NBA Players Camp: Day 1 and 2

Scout.com's Dave Telep is reporting from the NBA Players Association Camp in Charlottesville, Virg., and there are a number of prospects participating that UCLA is scouting and recruiting, including a 6-11 center from Georgia with a famous name...

Editor's Note: Prospects in this report that UCLA is scouting/recruiting will have ** next to their name.

Also, Ralph Sampson, the 6-11 center from Duluth (Georg.) Northview, and UCLA are showing mutual interest.

Sampson, the son of the ex-Virginia center of the same name, has really come on this spring. He's gone from being considered maybe the lower end of the high majors to a clear high major, with improved overall skills. He, so far, has offers from Georgia Tech and Minnesota, with others like Georgia, Wake Forest and Auburn showing interest.

He reportedly will come to Westwood for UCLA's camp July 1st through the 3rd. He's supposed to visit Cal also while on the west coast.

Sampson's uncle, apparently, went to UCLA.

Brandon Jennings, (Arizona Commit) PG – We didn't devote our full attention to his game BUT we know he dominated. Against Larry Drew and Co. Jennings was in complete command of his game and his team. Jennings (24 points) has turned in some memorable games and this camp effort falls into that category. The morning session's top performer.

JaMychal Green, PF – Production is made simple by this guy. Every time we see him he's ready to score. A master of opportunity buckets mixed with bounce and fortitude inside, Green is always active and efficient. By the way, playing that way is a choice and you know what you're going to get with him. In a game with a lot of size this morning, Green found a way to stand out.

Ty Walker, PF – Ask Daniel Orton if Ty Walker is a good shot blocker; Walker pinned him twice with calling card rejections. A player in the making – and he's getting there year by year – Walker shuns physical play and gets frustrated at times. When he's able to create space he's able to score.

Elston Turner, (Washington Commit) SG – In our viewings of him he's been average. Today he was outstanding. Turner stuck to the script and took advantage of his chances. He made open 3s and converted his drives. Nothing flashy but very workmanlike and efficient.


Sampson Improving
Chris Singleton, PF/SF – His opening game first half was exactly what folks picture when his name comes up. Singleton played under control, executed and finished his drives and kept his chances on the perimeter reasonable. Unfortunately in the second half the effort level wasn't nearly the same. To make a leap in the rankings its imperative he piece together complete games; he's more than capable of doing so. He had 14 in the opener.

Ralph Sampson**, C – An honest assessment of Sampson at this camp last year put him squarely at the bottom of the post players list. Fast forward a year and he's one of the quickest risers in the senior class. Sampson made a series of mid-range jumpers and we believe he will win over the big boys in July. First he's got to continue improving and get his tail on the glass!

Xavier Henry, SG – If you can't evaluate him in the layup line you're destined to miss the boat. Henry's slashes and athletic finishes put him in the spotlight. His ability to make shots from different areas on the court is tremendous.

Trey Thompkins is at camp hobbling around on crutches and is unable to participate. … Demar DeRozan was sporting a Southern Cal T-Shirt today and that's a good sign for Trojans fans. …

Kenny Boynton has already heard from Coach K at Duke, Villanova, Texas, Wake Forest, Ohio State and Miami. Offers have been collected from the Wildcats, Buckeyes, Seminoles, ‘Canes, Clemson Tigers and Deacons. …

Dashan Harris was at Kentucky two weeks ago. He's been to California, Florida State and USC. The list: FSU, Cincinnati, Kentucky, USC, Cal and Indiana. … 2009's Dominic Cheek rattled off Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse, Georgetown and North Carolina. …

Michael Dunigan said Duke called him recently along with Connecticut, Cincinnati and Virginia. Purdue, Illinois, Oregon, Iowa, Georgetown, Kentucky, Kansas and Wisconsin are established on his list. Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Oregon have had him on campus. …

Devoe Joseph indicated that Arkansas, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Michigan have offered. He has not seen any of those campuses to date. …

Angel Garcia lists Memphis, Louisville, Indiana and Florida. He's seen them all except for the Gators and may visit them next week. … Eliott Williams is likely to trim his list to 4-5 after this camp. …

Jordan Hamilton** stroked a last second game-winner. … Samardo Samuels and Mike Rosario were two guys who had the gym buzzing. Samuels had 15 and 5 and Rosario 19. … Kyle Hardrick had the double-double in the morning with 15 and 11. …

Scott Suggs is coming around and in a setting where everyone thinks shot first, Suggs impressed with his three first half assists and basketball feel. … C.J. Harris, only a rising junior, is here working on his PG skills and has made steady progress.


Samardo Samuels, C – The Louisville pledge should be commended for his approach. For starters, kids tend to lose the edge when they commit (Samardo has not). Second, as the highest-ranking insider at camp he's playing above his considerable reputation. In the nightcap, he had 16 and 4 and was the top post prospect on display the entire day.

DeQuan Jones, SF – The football coach at his high school asks him every morning if he'll come out for the team. Jones won't budge though we'd be shocked if he didn't make a Calvin Johnson clone on the football field. As for his 21 points in the evening, Jones never took a shot outside 3 feet because he dunked everything. We love him as a Top 100 prospect and think he's got a nice career in front of him. Now to take the next step he must develop his ball handling and get comfortable with his pull up jumpers thus taking the inevitable collegiate charge call out of the equation.

