NBA Camp: Day 3 (1st Session)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Kevin Love erupted onto the scene at camp Friday morning. With a 17-point game and touch from the outside, Love made quite an impression.


Dwight Lewis, SG: Sometimes guys don't get enough touches and it takes them a while to settle in and find a zone. Lewis was efficient with his chances in the morning game and scored it from the right wing off the pull and was able to get to the rim. This looked to be his best game at camp.

Antonio Pena, PF: The NYC native was able to get himself going by being active on the glass. His rebounding fed his offense and he made a few face ups before getting a hook shot to do down. Activity led to production for him in the morning.

Scott Reynolds, SG/PG: He's running a lot at the point at camp and doing a nice job. Sometimes he'll take risks with the pass but he's still rounding himself out at that spot. What he did really well was get to the rim and even a long guy like Nolan Smith had some problems staying in front of him. Reynolds was out there having a blast and making plays.

Taj Gibson, PF: Camp settings like this set up well for his game because he can get out and run. When he's running, dunking and blocking shots in transition like he was Friday morning he looks even better.

Ishmael Smith, PG: His 5-foot-11 and the size probably won't get everyone excited but he does some things that get your attention. He's high-major fast with good quicks. In his first game of the day he scored 9, had 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The question will be: can he shoot it well enough at the highest level from the perimeter. He made his only 3-pointer of the morning session. Good, solid player who gets guys involved.


Kevin Love, PF: When you arrive tardy at camp, you've got to come out guns blazing and that's exactly what Love did. In fact, he went out and scored 17 points on 6-for-11 from the field and dropped 4 3's in the process. Toss in 7 boards and two length of the floor assists and he pretty much had one of the signature games of the event. Think Elton Brand.

O.J. Mayo, PG: There's no doubt about it, this week, at this camp, Mayo is the king. His jumper has been as crisp and pure as we've seen it. If anyone harbored thoughts of making a reputation against him, well, he's gunned down challengers so far.


Brandon Jennings, PG: For a 2008 guy, the greatest compliment we can pay him is that not only is he one of the best PGs here, you'd never know he's a rising soph unless you were told so. He's got a runner, a floater and a knack for passing the basketball.


Ishmael Smith has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Xavier and East Carolina. The one he appears to be waiting for is Wake Forest. The 5-foot-11 point is scheduled to head down to Winston-Salem to meet with the Deacs on Thursday and could get an offer at that point. …

Obi Muonelo has offers from Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He said that UConn is close to pulling the trigger and offering. File this one away: if UNC or Duke ever came strong they'd be a major player. …


Andre McFarland will take an improved jump shot to Arizona State next season. He's been on target with his stroke here in Richmond. … Future Husky Adrian Oliver has a nice basketball IQ that helps him. … Nolan Smith is able to use his length to get into the paint and finish tough plays. …

Derrick Jasper has looked good at camp when he's used his athleticism to make plays inside. In attack mode is when he's really been successful. … Didn't watch Cole Aldrich the entire game but I looked up twice and once he banged an 18-footer and the second time he dunked on someone in traffic. He's staring to put it together in a big way. …

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