NBA Camp: Day 2 Morning Session

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The play on the second day at the NBA Camp picked up. There was a huge match up between Harrison Barnes and Michael Gilchrist, plus a surprise all-star game.

Day two at the NBA Camp got started off with a bang as Harrison Barnes, the top player in the 2010 class, and Michael Gilchrist, the soon to be top player in the 2011 class, went head-to-head.

The open frame went to Gilchrist, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick. He attacked the rim with some aggression and had a handful of finishes in transition. Barnes on the other hand got off to a slow start, but managed a finish at the rim and three-pointer. The half time score was: Gilchrist- 12, Barnes- 5.

Then in the second half things changed. Barnes forced Gilchrist to shoot, by playing six or seven feet off of him, and Gilchrist struggled to score. Then mid-way through the second half Gilchrist had a sweet finish, but was injured for the rest of the game. Barnes, on the other hand, began attacking the rim and mixed in some mid-range jumpers. The final tally was Barnes- 16, Gilchrist- 14.

Shaquille Thomas, SF – It's been an up and down summer for this 6-foot-6 wing forward. Thus far at NBA Camp he's on the up tick. Playing with more passion than we'd seen this spring, Thomas has aggressively looked to score and managed to hit some mid-range jumpers and trey balls on Friday. He was also able to score at the rim and look for offensive put back opportunities. Thomas went for 16 points in his morning session game.

Perry Jones, PF – More active than we've seen from him in the past, Jones put together a solid morning outing. He managed to drop in a sweet right jump hook, corralled offensive rebounds and showed the use of both hands around the basket. Jones scored 12 points in his first game of the day.

Evan Smotrycz, PF – His big time outing during the morning session secured him a spot in the camp all-star game. Smotrycz, a Michigan commit, is a skilled four-man that can step out and shoot jumpers from long range. In this one he buried three three-pointers and had a handful of buckets at the rim. He's averaging 13 points a game, which is good enough for Top 10 in scoring at the camp.

Tobias Harris, PF – Showing up a day late didn't affect Tobias Harris. In his first game on Friday he scored 11 points and looked impressive doing so. Looking slimmer than he did last year, the 6-foot-8 forward ran the floor, showed great touch around the basket and dropped in a nice right jump hook.

Trevor Releford, PG – This 5-foot-11 floor general is taking advantage of a last minute opportunity. A crafty ball handler that changes speed very well, Releford ran his squad and did it with consistency. Not known for his shooting, he was able to knock down a three off of a curl. However, Releford best play of the day was a bullet pass in the half court set that finished with a dunk. Releford has really come on this spring and we expect plenty of college coaches to take a peak in July.

Michael Gilchrist, SF – We've made it clear that despite having not updated our 2011 rankings that Gilchrist is our No. 1 guy. Offensively he's so skilled, and has turned into a lethal scorer. Gilchrist is at his best in transition and has no problem using either hand around the rim. His first half against Barnes was impressive because he got after it on defense too.

Michael Gbinije, SF – His first half on Friday wasn't his best effort. But then the 6-foot-6, 185-pound bounced back in a big way. After hitting a few mid-range jumpers in the second frame, Gbinije and his team were forced into overtime. With under 30 seconds left he buried the go ahead three-pointer and on the opposite end he recorded a block to close out the game.

For the first time at the NBA Camp there was an all-star game. The all-star game participants were selected by their peers, and the 20 prospects competed in a 20-minute game. The players selected were:
Josh Selby
Jelan Kendrick
Harrison Barnes
C.J. Leslie
Rakeem Christmas
Joe Jackson
Tyler Lamb
Andre Dawkins
Nate Lubick
Jared Sullinger
Brandon Knight
Will Barton
Jereme Richmond
Patric Young
Tristan Thompson
Dion Waiters
Stacey Poole
Justin Coleman
Evan Smotrycz
Fab Melo
Michael Gilchrist


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