[c]Dave Griffin (Phoenix Suns) and Jerry West (Memphis Grizzlies) talking in a corridor.[/c]
Jared Dudley, 67, SF/PF, Boston College
13 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 to, 5-7 fgs, 3-3 fts, 0-1 3-pt
Dudley positively impacted the game nearly every time he touched the ball, whether it was finding teammates with beautiful passes (the 1 assist he was credited with in the box score is flat out wrong), hitting the glass with reckless abandon, always making the right decision on whether to take off up the court on his own or fire off a crisp outlet pass, or knocking down the open jumper with ease. Dudley is clearly on a different level in terms of his understanding of the game, and even though his team didnt always get him looks in the halfcourt, Dudley found a way to make his presence felt.
Dudley is going to be the type of player that every successful team needs. He might not blow anybody away with any fancy individual skill, but the remarkable efficiency with which he seeks out small ways to contribute and converts is going to get him drafted, perhaps in the first round.
Zabian Dowdell, 62, PG, Senior, Virginia Tech
8 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 4-6 FG, 0-1 3PT
Dowdell used his excellent crossover and his combination of hesitation moves and fakes to consistently get into the lane, where he can smoothly pull-up for his mid-range jumper coming off either hand, something that always makes him a threat to score. He hit two pull-up jumpers of this variety, one from 10 feet out and one from 15, as he usually settles in the lane rather than taking it all the way to the hoop. He did take it to the hoop nicely on one occasion on a left-handed drive off a high screen, which he also finished with his left hand. Dowdell didnt score on a great number of plays, but he got into the lane using his crossover and fake crossover moves often, dribbling through the defense and making dump-off and kick-outs to his teammates. He was highly controlled with the ball in his hands, not getting phased by the pressure defense Jamaal Tatum was playing on him for most of the game, just taking his time and slowing the tempo down so he could protect his dribble before getting into his teams offense. Dowdell earned his two assists on a dump-off in the halfcourt and a drive-and-dish play in transition, but he also dished out some other nice passes that werent finished by his teammates. His nicest passing possession was on a play where he dribbled the ball behind his back before making a strong one-handed pass through two defenders to a cutter going to the basket. Dowdells only turnover of the game wasnt even his fault, as teammate Mohammed Abukar dropped a pass thrown right to his torso.
Defensively, Dowdell also did a great job, playing aggressive defense on Jamaal Tatum for almost every possession, using his wingspan and lateral quickness to keep him from doing pretty much anything with the ball, contesting his shot with his long arms and poking the ball away when he tried dribbling.
Herbert Hill, 610, PF/C, Senior, Providence
6 points, 3 rebounds, 3-5 FG
Defensively, Hill really struggled when he was matched up in man-to-man situations in the post, not getting into proper stance and not lowering his center of gravity to maintain position, just looking like he doesnt have much fundamental development in that aspect of the game. For all those negatives, Hill still does a good job contesting on shots at time with his length, and made a nice block he wasnt credited for against Anthony Tolliver on a post-up attempt.
Hill looked solid on the offensive end when he got the ball, working on the low and mid block, though this wasnt a game with a lot of post-up attempts, a style of play which doesnt favor his game, which revolves around his excellent footwork and touch around the basket. Hill scored on a stepback jumper on the baseline where he turned into his man and quickly got separation by bouncing back off, scoring the shot with ease. He scored again on a backdown into the post where he went up for a turnaround jumper over his man going across the lane, his favorite move, coming off two right-handed dribbles. His only other field goal came on another pull-up jumper from five feet going across the lane. Hill made some nice passes out of the post as well, something hes shown flashes of at Providence, and he has the potential to develop into a nice passer in time.
Hill has a lot of great qualities to build around, but hes a good ways away from reaching his potential, needing to put on weight and be under the tutelage of a coach who puts a strong emphasis on fundamentals and defense, two things hes really lacking outside of the painted area on the offensive end. Hill did make excellent strides in his senior breakout season, though, and his offensive motor is strong, so theres reasons to be encouraged that he can make the necessary improvements in the other areas of his game in the right setting. He wasnt showing consistent hustle in getting up and down the court and playing defense in this game, so he should look to do more of that tomorrow, but his stock doesnt seem to be changing much here, still sitting in the early-to-mid second round as a project big man.
