With major events taking place all across the country, the Road Show picked Indianapolis as a great place to kick things off. After a 3:30 AM wakeup call and a 500 mile drive, stops were made at the always loaded Nike All-American Camp to see the nation’s elite and the Adidas Rising Superstar Camp a first year event that featured several up and coming Kansas City area talents.
POTENTIAL KANSAS TARGETS AT NIKE
Xavier Henry - You’ve probably read this before, and you will probably read it again, but it is hard to believe that he’s only going to be a sophomore. The 6-6 southpaw gunner has no quibbles with letting it fly from deep and he’s got the length and athleticism to extend and finish over bigger players. This time last year the Oklahoman was a wide-eyed youngster soaking things in at his first Nike Camp, this year he’s got the look of a grizzled veteran who at all of 15 years old knows what he’s expected to do and how to get it done. Does he settle for a few too many jumpers? Perhaps, but you have to admire his willingness to keep firing and work his way out of slumps.
Delvon Roe - Don’t know if you can truly label him a Kansas target yet, but there is no doubt that the Jayhawks are taking a look at the talented 6-8 southpaw. The rising junior from Ohio has a terrific approach to the game, a deadly jump hook and a money jumper from 15 feet. He’s willing to scrap and is also a vastly underrated passer who is rightfully considered one of the top 15 prospects in his class nationally.
George Goode - The Kansas City native is back for his second tour of duty at Nike and had a pretty solid afternoon. His jumper wasn’t falling like it usually does, but that’s ok because everybody knows he can shoot it. What was more important for Goode was to show that he’d be willing to scrap inside and put the ball on the floor a little and to his credit he did that. Last year it was Day 2 when he blew up on the national scene and odds are he’ll have a good day two outing this time around as well.
Danarius Robinson - Just a few weeks ago the 6-9 forward from South Carolina was one of the top five or so players at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, on Thursday he looked like a 16 year old feeling his way around camp. He’s a freaky athlete who can terrorize with slams off the baseline but he was content to rebound and block a few shots on Thursday. Young guys tend to start off slow during their first major camp and it’s a safe bet the explosive interior player will make some noise before camp ends.
Clarence Trent - Another deluxe athlete from the class of 2008, Trent is a vicious dunker who at 6-6 also wields a pretty good looking jumper. The product of Gig Harbor (WA) High is very active, rebounds extremely well from the wing position and never seems to run out of energy. Now, he also tends to get a bit out of control and would be well served to slow things down a little. That being said, he’s probably a top 35 guy in his class and he’s got lots of interested eyes watching him. It’s just a matter of learning to consistently make good decisions.
James Anderson - A solid, but not spectacular, effort on Thursday for one of the hottest prospects in the country. The 6-6 wing from Arkansas drew both Bill Self and Joe Dooley as they watched him square off with George Goode. He makes plays on both ends of the court and rebounds very well. He’s efficient and you can always count on him to put together a workmanlike effort.
KC AREA KIDS AT THE RISING SUPERSTAR CAMP
Marcus Denmon - The rising junior is quickly becoming one of the top prospects in the greater metro area. He scored 26 in his first game of the day before getting really hot from three point land and going for 30 plus in his second outing. The 6-3 WG has good athleticism, a quick first step and he’s developing into a very good jump shooter. Look for him to transfer to Raytown (MO) South for his junior year.
Dominique Newton - A bullish six foot tall combo guard, nobody has ever questioned his ability to score off the dribble. Another Raytown (MO) South product, what stood out in Newton’s game was that he played team ball in a selfish setting and found ways to get things done. At his size becoming a more natural PG is a priority and he’s making great strides.
Jeff Reid - Hailing from tiny Brewster (KS) High where he’ll be one of only 10 sophomores next fall, the 6-5 wing is very skilled and has a pure jumper. Makes terrific passes, can get to the rim off the dribble and plays very hard. He’s going to be one to watch down the road and knows what it takes to play after watching his older brother play at Kansas State.
Dominique Morrison - The sleepy eyed 6-5 combo forward from Raytown (MO) High is a total throwback guy. He’s got a terrific feel for the game, knows how to score in the post and is deceptively quick with his long arms and fast hands. He’s still in a growth spurt and is one of the most fundamentally sound juniors to be in the Kansas City area. If you like watching guys with a few tricks up their sleeves, you’ll love watching Morrison.
Ty Modupe - The long armed 6-7 forward from Topeka (KS) Highland Park was downright dominant at times in posting games of 19 and 26 points on Thursday. Another junior to be he runs the court very well, can block some shots and is a potent scorer when he uses his quickness and athleticism to his advantage. He’s also got nice hands and just has to learn to be a little more consistent.
Neither Kyle Singler or Jerryd Bayless played in the afternoon session but Bayless was there for the evening session and Singler is expected to arrive on Friday. … Mark it down, there aren’t five players in the country that this author likes watching more than Jai Lucas. He’s a tiny little dude, but he’s tough as nails and one heck of a ballplayer. … There’s no question that Ohio State has been lighting it up on the recruiting trail lately, but it’s important to note that one of their 2007 recruits is being slept on in a major way. 6-6 WG Jon Diebler is without question one of the top jump shooters in his class and he can lose defenders off the bounce as well. People have kind of forgotten about him some, but he’s going to be a big contributor for the Buckeyes. … It’s going to be hard to find anybody the rest of the summer who will get punched on harder than Ralph Sampson, III did when the 6-9 forward made a futile attempt to block rising junior Murphy Holloway’s vicious one handed slam. Each summer there are a few moments when everything goes silent before all on hand let loose a collective “Damn”, and Holloway’s dunk was definitely one of those moments. … LSU’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis is one of the camp counselors – as is Julian Wright – but the real news with Davis is that he’s lost no less than 40 pounds since the Final Four. Thanks to the lost weight, Davis is down to svelte 290 pounds. … The homebase for Indy coverage is the downtown Hilton. Pretty nice digs but there is one drawback. The hotel is hosting a barbershop quartet convention. Bad as that is, what was witnessed on Friday morning was one of the scariest things the Road Show has ever seen. Approximately four or five hundred of the conventioneers were down in the lobby practicing their numbers, but that isn’t the worst part. Every single one of them was dressed up like Elvis in Jailhouse Rock. Not something you want to wake up to. …