Nike Camp: Day Three Recap

<b>INDIANAPOLIS –</b> Friday was our last day at the Nike All-American Camp. Looking back on the last few days, Louis Williams and the continuing emergence of Josh McRoberts as a Top 10 prospect were two of the bigger stories.

Nike Camp, Day Three Checklist

Louis Williams, SG: The consensus amongst college coaches we spoke with was that this young man was the sheriff at Nike Town. He's been toying with defenders, catching lob dunks and generally doing his best Allen Iverson impression.

Josh McRoberts, PF: It's amazing what a little confidence and a few good outings will do a kid. Right now McRoberts is cementing his status as an elite big man. He's dunking everything and there's every reason to believe that he winds up on the short list of best big men in this class. He built on a great USA Basketball performance and then raised the bar once again here.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF: First of all, there's not a college coach in the gym who wouldn't love to have him and we can all agree on that. Tyler lived up to the expectations by turning in a Top 3 performance here. Now, as much as we all like him and agree he's a top prospect in this class, as it stands right now he should be enrolling in college in the fall of 2005.

Alade Aminu, C/PF: You can see him morphing into a legit high-major contributor and gets better each time out. This kid has one of the longest torsos out here and he's an amazing run-jump athlete. He's gaining confidence in his jump hook and though he's not often talked about, trust us: he's a Top 100 prospect right now.

Luke Zeller, PF: Two events, two big time performances. We stopped watching when he started dropping the three ball on Friday. Mike Brey watched every one of his games and had many reasons to crack a grin. The Burger Game is one ND's campus this year (just planting the seed).

Kevin Rogers, PF: Each time we looked up, Rogers was making a play on offense. He's rounding into a nice prospect and his work facing the basket is coming along nicely.

Andrew Bynum, C: Paging any non-believers? One guy who works out pros for a living told us that this young man had an excellent shot at earning an NBA pension.

Ryan Wright, PF: The high-majors that were on him prior to the camp are still there and for good reason. The Canadian is very solid as a prospect. He's mobile, has face up potential and a solid body to work with.

Lawrence Kinnard, SF: We loved him at the Tournament of Champions and were anxious to see him at camp. In April, he stroked the 3. Here in Indy he didn't make perimeter shots until the final day and those were of the mid-range variety. How good is he? Not as good as our pre-summer No. 36 tag but somewhere in the Top 100.

Keaton Grant, SG/SF: The star of the 3-on-3 session from Friday morning played good, not great as the day went on. He's a legit Top 100 guy with SEC athleticism and a stroke that is proving to be reliable. He's helped himself here and his star should be on the rise.

Scout's Seat

For a half on Friday, the C.J. Miles that we know exists in that all-american body came out and played. If there's a smoother passer in transition we have seen him. Toss in the fact that he can finish with either hand above the rim and there's a lot to like. …

McRoberts and Zeller tangled in morning 3-on-3 comp and Duke beat Notre Dame but the Irish didn't back down. … Jonathan Scheyer has had his moments at camp. He's coming off an illness and probably will have it in high gear later in the month. He's growing and has a long frame for a shooting guard. …

Obi Muohelo, a wing, has been on the tip of people's tongues out here. He made some nice dashes to the cup today but couldn't buy a bucket or a finish. … With an ailing Rick Barnes (back trouble) looking on, A.J. Abrams scored in a variety of ways. …

Walter Hodge is exactly like East Tennessee State guard Timmy Smith. …

News & Notes

Kentucky's Tubby Smith put some time in following around Durrell Arthur's games here. …

Mike Krzyzewski watched Jonathan Scheyer all day long while Illinois (head coach and assistant) and Cal (head coach and assistant) also paid him much attention. … VCU coach Jeff Capel is chasing Eric Whitehurst. … Brand spanking new Xavier coach Sean Miller made it his priority to see B.J. Raymond on Friday. …

Go figure, later in the day Roy Williams joined Tubby Smith in watching Brandan Wright. … Julian Wright drew head coaches all day long as Bruce Weber, Lute Olson and Dave Leitao made the rounds. … NC State assistant Mark Phelps spent time watching Jerome Dyson, a 2006 shooting guard. …

Across town at the Hoosier Shootout was Lewis Clinch. Now, someday someone is going to have to explain how a Top 50 prospect in America doesn't get an invite to one of the three major shoe camps. Anyway, Clinch is expected to receive a whole new set of offers once coaches can call him. Look for Wake Forest, Alabama, Florida, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Auburn, to name just a few, to pony up a scholarship offer. At 9:30 a.m. a mass exodus from Nike Camp to the Shootout took place to go watch Clinch. …

Roy Williams could be starting to warm up to the idea of maybe offering Brendan Haywood look-a-like Andrew Bynum. The coach saw a good amount of him on Friday. … At this point, it would be an upset if Jonathan Adams could be real close to popping for Western Kentucky. …

Georgetown's John Thompson quietly watched every one of Richard Hendrix's games. …

That concludes our daily coverage from Nike. Camp is over Saturday night but we're off to Jersey for the inaugural Reebok ABCD Camp where O.J. Mayo seems to be the talk of the town!


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