Trey Johnson, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Jackson State, Senior
16 points, 1 rebound 1 assist, 6/14 FG, 4/4 FT, 1/2 3PFG
The bulk of Johnsons points were scored from between 15 and 20 feet, where he used a high screen to create his shot. On the pick and roll plays, he shot a number of fade-away jumpers while moving to the right, a shot that seems nearly impossible to disrupt. Though this shot was effective a number of times, Johnson sometimes cools off and struggles to score for periods of time.
Though the senior guard had a number of pick and rolls run for him, he rarely decided to turn the corner and attempt to penetrate past the defender. He was fouled twice on drives to the basket, and it would add another dimension to the game if he attacked the hoop with better consistency. Johnson also appears to be struggling with the adjustment to the NBA three point line right now but he certainly has the shooting stroke to become at least a moderate threat.
Despite his effectiveness on the offensive end, Johnson struggled on defense against a number of players, including Brandon Heath and Brad Newley. The lack of fundamentals in this area hurt Johnson, and a lack of lateral quickness compounds the problem.
Johnson has the potential to become a scoring threat at the 2 off the bench, but his defense must improve in order for him to become a mainstay in an NBA rotation. It will also be interesting to see if he can adjust to becoming a role player rather than a first option on the offensive end. Players like Johnson rarely have plays run for them at the next level, and he must learn to get the bulk of his shots within the flow of the offense.
Reyshawn Terry, 6-8, Senior, Small Forward, North Carolina
13 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 turnovers, 4-7 FG, 5-6 FT
It wasnt all bad for Terry, though. Later on in the game, he picked up some easy baskets to get himself going, scoring two easy layups in transition and knocking down a wide open 12 foot jump-shot. He also played some solid defense at the small forward position on Quinton Hosely and Mohamed Abukar, who really struggled.
Aaron Brooks, 511, PG/SG, Oregon
5 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 2-6 fgs, 1-2 fts
Brooks hasnt exploded as a scorer yet, as he couldnt finish on a handful of flashy drives to the basket. Brooks lack of size is a serious concern for any team looking to bring him on as an energizer type lead guard, but he may have the speed to make up for it. Just as impressive was his continued attention to the defensive end, where he did a good job of staying in front of Mustafa Shakur.
No, Brooks isnt going to be a starting point guard for an NBA team someday. But he has managed to play under control, run an offense effectively, and play aggressive defense here. This could warrant a roster spot on an NBA team looking for pace pusher for the end of the bench
Brad Newley, 6-6, 1985 International, Shooting Guard, Townsville (Australia)
9 points, 2 rebounds, 3-5 FG, 0-1 3P, 3-4 FT
Russell Carter, 64, SG, Notre Dame
7 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl, 1 to, 1-7 fgs, 5-7 fts, 0-2 3-pt
Carter has never been much of a creator for himself, so when that spot up jumper doesnt go down it is hard for him to make much of a contribution on the offensive end. But the volume shooter seemed to be pressing things this morning, firing up quick shots outside the flow of the offense and not really making an impact in any other way. There were a couple of hard-nosed slashes to the rim, but his lack of size certainly limits his upside as a traditional wing slasher. There were also several more instances of sloppy ballhandling, which is a major reason why he hasnt developed any sort of midrange game.
This evaluation may come off a bit harsh, but Carter is certainly in need of a turnaround in game 3. He certainly has a handful of tools that could be useful to an NBA team, but needs to find his shot from beyond the arc and probably isnt going to get the consistent looks to do that here. His Portsmouth camp was outstanding, but this setting has brought a handful of his weaknesses to the forefront.
Kyle Visser, 6-11, Senior, Center, Wake Forest
11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 5-5 FG, 1-5 FT
Mustafa Shakur, 63, PG, Arizona
14 pts, 2 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl, 4 tos, 1 blk, 2-7 fgs, 10-12 fts
At the same time, the questions about Shakurs game management remain. His tendency to overpenetrate isnt as glaring here in the camp setting, but teams come more prepared in the NBA. Shakur way too often finds himself stuck in the air or under the basket when he cant draw an immediate defender and kick to the open man. Shakurs defense is up and down he is more than capable of wreaking havoc on opposing ballhandlers with pressure all over the court, but way too often he allows his man to get the step and create something in the lane.
