2008 NBPA Top 100 Camp recap
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 16th annual NBPA Top 100 Camp is now history. This event has traditionally been the premier high school boys' basketball camp in America, and this year's event was no different.
The Cavaliers (6-3) crushed the Lakers (7-2) to win the Silver Division Championship. Purdue recruit, 6-9 C/F Jeff Robinson (Indianapolis/Lawrence North), and Virginia Tech-bound, 6-3 PG Erick Green (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) both scored 15 points for the Cavaliers; and No. 21-rated, Florida commit, 6-9 C/F Erik Murphy (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's) added 14 points, 6 rebounds. The Celtics downed the Rockets in the Bronze Division title game. Leaders for the Celtics were No. 8-rated, North Carolina recruit, combo guard Leslie McDonald (Eads, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian) with 22 points, hard-nosed Purdue commit, 6-5 G/F D. J. Byrd (Crawfordsville, Ind./North Montgomery) with 16 points; and Louisville-bound, 6-8 PF Rakeem Buckles (Opa Locka, Fla./Pace) with 10 points.
These statistics are somewhat misleading since the games were played with a 48 minute running clock and players actually had 24 minutes or less on the court.
Most Valuable Player:Kenny Boynton (Jazz)
Most promising prospect: Ryan Kelly (Celtics)
Best all-around player: Terrell Vinson (Rockets)
Camp Leadership Award: Roger Franklin (Magic)
Mr. Hustle: Damon Powell (Jazz)
Most improved player: D.J. Byrd (Celtics)
Best rebounder: Jared Sullinger (Lakers)
Best playmaker: Junior Cadougan (Suns)
Best team player: Abdul Gaddy (Lakers)
Best backcourt defender: Mfon Udofia (Cavaliers)
Best frontcourt defender: Tristan Thompson (Lakers)
The ratings below are based upon evaluations of every player's performance in this camp. You will note that this list includes all of our top six rated players in the Class of 2010. Missing from this rankings are four top 30 prospects who were injured and got limited playing opportunities in this camp. Those players are: No. 2 rated, 6-6 G/F Xavier Henry (Oklahoma City); No. 5, 6-6 G/F Dominic Cheek (Jersey City, N.J.); No. 12, Villanova recruit 6-1 PG Maalik Wayns (Philadelphia); and No. 28, promising big man, 6-9 C Aaric Murray (Concordville, Pa.).
Bob Gibbons' top 30 performers from the NBPA Top 100 Camp
ESPN 100 rank in parenthesis 1. (3) SG Kenny Boynton
2. (18) G/F Terrell Vinson
3. (7)* PF Jared Sullinger
4. (73) Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
5. (31) Wally Judge
6. (5)Tristan Thompson*
7. (20) Ryan Kelly
8. (43) Roger Franklin
9. (56) Durand Scott
10. (11) Christian Watford
11. (85) John Jenkins
12. (13) Jordan Hamilton
13. (8) Leslie McDonald
14. (82) Garrick Sherman
15. (66) Brandon Paul
16. (24) Dante Taylor
17. (60) Richard Howell
18. (79) Junior Cadougan
19. (33) Jeronne Maymon
20. (48) Ari Stewart
21. (NR)* Josh Hairston
22. (57) Jack Cooley
23. (25) Nolan Dennis
24. (NR)Trent Lockett
25. (21) Erik Murphy
26. (4)* Brandon Knight
27. (17) Milton Jennings
28. (6)* Kendall Marshall
29. (14) Abdul Gaddy
30. (2)* Jeremy Tyler *=Class of 2010
The NBPA Top 100 Camp was the first major event of the summer, and as you can see from these ratings significant changes undoubtedly lay ahead in the overall rankings of the top prospects nationally in each class.
Let the games begin.
Bob Gibbons is a national recruiting director for ESPN.com. The editor and publisher of the All Star Sports Report, he is widely regarded as the recruiting guru of college basketball. Drop Bob a line in his mailbag.