NBA Camp: Day One

Richmond, VA--First day of NBA camp kicked off on Wednesday and the games didn't disappoint. O.J. Mayo put on quite a performance and Cole Aldrich cemented himself among high schools best.

Richmond, VA--The first day of the NBA camp was solid, and it is assured that tomorrow will be even better. The opening day provided two sessions of games, and while there weren't any major performances, there were a few that need to be noted.

Key Performers

Every time I watch O.J. Mayo I see something a little better about his game. Right now his jumper is flowing, and when it rains it pours. Mayo probably hit at least 5 threes in his contest tonight.

Cole Aldrich has to be the best big man in the class of 2007. There aren't many players in any class that bang like him in the paint. He goes after boards hard, and finished with at least four dunks. One of his more impressive moves, was when he ran the fast break, took some contact and finished with one hand.

The Tywon Lawson vs Willie Kemp battle was a very interesting one. Lawson went at Kemp right away, scoring at the tin as well as popping a few threes. But Kemp didn't go away and showed off a very quick first step and really got in the lane we he needed to. Who won the battle? I'll give the edge to Lawson, but I'd like to see the two go at it again before camps over. They are both definitely two of the elite guards in the class.

2008 prospect Tyreke Evans doesn't look like a sophomore-to-be in high school, and doesn't play like one either. He can take contact and still finish whether it's going to the hole or shooting jumpers. On two different occasions he knocked down off the dribble jumpers with a hand in his face.

Michael Beasley did just about everything for his team, and the forward scored in a variety of ways. He knocked down a few jump shots but mostly did his work taking the ball to the basket.

Wake Forest Targets

Alex Stepheson, 2006- He has all the physical tools to become a big time player at the next level. The strength is there, he just needs to play hard all the time. He did have two very nice one handed jams on the fast break. The 6-foot-9 220 pounder mentioned UNC, UConn, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Washington.

Willie Walker, 2006- In my opinion Walker has had a very good start to the summer. He knows how to run a team and he is always looking to pass first. He didn't have a great day one at NBA though. He still managed to slip in a three and a real nice floater in the lane. After the game Walker said that he didn't think Wake Forest was recruiting him anymore because they got a commitment from Gurley.

Eric Wallace, 2007 Not many players have the kind of basketball type body Wallace has ever, much less as a rising junior. The athleticism is there, but the shot isn't there quite yet. His jumper needs to be more consistent, for him to truly be a big time player.

Lance Thomas, 2006- He looked to be pressing today however, he did finish with pretty good number (11 points on 13 shots and 7 boards). A good mid-range game isn't something you see often, but he did knock in 3 straight 15 footers. He shoots the ball a little unorthodox, kind of from the side and real high, but it was going down.

Stanley Robinson, 2006- Robinson was pretty productive on the first day of NBA camp. There is some bounce in his game he had two tip-in dunks and one backwards jam. He played solid interior defense, getting a steal in the post and ran the floor pretty well. The 6-foot-9 power forward said that Duke, UNC, Maryland, LSU, Alabama, UT, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest are all recruiting him.

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