We had a chance to watch the afternoon workout and scrimmage. The top performer of the day was Tristan Thompson. He was the hardest worker and most impressive player during the drills. He's becoming more explosive as his body gains strength. One of the moves and dunks he made was so strong that camp paused to appreciate his efforts. He's using both hands inside and making it look easy.
Tony Wroten has a gift: he can be a high level passer. There's a tint of O.J. Mayo to his game when he gets it going for other guys. His vision and ability to deliver the basketball sometimes get dwarfed by his talent level.
Uncommitted forward Dominique Ferguson surprised with his jump shot. Frankly, his range and touch that far from the hoop caught us a little off guard. Blending that talent with his work inside (he was mainly on the perimeter at this event) is the next step for this elite talent.
We've seen it through the spring and nothing happened on Saturday to change our mind. Nick Johnson, a sophomore point guard, has one of the best strokes in his class, period. Eventually he'll blend that stroke in with his athleticism as he continues to get more acquainted with the point position.
Ray McCallum is a talented kid and winning guy. He had the best feel at his position of all the points in the event. Absolutely nothing flashy but he has command of his team, the ability and vision to get guys involved plus there's a calming sense he brings with his style. There's a reason why the big boys covet him and the thinking is they see a winner.
LeBryan Nash looked strong and his game was very impressive. The 2010 forward can score and the points were coming with his jumper and work going to the cup. This was a very good day for him.
Heard of Jordan Price (2012) yet? You will. He's got a strong body, great size and he looks like he could be a scorer with a tight jumper. Could wind up being anywhere from a point to small forward depending on how big and what direction his game goes. Talent.
Camp Participants: Ray McCallum, Trae Golden, Trey Zeigler, Tony Wroten, Jordan McRae, Justin Martin, Tristan Thompson, Dominique Ferguson, Josh Hairston, Josh Smith, Myck Kabongo, Marquis Teague, Nick Johnson, Kevin Ware, Jordan Price, Rodney Hood, LeBryan Nash, Chane Behanan, Cody Zeller, Rakeem Christmas and Marshall Plumlee.