Justin Coleman, SF – Relatively unheard of prior to this event, Coleman, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder, didn't waste any time showing off his talent at the NBA Camp. A strong, athletic wing, Coleman went for 23 points in his first round game. To go with the handful of three-pointers he knocked in, Coleman also scored at the rim. He's a high level athlete that has no problem finishing above the rim. He didn't show a middle game, but he's got time to develop that.
Stacey Poole, SG – Over the course of the past few years we've watched Poole a number of times, but his first round game at NBA Camp was the best effort we've seen from him. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has a strong jumper with range to 22-feet, but also has an impressive mid-range game that consists of pull-up jumpers and floaters. The opposition had trouble keeping him off the scoreboard, as he was third in scoring through the opening game with 19 points.
Adreian Payne, C – Potential is the key word with Payne. Most games he shows a move or puts together a series of plays that impress us. In his opening camp game, he put together more than just a few plays. His drive and dunk through contact was the most impressive play though. His length, athleticism, and ability to run the floor are just a few of his quality attributes.
Jelan Kendrick, SF – A unique prospect, Kendrick is a versatile player that can play a handful of positions. At 6-foot-5 he sees the floor very well and is a talented passer. On this day, Kendrick was looking to get buckets and he made it look easy. He relentlessly attacked the rim, and when he didn't make it all the way to the tin, he showed his nice touch by dropping in floaters. Kendrick scored 15 in his opening round game.
Tristan Thompson, PF – Carrying more weight than he has in the past, Thompson put up a pretty solid outing for his first game of the day. Aggressively he attacked the basket and tried to dunk everything inside. Demanding the ball inside, he posted hard and completed an And 1 play late in the game, as he sealed a defender and threw down a thunderous two-handed flush. He went for 12 points.
Anthony Brown, SF – A skilled a wing that is a year young for his age, Brown showed his aggressive scoring side in his first camp game. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing hunted tough, mid-range jumpers and scored them at a good clip. Brown still needs to add some weight to his frame and get stronger, but he's a pretty good looking prospect.
Kendall Marshall, PG – Marshall's smooth game was on full display in his first game of the day. With a handful of weapons on each wing, Marshall went into all out create mode and tossed out six assists. If polled I'm sure there's a lot of campers that would love to have this pass first floor general as their camp PG. He also scored nine points.
Crandall Head, SG – The past few times we've seen him, Head has had less than desirable efforts. But effort level was high on the first day of camp, as Head came ready to play. He was active on both ends, attacked the rim and appeared quicker and in more control. He didn't get a lot of points, but he still had a solid outing.
Trey Zeigler said he's hoping to take visits to LSU, Arizona and Arizona State in the near future. To go with those three, he said he's got UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Minnesota also trailing him.
Surprisingly enough Justin Coleman doesn't claim a scholarship offer. He's picked up interest from Xavier, Indiana, Charlotte, Marquette, Oklahoma, Duke, Central Florida, Maryland, Boston College and Florida.
Josh Hairston, a Duke commit, was active throughout his contest. He's got a nice looking hook shot and plays hard. On his birthday, Richard Solomon played pretty well. He remains active and despite lacking weight likes to get physical and attack the glass searching for rebounds and put back opportunities. Trey Zeigler has no problem scoring. He's got a strong frame, good ball skills and a quality jump shot. Terrence Jones had his moments in the first session. His length is always a factor defensively and he continues to be aggressive on the offensive end.