ABCD: Fells, Brown Frustrated by Camp Play

TEANECK, N.J. - So far, it's been a somewhat uneventful week for two of N.C. State's major targets at the Reebok ABCD camp. <P>

Courtney Fells, who has already committed to the Wolfpack, has been playing on a team with four other Mississippi kids – but hasn't been able to get in much of a rhythm with Monta Ellis taking the majority of the team's shots.

"I just haven't gotten enough touches," said Fells, who is averaging 5.5 points per game. "They know if I get the ball, I can score."

The 6-5 Fells actually went scoreless in the nightcap on Friday night, the first time he can recall being shut out in a long time.

"I'm just trying to show that it's not bothering me," added Fells. "I'm just trying to get back and play defense."

Fells isn‘t the only one frustrated. Chaminade-Julienne (Ohio) 6-7 wing Derrick Brown, who took a recent unofficial trip to Raleigh, said the camp hasn't exactly been what he anticipated.

"This isn't really how I play," said Brown, who is putting up 4.5 points per game over the first two days of camp. "I've done well in the drills, but it's been tough to get adapted. This style – run and gun – really isn't how I play. I can do it because I'm athletic, but it's not how I play my best."

"I'm not playing for coaches," he added. "I'm playing for myself. I know I'm as good as everybody out here."

Brown actually suffered a fractured knuckle on his left hand during the night game on Thursday, but played both games on Saturday and plans to play today.

He said that the Wolfpack, which was a clear-cut third behind Xavier and Michigan State prior to his recent visit, has moved right there with the other two schools after the trip.

"I loved it," he said. "I loved everything about it. The coaches, facilities, everything. They showed me a whole plan and their style really fits what I do."

Brown also said that despite Xavier coach Thad Matta moving to Ohio State, it's unlikely he'll consider the Buckeyes. He also said that Xavier will still be considered with new coach Sean Miller, who was his lead recruiter.


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