ABCD Camp Roundup: Day 1

The first day of the Reebok ABCD Camp provided expected dominance from superstars Greg Oden and O.J. Mayo, but it also provided an unexpected challenge for Mayo from a precocious youngster. Get all the details in our roundup of Day 1.


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TEANECK, N.J. – North College Hill (Ohio) point guard O.J. Mayo is the top baller in the Class of 2007, and to say he has jaw-dropping skills would be an understatement.

Still, that didn't stop a confident youngster from taking it to the superstar in the nightcap game on the first day of the Reebok ABCD Camp on Wednesday.

Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) shooting guard Lance Stephenson is just a rising freshman, but he wasn't intimidated when matching up against Mayo. Playing in the shadow of his native New York City, Stephenson had a number of fans in the stands cheering him on as he crossed over Mayo a few times while knocking down jumpers.

Stephenson's moves and the chanting crowd appeared to get in Mayo's head as he called out Stephenson and knocked down a jumper in his face to end the first half and leave the crowd buzzing for several minutes.

The battle ensued throughout the game as Stephenson and Mayo exchanged words with each possession and Stephenson continued to stand up to the pressure.

Mayo's team ended up crushing Stephenson's, 85-58, but Stephenson's performance certainly overshadowed the rout and provided the highlight game of the day. For Stephenson, it was a moment he'd been looking forward to for a long time.

"I knew he was good, and I wanted to play against him," said Stephenson. "He was saying, ‘You can't score and you can't do this.' I'm saying, ‘You're saying this to an eighth-grader.'"

Stephenson's impressive first-day showing put him on the map and makes him a player to watch for the rest of the camp and beyond.


High Five

Besides Stephenson, here are five other players who stood out on the first day of the ABCD Camp:

Greg Oden
Lawrence North (Ind.)
Class of 2006

The top player among all classes certainly cemented his status with a dominating performance on the first day, easily outplaying stud big men Kevin Love and Alex Stepheson in separate games. One person from the stands questioned Oden by yelling out, "But he's all dunks." Obviously, the fan wasn't watching Oden consistently getting position on the low blocks no matter who was guarding him, leaving him with no choice but to flush it through the hoop. We certainly noticed.

O.J. Mayo
North College Hill (Ohio)
Class of 2007

The performance against Stephenson aside, Mayo showed off his smooth all-around game and limitless shooting range. Plus, the matchup against Stephenson brought out a fire in Mayo that had him dunking so fierce you'd swear the rim was going to come down. Just another little something added to an already potent game.

Corey Stokes
St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)
Class of 2007

Fellow St. Benedict's star Lance Thomas gets most of the hype and rightfully so, but Day 1 of the ABCD Camp belonged to Stokes, who during the afternoon session led all scorers with a 23-point performance.

Bill Walker
North College Hill (Ohio)
Class of 2007

Walker is a freak, plain and simple. And we don't mean that in a bad way. Whether he was taking it coast to coast for a windmill jam or breaking ankles like it was his job, Walker managed to keep the crowd on its feet, including Golden State Warriors star Baron Davis, who was in attendance.

Rakim Sanders
St. Andrew's School (R.I.)
Class of 2007

Sanders hails from the same school as Jonathan Kale, a Providence recruit who was one of the Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2005. Now it's Sanders' time to shine. A rising junior, Sanders showcased a lethal outside jumper while playing on a team that featured top recruits Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Jamie Skeen.

Rob Bodenburg contributed to this report

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