Final ABCD Camp Rankings

You have read for the past few days about who has stood out and who hasn't at the Reebok ABCD basketball camp, but now that the camp is complete, what players were the best? Kyle Lamb was in attendance to check out the camp and brings us his list of top performers at the camp, both overall and by position. Click the link to read.

After a full recovery this weekend since returning from the Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ, I decided to sift through my well over 20-plus pages of notes and compile a rankings list. Given the competition at the ABCD Camp, I believe there was a wealth of talent to rank.

Not being there for the full four days of games, I decided it was best to just rank them upon what they did in the few days that I was there. I did, however, get to see everyone as the games were conveniently located in three courts packed together at once for each shift.

The rankings are put together, not based on talent, but simply based on how well they performed. Stats were compared for all players at each position and taken into account, but other things that don't show up in the stat categories such as hustle, responding to adversity, moving without the ball, doing the little things, etc were weighed heavily based on the notes taken. Further, for players that might not have been seen as much, I was able to rely upon the evaluations of others in attendance to help break ties.

The list is broken down into a top 50, as well as by position of 20 players each (except for small forwards where there are 15), giving a total of 75 by position. It should be noted that these rankings are broken down exactly by the position players played in the camp but some players will be playing other positions in college. For instance, Lance Thomas played the three in this camp, but he is more of a power forward and will play the four at the next level.

Here are the rankings with comments on each of the top players mentioned.

OVERALL TOP 50 PLAYERS

RANK

POS

PLAYER

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

HEIGHT

CLASS

1.

5

GREG ODEN

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

LAWRENCE NORTH

7-0

2006

COMMENT:

Shut down the who's who of camp big men including Aldrich, Arthur, Love, and Caracter

2.

1

O.J. MAYO

CINCINNATI, OH

NORTH COLLEGE HILL

6-4

2007

COMMENT:

Dazzled with a quick dribble, fluid shot, and unbelievable vision

3.

4

DAMION JAMES

NACOGDOCHES, TX

NACOGDOCHES

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

This superb athlete rebounded extremely well, and scored from outside, inside, and mid range

4.

3

TAYLOR KING

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

MATER DEI

6-8

2007

COMMENT:

Not much to dislike about King; He excelled in the open floor both scoring and passing

5.

2

PAUL HARRIS

NIAGARA FALLS, NY

NIAGARA FALLS

6-5

2006

COMMENT:

Harris is put together very well for a guard; He was toughest penetrating, but also knocked down jumpers

6.

4

HERB POPE

ALIQUIPPA, PENN

ALIQUIPPA

6-8

2007

COMMENT:

Played a great all around game; His passing skills stood out the most in addition to his energy a variety ways of scoring

7.

3

BILL WALKER

CINCINNATI, OH

NORTH COLLEGE HILL

6-6

2007

COMMENT:

He may or may not be the third best player at the camp, but he lost some points for not adding much other than dunks

8.

5

KEVIN LOVE

LAKE OSWEGO, ORE

LAKE OSWEGO

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Love got his wish and got the match-up with Oden he wanted; That was the one blemish on his otherwise solid camp

9.

3

DAVON JEFFERSON

HAWTHORNE, CA

LYNWOOD

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

For the most part, Jefferson, like Walker, was guilty of being a dunk reel; His quickness off the dribble impressed many

10.

1

SCOTTIE REYNOLDS

HERNDON, VA

HERNDON

6-0

2006

COMMENT:

Oklahoma fans will enjoy this smooth guard running the point; Great passer who can shoot

11.

4

DWAYNE COLLINS

MIAMI, FLA

SENIOR

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

Absolute workhorse last week at ABCD; Impossible to stop in the paint; Didn't show much range with the jumper

12.

1

MICHAEL CONLEY

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

LAWRENCE NORTH

6-1

2006

COMMENT:

Right on par with Reynolds, Conley had one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in camp; Smooth in the open floor

13.

