NBPA Top 100 Camp Day 2 recap
Bigs Brandon Ashley, Adam Woodbury and Mitch McGary dominate Day 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Day 2 of the NBPA Top 100 Camp was outstanding as the players seemed more acclimated to their teams and the games became more competitive. In a class with no definitive No. 1 player, some players still separated themselves from the pack.
Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston/Strake Jesuit)
2012, SG, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds
He is one of the top shooters/scorers in the 2012 class. He can be a little streaky but can take over a game from long range when he is on and can get his shot off quickly without a lot of space. Plus, his handle is good enough that he can create space with the bounce to get his shot off. Sulaimon has even shown the ability to move over and play the point if needed. Overall, he is easily one of the top 30 players in the 2012 class.
Brandon Ashley (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)
2012, PF, 6-9, 215 pounds
After a mediocre first day of camp, Ashley really stepped it up on Day 2. The No. 6 overall player is a very skilled high post player. He loves to catch the ball on the wing or high post and drive to the basket versus other post players. Ashley has a thin frame, but solid toughness and his quickness, length and ball skills make him very hard to keep out of the lane. Plus, he has good touch in the paint and is athletic enough to finish above the rim.
Adam Woodbury (Sioux City, Iowa/East)
2012, C, 6-11, 235 pounds
He is a fundamentally sound big man who knows his role and plays it to the fullest. The lefty can score in the low post when given time and space, is an excellent passer and maybe the best ball mover in the class. Woodbury does not wow you, he just makes plays and wins. He can face up and shoot to 17 feet, but he is best on the low block when scoring over his right shoulder.
Danrad Knowles (Houston/HYCA)
2012, PF/SF, 6-9, 190 pounds
Knowles, aka "Chicken," is a skilled combo forward. He is more of a skilled power forward at this point in his career, but he aspires to be a small forward one day and is well on his way to being one at this point. He can shoot with range to 20 feet and can put the ball on the floor to score. He will need to bulk up in order to contribute immediately at a high major college, but his skill level and talent will make him a priority for many big-time programs.
Mitch McGary (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster)
2012, C/PF, 6-10, 255 pounds
He is a brute on the basketball court with a nonstop motor that makes him tough to handle. He can put the ball on the floor enough to create a little, is a good rebounder and a solid athlete. McGary is a big-time recruit and will be an immediate impact player for some lucky program. He plays with a high motor and cares about winning . He is blessed with enormous physical size and strength, and from a skill standpoint the big lefty has a soft shooting touch when close to basket and can face up to 15 feet on a consistent basis. On his attempts down low he will create the contact, but the foul will be on the defense. Defensively, his footwork is surprisingly agile as he tries to get around the offensive post players. McGary is a good rebounder who can be a great one when he puts his body on people, and overall he's making a case to move up in the rankings.
Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia/Friends Central)
2012, PF, 6-7, 180 pounds
Though his camp team hasn't found the winner's circle, individually, Jefferson's play has been stellar. He has a knack along the baseline for scoring. Jefferson's body is nowhere close to being developed, but his mobility and slinky driver ability allow him to forge entries into the lane. He's a gutty finisher and competitor. The training staff gave him the option of sitting out because of an injured finger, and at his choice, he hasn't so much as missed a single drill.
Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor)
2012, PG, 5-11, 165 pounds
He is a tough scoring point guard with an excellent handle and the ability to get in the lane and create for himself and others. He has increased his strength in the last year and can now shred through defenses, as well as shoot with range to 20 feet. Ferrell is tough to stop off the dribble and did a nice job of running his team's offense on Day 2.
Tony Parker (Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove)
2012, PF/C, 6-9, 280 pounds
Parker is a big-bodied power player on the low block. He has solid post moves and is one of the better scores in the paint in the 2012 class. He is a good rebounder with solid hands and feet. Parker is not the best athlete, but is bouncy enough to get the job done. He can score with his back to the basket and can face up and score with a couple of dribbles. He needs to make sure he stays on top of his conditioning, but his strength, size and talent make him an elite-level prospect.
Sam Dekker (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan Lutheran)
2012, SF, 6-6, 195 pounds
Dekker has good ball skills and size to go along with his consistent jumper. He scores best in pick-and-pop action as well as off any ball-screening action. If a defender takes his jumper away, he will use the shot fake to beat him with the dribble in an efficient manner. He also has no problem working on the defensive end and stepping in for a charge. He works hard to improve and you can often find him taking game shots at game speed from game spots. Overall, he is the epitome of a Bo Ryan player, and it is impressive that he has played with a floating rib.
Notes• Two players with Ohio ties are leaving the Buckeye State to continue their high school careers. PF/C Elijah Macon is leaving Columbus Marion Franklin to attend Huntington Prep (W.Va.) for his senior season. 2013 SG Elijah Brown is following his father to Los Angeles. The former Lakewood St. Edward Eagle will be transferring to Santa Ana Mater Dei. His dad, Mike, was recently named the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
• Price had another outstanding day. He scores under control with his strong thick body, and it is very noticeable that the Auburn commit is comfortable from long range and midrange.
• Mike Gesell (Sioux City, Neb./South Sioux City) is a tough, hard-nosed PG who sets up his team first and has the talent to score when needed. He plays both ends of the floor with a purpose and is trying to figure out his future. Right now he likes Nebraska, Iowa, Stanford and many in the Missouri Valley.
• Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C./Forsyth CD) missed the bulk of Saturday due to illness, which meant Britt had to play extra rotations and step up. The junior point guard responded by tossing in a camp-high 30 points.
• The NBAPA Camp has a tradition known as the "Toilet Bowl." It's the game you don't want to be in, because it features the two teams with the worst records at camp. Staring down a berth in the bowl, 2013 SG Anton Gill (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) hit a step-back 3-pointer and was fouled on the play. The shot put his team into the playoffs.
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