ABCD Camp Evals - Day Two

GoBlueWolverine's Andre Barthwell is camped out in Teaneck, New Jersey for the Reebok ABCD camp, and here he checks in with his observations from day two of action. Kelvin Grady continues his strong play, a few Michigan post targets are playing well, and a familiar player unexpectedly steals the show in a much anticipated match-up

Reebok ABCD had a party planned for the evening. The party was supposed to feature an O.J. Mayo vs. Derrick Rose match up, but it didn’t materialize. Rose injured his ankle during the work station portion of the camp in the morning and could not go. The party may not have gone on with Rose but with it certainly did with Alex Legion. The former Country Day star decided to not to let a good party go to waste. Legion had not played like himself on day one but on day two that changed. He was solid in the afternoon. Then in the evening with reporters from all over the place in attendance, like Andy Katz (ESPN) and Seth Davis (CBS college basketball), Legion was flat out good. He was moved over to the point and right into a match-up with O.J. Mayo. He responded by playing his best basketball thus far. With the ball in his hand he set up teammates for scoring opportunities, hit the boards, and dropped 18 points in the contest. Mayo had 19. On one occasion, Mayo came down and hit a fade-away three over Legion…all net. Legion came down at one point and made a three from the hash mark all net. Legion didn’t back down and showed why he is one of the top players in the country. He played like he had something to prove and Mayo was just the opponent to prove it against.

Dar Tucker had a really good match-up against Michigan State Bound Chris Allen and Tucker got the better of that one. His toughness continues to show on the court whenever he plays. It seems like Allen has not played like he is capable. He does it in spurts and mostly when he has the ball in his hands. Allen appears to be more suited for the point guard position than the two guard spot. Getting back to Tucker though he put it on the floor and pulled up for jumpers on Allen and got to the bucket to score. Tucker is showing a lot of patience here on offense he does not seem like he is in a hurry to go with the ball but taking his time. That bodes well for him. He continues to impress and his team has not lost a game yet.

Anthony Crater’s floor game continues to blossom. He just has a knack for knowing how to run a team. Crater is very quick, has very nice handles, and is such a pass-first shoot-second point guard that he sometimes forgets to find a way to score. Still, his team is undefeated and he is a big reason why. I am nit picking here but I would like to see him get that offense going. He did it a little bit yesterday. I just want to see a little more.

Just call Kelvin Grady “Mr. Consistency.” He gets his teammates involved at every chance, scores to keep the guy guarding him honest, and plays hard-nosed defense. He is very fast and puts pressure on the defense to get back. If they don’t he will find some one and they will get an easy bucket. His teammates love him because he gets them the ball where they want it so they can score. He is really playing solid against good competition.

DeJuan Blair has a nice shooting touch. He is a wide body that knows his way around the basket and really gets after it on the glass. He’s extremely tough. He can score by squaring up in the post and he uses the glass very well. He is looking pretty good here.

Idris Hillard can work off the block. He’s a young man that gives maximum effort. He plays the four but has some three in his game. He’s an energy guy that does not quit. He can score off the dribble. He tries to do the little things that his team needs so they can win.

Jeff Teague still trying to find his way. He was much more active yesterday in his play against Noopy Crater, but he still is not scoring or making a difference like he should be. He is a much better player then what he is showing.

William Buford is opening up a little bit. He has not had the necessary number of shots to really get it done, but you can still see flashes of his talent. He is very long, goes off the dribble, and gets in the lane to score. He can get it off the glass and start the fast break.

Trevor Mbakwe has not gotten the ball the way he should, so he has had to create has own opportunities by hitting the glass on the offensive and defensive ends. He is a tireless worker in the paint that hasn’t gotten discouraged by his lack of shots. He just continues to play.

And finally, a few basketball thoughts…

Olu Ashaolu out of Brampton, ON is having a nice camp very aggressive at going to the rack….Josh Miller is such a joy to watch they list him at 5-9, but he is closer to 5-5. Even so, his heart and the way he plays adds another foot to his frame. He has no fear going in among the trees. His attempt to dunk during the game was impressive even though he missed it…. Point guard Brandon Jennings out of California will be attending Oak Hill next year, and he is as good as advertised. He can really play…. Tracy Smith continues his stellar play he is just having so much fun playing. He looks just that good he is clearly one of the top ten players at this camp. His current suitors are Memphis, NC State and Oklahoma State. After his play at ABCD, I am sure his list of colleges will grow…Quietly I am starting to like Alex Tyus over Bill Walker. The kid rebounds, blocks shots, he can hit the 10-12 footer, and he defends. He is just very consistent with his game…Speaking of Bill Walker he really gave it to Taylor King in their match-up. He went up, over, and around King. It has been a tough camp for King because he has had to guard more athletic forwards that can handle and go off the dribble…Renaldo Sidney has lost weight and it is helping him to become a little more mobile on the court. He can put the ball on the floor and shoot the three. At 6’9 he is on his way to being the top player in his class when it is all said and done….Timothy Flowers out of Chicago Simeon is a 6’5 post player and is putting in work against guys that have at least 3 to 4 inches on him. His favorite words after he scores…he shouts this... “AND 1!” A lot of confidence in this young man….

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