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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The evening session of the third day of action in the 2008 NBA Players Association (NBPA) Camp featured more close games and intense play on both ends of the court. These games also had their share of outstanding individual matchups between highly touted prospects. Top inside players Daniel Orton and Alex Oriakhi battled in the post in one game, while talented point guard prospects Abdul Gaddy and Maalik Wayns went at it in another contest.
Brandon Knight, 6-3 PG
Knight put a great deal of pressure on the defense with his ability to push the ball and get his team in fast break opportunities. Once he got to the rim, Knight finished around the basket better as the game went in addition to connecting on a number of impressive pull-up jumpers in transition. He also did a great job of locating open teammates on the perimeter and in the paint and scored a number of points resulting from him hustling and scrapping for loose balls.
Marshawn Powell, 6-7 PF
Powell finished in the paint by using solid footwork and post moves. He does not have explosive athleticism, but he has enough foot speed to get out in transition. Once on the break, he handles the ball well enough to start a break and find an open teammate. Powell rebounds the ball at both ends by establishing good position as opposed to out-jumping opponents.
Jeremy Tyler, 6-9 PF/C
Tyler finished around the rim with authority, looking to dunk the ball at every opportunity. He used his strength to establish good post position and made definitive moves to the rim, setting himself up for high-percentage shots close to the rim and dunks. Tyler does very well when he does not venture too far away from the paint.
Jeronne Maymon, 6-7 Combo Forward
Maymon has very long arms and good strength which he uses to get offensive rebounds and finish in traffic. He has the ability to finish with either hand when he gets into the paint. He will have to improve his ball-handling and jumper, but he will occasionally nail a perimeter shot. Maymon has the frame and physical nature to develop into a Ron Artest type of physical, bruising wing presence.
John Jenkins, 6-5 SG/SF
Jenkins continued to score from the perimeter with a high rate of consistency despite not having the best shot selection at times. He has the ability to get to the rim for lay-ins as well as shooting jumpers from the perimeter. Jenkins tends to cradle the ball before he releases it when he shoots from deep, which has a negative effect on his jumper.
Tristan Thompson, 6-8 Combo Forward
Thompson creates problems for opposing defenses with his quick first step, length and explosive leaping ability, all helping him to draw a high number of fouls on defenders. He also crashed the boards particularly well on the offense end where he gets extra scoring chances for his team. Thompson will have to continue to work on his jumper and ball-handling skills as me matures.
Ben Boggs, 6-4 SG
Boggs does not have great athletic ability or explosion, but he has just enough to get into the paint off the dribble for lay-ins with either hand. He does a great job of playing within himself and not trying to do too much with the ball. Boggs takes what the defense gives him and plays very hard, scrapping and hustling for loose balls.
Kenny Boynton, 6-3 SG
Boynton again scored the ball effectively, relying on his quickness and strength to get all the way to the rim or his pull-up jumper from 3-point range. When he misses the jumper, he usually shoots it on the way down which causes him to overcompensate and release the ball with a slight hitch in the shot. Boynton does not shy away from taking big shots and hit made crucial baskets down the stretch for his team.
Junior Cadougan, 6-1 PG
Cadougan aggressively looked to penetrate whenever he had the ball in his hands. He has a tendency to get out of control, but he effectively uses his quickness and strength to get into the paint consistently. Cadougan needs to penetrate and dish more as opposed to just looking for his own shots. Cadougan's physical, aggressive style of play from the perimeter compares favorably to former UConn point guard Khalid El-Amin.
Stephan Van Treese, 6-9 PF/C
Van Treese has good feet and quickness for a big man. He runs the floor very well and finishes in transition. His good lateral quickness allows him to come out and cover guards for a brief moment when he gets matched up with a perimeter player due to a switch on the pick and roll. Van Treese also crashed the boards on both ends and finished around the hoop in traffic well.
Roger Franklin, 6-5 SF
Franklin has long arms and good leaping ability which makes him hard to defend, especially if he gets into the mid-range area and elevates for the jumper. Once he gets hot however, he starts to take ill-advised, contested jumpers. He needs to work on his ballhandling, range and decision making to become an effective wing player for the next level. Franklin's seems to play better defense when he gets enough shot attempts for his liking.
Maalik Wayns, 6-1 PG
Wayns did not shoot the ball well from the perimeter, but he used his strength and foot speed to play very good defense on Abdul Gaddy. Wayns took away Gaddy's ability to use his change of speeds to get into the teeth of the defense and find open teammates. Wayns also pressured Gaddy and kept him from getting into a comfort zone with the ball. On offense, Wayns used his quickness to get into the paint for his own lay-ups.
Rodney McGruder, 6-5 SG/SF
McGruder did not shoot the ball well from the perimeter; therefore he decided to use his penetration skills to jump-start his offense. Once in the paint, he drew contact from defenders and got to the line with regularity. McGruder also mixed it up inside and got offensive rebounds for his team.
Tyler Haws, 6-5 SG
Haws struggled on the offensive end with more athletic defenders and could not get his shot off. However, he excelled on the defensive end, frustrating talented shooting guard Durand Scott. Haws made Scott attempt some very difficult shots without fouling. He did not allow his offensive struggles to negatively affect his defensive intensity.
Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He previously worked as an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.
Scouts Inc.'s Antonio Williams breaks down the top performances during the Friday evening session at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville.