ABCD: Thursday Report

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Sitting up in the press room at ABCD allows you to see all the courts. In this section, we give you a scouts-eye view and then get you in the mix for the latest recruiting scuttlebutt.

Scout's Seat

Hatila DeSouza can really board. Tonight he hit a few jumpers. Now, they weren't textbook but they did go in and he's going to have to work on that part of his game if he wants to take the next step. … Cheyenne Moore's athleticism dazzles observers. He had a nasty one-handed jam tonight. … Brandon Costner is a very skilled junior power forward with a solid mid-range touch. …

Brian Laing is improving an area of his game that he needed to excel at. He's sticking mid-range jumpers and that's a great sign. … For those who might not have caught onto it yet, Troy Mathis is a very solid – and potential – high-major point guard. … Andre Blatche has great hands and his progress (Top 50?) continues. … Was that Glen Dandridge with the surprising one-handed throw down? …

The pieces have not all come together just yet for Dorell Wright but it's a guarantee that at least once in a game he'll flash you some athleticism or range on his jumper that confirm your suspicions: he can be a great one. … Curtis Allen must make jumpers or he can get lost in the shuffle in a hurry. Tonight he was making them. … The Randolph Morris-Dwight Howard matchup just wasn't exciting. …

J.R. Smith is a rhythm shooter and he wasn't getting himself set to launch them tonight. He was shooting off balance and never really got it going. He can really help himself by going to the rim instead of settling for Js when they aren't falling. Besides, when you have his athleticism going to the rim can be quite fun. … The game needs more characters with personality like "Big Baby." The kids love him and while he's fun-loving he's no novelty item. …

Props to Mike Williams for realizing the strength of his game isn't firing 3s but taking mid-range jumpers and working inside. … The dunk of the night was a Marshall Brown 360 on the break. That took guts to attempt that kind of degree of difficulty. …

News & Notes

Buzz Peterson was in the crowd watching Tyler Smith. … Skip Prosser paid tribute in the stands to Cameron Stanley. … Pierre-Marie Cespedes likes Pittsburgh, Illinois, Georgia, Arkansas and Marquette. None have offered to date. … Justin Cerasoli lists Auburn, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Memphis, Villanova and Georgia Tech. The Jackets are the lone school that hasn't offered. …

Both Glenn Miles and Brandon Rush will play at Mount Zion next year. … Marshall Brown says Missouri leads Oklahoma trailing and that both have offered. He mentioned UCLA and Kansas but we can't confirm either is recruiting him. … Roy Bright lists Connecticut, Tennessee, Charlotte, DePaul, Iowa State, Clemson, North Carolina State and LSU. …

Sean Singletary aggravated his shoulder and missed both sessions. … Jon Lucky did not play either. … James Mays hurt his back last night and was a DNP. … Luke Bonner has offers from Rutgers and Rhode Island. He's open and lists Dayton, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Richmond as well. … Chester Giles has a bone bruise and didn't play. He likes Kansas, Southern Cal, Oregon, Washington and Miami. … Josh Wright wants to visit schools before deciding. He lists Connecticut, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Kansas, Boston College, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. …

2004 Checklist

HACKENSACK, N.J. – ABCD is all about matchups. On Thursday night, two of the finest point guards met up with one another again. We run down Thursday's standouts for you in this section.

Shaun Livingston vs. Sebastian Telfair: These two matched up head-to-head for the second time in as many weeks. The first matchup went to Livingston and he kept the title in the rematch. These are the two best guards in the class at this time and each is special but Livingston's size helps. He went to work in the post and his athletic reverse layin was just nasty.

Plus, Shaun was making his patented mid-range jumper on "Bassy's" home turf and he played with a heavily taped ankle. Telfair's signature moments came off a 25-footer and a variety of assists with some flavor on them; his team won the game. Both of these guys really seemed to have a healthy respect for one another.

Brandon Rush, SF: To be honest, prior to this afternoon, Rush had never played good when we were in the gym. That changed once he started drilling shots and making things happen. He's got range and a nice feel and he did in consecutive games. He does a nice job of playing under control.

Roy Bright, SF: There's no question, Roy likes ABCD. Last year he was great here and this time around he looked even better. He did everything from catch alley-oops at the rim to stick 3s. He hit the offensive glass and let everyone know what kind of athlete he is. Bonus: he's doing well in summer school.

Cedric Simmons, PF: One Pac-10 coach actually went out of his way to compliment Herb Sendek on his commitment saying that he thought the world of Simmons and why not? All he did was dunk pretty much what he could within reason, bang a few more faceups and fill out his jersey like a big timer.

Robert Swift, C: Everywhere we've gone this summer; Swift has made his way into the column. His skill level never fails to shine through. He's been great since early spring and he's still climbing up the charts. He's just out there having fun.

Albert Webber, SG: The Crimson Tide has themselves a scorer. All day long Webber was busting jumpers. He's a gifted offensive player and there's a reason why he was in our pre-summer Top 50.

Pierre-Marie Cespedes, PG: A pleasant surprise from our friends in Quebec. The speedy point man made shots and he bears watching a few more times.

2005 Checklist

Tyler Smith, SF: His game is almost built for a camp like this because he can go out and get his own shot with the best of them.

Andre McGee, PG: The little man has been lighting up ABCD all week. How's the sub-six-footer doing it? With a pretty stroke, that's how. He's not scared to let it go from deep and with a camp that encourages green lights, he's getting his chances.

2007 Checklist

Taylor King, SF: He was the best player on the floor in his first session of games. Yes, this rising 9th grader can play. He's got the game of a player for more advanced and he's crafty. He's got a sweet stroke and all the moves to go with it.

O.J. Mayo, SG: No, he's not the next LeBron (that's neither fair nor accurate). However, he is a player. He's grown since last season and his game has improved. His mid-range pull-up jumper is a thing of beauty and he's got great feel.

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