Nike Camp: Day One Report

INDIANAPOLIS – Basically in the evening, the teams at Nike laced them up and started scrimmaging. Here are our first thoughts on some players from the camp.

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Rudy Gay, SF: The impression he made this evening was a lasting one. Gay seemingly gets bigger each time out. He grabbed traffic rebounds, used his long arms and body to his advantage and was overall very impressive. We've got him in the Top 25 but he's going likely be a kid who rises even higher after the summer. He runs, jumps, shoots mid-range Js and looks the part.

Al Horford, PF: Coming into the camp everyone knew he could rebound and generally gets after it pretty good. Today, he sought out his offense and really was able to accomplish some things on the offensive end. He was consistently getting into his post moves – the hook shot looked good – and he just looked like he wanted it. Nice opening effort.

Brian Johnson: Nice little opening battle in a major camp. Let's not kid ourselves here; both of these guys are pretty darn good. On this day, White's athleticism was able to create some issues for Johnson. DJ is coming off a great week at USA Camp and he's so bouncy that he's going to get a lot of favorable matchups at both ends. Plus, his face-up jumper is very reliable.

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Amir Johnson, C-PF: Supposedly he wasn't playing his best ball coming into the camp. Well, he looked pretty good tonight. From his fine passing skills in the low and high post to his range – he hit a 3 – it was a nice opening effort.

Martell Webster, SF-SG: It's been a while since we've seen him but he's still a man and he's gotten bigger. This guy has a bright future and his body is strong and athletic.

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Derrick Caracter, PF: I'll try and paint a picture of him for those who haven't seen him. First of all, he's 6-9 and 287 pounds. Now, this cat is really nimble, not a good leaper, but nimble. He's comfortable handling it some and is simply the best passing big man I've seen at that age. Can't wait for the matchup with Greg Oden should it ever materialize.

Scout's Perspective

West Virginia commitment, really shot it well from deep and mid-range in the game we watched. …

Georgia is a super athlete. …

A.J. Price really wants to be a point guard in the worst way and he just might pull it off. He's a superior passer in transition where he's very comfortable. Tonight, he did some nice working creating for others off the drive. …

Injury Report: Jamelle Cornley has a few broken bones in his left hand. We knew he was a warrior before the injury so we weren't surprised to learn he's going to gut it out and play. …

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