Update from the Nike Camp


After two days of scrimmages, the Nike Camp is starting to take shape. And with the coaches showing up tomorrow, the intensity will likely rise even more.

Of the big news so far, Amare Stoudemire is easily the best player here. In a much anticipated showdown tonight against Shavlik Randolph's team, Stoudemire dominated with Randolph watching. He missed the contest due to patellar tendinitis. His "Duke" teammate J.J. Redick never got many good looks and only Iowa commitment Jeff Horner could do much against Stoudemire's "Clemson" team.

Los Angeles swingman Evan Burns and Boston big man Torin Francis are the other top players so far. Shelden Williams, John Gilchrist, Jimmy McKinney, Wes Wilkinson, Greg Brunner, Bobby Jones, Delco Rowley, Justin Johnson and Ousmane Konate, have also played well.

UNC commitment Rashad McCants is doing a good job letting Sean May know how much the Tar Heels want him. Of course, Bracey Wright is doing the same with May, hoping to be part of an Indiana package.

McCants is doing a good job slashing to the basket but struggling from outside. May is showing his inside/outside game but is hampered by his conditioning. He checked in at 6-7, 269 pounds.

Of the young players, 6-11 Roy Hibbert (Md.) has stardom written all over him. Dwan Youman (Fla.) is an awesome athlete in the open court and had the dunk of the night. Dion Harris (Mich.), D.J. White (Ala.), Jeremy Ingram (N.C.), Michael Jones (Mass.), Corey Gibbs (Ga.), Brian Randle (Ill.), Kalen Grimes (Mo.) and Brian Johnson (Va.) are other young players with great futures.

In the commitment department, Milwaukee's J.R. Morris is heading to Illinois, joining Dee Brown. Shelden Williams said he's a long, long way of committing. He wants to visit at least two colleges in the fall before committing. Nothing new with May or Francis, though most of the recruiting experts think he's a mortal lock for Indiana.

And in the somewhat funny department, Alexander Johnson and Graham Brown, Georgia and Michigan commitments, both shrunk the most. Johnson went from 6-10, 6-11 by most, to 6-7, and Brown went from 6-8/9 to 6-5.

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