NBPA: Telep's Day 1 Report

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Class of 2007 was on display at NBA Camp Wednesday night. Guys like O.J. Mayo, Mike Beasley and Cole Aldrich were amongst a handful of first day standouts.

2006 CHECKLIST

Tywon Lawson vs. Willie Kemp: This one was heading the direction of a dominant game by Lawson after the first half. Then, Kemp did a nice job of defending and slowing the train. Heading into the summer, Lawson is tops in the country at his position and Kemp is a Top 5 guy. This was a nice give and take between two good players. Lawson scored between 15 and 17 points while Kemp had 6 points and 4 assists.

Wayne Ellington vs. Gerald Henderson: That's right: Duke versus UNC or is it teammate versus teammate? Either way, it was fun to see the guys check each other. Ellington did his thing with his smooth jumper and Henderson punch dunked a few. Fun outing for two close friends and both played well.

Hamady N'diaye, C: The native of Senegal has a new home. After playing last season at Life Center in Jersey, he's enrolling at Lake Suzy (Fla.) Florida Prep. This is one of those guys schools are going to eyeball hard in July because he's 6-foot-10. The footwork isn't there but he runs, rebounds, dunks and plays hard. He had a ton of energy in his game on Wednesday.

Alex Tyus, PF/SF: Textbook case of how to make yourself look good in a camp setting. Tyus didn't try anything he wasn't capable of doing. Instead of launching 3s, he smoked mid-range shots. His offense looked crisp and he came off as being very productive and efficient.

2007 CHECKLIST

O.J. Mayo, PG: We've seen him play pretty good with his traveling team but sometimes you lose sight of just how talented he is until you see him around the best in the country. This was possibly the best game we've seen him play since April. He was smoking jumpers from all over the place and his ability to score with talent on the court is impressive.

Michael Beasley, PF/SF: Basically, there was no answer for his inside-outside game. He broke the spirit of every defender they put on him. Be it a strong take or a deep 3-pointer, no one could handle him in his first camp game.

Cole Aldrich (pictured), C/PF: When two people refer to you as a "beast" after watching you play, it's safe to assume you had a big night. After a game in which Aldrich proved his worth as an elite level guy in his class, his lone complaint was that his camp bed was way too small. He was mashing inside and active with both hands. He dunked what he could and rebounded in traffic; just a neat kid having a big time game at NBA Camp.

2008 CHECKLIST

Tyreke Evans, SG: We've looked everywhere and we've still yet to see a better 2008 prospect. His offensive game is much more advanced than his age and the way he scores it, he'd have no problems playing in a college game right now. He's a big wing who can handle it and players like Mayo were quick to point out how good he can be.

NEWS & NOTES

Thaddeus Young is at camp but has a boot on his foot. He won't be back in action until at least July 1. … Julian Vaughn did not play tonite because of a pulled groin but said he'd be back in action on Thursday. … Not in attendance here but noteworthy is an upcoming official visit by 2005 wing Keith Brumbaugh. Word on the streets is that he'll visit Nebraska this weekend and a commitment could ensue. …

Duke Crews said that he's fielded recent calls from UNC, Florida, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Add those schools to his present list of Cincinnati, St. John's, Xavier and Virginia. … Will Walker said that DePaul called him at 12:01 a.m. the first night schools could make calls this month. N.C. State, Ohio State, Dayton and Georgia Tech are also showing interest. …

Ramar Smith said that Connecticut and Michigan State were pursuing him the hardest. Arkansas, Illinois, Miami, Tennessee and Wisconsin are also noteworthy. … Stanley Robinson says he remains "wide open" and that he's heard from Duke, UNC, Maryland, Cincinnati, LSU, Tennessee and Alabama. He's in no hurry to do anything with his recruitment. …

Hamady N'diaye is already hearing from Baylor, George Washington, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Rhode Island. … Cole Aldrich has Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota and North Carolina on his mind at this juncture. …

SCOUT"S SEAT

Willie Kemp uses the rim to shield defenders on drives as well as any guard we've seen in his glass. He's not a particularly physically strong finisher but he's found a way to get it done with the reverse lay up. …

Darrell Arthur drained a few 3s but his most impressive play was a hustle play in which he sprinted end to end, showing off an entirely different level of speed we never knew he had. …

After the session players were able to partake in a post game snack. Over 100 campers dove into pizza while one remained for extra work. Richard Semrau was busy with an instructor working on his jumper. …

The first game we've seen Dwight Lewis play this summer yielded 7 points (2-for-5 FG), 2 rebounds and 1 assist. ...

QUOTABLE

Duke Crews on Bill Walker's athleticism: "The way he jumps is not real. He took one step and jumped clear over Curtis Kelly's head."


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