NBPA: Telep's Sunday Report

RICHMOND, Va. – O.J. Mayo spent the day running roughshod through the NBA Camp. Joining him in the evening was Eric Devendorf and guys like Uche Echefu made their presence felt.

Day Two, NBA Camp

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Eric Devendorf, SG (evening session): After watching two days of camp, this is the guy that continues to standout. He's getting to the rim when he wants, making his 3s and defending. He's got a rep as a big time scorer and that usually means that a guy takes a lot off shots but that's not the case. In fact, his shot selection and efficiency have been a few things that have made his performances so impressive. His game hasn't been loud the last two days but it's been big time.

Uche Echefu, C (evening): There's a little buzz about him, especially after the last session of the day. Basically, his athleticism and body get him places and now he's beginning to really look like a player. He's added some post moves to go with his frame and he's thinking like a player. Good day for him.

Bobby Frasor, PG/SG (afternoon session): Normally, when he's not with his high school team, Frasor gets cast in the role of shooting guard. It was that role that led him to an offer from UNC but on Sunday, playing his natural position of point guard, he was solid.

Frasor was able to hand out a few assists, run the club and looked very much like a high-major point. He had the speedy Jovan Adams on him, and he never relinquished the basketball. Now, Frasor's normally ridiculously reliable shot has been off the mark a tad here and we'd speculate that the maybe playing the PG has something to do with that. We'll monitor his progress and check back later. Bottom line: he's a big time guard.

Cyrus McGowan, PF/C (afternoon): After a morning skills session in which he did a nice job in the individual work, he continued to play well in the noon game. McGowan has been able to fly under the radar somewhat because he's switched AAU teams. There's no question he's undervalued. With his size, post defense and some explosion, he's a bonafide Top 100 recruit.

Tasmin Mitchell, SF/PF (afternoon): Our current No. 1 senior might have a tough time holding onto the top spot in the class through the summer. However, that doesn't mean he's not an outstanding prospect. In fact, the one thing – shooting – which he needed to improve upon appears to be an area he's strengthened. We counted 4-for-6 from the outside, including a 3-pointer in the early game. He was burning it up from mid-range.

Davon Jefferson, PF/SF (evening): When a guy who isn't known for his stroke makes a pair of 3's – one was a buzzer beater – in same game, you know it's his night. Jefferson freed himself on the baseline and did some work. There are good athletes here but few with the springs that Jefferson has that allows him to shake loose when he needs to.

Lewis Clinch, SG (evening): He's listed way too generously at 6-3 and is much closer to 6-2 but the guy can play. He gets to the rim and shoots it too. It's not difficult to see why high-majors are very, very interested. Clinch might be able to play some combo guard and we hear football could be an option as well.

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Gerald Henderson, SG/SF: With his father looking on, Henderson made his move on Sunday. Offensively, he was outstanding. He had a big time throwdown in transition and shot the ball well. He elevates on his jumper and is very comfortable with the trigger from mid-range. He's been consistently excellent here.

Keith Clark, F (evening): He's listed at 6-9 but not accurate. Regardless, there's no denying his game. The guy takes smaller players down to the blocks and drills deep 3-pointers with regularity. He's a bonafide Top 25 prospect in his class and his versatility to go inside and outside is a big time asset.

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O.J. Mayo, SG (afternoon): Guys like Mayo play under such scrutiny because of the hype. That's why it's particularly impressive to see a player of his stature make such a commitment to defense. Mayo was getting steals and blocks in the noon game. Now, everyone wants to compare him to LeBron and that's not fair. But, the one area he does compare favorably with James is passing. He's unselfish, sees the floor and doesn't force in bad passes.

Bill Walker, SF: Bottom line: he's an athletic freak with a skill package. Another big day for one of the best players at camp. His 24 points is the highest total so far in any single camp game.

News & Notes

Wilson Chandler, a small forward out Michigan, has offers from Michigan State and Dayton. Purdue, Marquette, Penn State, Illinois, Arizona, UConn, Xavier, Kentucky and Tulsa are in the mix. Michigan State, according to Chandler, is the leader. "I like Tom Izzo, he's a professional coach," Chandler said. Chandler also really likes Illinois (grew up liking the Illini) and Dayton. …

From the world of college buckets comes a recruiting tidbit on former UK power forward Bernard Cote. Apparently, he's closing in on a decision and the finalists are Iowa, Northwestern and Evansville. …

Anthony Sparks, a Top 100 big man out of Michigan, had an offer from Ohio State prior to Jim O'Brien's dismissal. Dayton had offered too and he's receiving interest from Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky. Sparks has spent the better part of his summer running three miles daily and shooting 500 shots a day when he's in town from "The Gun" at his school. …

Scout's Seat

Wilson Chandler is an athletic small forward who is likely to creep into the Top 100 if he continues to play well here. … During the individual instruction, Cyrus McGowan surprised with his ability to score with skill inside from close range. … Korvortney Barber isn't the perfect size for a power forward at 6-foot-7 but he's explosive and he's a speed and quicks guy. …

Gerald Green is a terrific offensive player and a fine scorer. As good as he is, he's costing himself cheap points. Guys like Carmelo Anthony and Malik Hairston, kids with size on the wings like Green, get easy buckets via offensive rebounds. If Green is going to play shooting guard or even small forward, he's got to use his size more for rebounding. He'll rebound defensively but isn't a factor on the offensive glass. …

Eric Boateng did a nice job on the inside during morning skill work. However, his ventured to the perimeter in the first session and was outside of his range. In the nightcap, we actually watched a game where he didn't get a touch in the paint. He's clearly frustrated at this point but it'll be up to him to make his own offense in this setting. Time to get on the glass and create chances. …

Leo Criswell is struggling some here at camp. It appears that Criswell is not comfortable with his natural position of power forward and is trying to be a small forward. He's athletic enough but at this moment he's got game for the power slot. His big time dunk in traffic in the paint should have been a clear enough sign of what he can do if he commits himself to being a power forward. …

You have to hand it to A.J. Abrams. He drew praise from Michael Mercer for the way he stands his ground defensively. Mercer was able to use his size on a few plays, but for the most part, Abrams hung in there. He's one of those guys who knows his own game well enough to compensate for his lack of size. …


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