NBA Camp: Day 1 Rundown, Part B

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The play was ragged but the stars were in the house for the first night of the NBA Players Association Camp. Wally Judge was on top of his game all day Wednesday.

Wally Judge, PF – After a mediocre spring, the Kansas State commitment hit the restart button on Wednesday. In camp situations where you know guys are going to jack, there's one way to approach it as a big: be aggressive. Aggressive doesn't mean jack it up yourself; it means get active.

During his first run, Judge was on the court opposing Stephen Van Treese and Jordan Morgan, Judge was the aggressor. He ran the floor, blocked shots and outside of a few heat check jumpers, was productive with his offense. His 10 and 7 was loud. In the nightcap he was even better.

Alex Oriakhi, PF/C – With good talent on the opposing team, this was the man. He didn't post huge numbers but the manner in which he went about his business was workmanlike. When he chooses, he's a force on the glass. Come into his area and he'll send it back. The mid-range jumper was an added bonus.

Murray Has A Chance
Aaric Murray, C – Clearly he's got a lot to learn which is fine by us. Credit him for being an excellent board man who fears no one. Polish up the edges, obtain a consistent go-to move and he quickly assimilates into a high-major rotation. He's not on the circuit much so these impressions are important.

Daniel Orton, C – CBS analyst Seth Davis sat courtside and watched him display all of his talents – power, passing, finishing – in a single game. Clearly a Top 10 kid in this game, if Orton's lucky Davis and Clark Kellogg will be arguing over how far he can take a team in the Big Dance one day. We love Aaric Murray but Orton was too much muscle for him and the scoring tools too strong.

Kenny Boynton, SG – Shocker: Boynton had command of his jumper. We caught his second game and it was nothing but solid by Boynton's standards.

Rusian Pateev, C – The Montverde product stood his ground in the post and rejected shots. It was our initial glance at him and the size will be attractive. Not a bad looking prospect. He had 10 and 5 in his first game.

Tristan Thompson vs. C.J. Leslie -- This was a good test for both guys as they kicked off camp against each other. Picture a pair of 6-foot-8 (Thompson may be 6-9), long-armed guys staring at each other in the mirror. One's a lefty, the other a righty and their body styles are similar.

They got into each other early, taking turns frustrating the other. Both had their moments, both rejected the other. Overall, Thompson was slightly more aggressive and productive, finishing with both hands at the rim. Leslie too had his moments including a strong second half sequence. We didn't see the game but Thompson saved his best as he easily captured a win over Jeremy Tyler later in the night.

Josh Selby vs. Phil Pressey – Contrasting styles of rising junior point guard were on display. You can safely assume Selby didn't leave his game in St. Louis; he scored 14. The Baltimore native's jumper was on point. He's bouncing around having a great time. Pressey, a pass-first, smaller point man, hit Selby with a tough spin move. Both are coming soon to a high-major program near you.

Dominic Cheek dislocated a finger and may be questionable. He didn't play in the second game. … Tyler Haws has offers from BYU, Utah, Davidson and Harvard. California, Wake Forest and Stanford are looking. After camp, Haws and his family head south to visit Wake Forest and Davidson unofficially. …

Nice work by Jared Sullinger who got aggressive and set the tone for himself with 10 and 10 out of the gate. As important as the points and boards was the passing out of the post that looked outstanding. … Carlos Lopez runs the floor extremely enthusiastically for a big fella. … You can tell Tyler Haws would prefer some structure. Still, he was productive and you can see his savvy. … We didn't see either game but John Jenkins net stripped his way to 20 points and Trent Lockett hit for 23. … This is the sweetest shooting camp frontcourt you'll see: Ryan Kelly and Milton Jennings together. …

Josh Selby said Tennessee, Texas, Louisville, Florida, Memphis, Virginia and Georgia Tech were pursuing with vigor. … Aaric Murray lists Temple, Villanova, St. Joe's, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. All have offered. … Karron Johnson has a few on his mind. "I've been feeling Memphis lately," the power forward said. Kansas, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Seton Hall are in the mix. …

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