Shakurs jumper grades much like the rest of his game a bit more polished, but nothing in terms of dramatic improvement. He knocked down one jumper in the lane this morning and didnt force the shot like he did last year, but his form still needs work. Shakur is certainly in the mix to get drafted, so it will be interesting to see if he can put together a complete game to close out the camp.
Chris Richard, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Florida
10 points, 7 rebounds, 4-6 FG, 2-5 FT
Quinton Hosley, 66, SG/SF, Senior, Fresno State
11 points, 2 rebounds, 5-8 FG, 1-4 FT
On the defensive end, Hosley started the game off by playing some aggressive off-ball defense, cutting off the passing lanes and pushing his man out of his comfort zone, though he eased up a bit as the game went on. He wasnt scared on switches where he was matched with smaller, quicker guards like Brandon Heath, though he did have some trouble getting around screens, which the opposition threw more of at him later in the game.
Hosley has a chance to get drafted in the second round this year, as he has some nice upside and an NBA body, but he will need to work on improving his ball-handling to play the wing consistently in the NBA, and his outside shot could use some work, as he only shot 32% from behind the arc on the season, even though hes shot the ball pretty well here.
Mohamed Abukar, 6-10, Forward, San Diego State, Senior
6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 3/8 FG
Abukar scored all of his 6 points on spot up jumpers today, while showing good mechanics and a high release point. The problem here is that Abukar becomes overconfident in his jumper, and starts trying to force up contested jumpers. The lack of ball handling further compounds the problem in this area. For all of the field goal attempts for Abukar during this camp, it is hard to recall one time where he successfully took the ball to the basket. Mohamed Abukars limitations will likely keep him from playing in the NBA, but his shooting ability will allow him to play professional basketball elsewhere.
Ivan Radenovic, 610, PF/C, Senior, Arizona
8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2-5 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT
As for the rest of his game, Radenovic made a nice left-handed hook shot off the glass on a spin move in the lane, and scored a lay-up on a cut to the basket on another possession. Defensively, Radenovic wasnt able to make much of an impact coming from the weakside, even though he consistently made the right rotations. He lacks in explosiveness, which often leaves him swatting for the ball but being unable to alter his opponents shot when he tries to make a block. In terms of post defense, Radenovic did a better job, playing some nice man-to-man defense on Rashaun Freeman, forcing him into tough shots by holding his position on the block and not allowing him past.
Radenovic has a chance to get drafted, and he can turn into a decent role player in the NBA, but if he doesnt, he should be a very good big man in Europe, possessing the passing and outside shooting skills that the European style of play favor.
Brandon Heath, 6-3, Guard, San Diego State, Senior
12 points, 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 6/10 FG, 0/2 3PFG
For a scoring guard, Heath also did a decent job distributing the ball, particularly in transition where he set up teammates on 4 fast breaks. Despite his good passing today, he lacks the vision and the mind-set of a point guard, and will likely spend the majority of his career playing off the ball. We probably wont see Brandon Heath appear on a roster anytime soon, but he did have a very good game today.
Priority Sports Workout
In between sessions a workout was held for NBA and International Teams sponsored by Chicago based sports agency Priority Sports (headed by Mark Bartelstein). This featured names such as Marcus Fizer, Michael Bradley, Keith Langford, Desmon Farmer, Matt Freije, Awvee Storey, Brandon Hunter, Theron Smith, Eric Williams, Drake Diener, Brian Bracey and many others, mostly through five on five games rotating established European-based players in and out.
In the workout, Marcus Fizer showed off many of the dominating skills that made the Chicago Bulls decide to draft him with the #5 pick in the 2000 draft, as well as the #1 scorer in the ACB League this year. He created his own shot at will, both from the perimeter or inside the post, showing incredibly quick feet and a terrific knack for finding his way to the basket despite still looking very much out of shape. His turnaround jumper looked virtually unstoppable, elevating decently off the ground and displaying fantastic touch. Fizer was just a load in the post who anyone who tried to guard him, putting his rear-end into his man and clearing him out of the way at will to get to virtually wherever he wanted on the floor. Defensively, he was just average.
