NBPA Top 100 Camp Day 1 recap
Ryan Arcidiacono, Marcus Smart, Mitch McGary highlight first day of action
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp, which features some of the nation's best talent, has sent its players through a rigorous day and a half of games, skill development, life skills and mentoring classes. On the floor, the intensity is rising with each session and Day 1 at the John Paul Jones Center on the campus of the University of Virginia ended with a flurry. Codi Miller-McIntyre's (Concord, N.C./First Assembly Christian) overtime winner was topped by Arnaud Moto's (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) only hoop of the evening. Moto's buzzer-beating tip-in capped a furious comeback spearheaded by beastly power forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy).
Ryan Arcidiacono (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy)
2012, PG, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds
He continues to run a team and set up his teammates at a high level. Arcidiacono is a clever player who possesses a deadly jumper, along with the all-important floater in the lane. Defensively, he sacrifices his body for the good of the team by taking charges while out-hustling opponents for loose balls. Plus, he is one of the few who corrects his own mistakes on the floor.
(Fresno, Calif./San Joaquin Memorial)
2012, C, 6-11, 250 pounds
Upshaw is still a project, but an advanced one. He has changed his body in the past year, which has improved his movement and confidence. He is a solid rebounder with a college-ready frame even though he could use a little more definition. He has some scoring skills inside and has improved a great deal in that area. He can also clog the lane defensively and block shots. Upshaw is one of the few true centers in the class and therefore has a unique ability many schools will covet.
2012, PG, 6-2, 170 pounds
College: Wake Forest
The strong-bodied combo guard is probably more of a scoring point guard but could easily play some shooting guard. He is a lead guard who looks to score first but can run a team and create for his teammates. Miller-McIntyre uses his strength and athletic ability to get in the lane and finish plays. His ability to put the ball in the basket is impressive and he has led the camp in scoring after the first day. He also appears to be a solid defender and is definitely one of the better point guards after the first day.
Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus)
2012, SF, 6-4, 200 pounds
The other campers think he's a linebacker, but make no mistake: Smart is a hooper. In his first game, he knocked down shots, pressured the ball and made a big impression. The camp is laced with talent, but Smart keeps razor sharp. Scoring? He doesn't worry about it. Even in this setting, the first words out of his mouth were about winning. He's going to make visits and North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma will definitely receive trips.
Jordan Price (Congress, Va./Southwest DeKalb)
2012, SG, 6-4, 220 pounds
He is a natural scoring wing whose career has come full circle. As a freshman, he was one of the highest rated players in the country and has now returned to become a definite top-50 to top-75 player. The recent Auburn commit was super solid on Day 1 doing what he does best -- putting the ball in the basket. He has a strong, linebacker-type body which he uses to score in the lane. He is also a solid jump-shooter with range to 20 feet and Price should be able to immediately impact both Auburn and the SEC as a freshman.
Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor)
2012, PG, 5-11, 160 pounds
Quick with the ball and crafty off ball screens, Ferrell can hit jumpers behind the screen if the defender goes under. He puts a defense on its heels with his speed-dribble and plays with his head up, ready to read the floor and find the open man. The future Hoosier is solid in transition and is a good decision-maker.
Devonta Pollard (De Kalb, Miss./Kemper County)
2012, SF, 6-7, 200 pounds
He has established himself as one of the elite athletes at the camp. He stuck with his jumper, took good shots and has been a menace along the baseline and in the lane with his offense. He's solidifying his McDonald's game candidacy with his play here.
(College Station, Texas/ A&M Consolidated)
2012, SG, 6-5, 180 pounds
A virtual unknown until now, Caruso is a SG with a deceptive athletic ability and instincts for the game on both ends of the floor. With his vision and passing ability, he makes the assist or keeps the ball moving to help an offense stay fluid. Without the ball in his hands, he understands spacing and will play off his teammates to free himself. He is comfortable and confident with his long range shooting and can put a streak of points together by taking advantage of defensive mistakes. Defensively, his anticipation off the ball is quick and he doesn't gamble but gets his share of good steals.
• D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) favorite schools right now are Texas, Louisville, Georgetown, UCLA and Xavier. The biggest adjustment for him is learning how to and when to set up his teammates. He must get others involved, while continuing to see his scoring opportunities.
• Iowa State commit PF Georges Niang (Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School) does all the little things well throughout the game. He rebounds with consistency, knows how to finish using the rim as a shield and has a face-up range of 17 feet.
• Joell James (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dwyer) is a big-bodied post who is coachable and improving. He is looking at Florida State, Florida, West Virginia, Louisville and UNC.
• PG Katin Reinhardt (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mater Dei) was tough to stop on Thursday as he was scoring the ball with jumpers off the dribble and the catch. When he is handling the basketball, his eyes are looking up to find an open man. However, he will get fancy with the ball at times as he plays with a flare to his game. He likes Texas, Syracuse, Arizona, Baylor and Gonzaga.
• McGary has had some dominating moments and his motor is impressive every time he plays. In the low block, he carves out space, catches high and finishes high. His jumper from the elbow is consistent and he takes constructive criticism the right way. His list is long with programs like Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Louisville, Kansas, Maryland, Florida, Arizona and Texas making a good impression.
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