ABCD: Day Two

Some familar names continue to excel at the ABCD Camp on the second day - O.J. Mayo, Greg Oden and Paul Harris. But there are other guys like Daniel Hackett who are starting to gain some momentum on the national stage.


Paul Harris, G: The bruising, versatile guard has picked it up over the past 24 hours, knocking down plenty of mid-range jumpers and also doing what he does best – getting to the basket. The Niagara Falls native trails only Greg Oden in overall player rating in the camp.

Greg Oden, C: There's just no match for the Ohio State-bound big man. He runs the court, finishes everything in the paint and is the most dominant defensive presence in the country. Period. He's also unselfish and that's why Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook wanted to play with him at the next level.

Mike Davis, PF: Somewhat of a forgotten man after leaving Bridgton Academy after only a week, the New York native isn't sure where he'll be playing this year – but one thing is for certain. He can rebound, block shots and also score in the paint. The one-time Pittsburgh commit said that the Panthers remain tops on his list.

Dennis Horner, F: The Holy Spirit (N.J.) combo forward really settled in on the camp's second day and showed a versatile all-around game which features a nice touch from the perimeter, an ability to mix things up a little in the paint and also a good feel for the game.

Darrell Arthur, PF: Just doesn't look like himself at this camp. Isn't getting much done and just seems to be going through the motions. Finished with just 2 points and 3 rebounds in a matchup against fellow Texan Damion James.

Derrick Caracter, PF: After a somewhat slow start, the big man has started to really pick it up and re-establish himself among the elite players in the class. He dominated one game inside – and also is a tough matchup when he puts the ball on the floor against another big man.

Doug Wiggins, PG: St. John's coach Norm Roberts should be smiling every time he gets a look at this kid. Wiggins really pushes the ball and makes things happen, both for himself and his teammates. Underrated floor leader belongs right behind the elite point guards in the nation.

Damion James, F: He got the best of his head-to-head matchup with fellow Texan Darrell Arthur without any question. Finished with 19 points and nine boards and knocked down perimeter shots, hit the boards and also defended.

Phil Nelson, F: Pencil this kid in as one of the top outside shooters in the camp – and maybe the country. He's long and can really stroke it from deep. Knocked down a trio of trifectas in the afternoon session, but still needs to work on putting the ball on the floor.


Corey Stokes, SG: He struggled a bit to finish in the early session and said part of the reason is because he came directly from summer school and didn't have a chance to eat. If that's Stokes' worst performance, it just goes to show how good this kid will be. He's an offensive force, attacking the basket at will and also being consistent with his 3-point jumper.

Alex Tyus, PF: The Missouri product will head to Harmony School in Ohio and be re-classified into the Class of 2007, which immediately makes him one of the elite players in the class. He's a terrific athlete – and gets a lot done with his energy level. Also showed he could make shots from mid-range.

Daniel Hackett, G: Smooth and thinks the game extremely well. Grew up in Italy for most of his life and his fundamentals are well ahead of most of his peers in the U.S. Terrific passer who can also shoot the ball from the perimeter; still needs to improve his strength and ability to finish in the lane.

Kevin Love, C: After a tough first day in which he struggled against Greg Oden, Love was more like himself on Thursday – tossing pinpoint outlet passes, finishing in the paint and also using a variety of low-post moves. He's a special talent who doesn't look agile, but finds a way to get it done.

Taylor King, F: When his outside shot wasn't falling, he went in the paint and did some work against Lance Thomas. Then in the nightcap, he had his shot working and that's when he becomes extremely tough to stop.

Devin Ebanks, F: Extremely thin New Yorker is athletic, runs the court and can also shoot the ball from the perimeter. Needs to gain weight, but he looks like a wing down the road – and a long one at about 6-7 ½. Definitely someone to watch in the future.


Lance Stevenson, G: The young kid continues to prove himself each and every game. He's no fluke and could be the guy that New Yorkers start to really talk about for the next few years. Get used to his name, because he's definitely here to stay. He can make shots from the perimeter – and also slices through the lane and can finish.


Casiem Drummond, a 6-8 1/2 big man at Bloomfield Tech (N.J.), committed to Villanova at a news conference on Thursday afternoon. … Dennis Horner took an official visit to N.C. State and an unofficial to West Virginia. However, the Wolfpack are no longer in pursuit after getting a pledge from Dan Werner. Horner also lists Notre Dame, Wake Forest, UConn, Virginia and Virginia Tech. … Corey Stokes listed Rutgers, UConn, Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Louisville is starting to get involved as well. … Alex Tyus lists Syracuse, Washington, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Miami and UNLV. … Daniel Hackett's father, Rudy, played at Syracuse, so it's no surprise that the Orangemen are at the top of his list – along with USC, Washington and Arizona. … St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart said his star, Rakim Sanders, has a top five of Providence, BC, Syracuse, Ohio State and Georgia. … Jabari Edwards will spend next season at St. Benedict's and likely re-classify into the Class of 2007. St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley said that Florida International and Utah are in the mix for point guard David Cubillan while his other floor leader, Eugene Harvey, is being looked at by UConn, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall.

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