News and Notes from Adidas Camp in Ga. Part II

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

News and Notes Part I

Friday saw plenty of big time matchups, as Chinese players Zhi Luo, along with Houston's Rashad Woods, took on Chinese wing Yi Li's team, junior SG Paul Harris and forwards Kendric Price and Michael Beasley went against 2007 SG Nolan Smith and backcourt partner K'Len Morris, guards Terrance Williams and Javaris Crittendon faced off, as did the top 2 PGs in the class of 2005 Greg Paulus and Mario Chalmers, and that was just in the afternoon session. Here are some observations from the day.

Puerto Rican F Ricky Sanchez was suffering from stomach problems, and did not play. He was on his way back home Saturday to join the national team, so his playing action was limited, but there were several college coaches who saw him, including Bobby Knight.

Terrance Williams and his team continued to struggle, and were beaten easily, as Jevaris Crittenodn posted 18 points and 4 assists. Crittendon, a junior 6'4 PG, has played well in his hometown, and is among the elite in his class in spite of one of the uglier deep jumpers here.

Of the 3 Chinese players able to make it to camp, big man Gu Liye injured his ankle early on, ending his action, but Zhi Luo and Yi Li have both played very well. Luo is a steady, smart 6'2 PG, while Li is 6'7 with G skills and the frame of a SF. He's extremely thin, and needs to improve his body, and understanding of the game, but has the skills to be a top notch perimeter player.

Luo's teammate, Rashad Woods, went for 26 against Li's squad, going inside and outside, keeping his name where it's been both days, right around the top of the scoring leaders in every session played.

Fresno, Cali. junior C Robin Lopez continued with his impressive performance, dominating the paint. Both he, and twin brother Brook (distinguished by Robin have a mini-afro of curly locks, while Brook is closely cut) are long, agile, and have good athletic skills. Both also could use increased strength and weight to play down low, but will still be among the elite in their class. Brook plays a bit more of a perimeter game, while Robin displays more intensity on the floor and strong post technique.

Harris, at 6'4 and built like a linebacker, attacks the lane hard with a solid handle and overpowers people once he gets there. An excellent scorer in traffic, the Niagara Falls native ended with 21 points against Smith, who had 18.

A 6'3 sophomore from Chevy Chase, Mary., Smith displayed an explosive cross over and smooth pull up jumper, and should just get better as he gets older, and bigger. His teammate, K'Len Morris, has also looked good. Morris, out of Grand Blanc, Mich., rebounds well for a 6'4 G, and also has a solid handle and jumper, and plays similar to former Florida G Brett Nelson.

Harris is playing with a pair of high major players, Price and Beasley. A 6'9 F, Price is slender and needs to add a lot of weight, but has a strong handle, good jumper, and excellent athleticism. With a final two of Michigan and Georgia, either Tommy Amaker or Dennis Felton is going to get a good project to develop. Michael Beasley, a 6'8 F who will begin high school at IMG Academy in Florida this fall, did not play like someone who's never been to high school. Strong, with good athleticism, Beasley made a case to be the top player in his class. Capable of doing pretty much anything one could ask for on the floor, Beasley can handle, shoot, post up, and make plays defensively, and he already has a top two in mind, Syracuse and UNC-Charlotte.

With plenty of talented underclassman in attendance, one of the best is Memphis F Pierre Niles. 6'7 and over 240 pounds, Niles has more than enough power to work on the blocks, and snare rebounds. He also possesses amazing agility for someone so young and so large that allows him to step outside, and abuse bigger players with his dribble and jumper.

The two top seniors in camp, Greg Paulus and Mario Chalmers squared off, with Paulus' team taking the victory. Both will challenge for a starting role once arriving on campus, Chalmers with Kansas and Paulus with Duke. Chalmers has superior athletic ability and skills, while Paulus is the better leader and smarter player. Paulus also uses his size and strength to bully smaller PGs, as he did in his evening matchup with 2006's top PG, DJ Augustine.

Augustine may be small, but he's lightning quick, and plays a game similar to Damon Stoudamire.

Chalmers had a marquee matchup of his own again in the evening, as his team easily knocked off Seattle G Terrance Williams' squad.

Two other players who impressed in the evening were Anthony Mason, Jr. and An'juan Wilderness. Wilderness, a 6'5 junior SF from Atlanta, displayed a solid handle, and the quickness to defend on the outside.

Mason, Jr., a 6'7 senior SF, has been a strong rebounder, and played well on the perimeter.

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