Nike: Telep's Day 1 Report

<b>INDIANAPOLIS –</b> From the Hansbrough-Hendrix tilt to Andrew Bynum, we recap a fairly uneventful opening round of games at the 2004 Nike All-American Camp.

Nike Camp, Day One Games

No. 1 vs. No. 2 – The coaches weren't in the stands but over a dozen or so NBA guys watched as the two top-ranked big men in the class tangled. For the first half, this one was a dud, then Tyler Hansbrough started working around the basket in the crafty, athletic and sometimes powerful way that he does. In the end, Richard Hendrix wasn't able to match his intensity and Hansbrough scored the opening round win. This one would have had more interesting if the coaches been in the stands.

Andrew Bynum, C: Back in April we told you that he was a confidence boost away from being a big time player. Well, he appears to be on his way. Bynum elevated his stock in a big way with some skilled back to the basket work. From the half hook to the renewed spirit he showed, the young man was drawing Brendan Haywood comparisons from more than one member of the crowd. We've got him way too low at No. 41 and taking it a step further, this is a guy whose stock could take off in a big way.

Uche Echefu, PF: His high school coach said that he's been working on his face up game and he wasn't lying. Echefu made a 3, put in work inside and did an excellent job of being physical against a 7-footer in Spencer Hawes. He's probably even made some strides with his offense from NBA Camp to now.

Louis Williams, SG: How many guards in this class will go up and catch an alley oop in traffic? This guy is very explosive and he's in one of those groves where the game is coming easy to him offensively. Defensively, he's a self admitted, rough around the edges guy but at the other end he's uncheckable right now.

Micah Downs, SF: His play on the opening night was a good sign because frankly his late June performances were below his ability. Making perimeter shots seems to be the key to his game and his stroke is pretty. He was active at both ends tonight, got some steals and was a standout in his game.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G: He's the one guy in the class that you can't seem to slap a position on; maybe that's why he's so highly regarded? He's not a pure point, doesn't shoot like a two guard and isn't strong enough to be a small forward. What he does is finish at the rim because he's so long and his athleticism takes him places. He did well in his opening camp game and really stood out in terms of making plays going to the rim.

2006 Checklist

Brandan Wright, PF: You're going to get extremely tired reading about him this summer because we're going to write about him a lot. He was at it again on Wednesday blocking shots and impacting the game in a big way for a junior at camp. His lefty jumper is high-arching and not quite reliable yet but he's a menace on the glass and is blessed with a live body. There aren't too many prospects better at this camp.

Isaiah Dahlman, SF: The Minnesotan is a talent. He's one of those guys ala Josh Childress who seems to love hunting his offense along the baselines. His mid-range game is smooth and he appears to have good feel and pace to his overall offensive package.

News & Notes

There was a strong NBA presence in the stands for the opening round of games. … Folks, settling on a No. 1 player in this class won't be easy. The reality of the situation is that the spot should be Brandon Rush's for the taking if he can string together some consistent efforts like his USA Basketball exhibition. Keep an eye on his progress. He's at another camp, but he's on everyone's mind. … Eric Devendorf, barring a sudden change of heart at the podium, will announce for Syracuse on Thursday at Reebok Camp. … College coaches are allowed in the building on Thursday. …

Scout's Seat

C.J. Miles must have played well because a number of people mentioned how talented he was. … Spencer Hawes is a very good prospect. At the Hoop Jamboree, he was able to get by as a skilled player. Here against stronger kids he's going to have to really work hard because strength is missing from him at this point; though he's got plenty of time to mature physically. …

John David Gardner is a highly coveted mid-major point guard with a sweet stroke. He ran into issues in his game when he had to put it on the floor and shoot under some duress. … Alade Aminu. Pay attention to his name because he's building momentum in July. … Jose Soto can really pass the basketball. He's on the small side, but he's got excellent vision. …