2

COREY STOKES

BAYONNE, NJ

ST. BENEDICT'S

6-5

2007

COMMENT:

Stokes made a name for himself as one of the best pure shooters in the camp

14.

4

ALEXANDER TYUS

FLORISSANT, MO

HARMONY SCHOOL

6-7

2007

COMMENT:

Although Tyus didn't defend or rebound particularly well, he was one of the best scorers in the camp from the four

15.

3

LANCE THOMAS

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ

ST. BENEDICT'S

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

Most impressive was watching Thomas off the ball; Workhorse who got it done in every way

16.

4

DERRICK CARACTER

FRANWOOD, NJ

ST. PATRICKS

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Had his ups and he had his downs; He was very mobile and very strong with the ball, but very inconsistent

17.

5

COLE ALDRICH

BLOOMINGTON, MN

JEFFERSON

6-11

2007

COMMENT:

Defensively Aldrich was tough; Strong hands and very physical; Struggled finishing at certain times

18.

2

DAEQUAN COOK

DAYTON, OH

DUNBAR

6-5

2006

COMMENT:

Cook's jumper the first day and a half wasn't falling, but he finished the camp on a roll including being the AS game MVP

19.

5

ALEX STEPHESON

LOS ANGELAS, CA

HARVARD WESTLAKE

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Stepheson was one of the few guys that was aggressive against Oden; Skilled, athletic, and strong

20.

1

ADRIAN OLIVER

MODESTO, CA

MODESTO CHRISTIAN

6-4

2006

COMMENT:

Played like a blue-collar type of player, but ran the point exceptionally well; Played very good defense, and had few TO's

21.

4

NYAL KOSWAL

CHICAGO, ILL

JULIAN

6-9

2007

COMMENT:

There weren't many players in the camp stronger than Koswal down low; Ball skills need to improve

22.

2

COREY CHANDLER

NEWARK, NJ

EASTSIDE

6-1

2006

COMMENT:

Was perhaps one of the best pure shooters in the entire camp; Hometown boy who projects as a combo guard

23.

3

TYLER SMITH

PULASKI, TENN

HARGRAVE MIL. ACAD.

6-7

2006

COMMENT:

Although Smith was one of the most polished wings at the camp, he didn't play as well as he probably should have

24.

1

EARL CLARK

RAHWAY, NJ

RAHWAY

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

Clark was an enigma; Strange phenomenon as many loved him and some didn't; I like the fact he's a big physical PG

25.

2

LANCE STEPHENSON

BROOKLYN, NY

BISHOP LOUGHLIN

6-4

2009

COMMENT:

This soon-to-be 9th grader played beyond his years against Mayo; Played out of control at times, but skills are there

26.

3

BRYAN DAVIS

GRAND PRAIRIE, TEX

GRAND PRAIRIE

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Workmanlike and productive; Wasn't flashy but he scored, rebounded, and passed well

27.

4

WAYNE CHISM

BOLIVAR, TENN

CENTRAL

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

Davis' comment could also go for Chism; He has the "look" so to speak; Didn't excel in any one thing, but solid

28.

4

JAMIE SKEEN

CHARLOTTE, NC

NORTH MECKLENBURG

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

He settled for the jumper a bit much, but he also mixed it up well inside; When he was in the flow, he played well

29.

5

MIKE DAVIS

BROOKLYN, NY

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Skills limited to within 10-feet of the basket, but was good in the post with the ball

30.

1

DOUGIE WIGGINS

EAST HARTFORD, CT

EAST HARTFORD

6-0

2006

COMMENT:

Physical guard who can pass and also score; Very up and down all camp long

31.

1

KALVIN GRADY

ADA, MICH

EAST GRAND RAPIDS

5-11

2007

COMMENT:

Not many guards who were quicker and smoother than Grady; Size is a concern, but he's an exceptional passer

32.

1

ISAIAH THOMAS

TACOMA, WASH

CURTIS

5-8

2007

COMMENT:

Thomas played up-temp the entire time; Sometimes he was brilliant, other times he was out of control

33.

