Scouting Report: WFU NBPA Prospects

A look at Wake Forest prospects from the NBPA camp this past week in Richmond, Virginia. This write-up includes a scouting report of the Deacon prospects there as well as updated school lists on most of these players.

DeJuan Blair – PF – 2007 – There isn't a more improved player in the country. Blair is playing great basketball and is doing it by hitting the glass and finishing in the paint. If he catches it close to the basket he has the strength to over power defenders. He already has coaches all over him, but when the evaluation period gets here his recruitment will be as hot and heavy as any kid in this class.

Patrick Patterson – PF – 2007 – Whoever wins the Patrick Patterson sweepstakes will get a big time player that improves every time out. He refuses to be out worked and he consistently beats defenders to rebounds and loose balls. Patterson has always possessed the jump hook, but now he has the ability to step 15 feet and knock down a jump shot. It's this writer's opinion that Wake Forest and Kentucky have the best shot at Patterson. But don't count out Duke - they can be very persuasive at times.

Keaton Nankivil – PF – 2007 – The big kid from Wisconsin is growing on me. He's a solid rebounder, can get tough points inside and he is perfecting the outlet pass. The jump hook seems to be his go-to move in the paint and it's a good one.

Jeff Jones – SG – 2007 – The Monsignor Bonner HS product used this camp to prove just how good he is. In the three games I watched he shot the ball well, especially off the dribble. Since his de-commitment to Maryland he has been bombarded by schools. He mentioned Wake Forest, Virginia, Arizona, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Clemson, Charlotte, Maryland, Miami (FL) and Cincinnati. According to Jones, Illinois is the only one not to offer.

Anthony Randolph – PF – 2007 – He's a power forward now, but he'll eventually be a wing. At 6-10 Randolph has some guard skills and is as versatile as any player in the 2007 class. If a big man is on him he'll blow by him, and if a shorter defender matches up with him he'll take them in the post. Randolph was by far the best prospect at camp and the scary thing is he still doesn't know the game considering he's only been playing basketball since the 8th grade. His uncle, Ladell Hill, mentioned a ton of schools at NBPA Camp: Wake Forest, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Baylor, Texas, LSU, Boston College, Southern California, Florida, Airzona, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio State, California, Georgia and Texas. He said there were others after Randolph as well, he just couldn't remember them all.

Evan Turner – SF – 2007 – There was a lot of piggish play at the NBA Player's Association camp and that upset Turner. He said he isn't used to that type of play, and that affected the way he performed. While he played well at times his team wasn't big into passing so he didn't get many touches. On the recruiting front he has narrowed his list down to these schools: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Duke and Florida.

Blake Hoffarber – SG – 2007 – Because of his shooting ability he's definitely someone for the high majors to monitor through the evaluation period. He didn't have a great camp and failed to get his jump shot going.

A.J. Stewart – PF – 2007 – When he's settled down on the block, Stewart is impressive. He's a high class athlete with a good feel for the game. He likes contact in the paint and has a whole host of moves to use when he gets it on the block. He's a tad undersized for the power forward position, but that's the spot he's best at.

Demetri McCamey – PG – 2007 – The Chicago native didn't play much this week due to an injured foot. He decided to sit out the last few games, because he wants to make sure he's healed by ABCD camp. McCamey is a strong, bruising guard that knows the game and is jump shot his starting to come around.


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