Chalmers and Downs Making Noise Saturday

<p>Kansas commits Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs put their games on display Saturday evening at the NBAPA Camp.</p> <p>Other Kansas targets were in action, too. Details from Eric Bossi inside.</p>

Nearly a month ago, Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs committed to Kansas. Saturday evening the two were making noise playing for the Kings during games against the Timberwolves and Rockets.

Considered by some to be the top point guard in the country, the 6-1 Anchorage (AL) Bartlett product looked pretty good running his team. Going up against guys like 2006 stud D.J. Augustine, Jerel McNeal and Jo’Van Adams, Chalmers has a gift for getting into the lane. He’s very strong off the dribble and has a knack for hanging and finishing.

People don’t mention his shooting very often, but Chalmers is dangerous. He has a pretty stroke and buries open looks from deep if defenders back up. Defensively, he can lock down defenders although scoring machine Monta Ellis gave him fits at times.

Playing at the WG slot, the 6-7 Downs is a long and active athlete with great fundamentals. He moves his feet very well and is always making adjustments on the fly. He has good instincts on both ends and knows how to get his touches and points by playing in the flow of the game. He looks capable of going for 20 whenever he takes the court, but won’t force bad shots.

OTHER KANSAS NOTABLES

C.J. Henry- It will be interesting to see how Henry plays tomorrow because Oklahoma’s finest really struggled Saturday evening. He’s a well built 6-2 wing guard who isn’t particularly quick off the dribble. The biggest issue for Henry was his jump shot as he missed terribly on a few open looks. He’ll get after it defensively but looked a little lost during his first foray into the select camp scene.

C.J. Miles- Overall it was a quiet evening for Miles. He obviously has talent but it usually takes him a day or so to settle into an event and begin to take over. More than likely he’ll come up big on Sunday.

Harvey Hale- Hale looks really good on the defensive end and the 6-2 WG from New Mexico was the only defender who could cause Monta Ellis fits. He hit his open jump shots and had pretty good chemistry with Downs and Chalmers. He’s a hustle guy and has a great personality off of the court.

Eric Boateng- He isn’t doing a ton of scoring, but Boateng really looks good in Richmond. He is much quicker than a year ago and is not nearly as mechanical on the offensive end. He’s still slender, but has added some strength and he blocks plenty of shots.

Gerald Green- When the 6-7 Green is on, you won’t find many players who can hang with the Houston (TX) Gulf Shores star. He is an electric finisher on the break and threw down a ridiculous one handed windmill on an open break Saturday evening. His range extends to well past the three point line and he has big time lift off the floor when he takes buttery soft pull ups from 15 feet. This guy just doesn’t get enough love on a national level because he is off the charts as a raw prospect, he’s a cross between Dorrell Wright and J.R. Giddens.

Marcus Williams- Williams goal has been to turn himself into a McDonald’s All-American caliber prospect, and the 6-6 WF has been very good. He is so polished and old school on the offensive end that he outsmarts defenders on a regular basis. He’s got some good wheels too and picks his spots to rely on athleticism. He gets others involved and does the dirty work. Played Brandon Rush -- who flopped against Eric Devendorf after a great morning -- to pretty much a draw during the final game of the evening.


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