News and Notes from Adidas Superstar Camp in Ga.

Notes from the inaguaral adidas Superstar camp in Suwanee, Ga. This is Part One of the Three part series.

  • PG Garrison Carr may be small, but can really shoot.  His game needs work in a few areas, but a nice sleeper prospect out of Bellevue, WA and Seattle's Rotary Select.
  • 2006 C Mitchell Carter looked solid in his head to head matchup with fellow 2006 big Robin Lopez.
  • PG Mario Chalmers is the highest rated senior in attendance may well be the best pure PG in the class of 2005, and was impressive in his head-to-head matchup with class of 2006 PG Javaris Crittendon.
  • F Rashad Chase will likely be a very good 3 or 4 year player wherever he ends up.  Might not be tall enough to enjoy much success in the post, but he works hard, has a good frame, and decent game.  A very good defender, Chase needs plenty of work on his perimeter skills, but they are coming along, and he seems to be one who will put in the time to keep improving them.
  • G Jordan Fowler decided to spurn offers and go to prep school for a year, which should see plenty of offers before he finally picks a college.  An aggressive slasher, he looked very good alongside fellow 2005 G's Terrance Williams and Kashif Watson.
  • F/C Robin Lopez was very active on the defensive end.  An excellent interior defender and rebounder, he also showed some nice offensive skills as well.  Look for him, and his twin brother Brook, to be very highly sought after in the class of 2006.
  • F Anthony Mason, Jr has a big name to live up to, but while he may not become an NBA star like his father, he is a solid player.  Not spectacular in any one area, but sound in several.  He should make someone a very good upperclassman before his college career is through.
  • PF Pierre Niles is a solid player in the 2006 class.  He has a good skill level, and also the girth to bang on the blocks.
  • G Walter Offutt is one of three members among the class of 2008 to be participating in this weekend's event.  An explosive offensive player who could very well end up among the elite in this class that is just now entering high school.
  • F Ricky Sanchez is a high level player from Puerto Rico in the class of 2005.  Despite his high skill level and 6'11 height, he doesn't do well showing it on the court.  A capable defender, but he appears too passive at times.  A capable ball handler and solid passer who, along with improvement on his J, could become a force offensively, but he doesn't spend much time in the lane.  And this does not include posting up, which he never did, but penetrating as well.  A player who could become dominant with the right coach, especially one who will get some effort out of him, as well as get him to stop standing around the 3 point line.
  • G Nolan Smith looked solid offensively in his game against 2006 G Jawan Carter, and is probably the top player in the camp out of the class of 2007.
  • G Terrance Williams is among the elite in this year's crop of players.  The combo G out of Seattle has a well developed physique, solid handle, and good court vision/passing skills.  He needs a lot of work on his all around game before moving on (to the NBA that is), but Rick Pitino has a good one on the way who should make an immediate impact once he gets to Louisville.

Among the other camp participants are several international players, including impressive big man Gael Benzeval, a native of Guyana among the class of 2005, and 3 players out of China, who are all listed in the class of 2006.

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