Nike Basketball Camp: Day Three

INDIANAPOLIS – The big news of the day at Nike was Joe Crawford and his developing situation with the Wolverines. In addition to that, we fill you in on the faces in the stands, school lists and the best camp scuttlebutt on the net!

The Business of Basketball

Crawford Opens Recruitment

Whether or not Joe Crawford is the best shooting guard in the country is to be determined. However, one thing became clear on Tuesday: Crawford is no longer committed to Michigan. The guard backed out of his verbal to the Wolverines and will re-open his recruitment. What does this mean for Michigan? Well, it's a tough blow but expect the Wolverines to move front and center in the recruitment of Malik Hairston. He's now a viable target of Tommy Amaker. …. While we're on the commitment subject, Robert Dozier held a presser and made it official for Memphis. … Faces In The Crowd

Rudy Gay and Isaiah Swann drew a crowd of head coaches that included Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Bob Huggins, Jim Calhoun and Gary Williams. … Florida State skipper Leonard Hamilton was front and center for Charles Thomas. Now, yesterday Thomas told us FSU and Oklahoma were the two to beat but we keep hearing not to discount Mississippi; Rod Barnes was there today. …

East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion was in the stands evaluation Jason Thompson. … Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn put some time in with recruit Ty Rodgers. … Kansas head man Bill Self took in the games of Kalen Grimes and Darnell Jackson along with Malik Hairston. …

John Calipari, Buzz Peterson and Bob Huggins watched Shawne Williams. … Lorenzo Romar was in the stands evaluating Jon Brockman. … Mike Krzyzewski followed around Josh McRoberts during the morning three on three session. … Todd Lickliter was chasing Gary Patterson around today. … Rick Pitino was showing Brian Johnson in the morning. …

Ben Howland was front and center for Malik Hairston's final game of the day. So was Tommy Amaker and that's a developing story. … Cal's Ben Braun was spotted taking in a Maarty Leunen game. … A.J. Ratliff made a 3-pointer from just inside halfcourt to win his final game of the day. Head coaches like Herb Sendek, Bill Self, Jim Calhoun and Steve Alford liked what they saw. …

News & Notes

The Xavier Musketeers and guard Darryl Garrett have parted ways. Garrett will not be part of the "X" recruiting class. … Jerome Habel's lone scholarship offer yesterday increased by two today. Reportedly, Dayton and Western Kentucky are going to pony up to the table and put forth a grant. … Look for Josh Smith to commit to Indiana on Thursday. Wow, the Hoosiers are hot. …

Kalen Grimes would like to decide prior to his high school season. He's looking hard at Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and now Georgia Tech. He's originally from Atlanta. Word of caution to the schools recruiting him: if they pressure him to commit he's going to look elsewhere. …

Robinson Louisme didn't play in the evening and neither did D.J. White. Both are injured and their status is unknown. … Outside of camp, Dwan Youmans is on Northeastern's campus and is headed to the school.

ABCD Report

We'll be in New Jersey for the final two days of the adidas ABCD Camp. However, we were able to glean some news from Teaneck today. Apparently Dwight Howard is the consensus top dog there. Sebastian Telfair is leading the camp in assists. Andre McGee, Robert Swift and DeMarcus Nelson are 1-2-3 in scoring. Mike Williams is continuing his red-hot play and Shaun Livingston has been slow to get out of the gate with Darius Washington faring well against him on Tuesday.

Nike Camp, Day Three

2004 Checklist

Al Jefferson, PF: He arrived a tad late for the camp but it didn't take long for him to announce his presence. He hit up a team for 26 points and 9 boards. Aside from the fadeaway 3-pointer, consecutive sweet hook shots over Charles Rhodes and the monster dunk off the dribble, it was just another day at the office in the afternoon. In the evening, Greg Oden slowed the train some and didn't allow Jefferson to run roughshod over the camp just yet.

Charles Thomas, PF: The high school version of Charlie Oakley. He's a "manimal" (not sure if that's a word) in the first session of games. He's simply a junkyard dog guy who battles, fights and claws for everything. Plus, his perimeter touch is reliable.

Daniel Gibson, PG: He hit a few jumpers in the second half of his game but it was a dunk that typified his afternoon session. The Texas-bound guard threw down a monster jam on top of Mohamed Tangara of all people that pretty much halted action on the court adjacent to their game.

Shawne Williams, SF: Athletically, he does things other guys can't come close to pulling off. It wasn't so much his scoring that stood out as it was his ability to get things done. For instance, on the break he's going full speed, angles around a defender and zips a bounce pass to a streaking teammate for a hoop. Plus, he's a terrific finisher in transition.

Dayshaun Wright, PF: When he's rebounding like he did today, you gotta love him. Call him undersized but don't question his desire. If he develops a reliable mid-range game, lookout.

Malik Hairston, SF: He's played well here but we've seen him play even better. Still, he traffic rebounded well and finished strong. He also completed a series of tough drives.

Al Horford, PF: For whatever reason, he makes our report everyday. He continues to bust his tail at both ends and with his dad, a former NBA player in the stands, he's thriving. He threw down a nasty dunk on two guys and he's playing with great confidence.

A.J. Price, PG: He's having a helluva camp. He's on a team loaded with great guards but he's been the best one. His playmaking is coming around and that stroke, oh that stroke, is so nice.

2005 Checklist

Richard Hendrix, PF: You can't help but be impressed with what he's done with his game. His ability to walk out and nail mid-range jump shots has added an entirely different dimension to his power game. The young man is playing with a lot of confidence.

Martell Webster, SG: The game is coming so easy to him right now. His jumper was on big time in the evening session. He'll bounce it once and stroke it deep off the dribble and he'll bang ‘em from mid-range all day long. Big time.

Josh McRoberts: Boy can he run the floor and get it done. He's much more athletic than you think at first glance. We're talking about an elite level big man here.

2006 Checklist

Greg Oden, C: Jefferson was having a huge day before he ran into Oden at night. The sophomore made it difficult for "Big Al" to impose his will. Oden's range, athleticism, height and shot blocking abilities slowed Al down quite a bit.

Scout's Perspective

Junior Luke Zeller has a gift for being patient. He'll wait to make his move until he's sized up his options. He's not slow to get to his offense, just very smart and patient. Terrific prospect. … Mohamed Tangara is just scratching the surface. He's ready to be coached and will do whatever you ask him to. …

We wrote about him the other day but it's time to mention it again. Paul Delaney of Georgia is one athletically gifted dude. … Speaking of athletes, Isaiah Swann never fails to use his athleticism to stand out in a crowd. … When Texas recruit Connor Atchley stepped out and dropped a three ball, once again the Longhorns class looked even better. …

Junior center Eric Boateng is going to be big time. He's long, rangy and is proving to be one tough defender. Two weeks at the Hoop Jamboree, Boateng played well against Oden. When given his chance against Jefferson, he held his ground and competed well. … Davis Nwankwo is having a nice camp. He's very skilled at sealing his man inside. …

Alex Gordon doesn't wow you but he's consistent. He'll bang 3s and won't go wild from the point position. Nice player. … We'll give credit when it's due and Robert Rothbart gets a thumbs up for turning up the intensity level today. He made some nice contested finishes. …

3-on-3 Notes (Morning Session)

Once again Al Horford was all about effort. He's really solidifying his place in the Top 100. … Shaun Pruitt was good in the 3-on-3. He played with intensity and purpose and worked hard to score. … Robert Rothbart looked more comfortable in the open setting than in a traditional game. He was able to play more on the perimeter and that opened up his game. … Matt Terwilliger's upper body got him places in the paint and his stroke was on target. …


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