Nike Camp: First Report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jerryd Bayless was present and most definitely accounted for on Thursday as he turned in a virtuoso performance. Meanwhile, Brandan Wright did chin ups on the rims at IUPUI in the nightcap.

2006 CHECKLIST

Raymar Morgan, PF: Could he be the next Buckeye? Well, the forward is on his way toward earning a scholarship offer from the boys in Columbus if he continues at the pace he ran on Thursday. A dirty work guy who mixes in a measure of skill, Morgan was productive and pleasing to the eye each time he took the court.

Jerome Dyson, SG: This is a big event for him because he's been M.I.A. on the circuit after traveling abroad this spring. How did he do? Well, the college 3-point line was merely a guide as he ripped trifectas from the pro stripe again and again. He's got big boy range and it showed. The jumper isn't textbook but the results are grade A.

Brandan Wright, PF (pictured): Those waiting for his signature summer performance saw the "A" game in the evening session. When he wasn't rejecting shots, he was using his abnormal length to put away buckets. Capable of slashing and finishing, he took a few trips to the rim for powerful dunks. In short, Wright put in a very impressive camp game to close the day.

Ramar Smith, SG: He had a first half that was vintage Smith in the early session. While being aggressive, Smith gave you a taste of the explosion that we know he's got in his game. He didn't close the ballgame quite as strong though he has reportedly been in top form for most of the camp.

Brian Carlwell, C: His addition will prove to be one of great significance to the Illinois program. If Illini fans are patient, by his sophomore season, this could be one of the elite interior players in the Big Ten. Like Andrew Bynum last year, he's gone from being a quiet and reserved young man to a kid who is much more comfortable with a microphone in front of him. He's a finisher inside and when you get him touches he responds. We expected a big summer out of him and he's off to a good beginning.

Landon Milbourne, F: The future Terrapin had it cranking today. In fact, his mid-range game off the bounce was there for him and he also banged a few 3-pointers. Mix in a hook shot inside and you saw a degree of skill that provides a solid foundation for Gary Williams to build on.

2007 CHECKLIST

Jerryd Bayless, G: The real Bayless was present on Thursday and he was a handful. We didn't know it but he was hurt at the NBA Camp and after seeing him today there's no way he was himself in Richmond. Basically, he was the best guard we saw during both sessions. Be it perimeter shots, acrobatic finishes or alley oop tosses, Bayless was hoopin' out there. Right now his stock is red-hot and there wasn't a single person he didn't impress. Plus, there's still a buzz at the camp about his opening night dunk that apparently will go down in Nike Camp lore.

Donte Green, PF: You just know when a guy is ready to take his game to the next level and Green is as confident as ever in himself. Always a threat on the perimeter, he had the stroke working. If he really wanted to advance his game even more, he'd use that frame to be more of a force on the glass. We're betting he makes it happen.

SCOUT'S SEAT

Spencer Hawes has got to be frustrated with his overall lack of touches. Hey, it happens to the best big men everywhere: camps can be guard dominated. His evening game was more productive than his early afternoon contest and it's just a matter of time before he exerts himself on this camp. …

Derrick Rose, a 2007 guard, has the kind of burst that makes him an elite level guard. … Kosta Koufus has been average offensively thus far, but the power forward was able to block two shots (first session game) by Hawes and made his presence felt defensively on other occasions. …


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