Angel Garcia, SF – The cobwebs are there simply because he didn't participate in many spring events. Instead he spent time beefing up his academic credentials. A European type forward, he readily admits his comfort zone is facing the bucket, there's no denying his 6-10 frame and feathery jump shot.

Malik Wayans, PG – Our first time seeing him was a pleasant evaluation. They say he scored it early and we can attest he passed it later in the day. A high-energy point, Wayans can really distribute the ball and we expect him to be a point guard of note in the class.

Noel Johnson, SF/SG – Our most recent evaluation didn't jive with what we saw in April until his last game of the day. It was a flashback to the confident wing we saw in April. Johnson pumped in 18 and finished plays. We know he can shoot and Wednesday night he played in transition well.

JaMychal Green always said he preferred to stay close to home (Alabama probably has the edge over Auburn if that's the case). "I'm (now) keeping my options open," Green said. Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, Ohio State and Auburn have offered. North Carolina has inquired and he's mentioning the Heels. … "I'm still waiting on Wake Forest and Clemson," power forward Kenny Gabriel said. Miami and Marist have offered. …

Bud Mackey appears injured and was in street clothes on Wednesday. … NBAPA president Billy Hunter addressed the campers for 15 minutes during the afternoon. Plus, Emeka Okafor was on hand to work with campers on their pivot moves. …

Matthew Humphrey's school list has not changed: Notre Dame, Illinois, Oregon and Connecticut have offered. Florida and Kentucky are lurking in the wings but have not offered. … Scott Suggs said Missouri is recruiting him the hardest. Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Clemson, Florida and Kansas are in the mix. …

John Brandenburg** was recently admitted to Stanford and that's a big deal to him. Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin and UCLA are recruiting him. The Bruins have not offered to date. …

Olu Ashaolu scored 14 points and had 6 boards in an energy packed evening game. … Teondre Williams has obviously watched a lot of Michael Jordan videos. He hit one guy with the MJ push off and fade away. We'd like to see him do more with his perimeter package.


Kemba Walker, PG – It's amazing the composition the game took on when he checked in. Walker's pace, intelligence and passing were noticeable. He defended Brandon Knight full court (a tough assignment) and ran his own club with success. His spinner in the lane in the game's final minutes (vs. size) hinted to his extra gear that can be accessed.


Walker Runs The Show
Elliot Williams, SG – His game is unconventional to a degree mixed in with a herky jerky way that causes problems for defenders. Williams is that guy you don't want to foul but wind up hacking because he accepts the contact. Defensively he challenged Demar DeRozan and his quickness gave a bigger player much to ponder. His camp coach loves him.

Mookie Jones, SF – He won't lead his team in scoring or rebounding but he's the most energetic kid on the floor. A ball hawking small forward at both ends his activity tends to equal results. The jumper needs improvement but expect him to be a contributor wherever he lands.


Favors Didn't Miss
Derrick Favors**, C – The real question is what is his ceiling for next year? Favors, not one to fully exert his will in a game, is content to be a piece of the puzzle.

On Thursday, that piece scored 18 points and we can't recall him missing a shot. The hook shot was advanced and he took advantage of a considerable size mismatch against Quintrell Thomas which is exactly what you're supposed to do in the situation.

Brandon Knight**, PG/SG – It benefits everyone – the kids and the scouts – to see the match up we caught this morning. Walker and Knight checked each other and both fared well. Walker's full court defense made Knight earn every one of his 11 points. Knight used three inches he has on Walker to shoot over him. One of the most talented guards in 2010 for sure, he has a future at either backcourt position.

Draymond Green turned an ankle a week ago at Michigan State's camp. He's here on crutches and likely needs two more weeks to heal it up. … Sylven Landesburg was a late arrival to camp and the word was he's under the weather. …

Kenny Frease has been home in his estimation 12 hours the past few weeks. He came to NBA Camp almost directly after playing overseas with the Reebok All-Stars. …

Martez Walker told Scout.com Minnesota and Arizona State are in good shape. "They're my two leaders," Walker said. … Point guard Eric Evans has offers from Dayton and Duquesne. West Virginia and Purdue are looking. …

Kemba Walker is in good position for post-season honors. He's playing well and his camp coach is Joey Wooten, son of McDonald's game advisor Morgan Wooten. Translation: play well and good things should happen. …

Keiton Page is a gamer. A strong shooter, he'll be a role playing point man in the Big 12 because of his toughness. He'll have nights on defense that will be challenging against bigger, more athletic kids but there's a lot of fight in the kid. … Kenny Kadji had his best camp game in the morning when he put it together offensively in the second half. … Junior Richard Howell sits squarely on the fence of power forward and small forward. If he's going to be a SF full-time he'll need to tighten the handle. …

As good as Brandon Jennings' day was on Wednesday, he was average on Thursday. Jennings didn't have the same body language as the day before and it surfaced in his play. … Demar DeRozan's go-to-move is the baseline fade away jumper. …

"I love everything about him – his attitude, he loves the game. He gets it done."

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