NBPA: Scouting Reports, Part II

RICHMOND, Va. -- Analyst Eric Bossi provides the second half of his player evaluations of UNC targets at the NBPA Camp. [--Pictured is Kevin Love--]

Jerryd Bayless - [Pictured, right] - If you are Bayless, a week in Richmond probably just taught you a bunch about who you are as a player. Attempting to play point guard much of the time, Bayless focused on running his team, getting teammates the ball and making smart decisions. In the long run that is a good thing because in the short term playing as a "pure" point man isn't something that caters to his strengths.

While he did a fine job running the show, Bayless was clearly more comfortable playing on the wing. From the wing he is able to blow by defenders and pull up for his outstanding mid-range jumper or get to the rim where he can flaunt his athleticism. He's a guy who is used to getting all of the shots he wants and deserves some credit for looking at his game and realizing that it needs to be tweaked for the next level. It probably wasn't the week he was looking for numbers wise, but by Saturday and Sunday it looked like he had found the type of balance between scoring and running the show that will help his game in the long run.

Tywon Lawson - It has already been a great spring of grassroots basketball for Lawson and he got his summer off to a great start as well. Carolina fans are already very familiar with what their point guard of the future can do and he was up to his usual tricks in Richmond. He got into the lane, he hit big shots when needed and played some tough defense when called upon to do so.

Right now Lawson's strength lies in his quickness and toughness off the dribble. He seems comfortable handling with either hand and does a nice job of mixing in drives and stop and pop jumpers in either direction. He's got a solid frame that allows him to play physical and it also helps him finish some plays that others can't. His jumper from deep is still a bit of a set shot and needs to be released a little quicker. He's a pretty complete product and it is all about fine tuning his already diverse game.

Kevin Love - It is pretty obvious that Love is one of those kids that writers and fans may grow a little tired of describing. It isn't that there is anything wrong with him or the way he plays, but how many ways are there to really describe how good he is? One thing is for sure, nobody is going to get tired of watching him lay down the law each and every time out there.

A fun loving guy, Love is all business once he steps on the court. In the paint, it is almost as if defenders have given up on trying to defend what Love does. He's going to get his offense no matter what because of his ridiculous footwork and skill level. He finishes with either hand, follows his own misses and is now a comfortable shooter from well beyond the three-point line who is also a pinpoint passer. He's as close to complete as a rising junior big man could possibly be as an offensive player. Defensively, he is prone to gambling and needs to be quicker. Quickness is likely to come once Love sheds some of his remaining baby fat and starts sculpting his frame.

Stanley Robinson - Relatively new to the UNC and national radar, the 6-8 combo forward stepped up and made the most of a golden opportunity at NBPA. Playing on the same team as OJ Mayo, Robinson had to have known there would be a few extra eyes watching him because of Mr. Mayo. Showing off his tremendous athleticism, Robinson was on the business end of several alley-oops and knocked down some wide open looks from three point range.

Critics of Robinson's game have said that he has too much of a tendency to float in and out of games and that he doesn't like physical play. It's not surprising that those are complaints given that his game is so reliant on his athleticism. In Richmond relying on athleticism was fine because there were lots of alley-oops to be caught and the pace was up and down. However, the true test for Robinson is going to come the next time he gets in a game where it is a little more structured and a little more bogged down. He's clearly a talent but must get stronger and find some in between game because he seems to be all three pointers and dunks right now.

Michael Sanchez - [Pictured, right] - One thing is for sure, Sanchez doesn't look like a rising junior physically thanks to some impressive work in the weight room. He's got a cut up physique and a nice inside out game that is reminiscent of the way that Kris Humphries used to get things done.

Most comfortable operating between five and 12 feet from the basket, Sanchez is a skilled scorer with his back to or facing the basket. With his back to the basket he relies on a quick drop step and a series of shoulder fakes to spin by his defender and power to the glass. Facing he is able to drill short jumpers or beat bigger men with quick one and two dribble drives. His shooting touch actually extends all the way out to three point range and he's got nice ball skills. In order to play the three on the next level he'll have to improve his overall quickness and athleticism.

Alex Stepheson - Talk about passing the look test, Stepheson is an impressive looking prospect. At 6-9 he runs the court with the ease of a wing, has tremendous bounce around the hoop and is the owner of a terrific looking long and muscular frame. More than ever, Stepheson is also passing the player test once he gets into action.

He's a gifted rebounder with strong hands who always seems to find himself around missed shots and he knows what to do with the rock once he gets it. He's got a quick spin move, a developing jump hook with either hand and he loves going to the rim for dunks. In the past some have knocked him for being soft but that seems to be an unfair label. It almost seems that he gets that label because he's a well rounded kid with good grades who sees that there is more than just basketball out there and if that's the case it is a shame. Yes he does need to be consistently aggressive, but that is the case with almost any young big man. What matters most is that he is rapidly improving and still has plenty of room left for growth.

Eric Wallace - There isn't any way to describe Wallace's performance at camp other than to say he struggled mightily. For whatever reason, Wallace never looked comfortable as he struggled to make any kind of shot. Jumpers were missing badly, he was making uncharacteristic turnovers and even dunks weren't going down for him.

Part of the problem is that Wallace's game looks like it is built purely on athleticism. Few players in any class can sprint the court the way he does or have his body or leaping ability. However, Wallace didn't show any improved skills since this time last year and that has got to be a concern. Hopefully it was just an off week because everybody is entitled to those and he's still a pretty young guy with a great attitude. At the same time, here's hoping that young Mr. Wallace learned a few things and that he'll get to work on improving his ball handling and shooting against elite competition. Judging by his competitive nature it is a fairly safe bet that he'll put in the work and learn from his NBPA experience.

Julian Vaughn - [Pictured, right] - An emerging big man with a sweet shooting touch all the way out to three point land, it was an up and down week for Vaughn. At 6-9 and 230 pounds, he's got the size to go down low and get things done which he will from time to time. He's a good rebounder, blocks some shots and scores well before there is contact.

It is when contact occurs that things start to fall apart for Vaughn. Once things get physical it looks like he floats out to the perimeter and relies exclusively on his jumper. The question to be determined is whether it is just a case of not having confidence to bang with guys down low yet, or being scared to. For now we'll assume that it is a confidence issue and that his youth and relative inexperience play a role. Regardless of what the reasons are for his tendency to play 15 feet away from the basket are, Vaughn is clearly a talent who could develop into a premier inside/outside big man in his class and his game is similar to that of Brandon Costner.


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