Commentary

Post players get their chance with more ball movement

Originally Published: June 19, 2008
By Antonio Williams | Scouts Inc.

Karron JohnsonAndrew Shurtleff for ESPN.comESPN 100 power forward Karron Johnson (Durham, N.C./Mount Zion) throws it down during day two at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The morning session of the second day of action during the NBPA Top 100 camp saw teams make more of a concerted effort at ball movement. The big men for the various teams benefited most and received more touches in the post. Guards also had easy looks on the perimeter due to defenses having to adjust to increased post play.

Scouting Notes
Jeremy Tyler, 6-9 PF/C
Tyler established himself as a presence throughout the game with aggressive, refined post moves to the rim. He remained active on the boards, especially on the offensive end. He runs the floor well and finishes at the rim on the break, but he could get more opportunities in the open court if he contested shots with more effort on defense.

Isaiah Philmore, 6-7 Combo Forward
Philmore plays with a great deal of energy and aggression, especially on the offensive end of the court. He has the ability to take slower defenders away from the basket and use his quick first step to get to the bucket. He will also connect on open jumpers from the perimeter. Philmore contests shots on the defense, but he will have to get under control more on offense.

Kendall Marshall, 6-4 PG
Despite not having explosive athleticism, Marshall does not allow smaller, quicker point guards to speed him up into turnovers; instead he correctly opts to play the game at his own pace. Playing at a controlled speed allows for Marshall to locate open teammates for easy shots. He also shot the ball well from 3-point range during the game. Marshall plays good position defense despite not having blazing lateral quickness.

[+] EnlargeBrandon Knight
Jason O. Watson/ESPN.comThe top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010, Brandon Knight is in his second year at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Brandon Knight, 6-3 PG
Knight played much more aggressively during this game when compared to the first day of action. He did not shoot the ball extremely well, but he did make enough shots from the perimeter to keep defenders honest. Knight excelled at getting to the basket for floaters and came up with a number of loose-ball, transition scoring opportunities.

Glenn Bryant, 6-8 PF
Bryant has incredible athleticism and leaping ability, making him adept at playing in the open court. He often finishes off breaks with plays above the rim. He will have to improve his jump shooting and ballhandling if he wants to play more on the perimeter. Bryant plays unselfish basketball and gives good effort on the court.

Anthony Marshall, 6-3 SG
Marshall has explosive leaping ability and threatens to produce a highlight-reel worthy play whenever he has the ball on the break. He has a quick first step allowing him to easily break down defenders and get to the paint.

Garrick Sherman, 6-10 C
Sherman got some touches in the post and produced points for his team. Though not a superior athlete, he did scrap for offensive rebounds and extra scoring opportunities. Sherman had some issues finishing in the paint when encountering quick, athletic post defenders.

Tamir "Pops" Jackson, 6-3 Combo Guard
Jackson struggled with his ballhandling and decision-making throughout the game. On his jumper, he routinely missed due to the fact that he shoots the ball on the way down. In transition, Jackson does have good vision and passing skills, finding open teammates for shots.

Doron Lamb, 6-4 Combo Guard
Lamb works very well off the bounce, effectively getting in the midrange area of the floor to get off pull-up jumpers. Once in the midrange, Lamb converted with a high level of success. He prefers to create scoring chances for himself, but Lamb can find open teammates for assists.

Durand Scott, 6-4 Combo Guard
Scott remained in attack mode on the offensive end for the duration of his minutes on the court. He can create off the bounce and get into a scoring zone when he heats up. He has the innate ability to make shots under heavy duress, in addition to connecting on pull-up jumpers from 3-point range. Scott plays good on-ball defense when he sets his mind to do so and competes with a great deal of enthusiasm for the game.

Ruslan Pateev, 6-11 C
Pateev does not have great athleticism but he gets the most of his ability. He has a big body he uses to get good position in the post. Once he receives the ball, Pateev has very solid footwork in the paint. When he does not have a shot, he utilizes his impressive passing skills to find open teammates. Pateev scraps for looses balls and gets rebounds by outworking as opposed to out-jumping opponents.

Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He previously worked as an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.

Antonio Williams

Basketball Recruiting
Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He previously worked as an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.

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