Most of the time, there is little chemistry on camp teams that are comprised of prospects from all over the country. That wasn't the case with, of all teams, the Lakers at the NBA Camp. Amir Johnson, Davon Jefferson, Marcus Johnson, Derwin Kitchen and Mike Mercer came together to rally their team past the Greg Oden led Pacers for the camp title.
The Lakers dropped just one game in 12 chances en route to the championship.
Ryan Wright, PF: In terms of a guy boosting his stock, Wright took the proper measures to insure his high-major status with his play at the NBA Camp. He's the owner of a solid body, a standout game and when he made a few face up jumpers on the last day his Top 100 status was cemented. This Canadian is turning into a high-major priority.
Roderick Flemings, SF: Like Wright, he helped himself this past week. Flemings is long and lean and the Texan can play the game. He'll make enough jumpers to keep defenders honest and has the body to accomplish things at the rim.
Eric Boateng vs. Greg Oden: What's been a long week for the Delaware center ended with a matchup against the best big man in high school ball. Oden tightened the screws on Boateng and held him without a bucket. The highlight of the contest with a ridiculous coast-to-coast jaunt culminating in a tomahawk dunk by the future lottery selection. On Monday, the Bobcats traded up to get the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. In 2006, teams will be maneuvering for this franchise center.
Devan Downey, PG: He ran out of gas in the championship game as shots that had been falling all week long just stopped going in. Regardless, he was superb in the morning session making his 3s, slipping past defenders and putting in work.
Monta Ellis, SG: There might not be a better prospect in the country at creating and inventing shots than the Mississippi State bound guard. He's the Thomas Edison of this class. Ellis only needs a gap and he's by you on his way to the cup.
Class of 2006
Gerald Henderson, SG: Oden was the top underclassman here, but an argument could be made that Henderson has equally as productive a week. He gets himself in the triple-threat position and makes his move. Be it mid-range jumpers or dashes to the rim, he proved he can put it on the deck and finish. Nothing but accolades for him in Richmond. If you're wondering about an early list, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Duke, Villanova and Notre Dame are giving chase and they'll all be happy to hear that he's mentioning them early.