Nike Camp: Final Day Rundown

INDIANAPOLIS The 2005 Nike All-American Camp finished up Saturday night with a two game all-star exhibition. In the first game, Kevin Durant and Sherron Collins shared MVP honors. In game two, Isaiah Dahlman took home some hardware.

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The Nike All-American Camp concluded Saturday evening with two all star games. From a pool of 120 campers, 48 players were selected to participate in two games. Players from the state of Michigan (Durrell Summers, Ramar Smith) were unable to participate per state association rules. Kyle Singler and Keith Clark were selected but unable to participate due to injury.

The first game was the more competitive contest and actually featured more of the big name players. Kevin Durant and Sherron Collins led a strong contingent to a 121-117 victory.

Durant, a late arrival to the camp, shot 9-for-14 from the field and finished with 19 points. Teammate Sherron Collins dropped 11 points and 5 assists. The two were named Co-MVP's for the game. Gary Johnson was actually the team's high scorer with 21 points; most of them coming off stick backs and in transition.

Tywon Lawson shot just 4-for-11 in a losing effort to finish with 10 points and 7 assists. L.D. Williams, a player who had an excellent stretch at camp, finished with a team-high 15 points.

The best offensive play of the game came from a guy known more for his defense. Seven footer Jason Bennett dropped an old school baseline hook that did more to excite the crowd than any alley-oop off the backboard. Other highlights included:

  • Brandan Wright (13 points) spinning around Durant for an athletic dunk finish
  • Collins wizardry with the basketball; he pats the rock with the best of them
  • L.D. Williams athletic dunks, mainly in transition


    TEAM FLIGHT – Michael Washington 2, Jon Kreft 8, Kevin Durant 19, Jerome Dyson 10, Sherron Collins 11, Chris Wright 11, Samardo Samuels 9, Landon Milbourne 13, Michael Coburn 0, Gilbert Brown 9, Gary Johnson 21, Donte Green 8.

    TEAM FORCE – Brandan Wright 13, Tywon Lawson 10, Duke Crews 6, Jon Scheyer 7, Jason Bennett 11, Josue Soto 5, Mike Jones 10, L.D. Williams 15, Greivis Vasquez 8, Edgar Sosa 13, Cory Johnson 10, DeJuan Summers 9.

    The second game of the evening was much less competitive. In a sleep walk, Raymar Morgan tallied 20 points as his team throttled Team Shox 122-90 and it wasn't that close. Picking a most outstanding player for the game was difficult but Isaiah Dahlman's 19-point effort seemed to a likely choice and he took home the award.

    Team Shox was led by Vernon Macklin's 18 points and 15 boards and while the numbers were big, Shox shot 38% for the game and this wasn't hotly contested all-star exhibition.


    TEAM UPTEMPO – Liu Xiaoyu 3, Mike Holmes 9, Curtis Kelly 7, Greg Monroe 6, Spencer Hawes 14, Jason Bohannon 5, Marcus Johnson 17, Derrick Rose 9, Nic Wise 5, Isaiah Dahlman 19, Solomon Tat 8, Raymar Morgan 20.

    TEAM SHOX – Kosta Koufus 0, Demond Carter 7, Austin Freeman 2, Jamil Tucker 0, Tyreke Evans 14, Vernon Macklin 18, Antonio Jardine 2, Jerryd Bayless 11, Patrick Christopher 9, Obi Muonelo 10, Leonard Washington 7, Avery Jukes 10.

    Prior to the all-star game, there were two sets of games. Though camp clearly had lost some of its allure with a few players, some keynote matchups made for solid action.

  • Jason Bohannon helped his stock a ton this week. He showed another level of athleticism and fared well against Jerryd Bayless. Bohannon's rep is on the rise.
  • Kevin Durant put in some work against Brandan Wright early in the day. Durant's size and ability to shoot it deep would give anyone problems and Wright wasn't immune.
  • Jason Bennett (pictured) gave Spencer Hawes fits for a half before the Seattle native began figuring some things out. Hawes used a blend of skill and craftiness to finally make some inroads. Bennett blocked a few early (as he did all week!) but Hawes' late game turnaround jumper from the post was noteworthy.
  • We didn't get official stats but all indications pointed to Tywon Lawson going for at least 30+ in a playoff game and making a slew of 3s.


    Brandan Wright drew Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt and Duke's Chris Collins in the morning. … Zack Peacock was watched by Billy Donovan and Miami assistant Jorge Fernandez. … 2008 guard Frank Sullivan is an early Alabama target and the Tide has assistant Philip Pearson on the grounds monitoring his play. … Isaiah Dahlman drew head coaches from Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota. … Jason Bennett drew Clemson's Kevin Nickelberry, Miami's Fernandez and Cincinnati's Frank Martin. …

    HEAD COACHES AT THE ALL-STAR GAME – Tom Izzo, Michigan State; Rick Barnes, Texas; Leonard Hamilton, Florida State; Bruce Weber, Illinois; Lorenzo Romar, Washington; Scott Drew, Baylor; Brian Gregory, Dayton; Blaine Taylor, Old Dominion.

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