Underclassmen Shine at ABCD

Most of the Blue Devils senior targets are in Indianapolis, but if you want to look to the future, the Reebok ABCD Camp is the place to be.

With guys like Greg Oden, Derrick Caracter and O.J. Mayo in attendance, it's clearly the place for young up-and-coming talent. However, all three of those players are a good bet to bypass college – and won't be recruitable athletes for Duke.

However, two players who will surely earn significant spots on the staff's radar are Caracter's teammate, 6-8 athlete Lance Thomas, and North Carolina native Eric Wallace – a 6-5 sophomore who has established himself as one of the elite players in the country – regardless of class.

Both players can score in a variety of ways, and both are two of the hardest workers in the camp as well.

Thomas listed the Blue Devils, along with Arizona, North Carolina, Wake Forest, UConn, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Florida, UCLA and St. Joseph's.

``The competition is overwhelming here," Thomas said. "I'm used to playing against local talent in the state."

``I'm just looking to be better than how I came here," he added. ``That I can play with the best in the country. I'm not worried about the rankings."

``I like Duke a lot," Thomas continued. "They are a powerhouse with a great coach. Anybody would be crazy not to look at going there if they are interested. They're everybody's dream school."

Wallace came out of the gates on fire on Thursday, but his teammates basically froze him out of the game Friday afternoon. He's averaging 7.5 points and does a terrific job of letting the game come to him. He makes terrific decisions, is poised well beyond his age and is strong enough to finish in traffic over players three years older than him.

Notes: Reports out of Atlanta are that Greg Paulus clearly got the best in his matchups with fellow 2005 point guard Mario Chalmers (Kansas) and 2006 elite floor leader D.J. Augustine. … Another name to watch could be Rahway High (N.J.) 6-7 sophomore Earl Clark. We'll take a closer look at him today.


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