A number of NBA teams were here to watch Fizer in particular, including Chicago, Indiana, Miami, the LA Lakers, New Jersey, Portland, Charlotte, the LA Clippers, and Charlotte just from the people we were able to recognize from our vantage point. Fizer looks like he could play in the NBA for at least the minimum if thats what he really wanted to do, but losing 15-20 pounds could really make an intriguing prospect out of him.
Another standout from this workout was Desmon Farmer, who averaged 20 points per game in the D-League this year (after being cut by Seattle) and is heading to the Indiana Pacers summer league here in Orlando this July. Farmer showed excellent athleticism and an incredible amount of energy putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket. He also hit some 3-pointers and pulled up off the dribble on a few occasions from mid-range. His defense was also very solid as you might expect by his hard-nosed rugged mentality. Farmers ball-handling skills are still improvable, as are his decision making skills. He gets ahead of himself at times, running into brick walls due and forcing the issue to a certain extent. That same over-enthusiasm is also a key part of what makes him such an energetic player, though. It wouldnt be a shock if Farmer ended up finding a spot on someones roster on November 1st once again.
Game Five: Team 2 94- Team 5 79
Taurean Green, 6-1, Junior, Point Guard, Florida
10 points, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 3-4 FG, 1-1 3P, 3-4 FT
[c]Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford taking time out to come and support their teammate and roommate Taurean Green[/c]
More than anything, though, what this pre-draft camp has shown us is the incredible confidence that Green has in himself. Hes playing here without a care in the world, as if hes been on some much bigger stages already in his career and doesnt have much left to prove.
Jared Jordan, 62, PG, Marist
8 points, 7 assists, 3-4 fgs, 2-2 fts
While Jordan hasnt been a dominant scorer in this camp, he has found a way to contribute his own offense through an improved spot up jumper and a handful of crafty forays to the basket. Jordans athleticism is never going to be a strength, but he knows how to pick his spots to look for his own.
There will always be limitations to Jordans game, but his presence here in Orlando has been undeniable. It remains to be seen if he will be able to overcome his natural limitations, but if there is a player capable of it, Jared Jordan would be the one.
Dominic McGuire, 6-7, Small Forward, Junior
11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, 4/6 FG
McGuire displayed very impressive passing ability today, both in the half court and transition offense. His most impressive play came in transition when he took the ball coast to coast left handed before dishing the ball from under the basket to an open big man. There was no defensive pressure when he was bringing the ball up the court, however, and his ball handling will be an area that will need focus in the future.
In addition to passing, McGuire also made 3 spot-up jumpers from around the college 3 point range. The junior shot just under 30% from the three point line this season, and it appears that he has worked a great deal on his shooting mechanics since the end of the college season. The next step in this area will be to expand the range out to the NBA three point line.
As a slasher, McGuire has all the natural tools to excel in this area at the NBA level, thanks to a deadly first step and the ability to explode off the ground and hang in the air. For him to fully utilize this ability, better ball handling will be necessary. In addition, McGuire must stop shying away from contact at the basket. As proven on one drive today, he tries to finesse the ball around the defense rather than taking the contact and drawing the foul. Still, few small forward prospects are blessed with this kind of size and explosive athletic ability.
Defensively, McGuire made a number of athletic plays today, including a help side blocked shot and a handful of difficult defensive rebounds. His physical tools allow him to play good man to man defensive most of the time, but he sometimes loses his focus in this area. With a consistent effort, the tools are in place for him to become a lockdown defensive small forward at the NBA level.
On one hand, McGuire has great athleticism for a small forward prospect in combination with a pretty good overall feel for the game. At the same time, his soft style of play rarely allows him to take advantage of his natural gifts. Dominic McGuire could easily be a mid first rounder with more physical play, but it is tough to project a player who rarely goes to his strengths.
