adidas Superstar: Day One Rundown

SUWANEE, Ga. – The first day of the camp season is always predictable. Kids will give you a little taste but save the goodies for the college coaches who arrive on Wednesday. Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights highlighted a group of early standouts.

2006 CHECKLIST

Wayne Ellington, SG: He tallied the biggest number of the first session when he went off for 26 points. Then, in the nightcap, Ellington busted 3s and dunked his way to 20-plus more. He helped his team thump an opponent and gave you a little taste of the entire package in doing so. He should be a star here for three more days.

Stanley Robinson, PF: He's handling the bump in the rankings quite well. Robinson entered a sluggish game and immediately brought a ton of energy to the table. He dunked twice in the first two minutes upon entering and then slashed his way for a few more hits. He would finish with 14 points but his biggest contribution came in the energy department where his slick athleticism was duly noted.

James Keefe, PF: Coming off a good NBA Camp, Keefe had the stroke working in the evening session. The battler made a series of perimeter shots. This is going to be a very good and productive college player.

Thaddeus Young, SF: Not bad considering he only recently had the boot removed from his foot. Young expressed a concern about being able to get by kids but he was able to do so in the game we caught. You could tell he's still feeling his way out and might even have forced it a little, but by week's end the talent with come through.

Marreese Speights (pictured), C: The Gators got themselves a good one. One of the more improved guys we've seen. This powerful center finishes strong at the rim, showed an improved measure of skill and blocked a few shots. He's a legit 6-foot-10 and if asserts himself like this he's going to have a national awakening at this camp. He's a 5th year player, but he's young so it's not like he's done developing just yet.

Matt Bouldin, PG/SG: You have to like the size, the sturdy build and the poised game. Bouldin is one of those guys that has feel, can find guys in transition and will knock down the open 3-pointers. He's got a mature way about him.

Dan Geroit, PF: One of the day's top hustlers. Geroit loves to play and he'll throw his body around to get it done. We seen him as a solid mid-major player who could play to mid-range on the perimeter and he'll give you a good effort every time out.

2007

Senario Hillman, Wing: We didn't get a chance to see the game, but apparently Hillman put in work during a morning session. A noted athlete, Hillman is capable of shaking loose on the drive and making himself look very good, especially in a transition-friendly setting like a camp game.

Terrence Oglesby, PG/SG: The Tennessee native didn't exactly show himself as a creator or distributor but he did catch our eye by burying 3-pointers. A confident shooter, he found himself a groove and let them fly.

NEWS & NOTES

Jonathan Mandeldove said that Missouri, Wake Forest and Clemson were his hardest pursuers. He added that he's heard from UNC, Pittsburgh, Miami and Providence. … Paul Guede, a native of England who will attend high school in Sanford, N.C., is hearing from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa, Milwaukee, Wofford and Bradley. …

Kenyan Harmon, according to one of his coaches, has heard from Charlotte (offer), Arizona, UConn, Iowa, Villanova, Purdue, Iowa State and Florida State. … UT's Bruce Pearl got an early glimpse of the action as he got into camp a day early because his son Steven is attending Superstar Camp. …

Robert Sacre (pictured), a 6-foot-11 sophomore center out of Vancouver, is hearing from Oregon State, Washington, Gonzaga, UCLA, Arizona and LSU. He's a native of Louisiana. … Matt Bouldin said that Gonzaga, California and Notre Dame were pursuing him the hardest. N.C. State and Boston College were in the mix as well. … Stanley Robinson is a tough nut to crack in terms of getting a condensed list. He did mention Maryland, UNC, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Wake Forest, LSU, Georgia Tech and Alabama. He mentioned Duke and has spoken with an assistant but not the head man in charge. …

Dexter Pittman, one of the risers out of last month's NBA Camp is not in attendance as he's home dealing with a foot injury. …

SCOUT'S SEAT

Gerald Henderson looks very comfortable from mid-range using the glass. That's his zone right now. … Trevon Willis made a series of difficult perimeter shots in his first game of the day. … Antonio Pena continues to look more aggressive, especially inside where he can really be a tough player as he uses his face up game to draw guys away from the bucket. …

James Keefe has terrific hands and does a nice job catching difficult deliveries. … Chadwick Gray and Tavarious Payne are a pair of bouncy power forwards on the same team. They are exactly the kind of guys the big time mid-major programs crave; kids with high-major athleticism that could use some skill work but could be serious insiders at their level. …

2008 point guard Larry Drew can play. He's got that big time high-major air about him. …. We liked 2007 wing Cameron Long can really attack the rim. … Gary Clark, another Gator commit, didn't have a great day but you can tell he's a skilled perimeter player. …


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