Iowa State landed a prospect in PF Ross Marsden that has good touch and solid hands. He'll need some development but the tools are there. … Magnum Rolle hasn't gained much weight since last year and wants to be a face up player. Could need a redshirt year. …

Jeremy Barr, the man with the longest arms and biggest hands at the camp, did a nice job of putting himself in position to score. Unfortunately, he left a bevy of balls on the rim. … Fendi Onobun is such a solid defensive player we're thinking of calling him "De-Fendi." This is the second time this summer we've seen him lock up Jamal Boykin. Now, he's taking more jumpers than he needs to but he's playing hard at both ends. …

In 2006 watch out for combo forward Jarod Leonard. He'll work around the cup and is athletic enough to step away from the hoop and make plays. … David Huertas looked solid tonight as he made a few 3s. That's still the strength of his game. …. Colby Santos heated up in the second half of a game to stroke a few deep trifectas. …

Day One Press Room II

The son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is in attendance at Nike Camp and he's a pretty good player. Jeremiah Rivers said there's no pressure coming from his dad to attend his father's alma mater of Marquette. "He wants me to go to the best school possible," Rivers said. The Golden Eagles have already offered and so has Alabama. Rivers said Notre Dame might be close.

Justin Dentmon, a point guard who signed with Illinois State but didn't get a passing ACT score, said there's a 50% chance he re-ups with ISU. Illinois State wanted him to sit out this season but Dentmon wasn't hearing that. So, he enrolled at Winchendon for a 5th year and re-opened his recruitment. Miami is coming on strong and UConn is interested. He said he hasn't heard from Illinois in a while but the Illini are rumored to be in the hunt too. …

Jessie Sapp, a wing out of National Christian Academy by way of New York, is having a ball this summer. "I proved to everybody that I can play ball and there's more to come," Sapp said as he put some spin on his summer. He's got a host of schools chasing him including UConn, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Maryland, Georgetown, Arkansas, Marshall, Kent State, South Florida, Manhattan, Clemson and St. John's. He wants to run, win and be around guys who have heart. …

Jerome Dyson is going to be a fast riser in the class of 2006. This talented backcourt player has a big time stroke and excellent grades. UNLV, Georgetown and Notre Dame (coming soon) have been to see him. He likes to list Florida State, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Georgetown and Maryland. He's a native of Maryland who is studying at Proctor Academy up north. …

Jonathan Adams, a wing out of Tennessee, is coming off a Jones Fracture of his 5th metatarsal; that's a foot injury for all you non-medically inclined folks. "I'm back. The only thing lacking is conditioning," Adams said. He's down to Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky with the Hilltoppers being the lone program of the two that has offered. Tech is evaluating him this week. Adams, a track and field standout as well, once leapt over the scorer's table and rushed the floor after NC State (his mom's alma mater) upset Duke. Adams was on an unofficial visit at the time. True story.

Combo forward Raymar Morgan, a member of the Class of 2006, is hearing early from Michigan State, Texas, Michigan and Ohio State. Here that Thad Matta?

Andrew Ott, a big man and rising junior, hails from Germantown Academy. He's a big time student with offers from Villanova and Penn State. Illinois, Wake Forest and UNC are watching too. Recently he visited Wake unofficially and then stopped in to see UNC on his way back home. …

Junior guard Tywon Lawson says he's got offers from local schools Georgetown and Maryland. Georgia Tech, UNC, Michigan, Texas, Wake Forest and Florida State are keeping tabs on him. He wants to play in the Big Ten or ACC and is being recruited as a point guard and maybe a combo. …

New Yorker and Top 100 guard Levance Fields likes four schools: St. John's, Pittsburgh, Miami and South Florida are in the mix. All have offered. "I'm on my own timetable," Fields said. "I want to feel out the schools, see how I like it and then make a decision."

John Krekow, an academically oriented forward is out to earn a Division I scholarship this week. Coming into camp he's had just D-II offers but is hearing from Furman, North Dakota State, Rice, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Indiana State, Creighton and Montana. …


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