Robert Swift, C: In terms of opening night performances, he gave one of the top two. Swift scored 22 points and did it in a variety of ways. We've seen him at a bunch of events this spring and to his credit, he seems to get better each time out. He's got hands, will hit some face-ups and is finishing well.
Kyle Lowry, PG: The west coasters are loving his game. After just one outing, he looked terrific. He basically got off the plane, threw on a jersey and went to work. The guy was handing out assists like Jason Kidd and we thought that along with Swift, he looked as good as anyone. 11 points and well over a handful of meaningful assists.
Justin Cerasoli, PG: This event is going to set up well for him. He was excellent on Friday evening and it started at the defensive end where he was inserted into the game and began picking pockets. He and Lowry are on a collision course at some point this weekend.
Lorenzo Mata, PF: How does 26 points in the opener sound? Mata stayed active, battled Todd Follmer and had himself an evening. He was excellent around the hoop and played a savvy game.
Christian Polk, SG-SF: The freshman from Phoenix (AZ) Deer Valley looks like a player. Immediately his offensive skills stood out. He's not strong by any means but his pull-up jumper off the bounce works well for him.
Jesse Woodard, PG: He's bound for Compton Centennial and Coach Rod Palmer can't wait to coach him. Woodard, despite the youth, carries himself well and has plenty of ability. He's going to be a strong kid and he's quick and likes to push it.
Taylor King, SF: The lefty who is bound for Mater Dei had a nice event last weekend at the Tournament of Champions and it doesn't take much to figure out he's a player.
Off The Dribble
The Washington Huskies have a commitment from a big man with a touch on the perimeter. Todd Follmer was able to stick a few jumpers in his opening game. … Lorenzo Mata not only can scored it well on Friday, he passed it. The big fella has a feel for passing inside the paint. …
Arizona junior small forward Ty Morrison has to be one of the elite athletes at this camp. … Junior small forward Chris Berry had 20 points in a game and was very active. … Houston small forward Dion Dowell scored 15 points in his game, many of them coming from tough, contested finishes. …
Kyle Lowry and Shane Clark, a couple of neighbors in Philly on the same team? Not fair. The Lowry to Clark combo was rolling in the alley-oop category in their opener. …
News & Notes
Junior guard Lorenzo Keeler is no longer committed to San Diego. … Some guys like Arron Afflalo, Dorell Wright, Jason Horton and Jawann McClellan weren't here on Friday but are expected to participate on Saturday. … Former Southern Cal coach Dave Miller is in charge of the individual instruction and he wasted little time in breaking a sweat with the kids. …
Coach Miller was also quick to ordain sophomore forward Titus Shelton the hardest worker in the stations portion of the camp. … Famous family: Keena Payton, a camper, is Gary Payton's brother. …
Lorenzo Mata's school list: UCLA, Texas Tech, Providence, Oregon and Miami. Oregon and Texas Tech have already stepped up and offered. … Justin Cerasoli told us that he thought Shaun Livingston took a pass on the camp because he is visiting Florida this weekend. … Speaking of Florida, look for the Gators to be in the final mix with Jason Horton. Missouri has been in there a long time and will factor into the equation prominently, among others. …
Mohamed Tangara officially visited Louisville last week. In addition to the Cardinals, he's listing Memphis, Arizona, Miami and Michigan. … Kyle Lowry's school list reads Syracuse, Xavier, UCLA, UConn, Pittsburgh and Kansas. …
Food Facts: Do eat at the Claim Jumper. Do eat at Jerry's Famous Deli on UCLA's campus. Try to avoid In ‘n Out Burger. (publisher's note: We don't know what Dave's aversion to In 'n Out Burger is, but they make one tasty burger in our opinion!)
Dion Dowell, SF: He was probably the most consistent performer of the day. Dowell scored on 3s, baseline jumpers, tip ins, you name it. In addition to the offense, Dowell was blocking shots and being aggressive on defense. The future Longhorn had quite a day.
Dorell Wright, SG: His presence created sort of a buzz as he participated in the afternoon session before heading out for the prom. Wright is the toughest guy here to guard and showed off superior athleticism. The 6-7 wing had some problems with turnovers but his body control and offensive package make him an elite level guy.
