Nike All-America Camp Recap
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2004 Nike All-America Camp featured arguably the largest group of talent among the three summer hoop camps. Here's a rundown of the top players at the camp:
Class of 2005
Athens High (Ala.)
Power Forward, 6-8, 257
Hendrix cemented his status as one of the nation's top players with a tremendous showing at Nike. Going into the camp, Hendrix was already known as a strong post player and rebounder. But he's expanded his game to include a nice mid-range jumper, good shot blocking and passing skills, and the ability to run the floor better than most players his size.
Carmel High (Ind.)
Power Forward, 6-10, 231
McRoberts opened a lot of eyes in Indianapolis by showcasing skills normally reserved for guards. The Duke-bound big man was great at bringing the ball up the court, running the floor or nailing jumpers. What really had people in awe, though, was McRoberts' athleticism, which several unfortunate opponents found out as they were posterized by some of his nasty dunks.
Poplar Bluff High (Mo.)
Power Forward, 6-8, 224
Is there anyone who can stop this guy in the post? Hansbrough is simply a beast when he gets the ball on the blocks, using phenomenal strength and footwork to get to the hoop. When he gets the ball down low, you might as well put two points on the scoreboard.
South Gwinnett High (Ga.)
Shooting Guard, 6-0, 172
Williams, who has committed to Georgia, was strictly a perimeter shooter at last year's Nike Camp, leaving some to wonder if he was a one-dimensional player. Williams quickly put those thoughts to rest at this year's camp by getting to the hoop against anyone who was guarding him. His quickness and athleticism were simply amazing, and his dunks drew ooohs and aaahs from many in attendance. Even more impressive was his shot selection, as he rarely forced his jumper the entire camp.
South Gwinnett High (Ga.)
Point Guard, 6-3, 168
Man, this kid was fun to watch. Mercer was one of the flashiest players at the camp, but he was never out of control. Anytime he made a behind-the-back pass or a sweet no-look dish underneath, it seemed natural. Mercer teams with Williams to form the nation's top backcourt in high school hoops, and that could continue in college since both have committed to Georgia.
Class of 2006
South Oak Cliff High (Texas)
Power Forward, 6-7, 202
Arthur's athleticism lets him do a lot of things on the court. He can run the floor extremely well and flashes some nice skills in the post. He also had one of the longest wingspans at the camp at 8 feet, 9 inches, and it showed on defense as he was a rejection machine.
National Christian Academy (Md.)
Power Forward, 6-8, 188
Durant's skills for his size left a great impression on camp onlookers. He routinely knocked down jumpers from the perimeter, but he also proved he has some nice moves in the post. He was also explosive getting to the bucket.
Brentwood Academy (Tenn.)
Power Forward, 6-9, 189
Wright had a good showing at last year's Nike Camp and was even more impressive this year. The versatility he brings to the table is amazing for a player his age. He proved he was equally adept at taking his man in the post or stepping outside and knocking down the jumper. On defense, he uses his long arms to block shots and disrupt passing lanes.
Class of 2007
St. Mary's High (Ariz.)
Point Guard, 6-1, 173
Nike players found out what St. Mary's opponents already knew: Bayless is nearly impossible to stop one-on-one. He showed off his amazing quickness and ball-handling abilities, which he used to get to the bucket with ease. With his skills, it's no wonder Bayless already has offers from Arizona and UCLA.
South Medford High (Ore.)
Small Forward, 6-6, 199
Singler proved he could hang with the big boys at this camp, even though he's only going into his sophomore year. He has a sweet stroke from outside and works very hard underneath the basket. His game has been compared to former Oregon star and Cleveland Cavaliers draft pick Luke Jackson.