By the time camp wrapped up on Saturday night, the 2009 NBPA Top 100 Camp had set a pretty high standard. Likely the top event of the grassroots circuit so far, the 2009 edition was also one of, if not the, best years ever for the camp. Loaded with talent and filled with kids who competed from beginning to end, a contingent of potential Missouri recruits helped contribute to the strength of the camp.
Missouri Targets At NBPA
Phil Pressey- A longtime target of the Tigers, Pressey had a pretty quiet camp by his standards. Perhaps looking a little worn out from playing several events this spring while recovering from an ankle injury, the 5-foot-9 floor general from Dallas looked to be lacking his usual energy. A clever passer and ball handler, his shot wasn't dropping for most of the camp and as a result defenders backed off of him lessening his ability to attack off of the dribble. A fine athlete, he is very quick laterally and was among the better perimeter defenders in camp.
Mardracus Wade- A last second invite to the camp, Wade proved that he belonged. An athletic and versatile 6-foot-2 combo guard, Wade hit deep jumpers, attacked the rim and played exceptional defense. A recent attendee of Mizzou's Elite Camp, Wade is a high energy guy who is built for speed and plays with a major chip on his shoulder. Despite being less touted than many of his foes, he never backed down and helped lead his team all the way into the camp championship game. He should be a national top 100 player by summer's end.
Trevor Releford- Another player who had to wait up until almost the last minute for his invite, Releford made the most of his opportunity. One of the best ball handlers in the class of 2010, Releford played his usual crowd pleasing style while leading his team to an undefeated record and into the playoffs. He's added a lot of strength to his 5-foot-11 frame and has emerged as one of the hottest point guard recruits in the country.
Michael Cobbins- A bit of a new name for Tigers fans, Cobbins is a name to watch. A long and lean 6-foot-7 lefty, he's a high level athlete with a non-stop motor. He ran the floor for slams, elevated for tough rebounds in traffic and changed several games with his activity level. While his footwork needs some attention, he shows promise as a jump shooter all the way out to the three point line. He raised his stock as much as any player in camp and will be watched closely by several Big 12, ACC and SEC programs during July.
Tarik Black- In reality, Black is probably more of a slightly undersized center than a power forward. He's a very high level athlete, plays strong on both ends of the floor and never backs down from a challenge. He sets crushing picks, runs the floor for transition slams and leaps quickly to secure rebounds above the rim with both hands. In order to become an effective four man at the next level, Black is really going to have to focus on his footwork. In particular, catching the ball on the move with his back to the bucket gives him some issues.