He might have just finished his sophomore year of high school, but big-bodied
6-8 power forward Matt Shaw has already drawn some serious
looks from major Division I programs.
Shaw, who attended the Reebok ABCD Camp here in New Jersey this week, said that schools such as Michigan, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, UConn, Arizona, UCLA and Southern California have already put out early feelers on him.
One school in particular has put an early press on Shaw. "Michigan seems like they really want me to go there," he said. "But I like the ACC's style of play, because they get up and down."
A member of the Michigan coaching staff visited Shaw's high school (Verbum Dei) this past spring. Shaw has since transferred to Fairfax H.S. in Los Angeles.
As a soph at Verbum Dei, Shaw averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and two assists per game.
His numbers weren't so eye-popping at ABCD, a camp known for its chuck and duck tendencies. Shaw averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in seven camp games for the Rockets squad, but the hefty 235 pounder showed strong hands and deft passing skills for a big man.
Maybe the biggest thing missing at times is assertiveness. Shaw has the body and size to physically dominate other post players, but he didn't appear to like physical play at times. That said, his mitts make him a very adroit tapper on the offensive glass, and he's still got two more years of high school ball to figure it all out.
Following ABCD, Shaw will play with California Team Select at the Reebok Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and then stay in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Summer Classic with Dave Miller's California Elite squad.
David Lighty is a sneaky type of player. He hides in the background
for much of the game and then -- zap -- he shifts into high gear for a fast
break dunk. Lighty, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound swingman from St. Joseph High School
in Cleveland, Ohio, is just a rising junior who has landed some serious high
major interest already in his recruiting process.
"I don't have a favorite right now," Lighty said. "Every school is even. I like a lot of schools. I am just trying to have some fun this summer."
Lighty had some this week at the ABCD Reebok camp held on the campus of FDU in Teaneck, New Jersey. He leaked out of on the break several times to finish it with a thundering slam. "I am trying to work on my jumpshot this summer," Lighty said. "I also want to work on my ball handling."
Lighty needs to accomplish this to make him a more versatile offensive threat. But his athletic ability has impressed several high major schools. "I have heard from Syracuse, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio State," Lighty said. "They are all great schools. But I am still open."
David will play at Charlie Weber's event in West Virginia later this week. He also will join many other top high school players by traveling to Vegas at the end of the month to conclude his summer. "I had a good time here," he said. "The competition is great. The games were great."
Lighty averaged close to six points a game and two rebounds. The next year will be critical for Lighty as his development will be followed closely by several high major schools.
It's going to take some time but eventually Richard Semrau
is going to be considered one of he better players in the 2006 class. Semrau,
a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward from Lutheran High School West in Rocky River,
Ohio, didn't rate highly at the recent Reebok ABCD camp. However, he did show
flashes of skill when he buried some long-range jumpers.
Semrau, who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore last season, didn't have as many field goal attempts as the average player at the camp. It's probably because Semrau is a very unselfish player who was trying to fit into a system -- a system that simply doesn't exist much at any sneaker camp.
Richard knows the sneaker camps are for the guards to run the break and hoist up jumpers. But he seemed pleased about the experience. "It was great here," he said. "I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot from the coaches here. I loved it."
There's a lot to love about Semrau's game too. He plays hard at both ends of the court. Once he strengthens his frame, he will become more confident in his inside game. He averaged five points a game but didn't take more than seven shots in any one of the seven contests. When he did take his shots, he scored. He was five of seven against the Wizards for his best point total of 10.
Just a member of the class of 2006, it's early in his recruiting process. But he has much interest. "I am hearing from Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina State, Florida State, North Carolina, Stanford, Michigan State, and Illinois," he said. "I don't have a favorite or a leader. I am still open."
The next year will determine whether any of the high majors become serious and offer. But Semrau has the right attitude. "I am trying to work on everything in my game this summer," he said. "This camp was a good chance to do that. I just have to keep working at it."