Brandon Knight vs. Kyrie Irving: The premier guard matchup at camp tilted in favor of the Floridian as Knight scored 15 points (1 assist, 1 rebound) in a head to head with Irving (5 points, 1 assist). Knight's length on defense hindered Irving and kept him out of the lane. In the second half, Knight was dialed in offensively. Irving, who has been super this spring, hasn't found his perimeter stroke in two games here; look for him to rebound on Friday. Irving had a lot of assist chances that his teammates didn't finish off.
Nate Lubick, PF: Someone forgot to tell Lubick that his game (Knight vs. Irving) was supposed to be center stage for the backcourt guys. Lubick hustled his way to 17 points and used his "old school" approach to get it done. Others have prettier games, but Lubick grinds it out, runs the floor and has developed his face-up game.
Michael Cobbins, PF: He seems longer than he is tall and long term he's an easy mark. The lefty is rangy in the post and goes to the rim with the intention of intention of dunking hard. Excellent looking prospect.
Kendall Marshall vs. Joe Jackson: This was savvy versus speed and speed came out on top though both played well. Marshall's vision is his best asset and he's an unselfish guy at the point. In the first half, his passing was on point. In the second, Jackson shook loose, defended and finished. A one-handed, lefty dunk proved his point as one of the most athletic backcourt players here. At camp he's been getting loose in the paint, getting after it on defense and has been a standout. Jackson had 16, Marshall 6 for the game in a solid showing for Marshall and an excellent one for Jackson.
Adreian Payne vs Fab Melo: Clearly there were some great match ups during the first day of camp. To go with the two guard battles we saw on Thursday, we witnessed these two elite level big men go head-to-head. Payne threw the first punch, as he caught Melo napping and threw down a dunk in traffic. But Melo didn't get down. He got even. The 6-foor-11, 260-pound big man stepped out and knocked down a pair of 18-footers and in the second half showed a right jump hook. Payne's playing about as well as he has in his high school career. He's active, aggressive and playing hard on both ends. Melo's skill set is impressive for such a big kid. Once the excess weight comes off, he'll be even better.
Madracus Wade, CG: One of the final invites to camp has played with a chip on his shoulder and brought the intensity. He's getting loose on his drives and finishing inside. What we like is the confidence to get to the rim and make a play. He'll need to steady his jumper to put the finishing touches on his game.
Andre Dawkins, SG: There aren't a lot of guys – if any – in the class of the 2010 with the stroke that Dawkins has from long range. Every deep ball he shoots seemingly has a chance to go down. His form and release are perfect, and his range is well past the line. The 6-foot-4 wing is athletic too. He reeled off at least two of his patented right-handed baseline dunks during the first day.
J.T. Terrell, SG: At times the Wake Forest commit can get a bit wild with his shot selection, but that doesn't mean he can't play. In the second session he dropped in a handful of three-pointers, a pair of pull-up jumpers from 18-feet and had a nice finish with his off hand in traffic.
Damontre Harris, C: He's starting to come along as a prospect. Harris is long, moves well and is pretty active. He hit a handful of mid-range jumpers in the game we watched. The 6-foot-9 big man is still lacking strength, but his game is coming together.
Rakeem Christmas, C: The best shot blocker in the country lived up to the billing Thursday night. Christmas blocked two on one possession and never stopped. Everything he does is above the rim. He had a dunk in traffic over two guys that was a gamestopper. One of the elites in his class, he had 12 and over a half dozen blocks.
Michael Gilchrist, SF: Loved his Friday night game. He had 10 points including a sequence where he blocked a shot and went coast to coast, finishing with an explosive dunk. What he does so well is create and not only for himself. Gilchrist is an elite of the elites because of what he does for his teammates and the competitive fire that burns inside him.
Tarik Black is a violent finisher. Every dunk is powerful and authoritative. He took a charge Thursday night. … Kendall Marshall had some strong feeds to Gilchrist. … J.T. Terrell scored 26 to bail his team out. … Will Regan isn't the most athletic or talented guy here but he's emptied his tank every time out on the floor. … Jared Sullinger keeps on producing. He knows how to use his big body as well as any guy his size the past few years. … Brandon Knight's length on defense sets him apart from every single elite guard in this class. He's tall, athletic, rangy and a handful at both ends.
Damontre Harris, a center, is a long term stock. He's that unknown guy from Fayetteville who hasn't figured it out yet but has great tools. He was hitting face ups Thursday evening. … Justin Coleman's ascension will be swift after his efforts here. …
37 guys showed up for the morning workout including Brandon Knight and Harrison Barnes for the second day in a row. … Jayvaughn Pinkston stepped right off the plane and got involved. Excellent ball skills for a guy the other kids refer to as "Barkley."
Roscoe Smith, who played his junior season at Baltimore (Md.) Walbrook, said following the evening session that he'll be heading to play for Steve Smith at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill for his final season.