Randolph shines at adidas Superstar

SUWANEE, Ga. – Wednesday provided us with a little sneak peek into the adidas Super Star Camp. The real games tip on the 6th but courtesy of a series of scrimmages, we got a little taste of what adidas cooked up in steamy Suwanee.

Anthony Randolph, PF – He came out strong in the scrimmage and quite possibly set the tone for his week. We liked the fact that he was aggressive, got traffic rebounds and took charge out there.

In speaking with the wiry 6-foot-10 standout afterwards, Randolph made it clear he intends to get it done (that's what we like to hear) and we're thinking he's trying to make a statement.

Lacedarius Dunn (right), CG – As good as he is, he's still a little under the radar by our watch. In his opening scrimmage Dunn did a nice job of communicating and showing his ability to use the tank of a body he's got to get in the paint. Like Randolph, he could be setting himself up for a big effort here.

Jrue Holiday, CG – You can see the talent and he's very strong and can be slick with the ball. We aren't sure what position he'll play in the future and neither is he but he's a player who can create for himself and others. There's a lot to like and he's not quite 6-foot-3 yet but the guy can play. Holiday and Austin Daye have a little camp chemistry going or at least appear to at this point.

Howard Thompkins, PF – What we like about this kid is that he can do it on the blocks and also face you up. He didn't finish the scrimmage the way he began but he did look good.

Here's one we didn't know. Marcus Morris hinted that prep school might be an option after graduation this year which comes as a bit of a surprise considering he's a Top 100 player. But, we also were not aware that Marcus and his brother Markieff are just 16 right now which makes them young seniors. They could 1) sign and play in the fall of 2007 2) redshirt 3) take a prep year.

Morris said that Kentucky is coming on strong (UK couldn't guarantee a schollie would be there after a year of prep since it needs bodies in 2007). Oklahoma State and Indiana like them a lot too and LaSalle remains a player. …

Josh Southern is going to take his five official visits. His present list reads Boston College, Tennessee, Miami, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wake Forest. Southern indicated that he feels as though all have offered him scholarships. … According to Justin Knox, Alabama and UAB have laid offers on the table. The young man said he'd like to consider Ivy League Columbia and is hearing a lot from Florida and Tennessee. …

Jrue Holiday likes Arizona and UCLA right now. He said he's open to looking all around the country but those two are factors at this stage. … Laval Lucas-Perry has offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Dayton, Boston College and most recently Arizona after camping in Tucson. He knows Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana are evaluating him this week at camp. …

Justin Knox is a nice looking prospect and that's why we snuck him in at No. 100 on our most recent list. He's not very strong yet and that'll hold him back he has skill in the post and from short range plus he'll stick his nose in there and reject shots. …

The best dish of the night belonged to J'Covan Brown who dimmed up a teammate with a strong behind the back bounce pass through traffic. We list him as a SG but he's got some point qualities in his game. … We liked when Ibrahima Thomas showed a stroke at Pangos Camp. However, there are a lot of things that are good in moderation. We aren't sure he's going to get that kind of green light in college on the perimeter plus he's big enough to be a factor inside. …

Note To Campers Across America: jacking shots is an issue at camps like this and though you might get your numbers, the shot selection will make you look really bad in the end. Pass the ball, it's not worth it!


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