The NBPA Top 100 Camp has always been a loaded event, but the 2009 edition has proven to be maybe the best one ever. With future Longhorns like Tristan Thompson and Daniel Bejarano taking the floor along with several recruits of Texas interest, potential Longhorns have played a big role in making the camp such a success.
Texas Targets At NBPA
Tristan Thompson- While he hasn't been dominant like he was in some early spring events, the 6-foot-9 insider has certainly gotten the job done. He looks to have added a pretty significant amount of bulk which allows him to hold off defenders in the post. At the same time, though, he seems to have also lost a little bit of a his quickness. Now that he's added strength, it looks like it will just be a matter of leaning up and adjusting to his new mass. His skill facing the hoop to 15 feet and willingness to attack off the dribble remains a major asset.
Daniel Bejarano- Until Friday evening when he finally got a few deep jumpers to fall, the shots just weren't dropping for the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Phoenix. A lean and quick perimeter player, he is a capable finisher at the rim who uses his length and hops to his advantage. Having seen him plenty of times in the past, there's no worry about his shot down the road. Looking ahead, strength development should be his focus.
Jelan Kendrick - Although he refuses to name ANY schools that are recruiting him, Texas is thought to be in there with the 6-foot-5 point/small forward along with the likes of Georgetown and Georgia Tech. Look at him as a right handed Jalen Rose. That's a tall and lengthy guard who can really handle and pass while making just enough jumpers to keep you honest. He is a little right hand dominant, but he's a major talent who has a great shot at making the McDonald's All-American game.
Rakeem Christmas- Another guy who won't speak specific schools, Christmas is a dominant 6-foot-9 insider from Philly. One of the few class of 2011 prospects in attendance, he's been a revelation. Not because he can play, people knew that. But, headed into camp he was thought of as a shot blocker/rebounder type but as it turns out he's got plenty of offense to go with his defensive tools.
Terrence Jones- The debate has raged all spring as to whether Jones is more of a three or a four on the college level. After the NBPA, it looks as if he's most comfortable playing as a four man who can put the ball on the floor and make plays for others. While not a high riser, he does have good length and has been excellent on the offensive glass. As for his school list, it includes Texas and pretty much every other school in the national top 25.
Richard Solomon - A guy who drew some Texas interest in the spring, Solomon had his moments in Charlottesville. Long and lean, he can really run for a big man and he made his presence felt at times as a shot blocker and with his activity on the glass. His skill development has a way to go and he's got to add strength.
James Johnson - A more recent guy to pop up on the Texas radar, the hard playing Californian insider enjoyed an excellent camp. Skilled, athletic and versatile at 6-foot-8, he's got a non stop motor and wears opponents out physically and mentally with his non-stop energy and ability to counter moves on either end. He's one of the biggest risers on the national stage for good reason.
Cameron Clark- After a string of huge performances in the months of April and May, Clark was one of the camps biggest mysteries. Perhaps worn out from playing seemingly every weekend since his high school season ended, the six-foot-six wing never seemed to get into the flow and was never much of a factor.