Commentary

Coombs-McDaniel helps Suns to NBPA Top 100 Camp title

Originally Published: June 23, 2008
By Antonio Williams | Scouts Inc.

Jamal CoombsAndrew Shurtleff for ESPN.comJamal Coombs-McDaniel averaged more than 12 points per game in leading his team to the NBPA Top 100 Camp title.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The playoffs during the NBA Players Association camp came to a close with the Suns, led by the efforts of Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, Junior Cadougan and Harrison Barnes, capturing the camp championship in a dominating fashion with a win over the Jazz, a team featuring the dream backcourt of Brandon Knight and Kenny Boynton.

Overall the camp featured an impressive collection of talented players with great upside. These players opened eyes with their scoring, rebounding and passing abilities.

In Part 1 of 2, we'll look at the top scorers and rebounders.

Scoring Leaders

John Jenkins, 6-5 SG/SF, 17.8 ppg
2009, Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp, Vanderbilt commit
Jenkins possesses a scorer's mentality, looking to put the ball in the basket at every opportunity. He has range allowing him to shoot the ball with decent accuracy from 3-point range, though he tends to cradle the ball, making for an awkward release when he shoots from the perimeter. He really favors putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket. Jenkins puts pressure on the defense due to his aggressive offensive nature.

[+] EnlargeJordan Hamilton
Andrew Shurtleff for ESPN.comWhen focused on getting his teammates involved, Jordan Hamilton's effectiveness rises exponentially.
Jordan Hamilton, 6-7 SF, 14.8 ppg
2009, Compton, Calif./Dominguez
Hamilton has great range and good form on his jump shot. When he focuses on it, he passes the ball and creates off the dribble for teammates effectively. However, he struggles when he cannot get to the paint at will and tends to openly pout when the shots do not fall for him. Given his accurate shoot touch, Hamilton should use it to create more pull-up jumpers in the midrange as opposed to trying to bull to the rim -- especially since he does not possess great quickness and athleticism.

Kenny Boynton, 6-3 Combo Guard, 14.9 ppg
2009, Pompano Beach, Fla./American Heritage
Boynton has explosive scoring ability and places intense pressure on opposing defenses with his ability to erupt for points in a hurry. He struggles with his shot selection, often opting to shoot pull-up, contested 3-point shots or penetrating all the way to the basket. He shoots on the way down sometimes from the perimeter, creating a small hitch in his follow-through and also shoots a flat jumper at times. He does not work off the bounce for midrange, pull-up jumpers. His shot selection tends to make him a very streaky shooter. Boynton's strength and quickness make him an explosive, undersized shooting guard in the mold of current Chicago Bull Ben Gordon. Boynton plays hard on both ends of the court and gives maximum effort.

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, 6-6 SF, 12.9 ppg
2009, Boston/The Tilton School, UConn commit
Coombs-McDaniel scrapped for loose balls and scored off of offensive rebounds and made the hustle plays throughout the camp. He also has a decent jump shot, though he could improve in this area. Coombs-McDaniel should also add a pull-up jumper off the dribble to his game. He also gets into the paint well, but sometimes he adjusts too much in the air and increases the difficulty of some of his shot attempts. Coombs-McDaniel has a very high basketball IQ and vocally led the charge for his team.

Terrell Vinson, 6-6 SF, 12.6 ppg
2009, Baltimore/Montrose Christian
Vinson has the ability to score on the perimeter and in the paint, though he spends a little too much time on the perimeter. He can hit the 3-point shot, but he tends to rely on it almost exclusively. Vinson attacked the defense whenever he received the ball, but he would have more success scoring if he scaled back and relied on his teammates more for good shots instead of taking ill-advised, contested shots that he creates off the bounce.

Rebounding Leaders

Jared Sullinger, 6-8 PF, 7.7 rpg
2010, Columbus, Ohio/Northland, Ohio State commit
Sullinger does not have great athletic or leaping ability, but he effectively relied on using his thick body to establish position for rebounds and scoring chances in the post. Once he gets the ball in the paint, he will have to utilize counter moves and up-fakes to overcome his lack of explosion. Sullinger has good range on his jumper, which allows him to work as a good pick-and-pop big man.

Garrick Sherman, 6-10 PF/C, 7.4 rpg
2009, Kenton, Ohio, Michigan State commit
Sherman used his body to get position in the post for rebounds. He also does not depend on leaping ability for rebounds due to the fact that he does not have great bounce off the floor. Sherman tends to struggle when facing more athletic bigs, but he gives great effort and outworks more gifted players for points and rebounds.

Brennan Cougill, 6-9 C, 6.8 rpg
2009, Sioux City, Iowa, Iowa commit
Cougill does not have great leaping ability or quickness, but he has a big body he uses to do his work around the basket. He gives good effort and works hard to get boards for his team. Once he faces more athletic bigs, Cougill uses his impressive vision and passing ability to locate open teammates.

[+] EnlargeWally Judge
Jason O. Watson for ESPN.com Wally Judge was a force to be reckoned with when he played near the basket.
Wallace Judge, 6-8 PF, 6.6 rpg
2009, Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day, Kansas State commit
Judge, when he remained close to the basket, simply dominated the play in the paint. He does not have great post moves, but he makes quick, authoritative moves that defenders generally do not have the athletic ability and quickness to defend. Judge has quick leaping ability, making him great at scoring second chance points.

Jack Cooley, 6-9 C, 6.1 rpg
2009, Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South, Notre Dame commit
Cooley works hard and relies on his strength and big body to get position for rebounds. He relentlessly attacks the glass and uses his sheer effort to overcome a lack of great athleticism. Cooley positions himself for offensive rebounds and scoring opportunities very effectively.

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

Antonio Williams

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

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