Summer Road Show: Nike Friday

The action kept rolling in Indianapolis on Friday as the second day of action at Nike Camp provided plenty of highlights. Stealing the show, however, was Syracuse bound big man Donte Greene. Phog.net's Eric Bossi was courtside for all of the action.

FRIDAY STANDOUTS

Donte Greene - Nobody in the building could touch the exquisite Friday evening performance turned in by the 6-9 forward from Baltimore. He drained pull-up threes from 23 feet on the break, scored in the post, beat up peoples shots on the defensive end and made some incredible passes off of the dribble. Maybe his finest quality is that he understands that he’s a power forward right now and for the most part sticks to playing that role. But, there’s little doubt that he’s got the game to eventually play the three in the NBA and if he continues like this that day is going to come much sooner than later. He’s clearly the best player in camp.

Delvon Roe - Not to be outdone by Greene, the super southpaw generated plenty of buzz himself and ended up with the all-important W in his team’s game against Greene’s. He’s got a complete set of scoring tools in the low post, runs the floor, likes to get physical and has a pretty shooting stroke. Got his own rebound off a missed three with under five seconds left, stepped back, drained a three as the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime and then won it in OT on a tough driving layup. You have to love young guys who want to make clutch plays.

Julian Vaughn - The knock against Vaughn – who will attend powerhouse Oak Hill for his senior season – is that he’s soft. Nobody could say that about the way he’s played in Indy. He’s battled inside, looked more athletic than in the past and is doing a nice job of mixing in mid range jumpers into his game.

Nate Miles - The 6-6 wing is super skinny (only 164 pounds) but he can fill it up from anywhere on the court. His attitude can be an issue at times, but he puts it on the floor, shoots from deep and shows no regard for his body on daring drives to the hoop. If he can become a little bit less of a wild man he’s got considerable potential.

Corperyale Harris - When he doesn’t force things and his jumper goes down, Harris becomes a very interesting prospect. He’s a good athlete, plays terrific defense, creates space to score and is a surprisingly tough rebounder given his pencil thin 165 pound frame.

Blake Griffin - There really isn’t that much left to say about the future Sooner. Everybody knows how tough he is around the rim but he’s looking more agile than ever. He’s continuing to Hulk up and looks like he adds muscle each time you see him. It would be cool if just once he’d show up and play in green body paint, torn jean shorts and a ripped up flannel.

RANDOM NOTES

The way Nike camp is set up, each team plays in a conference and maybe the most entertaining part of camp has been the exceptional PG play in the ACC. The four teams in that conference feature arguably the top four PG’s in the camp in Jai Lucas, Kalin Lucas, Chris Wright and E’Twaun Moore. Each of those guys has gotten after it and played at a very high level. The rivalry that is starting to develop between the Lucas’s is quickly becoming a fun one. … Virginia Tech fans are going to love bruising big man Jeff Allen. He’s only 6-6, but he’s a cut up 251 pounds and explodes off the floor for powerful dunks and he loves contact. If you play against Allen, you will end up with a few bruises. … It’s always fun to hear an assistant coach say that a particular player is “good enough to cheat for”. … Washington bound forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning has been very impressive. The 6-8, 227 pounder is athletic and pretty skilled around the hoop. However, he is not a small forward as billed by some. … The one player drawing the most oohs and ahhs is 6-7 forward Chris Wright. The Dayton commitment is one of the most electrifying athletes to ever take the court at Nike camp and he plays just as tough as he is athletic. …If there is one guy who hasn’t been his usual self it’s recent Texas commitment Gary Johnson. Usually a complete animal around the rim, Johnson has been strangely quiet during camp games. …


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