ABCD Camp Day 3
by Dre Barthwell
-Tom Herzog played very well in both sessions on the day. The seven foot big man from Flint quit worrying about things he could not control, like his teammates passing him the ball. “I felt like I had to start getting more offensive rebounds to get myself into the game, so that’s what I did,” he said. “I had to get a little bit more comfortable out here playing and my teammates had to get used to me. Now that I’ve settled down, I feel more comfortable.” Herzog now stands alone as the top shot-blocker at the camp with 2.7 per game.
-The Darquavis Tucker vs. Bill Walker match-up did not materialize like we thought it would. Nevertheless, Dar put in work. He dropped a few threes, had a couple of offensive putbacks, and a dunk in traffic. The Saginaw product is really getting into a groove.
-Ekpe Udoh, the 6-9, 214 power forward we mentioned previously, is playing well despite a painful shoulder injury. It appears to be one similar to that which was sustained by Brent Petway last year. When GoBlueWolverine spoke to Udoh yesterday afternoon he mentioned a litany of schools under consideration but added, “Michigan is at top of my list…Michigan is number one.” When he realized the head coach of his current fav was in the crowd watching him, he expressed a little disappointment. “I didn’t give [Coach Amaker] a whole lot to look at, but I’m going to give him a lot to look at the next game if he is over there,” said Udoh. We’ll have more from Udoh during the week.
-Kelvin Grady continues to impress and has been the blueprint for how a point guard is supposed to play. His leadership is as good as any player at the camp. He is always encouraging other players…constantly talking to them about what’s going on in the game. At the same time, he is doing his thing himself. He is getting to the basket when he wants to, hitting the jumpshot from outside, and playing the belly button to belly button defense that he is noted for. He is now second at the camp in assists with 4.8 per game and third in steals with two per game.
-Billy White, a 2007 Michigan target from Las Vegas, had a good game versus O.J. Mayo’s squad. The 6-7, 195-pounder really showed his versatility. He rebounded in traffic, and also displayed the ability to both shoot the three and put the ball on the floor really well.
Alex Legion is starting to come around. He is a smooth operator and has been taking advantage of his increased opportunities. Watching him shoot is a thing of beauty. His overhead shot that is tough to block. We should also mention that he has been crashing the boards.
-William Walker…Another productive day from him. A true point guard.
-Johnny Lett…The active forward suffered an ankle injury and played limited minutes in the first session and sat out the second.
-Matt Shaw…The California big man’s struggles continue.
Nike Camp Day 3
By Sam Webb
-Donte Green is an athletic big man with a nice face up jumper out to eighteen feet. He has also shown the ability to put it on the floor and get to the basket. At 6-8 210-pounder is not even close to filling out yet, and could be a real force in the paint when he packs on some muscle. He is hearing mostly from the ACC at this point, but the 2007 prospect is open, and the Wolverines are in pursuit.
-Deshawn Sims was noticeably frustrated with his lack of touches at the end of day 2, but shook off the disappointment really turned his game up on day 3. He reportedly did very well in the 3 on 3 games in the morning. When we watched him later that night, session he was extremely aggressive muscling the ball up in the post, while also finding time to go out and hit a few threes. This was clearly his best day by far.
-Raymar Morgan wasn’t on fire like he had been in previous games, but he did a number of other things to cement his status as one of the top players in the camp. On three occasions he led the break and found teammates for easy buckets. On top of that, he was all over the boards. He showed that he can still be an impact player when his shot is not falling.
-At 6-5, 170-lbs., JaJuan Jones may be slight, but he has a lot of game. He handles the ball well for a kid his size and is an impressive passer. As a matter of fact, his beautiful feeds were what stood out most when we watched him on the night. His jumper is the only question at this point. We’ve heard that he’s originally from Ohio and moved to Georgia last year.
-Durrell Summers continued to put on an aerial show yesterday. This time he caught an alley-oop over an unsuspecting big man and threw it down on his head!
-Jamie Vanderbeken showed some range yesterday when he stepped out an drained a three from the top of the circle with a had in his face.
-Kalin Lucas did not play yesterday. He decided to sit out the rest of the camp after injuring his back when he was fouled on a driving lay-up attempt on Day 2.
Adidas Superstar Camp
K’len Morris had an outstanding effort in the final game of the night on day 3. He finished up with 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Ten of those points came during a minute-and-a-half span in which he nailed two threes, threw down a dunk, and finished up with a steal and lay-up. On the final day of play yesterday, he led his team in scoring in both games. In the time shortened contests (28 minutes with running clocks), he scored 10 and eight points respectively.
Word has it that both Morris and Saginaw center Josh Southern would have made the All-Star teams had players from the state of Michigan been allowed to play.
Look for more from Day 4 at the camps tomorrow, and interviews throughout the week.