NBPA: Wed. Afternoon Notes

RICHMOND, Va. -- The first session of games at the NBPA Top 100 Camp tipped off early Wednesday afternoon at the Siegel Center. <I>Inside Carolina</i> scouts the action ... (Pictured: Monta Ellis)

The players won't be available for interviews until later this week, so for now, we're just able to provide scouting reports …

* It's pretty clear why Monta Ellis is so highly regarded. On offense, he's got the total package: VERY deep range from well beyond the three-point line and is able to get to the hoop at will, thanks to his size and quickness. He acquitted himself quite well against Jason Horton. We'll be watching him closely throughout the week.

* Not much to discuss regarding JamesOn Curry's play this afternoon. He hit a couple jumpers playing the two-guard spot with Horton running the point, and made a couple of nice passes. Did a good job getting open on the perimeter and at the top of the key, but summer ball isn't about finding the open man.

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* The problem with Joseph Jones so far here (and at the Tournament of Champions two weeks ago) is that he doesn't show you much. You see the 6-9, 240-pound frame, but the stat lines are pretty empty … and that is what has many analysts hesitant to list him as a Top 50 player. This afternoon he had his one shot -- a free throw line jumper -- blocked and grabbed a couple of rebounds. Maybe there's an injury, because he seemed to be laboring up and down the court, but we want to see some production on either end of the court.

* Maryland-bound power forward James Gist has a limited offensive game right now, but his athleticism and aggressiveness make him a fun prospect to watch. He had the dunk of the afternoon, soaring for a two-handed slam from outside the paint.

* Louis Williams is a no-show in Richmond. He would have formed a terrific backcourt with Horton and Curry, but did not make the trip.

And here are some scouting reports from Clint Jackson …

Glen Davis - 6-9, 325 -- Davis cleared most anyone out near the basket today but failed to convert a few easy ones. He was as charismatic as ever while conversing with teammates and opponents as well. Had a few really quick spin moves and a handful of rebounds.

Aaron Agnew - 6-9, 360 -- Agnew is a big dude. Not too many folks can claim to be bigger than Davis -- but Agnew is certainly bigger. Not a great day for the slow-footed Ohio product. He needs to get in better shape badly. His skills are decent, but his conditioning really needs work.

Shaun Livingston - 6-7 PG -- Livingston looked SPECTACULAR. The lanky and quick floor general did it all -- shaking clowns off the dribble, wizzing no look passes through a crowded lane, hitting his mid-range jumper and throwing down dunks in transition. Livingston might just make a strong case for the best player in his class when it's all said and done.

Corey Brewer - 6-8 WF -- This long and lean forward is quick and gets great extension to shoot over or pass around the defense. He's also got the potential to be a damn good defensive stopper as well. His shot jump didn't fall -- but anybody could see that his form and rotation were just fine.

Marquie Cooke - 6-3 PG -- Usual Cooke today -- overpowering defenders with his strength and getting to the cup at will. He reads the floor so well and likes to find guys in the right place. He's a big time talent who just needs to hone his three-ball.

Rajon Rondo - 6-2 PG -- The slippery quick Kentucky-native looked good in spurts today. He caused trouble with his speed and looked really smooth in transition as he completed some difficult shots and snuck some crazy dimes in there on the break.

Justin Cerasoli --6-5 PG-- I'm a big fan of Cerasoli in a few aspects...first, he's a legit 6-5. Secondly, he's a brilliant ball-handler. He's active and has great instincts with the ball as well. The only thing we don't like in regards to his offensive tendencies is that he tries to be too flashy sometimes and it creates turnovers.

Dwight Howard -- 6-11 C-PF -- Wow! Great performance from a great prospect. He smoked Lamarcus Aldridge in their head to head battle today. He outmuscled and outworked the Texas big man on the low block and had several emphatic dunks, rejections and once flung Aldridge out of the way like a wash rag while battling for the rebound.

D.J. White --6-9 PF -- White is a pro. Quick feet, aggressive attitude near the hoop and some perimeter skills. He looked really good today going up against some high caliber talent. Like I've said before, White is a pro.

Ra'Sean Dickey -- 6-9 PF -- Dickey went up against Al Jefferson and didn't perform half bad on defense guarding the Mississippi center, however, his mistakes on the offensive end made this a day to forget. A few bad passes and a wide open bricked dunk attempt amounted for a disappointing afternoon.

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