ABCD Camp Report

This year, the first under Reebok, 229 of the best underclassmen in the country have gathered to compete and impress at the 2004 ABCD Basketball Camp. The level of talent may not be what it has been in the past due to the scheduling of other top basketball camps, but there are still a large number of top-rated players. Here are a few notes from early on.

The 2004 Reebok ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., got underway on Tuesday with skill sessions and practice, but the games didn't count until Thursday afternoon.

Several players that West Virginia is interested in are in attendance, as is WVU assistant coach Jeff Neubauer.

BLT with Mayo?

The most popular expression in Morgantown may one day be "BLT with Mayo". No, not the sandwich, but Big-League-Talent with O.J. Mayo (#94 at camp).

Mayo, a West Virginia native, is the top-rated sophomore in the country from North College Hill High School in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Mayo listed WVU as one of his early favorites, along with Louisville and Cincinnati. The soft-spoken 6-5, 198-pound swingman has been the subject of intense media coverage since the seventh-grade. Sports Illustrated, SLAM Magazine, CNN, USA Today and ESPN have all done extensive coverage of this impressive athlete. Mayo said he would be in Morgantown later this month to participate in the HoopGroup Summer Jam Festival (July 16-18) with his AAU team.

Chris Johnson

Remember Joe Posey? Posey and WVU were involved in the recruiting process last year before eventually signing with James Madison. Now, the Mountaineers may be pursuing Posey's half-brother Chris Johnson (#219 at camp), a 6-11, 200-pound small forward from Montross, Virginia.

Johnson, despite being a legit 6-11, is a versatile player with a very smooth shot, although he tends to float out on the perimeter rather than establish position on the block. Johnson's range on his jumper is consistent well past the three-point arc and his ball handling is solid. He will attend Mt. Zion Christian Academy this season in hopes of improving his academic standing.

Johnson is a work in progress and will need to build his body but the foundation and skills are there. He bears an uncanny resemblance to former Mountain State high school All-American star Earl Jones.

Andray Blatche

Blatche (#224 at camp), the 6-11 235-pound, Syracuse native, stated he now wants to go to college, and WVU and Syracuse are his main two schools of interest. Blatche, who used the ABCD Camp as his coming out party last year, will be one of the top-five rated players in the Class of 2005. There is no question the agile, smooth, explosive athlete would be a tremendous boost for Coach John Beilein and his program.

Quick shots

Former WVU basketball coach Lanny Van Eman is back at ABCD for another year.


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