets.

Garrick Sherman showed that he's capable of scoring inside. When he got the ball on the block, he took his time and dropped in jump hooks. He also managed to score with his off hand when he spun to the right block.

Matched up against David Wear, Erik Murphy went to work inside. He finished with 12 points, which included hooks and a number of scrappy offensive put backs that he basically took from the opposition.

Despite not scoring in the first half of his night game, Jon Hood came back in the second session looking to score. He showed off his impressive mid-range game by knocking down a pair of step-in jumpers from 18-feet and nailing a floater in the lane.


Udofia Got After It On Day One
Mfon Udofia said he's still open. He listed Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Marquette, Minnesota, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina.

Nate Lubick said his phone has been ringing off the hook since coaches could begin calling 2010 recruits. The head coaches that have called are John Thompson, Dave Leitao, Ben Howland, Rick Barnes, Dino Gaudio, Billy Donovan, John Beilein, Trent Johnson and Gary Williams.

Kevin Parrom claimed scholarship offers from Xavier, South Carolina, St. John, Rutgers, Providence, Rhode Island and Marquette. He's also heard from Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Clemson.

"Just wait until you all run into Kobe," Karron Johnson said to Phil Pressey. Pressey responds, "Who's Kobe?" Johnson chimes back, "You're looking at him."


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