NBA Camp: Duke Target Evals

With the annual NBA Player's Association Top 100 camp now in the books, TDD reviews some of the more impressive performances by those targets who have earned the attention of the Blue Devils' coaching staff.

Luke Babbitt – PF – 2008 – At the NBA Player's Association Camp Babbitt impressed onlookers with his versatility. The 6-8, 205-pound PF is a solid rebounder and isn't afraid to mix it up with bigger guys inside. He's very smooth and has the ability to step out and knock down threes at a good clip. Playing on an all west coast team, he was teamed up with Isaiah Thomas, who wasn't the best at getting everyone involved. But Babbitt got enough touches to get double figures in majority of his games. This kid is very skilled and is being recruited by schools at the highest level.

Patrick Patterson – PF – 2007 – Every time he steps on the floor he shows off something new. This week Patterson had the mid-range jumper going and forced defenders to step out on him. But that doesn't mean he abandoned his work inside. He continued to collect rebounds, block shots and score in the paint. Patterson has come a long way since last year at this time and he has likely moved himself into the McDonald's All-American category.

Ed Davis – PF – 2008 – At first glance some might think Davis' lack of strength would hinder him in the paint, however, the 6-8 lanky PF doesn't have any trouble scoring against bigger forwards. Davis has a smooth game that mixes mid range jumpers with finishes on the block. He would benefit from some good weight training, but Davis has a bright future ahead of him. His length and versatility might help him become a small forward later in his career.

Samardo Samuels – PF – 2008 – After his great performance at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, I expected a similar type performance at the NBA Player's Association Camp. But, Samuels didn't play to the same level at NBPA. While Samuels did show that he's tough to stop on the block, he was inactive at times. Regardless Samuels brings rebounding and solid defense to the table and he's one of the elite players in the class of 2008.


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