Nike: Telep's Day 2 Report

<b>INDIANAPOLIS –</b> The buzz around Indy is beginning to center on the emergence of big man Andrew Bynum. We've got all the talk about prospects and who was in the stands in this update from Nike Camp.

Nike Camp, Day Two

2005 Checklist

Andrew Bynum, C: If there's a guy at Nike Camp that has really helped himself, it's been Bynum. In a matchup against Eric Boateng, Bynum earned his player's card. The Brendan Haywood-clone has created some buzz for himself as a legit low post player with an ever improving game and quite the skill package all wrapped up into a true center's body.

Devan Downey, PG: In the evening session, Downey was cementing his status as a Top 50 prospect. Once you get over the fact that he's 5-10 then you begin to realize that he can really play. Some coaches won't recruit him because of his size and that's a legit beef. However, those same guys might have to lace them up against him and he's just the kind of guy that won't forget it. He plays the angles and understands the game.

C.J. Miles, SF/SG: Opinions vary on him but we aren't wavering: this kid is an elite level talent because the game is effortless for him. He might be one of the best passers in the class and handles the ball on the break with the best of them. Plus, he makes good decisions, isn't selfish and when he's making 3's like we know he's capable he's simply a better prospect (though not always a big scorer) as most in the class at his position.

Casaan Breeden, PF/SF: It was a big day for him. High-majors sitting on the fence began swaying his way. Though he's probably not an elite high-major player, he's solid. He's always bouncing around with energy and enjoys playing. He needs to stay active and play with energy and he did that today. His deep jumper needs work, but he's got tools and athleticism.

J.P. Prince, PG: Today, a few colleges learned what we've been talking about all spring long. This young man can pass the basketball, has a big time hoops IQ and really sees the floor. Now, if he could stroke it from deep the heavy hitters would be lining up. Regardless, he's a high-major guard who knows how to play. He actually took some charges in a camp game and that wins you big points.

Taylor Griffin, F: Last year, Matt Shaw was the mid-major must have prospect. In our opinion, Griffin is the 2004 version of Shaw. On the fence for high-major recruitment, Griffin uses his body as well as he does his brain. He's got good touch from mid-range and competes all the time.

Luke Zeller, PF: If you're only going to play in a few summer events, might as well make them count and that's what he's doing. His skill level is shining through in a big way and his evening session game was chock full of pure skilled scoring. He put it to guys in the post and faced them up to make jumpers. He's also got one of the best pure hooks out on the circuit.

Jon Brockman, PF: "Mr. Consistency" was at it again all day long. I don't know how this happened but he measured 6-7 in bare feet at USA Basketball and 6-6 here. So he's somewhere in the middle, big deal right? The guy played his tail off again. The only schools left to offer are Duke and UNC and at least one or maybe both could do it depending on their individual recruiting scenarios.

Mike Mercer, G: Louis Williams isn't the only Georgia Star getting it done. In the nightcap, Mercer put on a shooting exhibition. The guy caught fire and really never let up as he buried deep 3s.

Underclassmen (guys who stood out)

Ramar Smith, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Brandan Wright, Alex Tyus and the list goes on. Basically, the young talent in camp is pushing the older players as much or more than we've ever seen it here. These youngsters aren't waiting their turn like in year's past and are really stealing a lot of would be thunder from the older kids. …

Scout's Seat

Joe Darger shot it well in the morning as his confidence continues to come back to him. … Junior Bryan Davis, a power forward out of Texas, is a much better shot blocker than we imagined. … Point guard Eric Price's strength comes as a defender. …

Georgia took a player with promise in center Rashaad Singleton. He's got some skills and though he might need a redshirt year physically, there's talent to work with to go along with the obvious size. … Mike Gerrity, as someone pointed out from the stands, bears a striking resemblance in the face and body type to former Wolfpack guard Chris Corchiani who is now a real estate mogul in Raleigh, N.C. …

Everything guard Kevin Lisch does is full speed and done with determination and toughness. … Billy Humphrey added a little baseline floater to his game and it's a nice touch. … Josh McRoberts' upward ascent has continued here at Nike. The back is healthy and he's doing well. …

News & Notes (Games)

Jeff Lebo watched Yamene Coleman play a few times today. … Ernie Kent and the Oregon Ducks are hunting underclassmen and that's why he's chasing around Kyle Singler and Kevin Love. … Murray State coach Mick Cronin put some time in today with shooter Matthew Dotson. … Tyrone McNeal, a junior center, drew coaches from Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee in the morning. …

Notre Dame assistant coach Rod Balanis was checking up on target Jeremiah Rivers. … Memphis guard Willie Kemp was on the camp roster but never showed. … C.J. Miles drew an afternoon crowd of assistants from UNC and Texas. Bill Self, Kelvin Sampson and Paul Hewitt took in the game as well. …

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan watched Marcus Landry in the morning and Ryan Wright in the evening. … Kentucky and Florida sent assistants to check on Keith Brumbaugh while FSU sent head coach Leonard Hamilton. … Norfolk State coach Dwight Freeman was stalking Terrance Woodbury. …

