D.J. Augustin, PG: He's providing leadership on the camp's best team and this has to be his top event of the summer. Augustin is dropping dimes and keeping his teammates happy. He's surrounded by finishers and every one of them – including Mr. Ellington – seems to be benefiting from this team coming together. Augustin was in need of a signature summer effort and this camp is providing the stage for him to do it on.
Verice Cloyd, SG: He specializes in one thing: scoring. He'll rise up and pop 3s and appears to be just as comfortable using the pull-up. Some guys have that ability to go get a hoop and he's one of them, especially from the perimeter.
Thaddeus Young, SF: The ankle is clearly still bothering him and he seems somewhat frustrated by injury. Still, he's looked remarkably good for stretches and he'll slide right past guys on the way to the rim. Give him major props for playing through what is obviously a nagging injury.
Wayne Ellington vs. Javaris Crittenton: We didn't see the game, but apparently these two went at it. Unofficial numbers put Ellington around 30 and Crittenton into the high 20s. In regards to Ellington (unofficially credited with 98 points in four games), this is his camp and there's a different swagger about him. He's cranking it up another level and there's nothing anyone here can do to slow him down.
Kodi Augustus (pictured), SF: During the first session, this young pretty much hosted his national coming out party. We're talking about a long, gifted athlete who made perimeter shots and dunked in traffic. There's a nice scoring package that goes along with this 6-foot-7 bouncy athlete. Plus, he's got himself a wing span to admire. The Louisiana native is moving onto Willowridge High in Houston and he's a good one.
Gerald Henderson, SF: Alex Jacobson was a late arrival to camp. He was also late arriving at the rim to meet Henderson and the result wasn't pretty. One of the camp's signature dunks featured "G" crushing one on Jacobson and it was loud and thunderous. Two minutes later, Henderson flushed another rim-rocker and the show was on. To cap it off, in overtime, Henderson stroked a mid-range pull-up jumper to win the game.
Quincy Pondexter, SF: For a guy who doesn't carry the reputation of being a shooter, he was knocking them down Wednesday night. In fact, he looked outstanding as he got out in transition
Julian Vaughn, PF: He was feisty in the evening game and got a lot done. Plus, he played with an edge to him and that was really good to see. He's always been a face up guy but he did work inside during a very physical camp contest.
Nolan Smith, SG: This guy just makes plays. He's a solid player who is reliable when it comes to shot selection and decision making. He's got feel and can finish.
Brandon Walters, PF: The Brooklynite hustled and made some perimeter shots. He's athletic and runs the floor; he bears more watching.
Larry Drew, PG: He's exactly what you want if you're looking for a point guard who can score. Toss in the fact that his father balled in the NBA and you've got a serious prospect. He's an acrobatic finisher and his game is more mature than most freshmen points.
Jeff Withey, C: Great hands, super size at 6-foot-10 and a touch to boot. This guy is going to be a prime-time player in his class. He's a stock you want to invest in right now.
HOT NEWS & NOTES
Thaddeus Young drew Roy Williams, Bruce Pearl and Stan Heath. We think John Calipari was in the building at that time as well. Young denied a published report that he was down to three schools saying he never told anyone that and he's not trimmed his list.
Prep school-bound center Rob Jackson said that Towson, Xavier, South Florida and St. Bonaventure are after him.
Jarvis Varnardo, a power forward, has offers from Tennessee, Murray State, Mississippi State and Buffalo. Colorado, Xavier and Maryland are peeking at him. Xavier head coach Sean Miller was hot on the trail of Jason Love. He was joined by coaches from Marquette, Temple and Penn State who we assume were eyeballing him.
Casey Crawford, a recent addition to the Scout.com Top 100, Minnesota, Kansas State, Colorado State. UMKC and Wichita State. Miami had an assistant trailing him all day long. There's a rumor being circulated around camp that Casiem Drummond is going to pick Villanova any day now. Drummond is camping at ABCD in Jersey.
Mitchell Carter says Wisconsin-Green Bay is his leader and most ardent pursuer. He says Iowa has offered but hasn't done much with him. … Ben Howland was peeking in Marcus Lawrence and Andreas Schreiber. He probably saw a little James Keefe today as well.
Kodi Augustus moved from Baton Rouge to Houston to "gain more exposure." Mission accomplished. Missouri, Texas and Texas A&M are on him though his recruitment is in its early stages. … Roy Williams had to be in heaven watching Wayne Ellington do his thing today. The UNC coach laid some eyes on Stanley Robinson, Mike Beasley, Nolan Smith and appeared to be watching 2008's Korie Lucious as well.
Charlotte's Bobby Lutz trailed Beasley all day long and you can pretty much count on the 49ers skipper being with him most of the summer as he defends the commitment from would be invaders. Josh Guillory, a native of the West Coast is moving in with his sister in Georgia this fall. Guillory has Pepperdine, Long Beach State, C-S Fullerton, Georgia Tech and Marquette keeping tabs on him.
Osiris Eldridge said that his Wednesday performance was his tops of the summer. An outstanding mid-major prospect, Eldridge has Bradley (Coach Les in attendance), Illinois State and N. Illinois in the picture. Brandon Powell rolled his ankle but could return tomorrow. Powell said that Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida and UAB are chasing him.
Texas head coach Rick Barnes and LSU's John Brady were in attendance watching D.J. Augustin do his thing. They are Augustin's two finalists. ...
Verice Cloyd has offers from Mississippi State, LSU, Tulane and Arkansas. Tennessee is getting involved as well. Louisiana-Monroe head coach Orlando Early is making Brandon Dison a priority and was at every one of his games. … A.J. Slaugher's father is a Murray State grad and Mick Cronin was on hand. So was Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn and an assistant from Miami-OH. … Larry Wright lists Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Western Michigan, Xavier and Tennessee.
We really like Kraidon Woods as a prospect. However, he's going to need to add some weight to his frame. During station work, he had problems keeping his base. … Obinna Hurt hammered down a nasty dunk on Brandon Walters. … It'll be interesting to see what level Jarvis Varnardo winds up signing at. The mids love him and he's intriguing enough for the highs to keep watching.
Senario Hillman shoots it pretty well on the move and his serious athleticism creates plenty of shot opportunities. … Larry Wright can shoot the ball from deep. … 2008 guard Ashton Gibbs is a big point guard who played unselfish both days we saw him. Excellent prospect. … Daniel Deane and Trevor Booker locked up in the foulfest of the summer. What they were doing to each other wasn't right but it was entertaining to watch and neither got upset. They merely fouled each other on every trip down the court.
Eric Gordon put it together today and was raining 3's. Apparently he put up big numbers each time he played on Wednesday.