NBA Camp: Day 2 Recap

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jelan Kendrick continued his strong play during the second day of camp, but Josh Selby and Kyrie Irving stepped up their level of play too.

Jared Sullinger vs. Adreian Payne: AAU teammates turned on each other Friday morning and Sullinger showed he's more advanced offensively. Sullinger's been throwing his weight around for two days at camp, still was able to score against Payne, however the big fella made it difficult for Jared to have his way. When Payne "gets big" and contested Sullinger, the percentages went down. Bottom line: two buddies pushed, banged and worked hard. Right now, Sullinger's overall offensive game and footwork give him the advantage. Payne's a go-to-move away from being able to even the score.

Jelan Kendrick, Wing: He's been outstanding at camp and has the physical attributes that give him a distinct advantage: length, body style and natural ability. On Friday it was his court vision, passing and mid-range game that were on display.

Brandon Knight, PG: His team has yet to find the winner's circle but he's pledged to changing that come playoff time. The campers voted on whom they felt was playing tops through a day and a half and he was the leading vote getter (Mike Gilchrist was right there). Overall, Knight's approach has been good and he's having to balance being

Josh Selby vs. Kyrie Irving, PG: In terms of street cred, he's the guy the other kids look to for reassurance. He's punched his player's card here. He and Kyrie Irving laced them up and traded buckets. Selby forces guys to play so hard against them because he's in constant attack mode. He threw some passes in the all-star game that were high level. Irving, who struggled on the first day, found his confidence and got his game back on track. How'd he do it? Attacking the rim and finishing with athleticism and confidence. This camp is about getting better. Knight shook Irving on opening day but to his credit and testament to his talent, he regrouped and found his way on the second day.

Noah Cottrill, Gary Franklin, Trevor Releford: This three-pronged point guard attack is undefeated. On Friday night, it was Cottrill's turn to shine and he did so with his passing. A noted shooter, he dimed up his guys. We've said it before but it bears repeating: perfect Huggins guy. Releford has been outstanding and his handle continues to impress plus he's got a little jet burst in him. Franklin? Well, it's another event and more wins.

Rakeem Christmas, C: Aside from Michael Gilchrist, Christmas has been the rising junior who made the biggest leap at camp. Dominant as a shot blocker and above the rim rebounder he's cranking it up.

What has NBA Camp been like for Harrison Barnes? Good with flashes of great. It's important to understand this concept: Barnes had one camp request and it was to face the best players he could be possibly face. He was matched against Jereme Richmond, Tristan Thompson, Roscoe Smith and Michael Gilchrist. He's run the gauntlet. Smith did a nice job on him but on a clear out to win the game, Barnes put his head down, drove Smith and scored the game-winner. It's what big time guys do. …

Aaron Craft is the epitome of unselfish. On Friday he passed the basketball at a high level. … Continuing to be impressed with Will Regan motor and determination. … Tyler Thornton is the unofficial camp leader in charges taken. … Baye Moussa-Keita has work to do on offense but his height and effort combined with his ability to protect the basket give him a fighting chance. …

To be the best you have to fight through adversity. Irving's first day at camp was rocky. His second was stellar. When you're under the spotlight as he is, often times the most telling part is to see how a guy responds. Irving answered any questions that might have lingered after his day one hiccup. …

This camp has excellent point guard play. Joe Jackson is Iverson-like with his speed, Cory Joseph smokes 3 and Selby and Knight have it rocking. Through all the highlights and fancy play is a guy who entered the playoffs undefeated: Kendall Marshall. When there are pieces around him, Marshall knows how to use his guys. …

53 guys (a camp record) made the first day optional workout. On day two, 37 showed up (also a camp record). … Like Carson Desrosiers long term. Plenty to work with. … James Johnson has gotten better each day and in terms of workers, he's at the top of the list. … Damontre Harris has the raw materials and took it upon himself to seek extra help. …

This camp is about the players, for the players. Each was polled on who the top three players at camp were, votes tallied and the surprise all-star game roster was picked by the players. Justin Coleman won the dunk contest. …


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