UConn's Jim Calhoun appears to be falling hard for big man Andrew Bynum. … Oliver Purnell and Dave Odom joined Norm Roberts in watching Casaan Breeden with great interest. … Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos was in the stands checking on point man Brian Johnson. … John Thompson, Paul Hewitt and Tubby Smith were spotted in the stands during a J.P. Prince game. … Mike Krzyzewski pulled a double-dip when Eric Boateng's team played against Jon Brockman's boys. The Blue Devils could wind up having room for both of them. …

News & Notes (3-on-3 session)

St. Bonaventure coach Anthony Solomon watched Jamelle Cornley in the morning. … Mike Krzyzewski spent time watching Josh McRoberts and C.J. Miles. … Stanford's Trent Johnson made sure he watched enough of Brian Zoubek. … Joe Holliday represented the Tar Heels when C.J. Miles was playing. … St. John's head coach Norm Roberts was front and center each time Antonio Pena, Jonathan Mitchell and Andrew Bynum played. …

Bill Self spent serious time watching Julian Wright and he was joined by Dave Leitao. … Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn chased around Jonathan Adams, John David Gardner and Daniel Emerson in the 3-on-3's. … Arkansas is in the process of evaluating point guard prospects and Stan Heath was able to put a set of eyes on Denis Clemente, Walter Hodge and Devan Downey. … UCLA's Ben Howland watched Jon Brockman in the morning. … Jim Calhoun appeared to making a detailed evaluation on Andrew Bynum. Pete Gillen watched Uche Echefu. … Around The Press Room

Richard Hendrix is a little nicked up right now, stemming from a June ankle injury. The weight of a college decision is also on his mind. At this point, he says he's torn between North Carolina and Alabama and there's no reason not to believe him.

"I really don't know yet," Hendrix said. "Hopefully one day it will just hit me over the head."

Over in the ‘Nati, Sean Miller can rest assured that his commitment from B.J. Raymond is safe. "I'm very happy he's got the job," Raymond said. "I'm not mad at Thad Matta at all. I'm sticking with my commitment to Xavier." Raymond was Miller's recruit so it makes sense he sticks with the pledge. …

Power forward Jon Brockman's iron clad six schools are: Washington, Gonzaga, Arizona, UCLA, Duke and North Carolina. Duke hasn't offered and neither has UNC. "I just gotta find the right place," Brockman said.

Memphis junior power forward Wayne Chism says Mississippi State is on him the hardest. But, Kentucky is his dream school. "I could see myself there," Chism said. "I like the way he coaches."

Kevin Durant is a little upset with his camp play, though we think he's doing fine. "It's not going the way I want it to. I'm not getting as many shots as I would with my AAU or high school team." The junior says Maryland has offered and he's interested in UNC, Duke, NC State, Texas and the Terps. …

Florida State is going to have to re-recruit Magnum Rolle. "I de-committed," Rolle said. "I still like the program but I never got the chance to be fully recruited."

A quick list from Kevin Rogers read: Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech, UNC, UConn, Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Baylor. …

Speaking of Rogers, C.J. Miles said the "package deal" with him and Miles is now about 75% likely to happen. Miles, who had a little chat with Rogers in recent weeks, said the chances were once less but they've improved. His list reads Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech, Arizona and UNC. Duke and Illinois are talking with him too. …

Jamelle Cornley, an undersized and hard working power forward, understands that a mid-major might be the right fit for him. Regardless, he'd like to see if DePaul, Pittsburgh, Marquette or Cincy offer. Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Dayton and a host of others are checking him out too. … "I want to get out here and show some other schools what I can do."

Colby Santos just might shoot his way into some offers. The New Englander has Arkansas, Miami, American and Louisville keeping tabs on him. …

Marcus Landry said that Wisconsin is his leader with Marquette in the No. 2 slot. Iowa, UConn, Purdue and Illinois are also on his mind. However, the Badgers lead. "I like the position and the way they play is my style."

Junior forward Keith Clark says Oklahoma and Charlotte are recruiting him the hardest. Charlotte? That's right, DeAngelo Alexander and he are related. Remarkably, neither had offered just yet. …

Keaton Grant is waiting to see what Georgia Tech does with him. He's got offers from Miami, Tennessee, Baylor, Penn State and Liberty. DePaul and Boston College are also checking on him. If the Jackets make a move, they might be tough. "I think I fit in well over there and by the time I get there they will have room to play."

Jarod Leonard, a hard playing wing in the Class of 2006, has an offer from St. Louis. Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi and Georgia are checking on him. He's been to SLU and Ole Miss. …

Junior Alex Tyus recently returned from UCLA camp and said the Bruins are on him the hardest of any school but have not offered. Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, Missouri and Kansas are in the mix. …

Stud junior Brandan Wright is now listing Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Indiana and Louisville. Throw in the Clippers, Warriors and Magic and you might have a complete list (just kidding). …

Casaan Breeden, one of the more charismatic guys on tour, says he's got a huge list. However, he says Miami and St. John's are on him the hardest. He's never seen either campus. …


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