Commentary

Forwards Painter, Judge do battle

Originally Published: June 20, 2008
By Antonio Williams | Scouts Inc.

Eric BledsoeJason O. Watson/ESPN.comEric Bledsoe ran the pick and roll to perfection Friday at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The morning session of the third day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp presented some very intriguing matchups between some of the top interior prospects in the country, headlined by a clash between combo-forward Wallace Judge and Deshawn Painter. Teams continue to make post play and ball movement as points of emphasis, making these battles much more enjoyable to watch.

Scouting Notes
Deshawn Painter, 6-9 PF
Painter, though he can hit jump shots in the 15-16 feet range, tended to rely on the shot too much. He took a number of jumpers instead of using his great athleticism in the paint. When he shoots from the perimeter, he shoots more of s set-shot than a jumper. However, his status as a threat from the perimeter allows him to pump fake the jumper and then utilize his quick first step to drive to the paint for a finish at the rim.

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Jason O. Watson/ESPN.comWally Judge continues to take the ball to the hole with authority.
Wallace Judge, 6-9 Combo Forward
Judge again placed his imprint on the game through impressive post play. He made tough, aggressive moves to the basket and rebounded the ball in traffic well. While he can hit perimeter jumpers, he needs to avoid his tendency to drift out on the wing for ill-advised 3s.

Durand Scott, 6-4 Combo Guard
Scott again heated up and scored with great regularity. He uses a rhythm dribble to set up his pull-up jumper from 3 and if the defense allows him space to set up, he will generally nail the shot. Scott also has an assortment of floaters he uses when he gets in the teeth of the defense. He has to alleviate his tendency to pass up open shots in favor of more difficult attempts.

C.J. Leslie, 6-7 Combo Forward
Leslie again demonstrated his explosive leaping ability and lively legs. He plays the game with a great level of energy and intensity on both ends. He attacks the boards on both ends. He uses his length and quick leaping ability to snag offensive rebounds and block shots on defense. Leslie has trouble sometimes finishing in traffic, but he will better absorb contact with added strength.

Alex Oriakhi, 6-8 PF
Oriakhi finished around the rim with aggression and bad intentions as he looked to dunk the ball almost every time he received it in the painted area. He crashed the boards well -- especially on the offensive end. Oriakhi also exhibited his post moves and a nice lefty jump-hook, though he did not convert on the shot during the game.

Phil Pressey, 5-9 PG
Pressey ignited his team with his pressure defense during the game. He often initiated fast break opportunities for his club by using his diminutive stature and quick feet to his advantage, pressuring the opposing point guard and getting under him to harass him into a turnover. Once in the open court, Pressey's passing skills and impeccable vision allow him to reward streaking teammates with pinpoint passes.

Trent Lockett, 6-5 SG
Lockett has the scorer's mentality coaches covet in shooting guards. He has good athleticism and quickness, which helps him to get to the paint as well as the mid-range areas for his nice pull-up jumper. Lockett also plays very good position defense by moving his feet very well.

Darius Morris, 6-3 PG
Morris has good quickness and a decent handle, which makes him a very good penetrator. He has good vision and adeptly drives to the rim and dishes to an open teammate in the paint or on the perimeter for shot. Morris really excels on the defensive end, keeping opposing point guards from getting into a comfort zone due to his willingness to pressure the ball at 94 feet. He also plays passing lanes very well for steals.

Eric Atkins, 6-0 PG
Though thin, Atkins does not mind taking the contact in the paint while he drives the ball to the hole. His quickness and passing ability make him a perfect fit for fast-breaking, open-court basketball. Atkins plays good defense and has the ability to sneak into passing lanes for steals.

Tristan Thompson, 6-8 Combo Forward
Thompson again utilized his outstanding athleticism, leaping ability and length to make acrobatic plays at the rim. He sometimes relies too much on his hang-time and body control, making some of his forays into the paint more difficult. Once he becomes stronger, he will have the ability to withstand contact and still finish above the rim.

Dion Sims, 6-6 SF
Sims has a very smooth delivery on his jump shot with very good range. He easily connects from the perimeter, which opens up chances for him to drive the ball to the basket. Once in the paint, Sims has the athleticism to finish at the rim, but he also has good vision and passing ability that helps him to locate open teammates for easy lay-ins.

Jamal Coombs McDaniel
Andrew Shurtleff for ESPN.comJamal Coombs-McDaniel puts up a contested shot down low.
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, 6-6 SF
Coombs-McDaniel made a number of plays for his team by crashing the offensive boards for put-backs. He also connected on a couple of jumpers from the perimeter, though he can improve in that area. He also has to improve on his ability to finish in traffic and increase the difficulty of the shot by over-adjusting in the air. Coombs-McDaniel has a nose for the ball and makes small plays that pay huge dividends for his team.

Eric Bledsoe, 6-1 PG
Bledsoe did a great job of probing and processing on the pick-and-roll, carefully deciding to take the ball to the rim or pass to an open teammate rolling to the rim. He gets to the rim with ease due to his very good quickness off the dribble. Bledsoe has impressive vision and passing skills.

J.T. Terrell, 6-3 SG
Terrell has nice touch and good lift on his jump shot, especially when he looks to go off the dribble for the mid-range, pull-up jumper. He attacks on offensive aggressively, but tends to hunt down shots. He can get to the rim easily, but he has to alleviate his dependcy on over-dribbling. Terrell has explosive leaping ability and athleticism, which makes him a tough cover for the defense.

Ari Stewart, 6-7 SF
Stewart possesses incredible leaping ability and athleticism, making him an absolute nightmare in the open court for the opposition. He often finishes above the rim with relative ease. Stewart struggles in half-court sets and negates his outstanding leaping ability by shooting wild, off-balance leaners when he drives as opposed to making strong decisive moves that will allow him to explode over defenders. He will make better use of his athletic gifts if he improves his shooting and ball-handling.

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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