Nike Camp: Day 2

INDIANAPOLIS - Rudy Gay is making his mark on this camp. Corey Brewer wasn't bad either on Monday. The action wasn't bad Monday night but the place will be electric when the coaches enter on Tuesday.

Nike Camp, Day Two

2004 Checklist

Rudy Gay, SF: Though we didn't get to see this one first hand, The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy did and he couldn't rave enough about Gay (which is how we felt yesterday). Apparently he did everything from rebound in traffic, to drill jumpers and for his encore guarded Ra'Sean Dickey in the post. Should he play like this the rest of the way, he'll be the story of the camp.

Corey Brewer, SF: The Gators newest recruit was big time. Let's start with his defense which was stellar. However, he took the cake when he stole and alley oop pass at the rim. To sum up his offense we'll start the nasty dunk he threw down on DeAaron Williams. He drilled a few 3s, crashed the glass for a follow dunk and was overall outstanding.

A.J. Price, G: We missed the game but he drew rave reviews for his play again tonight. Go figure, a guard from New York doing well at a camp? We've heard this before.

Dion Dowell, SF: If he is in fact Texas' No. 4 recruit, that speaks volumes for the Longhorns class. This guy was draining 3s, mid-range jumpers and passing the basketball like he's played with his camp teammates for years.

Magnum Rolle, PF: Apparently he's from the Bahamas but he may be playing high school hoops in the States. Anyway, we've got to spend more time watching him because he's a talent. He played a lot on the wing and at 6-10 wasn't about of place.

2005 Checklist

Greg Paulus, PG: He participated in what was an ugly camp game but it wasn't his fault. During his runs he handled the ball extremely well but passed it even better. He was zipping big time assists all over the place and his athletic reverse finish was a new one.

Scout's Perspective

Matt Terwilliger's long anticipated maturation process is underway. His body is finally catching up to his game and that's great news for Ohio State. . Tyler Hansbrough flashed a little of the nastiness he displayed at the Hoop Jamboree. . Greg Paulus' special gift is his court vision. This Steve Blake-play-a-like finds kids all the time. .

Roy Hibbert has great size but his offense remains mechanical. It's time to turn up the intensity. . Junior center Tyrell Biggs would out of his element. The 282 pounder fired a few 3s and strayed way too much from the basket for our tastes. . Ron Coleman looked really aggressive tonight. He did some nice work from the post. .

Rico Tucker, a guard, has some serious rise to his game. Big time hops. . We didn't see the game but reports were that Shawne Williams was excellent for the second straight evening. . Guess who was at it again? That's right Steven Hill is rejecting shots at a pretty good rate here. .

Admirably, JamesOn Curry ran the point tonight and he'll have to do that a lot on his camp team. It's a shame that in a lot of camp situations he gets cast in the role of point guard. He passed the ball well but there isn't much relief on his team that will allow him to slide over to his natural position.

Junior Yamene Coleman ranks as one of the best tippers at the rim we've seen. ... K.C. Rivers is like a point forward. Actually, he's a tough guy to categorize in a position sense but he can ball and his speed caught us by surprise tonight. ... We hear that Jason Rich strung together a nice game. Apparently he was impressive with his poise and balance.

News & Notes:

Here's a sneak peek at the Oak Hill's lineup next season: Josh Smith, Dayshaun Wright, Rajon Rondo, K.C. Rivers and a 6-11 import from Senegal. Don't worry, there will be more. ... It's a good year for uniforms at the Nike Camp. ... Joe Crawford arrives at camp today. He was slowed down by a summer school exam. ... Best nickname here: 2006 power forward Durrell Arthur. To his friends he's "Slim Shady." ... It's important to note that power forward Brian Johnson is not 100% this week. .

INDIANAPOLIS - Once again, we take inside the Nike Media press room where we've spent a few hours talking with some campers. Here's the latest inside word and school lists.

Inside The Press Room


The worst kept secret in college basketball hit the airwaves tonight. D.J. White's press conference took place and the national Top 10 recruit announced he would attend Indiana. Sporting a Hoosiers cap, White deftly fielded questions. His commitment is the biggest recruiting news to hit Bloomington since the Jared Jeffries announcement.

"I told them I want to come but I haven't committed," Robert Dozier said of Memphis. Should his mother give her seal of approval down the road, he'll be a Tiger. Dozier said he wasn't considering anyone else at this time. Sounds like a commitment is imminent to us? "I'm going to commit to Memphis by the end of the summer."

Inside Word:

Charles Thomas gave us a school list that consisted of just two: Oklahoma and Florida State. He's got his reasons for liking both. "I've seen the facilities [at Oklahoma]," Thomas said. "Wow! They were building things left and right." As for FSU, Leonard Hamilton coached his cousin Mario Bland in college. .

Last month there were some rumblings about K.C. Rivers possibly committing early to Wake Forest. He addressed that rumor today. "It's safe to say that they lead but it's hard to say when I'll commit." Rivers said that the Deacs, North Carolina State and North Carolina are in the mix. .

Marquise Gray appearances on the circuit are rare but he's here this week and he'll be at the Hoopfest with Flint Affiliation next. . Carmelo Anthony and Rudy gay had a little chat before the forward left for camp. Basically, there's a lot of similarities in how they hit growth spurts at the same time and how their stars were on the rise heading into July. Don't think for a second "Melo" isn't whispering Syracuse in his ear. Sources told us Gay is listening intently. . We asked Ollie Bailey, one of the most competitive guys here who he wants a piece of and he quickly responded with DJ White. .

School Lists:

Junior power forward Keith Brumbaugh already likes Florida, Florida State, Indiana and Arizona. . Monta Ellis, one of the finest junior guards in the country likes Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and Duke. . Robert Clark said he's pretty open but told us that Iowa, Florida State and Western Kentucky are aggressively recruiting him. . We told you to watch out for the Orangemen with Rudy Gay. Also on the list are Maryland, Indiana, Villanova, Connecticut, Arizona and Virginia. .

Power forward Robinson Louisme likes Tulane (offer), Miami (offer), South Florida (offer) and Boston College (offer). . Forward Ollie Bailey has offers from Rutgers and Purdue. Also in the mix are Marquette, Seton Hall and Connecticut. . Junior power forward Tyler Hansbrough likes Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas and Florida. .

Jerome Johnson couldn't believe he measured in at 6-6 and frankly, that could be an inch shy without shoes but . Johnson has recently visited Penn State, Providence and Northeastern unofficially. . Channing Toney's famous father Andrew - you know the 76ers and Celtics? - is a player himself. He likes Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgetown, UAB and USL (dad's alma mater). . Junior Martell Webster is hearing from Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Maryland, Indiana, Missouri, UNC and Duke. .

Jerome Habel has a scholarship offer from Virginia Commonwealth. He's perplexed by the lack of interest in him and quite honestly, so are we. Why wouldn't you want a 6-9 shot blocker and rebounder? . Williams Thomas, a power forward out of Mount St. Joe in Baltimore is hearing from Virginia Tech, Richmond, Rutgers and Nebraska but doesn't have any offers. .



I'm not spilling any beans now. I want to go on 

my visits. Brian Johnson's comment to a rumor 

circulating that UNC was about to get a commitment. 

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