Nike Camp: Point Guards

INDIANAPOLIS, I.N.

1. Chris Rodgers -- Combo guard impressed with penetration and smoothness running the team. A little up-and-down with jumper, but not a major problem. He'll form a deadly guard trio with Will Bynum and Salim Stoudamire at Arizona.

2. John Gilchrist -- Hard work in the last year has really paid off. Played so well that some left the Nike Camp wondering why Duke didn't recruit him instead of Sean Dockery.

3. Jeff Horner -- Iowa commit runs the offense, doesn't turn the ball over and is a deadly three-point shooter. Most consistent performer on the Duke team, which included Shavlik Randolph and J.J. Redick. Super quick defenders sometimes gives him problems bringing up the ball.

4. Marshall Strickland -- Future Indiana guard picked his college before picking his future high school. Played well but has played better. Was inconsistent with jump shot but solidly built and plays with the poise of someone who's entering his fifth year of high school next year.

5. Eric Wilkins -- One of the surprises of the camp and maybe ranked too low on this list. His slashing drives to the basket and timely and slick passing were fun to watch. Big East and ACC colleges will likely be all over him now. Much improved from last years Nike Camp.

6. Dee Brown -- Started off strong but hit a wall with injuries and rarely looked for his shot the last three days of camp. Super quick and good passer. Should slide into Frank Williams' spot next year for Illinois.

7. Mario Moore -- Like Brown, this Vandy commitment is blazing quick. He turns the corner on point guards with amazing regularity. Just needs to become a little more consistent with jumper and finishing off of drives.

8. Tristan Martin -- Canadian guard added some flavor with his drives to the basket. Has good body and quicks, along with the darting ability to get into gaps. Hits the jumper pretty good but still needs to work on it.

9. Jarrett Jack -- The biggest point guard on the list (or at least it seems like it), Jack didn't look for his shot much and was content running the show. Had a nice stretch in one game, hitting back-to-back three-pointers. Definitely a prime target for Georgia Tech and others.

10. Michael Lasme -- Doesn't get much attention, but is the most athletic of the point guards. Ivory Coast native has incredible leaping ability and explosiveness. He's just raw at this point. It'll be fun to watch him develop in college.

11. Justin Gray -- Another quick guard, he showed why he's known for being a good three-point shooter on a few occasions.

12. Marcetteaus McGee -- Marcetteaus (pronounced Mar-Katus) got hurt in the middle of camp, but before doing so, the Chicagoan proved that he belongs among the top point guards in the class. Not flashy but just makes plays. Big men on his team must have loved him as he made no bones about getting them the ball when they got into scoring position.

13. Steven Cowherd -- Unknown (at least to me) going into the camp, but Florida guard is like McGee in that he just makes plays. Could be a backup at a high major or starter at the mid level.

14. Ray Metcalf -- From Detroit, he's one of my favorite players because he plays so hard and comes up with big plays at key moments. Sure he's a little smallish and is still somewhat of a combo guard, but he'll be a nice pickup for a mid level college.

15. Tie -- Jason Wingate and Wade Dunston. Completely different from each other but both got the job done. Wingate is a pure point and Dunston is a fine shooter. Both are suited for mid majors.

General comment: Down year for the point guards as the adidas ABCD camp seems to have them all, but at least the one's that attended the Nike Camp were more pass-first PGs. Martin and Lasme could be the two diamonds in the rough.


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