Robert Swift, C: In terms of opening night performances, he gave one of the top two. Swift scored 22 points and did it in a variety of ways. We've seen him at a bunch of events this spring and to his credit, he seems to get better each time out. He's got hands, will hit some face-ups and is finishing well.
Kyle Lowry, PG: The west coasters are loving his game. After just one outing, he looked terrific. He basically got off the plane, threw on a jersey and went to work. The guy was handing out assists like Jason Kidd and we thought that along with Swift, he looked as good as anyone. 11 points and well over a handful of meaningful assists.
Justin Cerasoli, PG: This event is going to set up well for him. He was excellent on Friday evening and it started at the defensive end where he was inserted into the game and began picking pockets. He and Lowry are on a collision course at some point this weekend.
Christian Polk, SG-SF: The freshman from Phoenix (AZ) Deer Valley looks like a player. Immediately his offensive skills stood out. He's not strong by any means but his pull-up jumper off the bounce works well for him.
Jesse Woodard, PG: He's bound for Compton Centennial and Coach Rod Palmer can't wait to coach him. Woodard, despite the youth, carries himself well and has plenty of ability. He's going to be a strong kid and he's quick and likes to push it.
Taylor King, SF: The lefty who is bound for Mater Dei had a nice event last weekend at the Tournament of Champions and it doesn't take much to figure out he's a player.
Off The Dribble
The Washington Huskies have a commitment from a big man with a touch on the perimeter. Todd Follmer was able to stick a few jumpers in his opening game. Lorenzo Mata not only can scored it well on Friday, he passed it. The big fella has a feel for passing inside the paint.
Arizona junior small forward Ty Morrison has to be one of the elite athletes at this camp. Junior small forward Chris Berry had 20 points in a game and was very active. Houston small forward Dion Dowell scored 15 points in his game, many of them coming from tough, contested finishes.
Kyle Lowry and Shane Clark, a couple of neighbors in Philly on the same team? Not fair. The Lowry to Clark combo was rolling in the alley-oop category in their opener.
News & Notes
Junior guard Lorenzo Keeler is no longer committed to San Diego. Some guys like Arron Afflalo, Dorell Wright, Jason Horton and Jawann McClellan weren't here on Friday but are expected to participate on Saturday. Former Southern Cal coach Dave Miller is in charge of the individual instruction and he wasted little time in breaking a sweat with the kids.
Coach Miller was also quick to ordain sophomore forward Titus Shelton the hardest worker in the stations portion of the camp. Famous family: Keena Payton, a camper, is Gary Payton's brother.
Lorenzo Mata's school list: UCLA, Texas Tech, Providence, Oregon and Miami. Oregon and Texas Tech have already stepped up and offered. Justin Cerasoli told us that he thought Shaun Livingston took a pass on the camp because he is visiting Florida this weekend. Speaking of Florida, look for the Gators to be in the final mix with Jason Horton. Missouri has been in there a long time and will factor into the equation prominently, among others.
Mohamed Tangara officially visited Louisville last week. In addition to the Cardinals, he's listing Memphis, Arizona, Miami and Michigan. Kyle Lowry's school list reads Syracuse, Xavier, UCLA, UConn, Pittsburgh and Kansas.
Food Facts: Do eat at the Claim Jumper. Do eat at Jerry's Famous Deli on UCLA's campus. Try to avoid In 'n Out Burger.