Nike Camp: Wing Forwards


1. Shavlik Randolph -- He had an up-and-down camp but showed that his skill level is quite high. But he's still just a kid in terms of maturity and once his body matures and matches his skill level, watch out. Hopefully, the adults in his life won't rush his development by having him go pro prematurely. [Editor's Note: Randolph is more commonly considered a power forward.]

2. Evan Burns -- Fact, Burns is unstoppable at times. Fact No. 2, when he goes through the motions and floats on the perimeter, he's the only one who can stop himself. But he's a breathtaking talent who needs to learn how to play when he doesn't have the ball in his hands.

3. Kennedy Winston -- What's not to like about Winston? He shoots three's, he's slick enough with the dribble to be a shooting guard, and he's a great athlete. Alabama seems to be the favorite as they followed him everywhere.

4. Denham Brown -- Canada's best has a great body and can shoot from deep or charge to the basket. Didn't always get into a flow at the camp, but that's hard to do when you can only play so many minutes till a new five comes in.

5. Kelenna Azubuike -- He needs to go to college and choose from amongst his list of schools -- Stanford, UCLA, Illinois, Kentucky, Notre Dame, etc. Effective going to the hoop, still needs to improve his three-point shooting and needs more of a killer instinct.

6. Marques Hayden -- I liked him last year and while he's put on more weight, he's still very good. The biggest SF on the list at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, he's often underrated in Oklahoma's star prep class.

7. Andre Igoudala -- Like a lot of kids at the SF position, he's not there yet with his game but has a ton of potential. Finally got his drives to finish on the last day of camp. Needs to upgrade his jumper and become more aggressive in looking to drive in the class. It appears that Boston College is his only schollie offer so far with Iowa probably looking to save its last ship for a big player or unique talent.

8. Cortez Davis -- Some say Maryland backed off of him but strong Terrapin sources said they still want him and think they will get him. And they should want him, as he's a athletic freak. Couldn't shoot a lick at Nike (at least when I watched him), but what a wingspan, body and jumping ability.

9. Lester Abram -- Maybe it's just me but I have trouble putting him in the top 30 nationally. Yes, he's a good pickup for Michigan but at this point he's a nice piece to the puzzle, not a marquee talent.

10. Bobby Jones -- If he starts hitting three's, it's over. The master of the kamikaze drive to the basket, he's always good to draw tons of fouls, hit the back iron of the rim a few times with dunk attempts and bring the house down when he finishes. 2001 version of Stacey Augman.

11. Brandon Bowman -- On upside, you could bump him up this list but he's still precocious at this stage. Good athlete, able to hit three's and super student. Best basketball is ahead of him.

12. Nicholas Kern -- In my first look at him, I was impressed, especially with his defense. He can hit three's and is crafty on drives to the basket. Still youthful looking, he's like Bowman in that he'll really blossom in the next few years.

13. Antywane Robinson -- Oak Hill Academy player showed off a nice mid-range game and got to the basket on occasion. Good pickup for mid-majors.

14. Eric Woods -- Louisiana sharpshooter needed to be even more selfish as he can shoot the three with ease. Said Illinois, Ole Miss and Louisiana colleges have called. With improved ballhandling, could be more of a shooting guard.

15. Doug Scott -- Ohio athlete can run and dunk with the best of them. He still needs to work on his perimeter skills, but so do almost all of these kids (or they'd all be jumping to the NBA).

General comment -- Most of these kids aren't finished products in a down year of small forwards at Nike. Several are very close to being very effective scorers with good potential.

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