Nike Camp: Day One Checklist

<b>INDIANAPOLIS –</b> Dave Telep recaps a fairly uneventful first day of games at the Nike All-American Camp. This update provides information on Illinois Class of 2006 target Brandon Wright and a brief mention of <b>C.J. Miles</b>. <br><br> Read more on the national recruiting scene in this update from Dave Telep on

Nike Camp, Day One Games

No. 1 vs. No. 2 – The coaches weren't in the stands but over a dozen or so NBA guys watched as the two top-ranked big men in the class tangled. For the first half, this one was a dud, then Tyler Hansbrough started working around the basket in the crafty, athletic and sometimes powerful way that he does. In the end, Richard Hendrix wasn't able to match his intensity and Hansbrough scored the opening round win. This one would have had more interest if the coaches been in the stands.

Andrew Bynum, C: Back in April we told you that he was a confidence boost away from being a big time player. Well, he appears to be on his way. Bynum elevated his stock in a big way with some skilled back to the basket work. From the half hook to the renewed spirit he showed, the young man was drawing Brendan Haywood comparisons from more than one member of the crowd. We've got him way too low at No. 41 and taking it a step further, this is a guy whose stock could take off in a big way.

Uche Echefu, PF: His high school coach said that he's been working on his face up game and he wasn't lying. Echefu made a 3, put in work inside and did an excellent job of being physical against a 7-footer in Spencer Hawes. He's probably even made some strides with his offense from NBA Camp to now.

Louis Williams, SG: How many guards in this class will go up and catch an alley oop in traffic? This guy is very explosive and he's in one of those groves where the game is coming easy to him offensively. Defensively, he's a self admitted, rough around the edges guy but at the other end he's uncheckable right now.

Micah Downs, SF: His play on the opening night was a good sign because frankly his late June performances were below his ability. Making perimeter shots seems to be the key to his game and his stroke is pretty. He was active at both ends tonight, got some steals and was a standout in his game.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G: He's the one guy in the class that you can't seem to slap a position on; maybe that's why he's so highly regarded? He's not a pure point, doesn't shoot like a two guard and isn't strong enough to be a small forward. What he does is finish at the rim because he's so long and his athleticism takes him places. He did well in his opening camp game and really stood out in terms of making plays going to the rim.

2006 Checklist

Brandan Wright, PF: You're going to get extremely tired reading about him this summer because we're going to write about him a lot. He was at it again on Wednesday blocking shots and impacting the game in a big way for a junior at camp. His lefty jumper is high-arching and not quite reliable yet but he's a menace on the glass and is blessed with a live body. There aren't too many prospects better at this camp.

Isaiah Dahlman, SF: The Minnesotan is a talent. He's one of those guys ala Josh Childress who seems to love hunting his offense along the baselines. His mid-range game is smooth and he appears to have good feel and pace to his overall offensive package.

News & Notes

There was a strong NBA presence in the stands for the opening round of games. … Folks, settling on a No. 1 player in this class won't be easy. The reality of the situation is that the spot should be Brandon Rush's for the taking if he can string together some consistent efforts like his USA Basketball exhibition. Keep an eye on his progress. He's at another camp, but he's on everyone's mind. … Eric Devendorf, barring a sudden change of heart at the podium, will announce for Syracuse on Thursday at Reebok Camp. … College coaches are allowed in the building on Thursday. …

Scout's Seat

C.J. Miles must have played well because a number of people mentioned how talented he was. … Spencer Hawes is a very good prospect. At the Hoop Jamboree, he was able to get by as a skilled player. Here against stronger kids he's going to have to really work hard because strength is missing from him at this point; though he's got plenty of time to mature physically. …

John David Gardner is a highly coveted mid-major point guard with a sweet stroke. He ran into issues in his game when he had to put it on the floor and shoot under some duress. … Alade Aminu. Pay attention to his name because he's building momentum in July. … Jose Soto can really pass the basketball. He's on the small side, but he's got excellent vision. …

Iowa State landed a prospect in PF Ross Marsden that has good touch and solid hands. He'll need some development but the tools are there. … Magnum Rolle hasn't gained much weight since last year and wants to be a face up player. Could need a redshirt year. …

Jeremy Barr, the man with the longest arms and biggest hands at the camp, did a nice job of putting himself in position to score. Unfortunately, he left a bevy of balls on the rim. … Fendi Onobun is such a solid defensive player we're thinking of calling him "De-Fendi." This is the second time this summer we've seen him lock up Jamal Boykin. Now, he's taking more jumpers than he needs to but he's playing hard at both ends. …

In 2006 watch out for combo forward Jarod Leonard. He'll work around the cup and is athletic enough to step away from the hoop and make plays. … David Huertas looked solid tonight as he made a few 3s. That's still the strength of his game. …. Colby Santos heated up in the second half of a game to stroke a few deep trifectas. …

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