NBA Camp: Day 1 Rundown, Part A

CHARLOTTE, Va. -- After a day of practices on Wednesday the games tipped off on Saturday and there were plenty of high level performance. Deuce Bello, Chane Behanan and Anthony Davis all had big efforts.

Chane Behanan, PF – During the first day of camp Behanan, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound post prospect, went to work in the paint. The Bowling Green (Ky.) High standout is a tough character in between the lines and he loves to initiate contact around the basket. With that said, it's not all about his strength. He has some moves inside and he put them to use against Chris Bryant and Kaleb Tarczewski. His ball fake, step through move was easily the best post move we saw in the morning session. Through a pair of game he's second in scoring.

Anthony Davis, PF – After a huge spring, Davis slowed down at the EYBL Los Angeles and Pangos. Now he appears to be back and healthy. Davis was active, blocking shots, grabbing boards and finishing on the break on the opening day of camp. He also mixed in a turn around 15-footer and a three-point off the catch. At nearly 6-foot-10, Davis is equipped with a massive wingspan and has the look of a major prospect.

Josiah Turner, PF – This is the third weekend in the past four that I've caught Turner, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound combo guard. Each time he's been impressive and today wasn't any different. He was relentless about attacking the basket and he gets there rather easy, slicing past defenders and finishing once in the paint. He has a nice over all skill set and likes to push the tempo at every opportunity.

Kyle Wiltjer, C – At first glance Wiltjer won't overwhelm you. He doesn't have great speed and he's just an average athlete. But what makes him such an impressive player is his overall skill set and soft touch around the basket. He's capable of dropping in hooks with either hand, has a number of moves on the block and he'll step out and knock down three-pointers.

Deuce Bello, SG – Picking up where he left off at Pangos camp, Bello impressed during his first game. After a slow start (three turnovers), Bello settled in and began playing an aggressive brand of ball. He has a terrific first step and that was clear, as defenders were having a tough time staying in front of him. A high level athlete with great body control, Bello finished well around the rim and even dropped in a soft floater over an out stretched defender.

Adjehi Baru, PF/ C – There's no doubt that Baru, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound post prospect, is effective on the defensive end. Using his long arms and solid athleticism, Baru actively searched for shot blocking opportunities and rebounds. Offensively he was better than we expected. The 18-footer he knocked down with confidence, was especially impressive. Baru is also a willing runner who looks for scoring opportunities on the break.

Myles Mack, PG – There wasn't much Mack, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound floor general, didn't do during the opening session of games. Yes, he's small. But it's time for some to overlook it. He's a terrific long-range shooter with range past the stripe and he does do a number of quality things from the point guard spot. To go with his efficient shooting, Mack can create for others, has good speed and makes good decisions with the basketball.

Chris Jones, PG – The 2011 recruiting class is somewhat short on point guards. This one, however, is one of the better ones at his position. He may be small (5-foot-10), but he's quick, has a strong handle and shoots the ball well from long range. To go with all that Jones is a confident kid with a competitive attitude.

DeAndre Daniels, SF – Two weekends ago at Pangos camp Daniels made quite an impression. Although he didn't get as many touches as he did at Pangos, he's looked solid this environment. A pretty good athlete, Daniels is a versatile forward that shoots it very well off the catch. He's capable of attacking as well, as he completed a number of plays at the basket when I saw him on Thursday.

Zach Price, C – Steadily Price, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound big man, has shown improvements in his game. He's much more confident in the low post. He aggressively posts defenders and calls for the ball. On Thursday he managed to knock down a handful of left jump hooks and event stepped out and hit a mid-range jump shot. He was active all day Thursday and played with some intensity.

Tyler Lewis, PG – Last week Lewis said he played just "OK" at the Nike Hoop Jamboree. In the morning session on Thursday the 5-foot-11 lead guard put together a pretty strong outing. Offensively he was efficient and dropped in a number of mid-range floaters. Known for his passing, Lewis tossed out a handful of assists and put his passes right on point. An area of concern is defending ball screens. He finished with 13 points in the first round of games.

Amile Jefferson, PF/SF – The talented 2012 prospect is in between positions, but he's still quite effective. Offensively he's equipped to score inside and out. Close to the hoop he'll show you his great hands, jump hooks and a nice turn around jump shot. When he steps away from the basket, he'll show his jump shot to 21-feet and even attack off the dribble from runners. On Thursday he proved to be a pretty good post defender, knocking away a handful of entry passes. He needs to add some muscle and weight to his frame, but he's a pretty good-looking long-term prospect.

Alex Polythress, PF – This wasn't the Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast best outing, but we still liked the makeup of the 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward. Polythress is a pretty good athlete that can run the floor and has a nice set of hands. Offensively he tried to face up the opposition when he got the chance, and although his shots weren't following it's clear he's a talented prospect. Still a bit raw offensively, he'll need to tighten up his post game to take the next step.

Robert Carter, C – We've heard the rumblings about this 6-foot-8, 245-pound big man from Thomasville (Ga.). He wasn't real aggressive in the game we watched, but he certainly has a big, strong body that will do some damage one day. For a guy his size he moves fairly well and he showed some ability on the offensive end. He managed to knock down a 15-footer and showed he was capable of left jump hooks in the paint.

Rodney Purvis, SG – A late invite to camp, Purvis, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, hopped in the car and joined the festivities. It didn't take Purvis long to make his impact at camp either. In the opening game he proved himself to the upperclassman by attacking the rim, knocking down a mid-range jumper and just competing. He may be younger, but it's irrelevant because Purvis can play.

Tyler Lewis said Miami, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Drake, Mississippi, Richmond and VCU have offered. South Carolina, Florida, Boston College, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Charlotte, North Carolina and Marquette are also involved.

Davis said listed Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Louisville and Kentucky as schools he was heavily considering. He said Duke and Carolina are the only two that haven't offered him.

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In my first look at Nick Stauskas, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing, we saw a tall guard that shoots it very well off the catch. He also had a pair of buckets in transition. Looking forward to seeing him more. Dezmine Wells is particularly good in the open court. He makes good decisions and knows how to finish at the rim. In the past we have listed Michael Carter-Williams as a point guard. At this point he's not a facilitator. He's such a good scorer that his mentality is to put up points. Naadir Tharpe is coming off a strong weekend at Pangos camp. He played on day one as well. His decision-making is much improved and he's shooting the ball better. Ryan Arcidiacono is a pretty good-looking lead guard. He handles the ball pretty well and proved he was good to knock down floaters and pull-up three-pointers. Mike Shaw is one of the best rebounders in all of high school basketball. He was all over the glass during both games I saw Thursday. Ryan Taylor has a strong motor. He plays as hard as anyone at camp and is active on the glass.

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