4

EKPE UDOH

EDMOND, OKLA

EDMOND SANTE FE

6-9

2006

COMMENT:

Udoh was a workhorse inside; Didn't show range or much of a consistent jumper

34.

5

CASIEM DRUMMOND

WEST ORANGE, NJ

BLOOMFIELD TECH

6-10

2006

COMMENT:

The newest Villanova commitment was solid, although not spectacular; Looked passive at times

35.

3

DANIEL HACKETT

DOWNEY, CA

ST. JOHN BOSCO

6-5

2007

COMMENT:

Good shooter who looked uncomfortable in a point guard role; One of the better scorers in the second flight last week

36.

2

ALEX LEGION

SOUTHFIELD, MICH

COUNTRY DAY

6-5

2007

COMMENT:

He was quietly great at times, but not enough; Biggest problem was that Legion's shots, especially outside, weren't falling

37.

2

DAR TUCKER

SAGINAW, MICH

ARTHUR HILL

6-4

2007

COMMENT:

Streaky last week with his shot; He was terrific in the open floor and also finishing inside when he wanted to

38.

3

RENARDO SIDNEY

JACKSON, MS

PINEY WOODS

6-9

2009

COMMENT:

Sidney is a skilled kid in the class of 2009 that showed amazing poise at times; Like most young kids, disappeared some

39.

5

DEON THOMPSON

TORRANCE, CA

TORRANCE

6-8

2006

COMMENT:

Great pivot move and rebounded well; Looked OK without the ball

40.

2

JENARD FLEMING

RICHMOND, VA

BONNER ACADEMY

6-5

2006

COMMENT:

Some turnovers and didn't hit all his shots, but spectacular and in control through the lane; Looks like a big time sleeper

41.

3

ROB THOMAS

NEW YORK, NY

SOUTH KENT

6-6

2006

COMMENT:

Tough as nails for a wing but Thomas has to continue to get better with his skills

42.

1

EUGENE HARVEY

BROOKLYN, NY

ST. BENEDICT'S

6-0

2008

COMMENT:

Harvey was one of the best young point guards in the camp; Great vision and good with the ball; A little erratic sometimes

43.

5

KEENEN ELLIS

CINCINNATI, OH

NORTH COLLEGE HILL

6-11

2007

COMMENT:

If Ellis played with a chip on his shoulder, he was awesome; That didn't happen enough; Played more aggressive though

44.

2

DWIGHT LEWIS

METAIRIE, LA

RUMMEL

6-6

2006

COMMENT:

Lewis was one of the more well-rounded players in the camp; Did everything just well enough to get by

45.

1

BRANDON JENNINGS

LAKEWOOD, CA

DOMINGUEZ

6-1

2008

COMMENT:

Almost dead even with Harvey; Jennings was a pesky defender and flashy with the ball

46.

3

RAKIM SANDERS

BARRINGTON, RI

ST. ANDREW'S

6-4

2007

COMMENT:

Although at times he was one-dimensional, Sanders looks like a scorer with a high ceiling; Not a bad defender/ fluid shot

47.

1

WILLIE KEMP

BOLIVAR, TENN

CENTRAL

6-3

2006

COMMENT:

Came away thinking he didn't play well, but then his stats, especially assist-to-turnover ratio, say otherwise

48.

5

TOM HERZOG

LINDEN, MICH

POWERS CATHOLIC

7-0

2006

COMMENT:

Herzog was raw offensively, but defensively was above-average in the post; He was a top-flight shot blocker at camp

49.

3

WILL HARRIS

CORONA, NY

BREWSTER ACADEMY

6-5

2006

COMMENT:

Harris was quiet much of the time, but physical guard finished well in traffic

50.

4

DEVIN EBANKS

QUEENS, NY

BISHOP LOUGHLIN

6-8

2007

COMMENT:

Perennial power Bishop Loughlin seems to have found another tough player; Ebanks scored well, especially inside

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