NBA Camp Day Three -- Wake Targets

The top talent continued to show off what they had to offer on Day 3 of the National Basketball Players Association Camp. Kevin Love put on a three point shooting clinic in the morning session and Ishmael Smith ran people all over the court in both sessions.

Something that impressed me was during lunch and free time there was a number of kids that stuck around to work on their game. A number of the players utilized the coaches in the building and ran through drills instead of hanging out and eating, including Dennis Horner, Kevin Durant, and as usual O.J. Mayo.

Key Performers
Kevin Love, 2007- At 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, Love can not only bang inside, but he can also stroke the three as well. The big guy drilled 4 of 5 threes in the morning game and finished with a total of 17 points. Love is a very skilled center and goes after the boards as hard as anyone and that showed as he grabbed 8 boards in the contest. Another skill that stands out with Love is his keen passing ability on two different occasions he made fantastic passes in transition.

Michael Beasley, 2007- Beasley looks a lot better this week than he did at the Bob Gibbons TOC. His game is pretty smooth, and he seems to get to the basket and finish whenever he wants. His jumper is solid, but he has a slow release. He's definitely established himself as a top three player in his class.

O.J. Mayo, 2007- The three pointers have been flying from every spot in the gym, and the 6-foot-4 basketball icon rarely misses them. He's playing great basketball this weekend and works harder than most.

Wake Targets

Ishmael Smith, 2006- He's not a big name, but he did show off his quickness in the morning session. He sees the floor pretty well and made one fantastic behind the back pass. I'd like to see him put the ball up a little more often, but he’s very unselfish. He’ll be at Wake Forest on Thursday for an unofficial visit, and he said he likes them a lot. Smith has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Xavier, and East Carolina.

Lance Thomas, 2006- Good defense can often be hard to find at camps, but Lance Thomas stepped it up a notch on Friday. He had a few steals and really puts a lot of effort into the games. The best dunk of the day occurred by Thomas as well, he caught a ball that was thrown behind him with one hand and threw it down.

Duke Crews, 2006- Athleticism can take some players a long way, and that's the case with Crews. He runs the floor as well as anyone and he knows how to finish. Watch a game or two of Crews and you are sure to see him catch an alley oop or throw down a nasty dunk on the fast break. He put on quite a performance in the night game going for 17 points and 14 boards. Apparently Skip Prosser spoke with him recently and expressed Wake's interest for him. He has a long list of schools and isn't close to making a decision.

Jamie Skeen, 2006- Skeen had a solid day, nothing spectacular but nonetheless solid. He could get more muscle on his frame, which would make him stronger in the paint. There's been some talk about him playing the three spot and after seeing him a number of times at the NBA camp, I don't believe that will be the case. He doesn't put the ball on the floor too much and bang down low. He has played hard, and I've noticed he rebounds better on the offensive end than the defensive end.

Vernon Macklin, 2006- This is a very intriguing prospect to watch, because he has the potential to do so much, but often times he doesn't do much. He will have a very nice highlight every game, where he'll make a nice move and get a dunk. The thing about Macklin is a lot of times he looks like he's just going through the motions. I'd like to see him more active.

Dennis Horner, 2006- Horner is a pretty good shooter. He knocked down a two pull up jumpers and an off the dribble pull up in the game I saw. He's a smart player, just didn't get many touches in the game.


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