Arron Afflalo, SG: The future Bruin is probably just scratching the surface. He might not have been ecstatic with his play but the potential oozes from his long, athletic frame. With range past the arc and a good head on his shoulders, you can't help but be impressed.
Jawann McClellan, SG: We thought his 22-point effort in the morning was good, but his final game of the day was even better. In the nightcap, McClellan scored 24 points and banged a pair of consecutive 3s from about 24 feet out. Despite the deadly long-range touch, he's got one of the best mid-range games in the class. When he rebounds he's even better.
Mohamed Tangara, PF: There might not be another big man in the class with the thirst for learning that Tangara possesses. He's a maximum effort guy who realizes that rebounding is his top asset. However, he's soaking up all he can from the coaches about offensive play and his game in the evening was evidence of just how coachable he is. He even hit a few face-ups and turnaround jumpers.
Aaron Agnew, C: He's lost about 30 pounds and he's looking good. For starters, there aren't five better passers at his position in this class. He's great at reading the double-team and finding the open man. Drop it to him in the paint and he's shooting a layup. He's a work in progress, but he's made the conditioning commitment and it's showing in his play.
Matt Sargeant, SG: We mention him here because he strokes it. Sargeant roams around the perimeter, picks his spot and makes 3s. He's a mid-major player with a great touch from the outside.
Joe Darger, SF: He's from Utah and he's a player. Darger has a sweet stroke and an aptitude for the game. He's always around the ball and has one of the best hoops IQs here.
Rashad Austin, PF: Sure, he's a bit undersized but he's accomplished much during the weekend. He's scored in the paint, guarded bigger kids well and blocked some shots. He's improving each time out.
Brian Harvey, SG: He's got a great body and does one thing extremely well: the guy is a marksman from deep.
Christian Polk, SG: Looks to be the best freshman at the camp. Polk did it again today from a number of spots on the court and his natural ability to score and play on offense is a gift.
Off The Dribble
Perrick Robinson, a junior from Chicago, is one of the faster point guards here. … Guard Rico Tucker is a helluva dunker for his size. He gets baseline to baseline in a hurry. … Forward Chris Berry has been sticking near the basket and getting double-digits every time out. …
Justin Cerasoli can flat out score the basketball. He'll do it off the bounce or from downtown. … Sophomore big man Brett Hoerner will block some shots but on offense he seems most comfortable facing the basket. …
Ty Morrison turned in one of the better plays of the day when he threw down a one-handed facial dunk off a slick feed from Dion Dowell. … Sophomore forward Jamal Boykin had 20 in a game this morning. He does his best work in the paint. … Gordon Watt should be applauded for his defensive effort and overall intensity. …
New Yorker Clifford Clinksdale has been the steadying force on his camp team. He's run the show, found teammates and had a very good weekend. … 2006 guard Nic Wise (committed to Arizona) struggled in his first game and then played very well in his final two games of the day. He's got a strong upper body and will find guys in the offense. …
Keena Payton is Gary Payton's brother, but they're different. While Gary excels at passing it, Keena likes to shoot it. … Milwaukee swingman Draelon Burns has been good the entire weekend. He's athletic and chips in on the glass. … Canadian big man Theo Davis keeps it simple: he's got a nice offensive game in the paint. … Kyle Lowry and Jason Horton matched up head to head in the evening session. Lowry had the good first half and then traded places with Horton in the second as the guard from Texas played well.
News & Notes
Guard Larry Cunningham, a senior at the camp, signed with UC-Riverside but will likely attend prep school. … Sophomore Theo Davis is hearing from Michigan State, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and Southern Cal. … Yesterday we told you to watch for Missouri and Florida with Jason Horton. Well, he's pretty fond of Arkansas as well. …
Sophomore Joe Darger is going to be a hot commodity at the small forward slot. Utah has already offered him a scholarship. He's Mormon but doesn't plan on going on any missions at this juncture. … Curtis Allen's commitment to Southern Cal is no more. Look for Oklahoma State to make a run. … Lorenzo Wade is visiting Louisville this coming week. …
Small forward Gordon Watt likes UConn, Marquette, Loyola, Ball State, Boston College and Miami. … Point guard Clifford Clinksdale likes UConn, Providence, Siena, Rider and Florida. He says that Siena and Providence have offered.