Renaldas Seibutis, 6-6, 1985 International, Shooting Guard, Marrousi
8 points, 6 rebounds, 4-7 FG
Demetris Nichols, 67, SF, Syracuse
17 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 2 to, 6-7 fgs, 2-4 fts, 3-4 3-pt
The rest of Nichols game is less attractive, but he has the athleticism and length to contribute in other ways at some point. Nichols plays good defense at times, but could probably use his natural gifts to his advantage a bit more often in non-shooting areas. Nichols once again scored a large chunk of his points over a short period of time, but his shooting runs are proving to be game-changing here in Orlando. His team is now 2-0, and given the way he shot at Syracuse as a senior, it would be a surprise if Nichols didnt light it up again tomorrow.
Aaron Gray, 70, Center, Senior, Pittsburgh
16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 5-9 FG, 6-7 FT
Defensively, Gray had some trouble, playing suspect man-to-man defense, especially on the perimeter, not getting out close on his man on a few occasions, leaving him open for wide open mid-range shots. Gray also got scored over in the post on a hook shot by Ali Traore, and struggled on one pick-and-roll defense, not having the quickness to effectively hedge on the ball-handler and get back to his man, so he cheated a bit by not making much of a hedge, leaving the ball-handler a wide open lane to the basket. Gray also got rebounded over by players with superior athleticism on a play or two, something that may be a problem for him even with his great size.
Ramon Sessions, 62, PG, Nevada
16 pts, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 tos, 4-9 fgs, 8-10 fts
Today Sessions got his offense going a bit, connecting on a handful of runners in the lane and getting to the basket a bit more often than he had earlier in the camp. He has a tendency to force his offense every now and then, but when his floater is connecting he becomes even more dangerous. On the whole, he is very willing to give up the ball and picks apart any defense that isnt playing as a unit in terms of help across the whole court.
Sessions has done what just about every underclassman hopes to accomplish by attending the Orlando camp. It is unlikely that he would be able to crack the first round this season, but with an offseason dedicated to getting stronger and more explosive, the first round of 2008 doesnt seem unrealistic at all. He will certainly get more attention from the scouts throughout his senior season if he does decide to return to school.
D.J. Strawberry, 6-4, Guard, Maryland, Senior
6 points, 2 steals, 3/7 FG, 0/2 3PFG
Offensively, Strawberry needs to make some improvements to make the NBA a sure thing. He can hit the mid-range jumper with good accuracy to about 20 feet, and even knocked down a pair of 15 footers off the dribble today. His range does not extend out past 20 feet however, and his form changes once outside the NBA three point line. Inside, Strawberry needs to become stronger with the ball going to the basket, and work on drawing contact once inside the paint. He lost the twice on drives to the hoop today, and didnt attempt a single free throw during any point in the game.
Despite his offensive shortcomings, Strawberry has all the makings of an NBA role player. His defensively ability will make many GMs think long and hard about drafting him, and the development of a spot-up three pointer would solidify his spot in the NBA.
Sean Singletary, 5-11, Junior, Point Guard, Virginia
7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
Antanas Kavaliauskas, 6-10, Senior, PF/C, Texas A&M
14 points, 7 rebounds, 5-9 FG, 4-4 FT
Coleman Collins, 68, PF, Senior, Virginia Tech
13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 4-13 FG, 5-8 FT
Collins started the game very strong, hitting on a contested jumper from 15 feet and another from 15 feet out, pulling up off of two dribbles, but he also missed a 10-footer and a scoop shot off a dropstep early. Later in the game he missed pull-up jumpers from 12, 18, and 18 feet on separate occasions, also getting blocked on a dunk attempt down low and missing on a left-handed lay-up off a left-handed drive. He got to the free-throw line by drawing fouls on face-up drives from very close to the basket and in transition, but he hit on just five of his eight free-throw attempts. Collins offensive game reminds a bit of Mikki Moore in terms of style, playing almost exclusively within 15 feet, but rarely posting up, rather using face-up moves off of just one or two dribbles, from very close range. The problem is that Collins is about three inches shorter than Moore, and not as athletic, so its tough to say how far that will take him.
Collins also made a good impact on the boards, roaming all over the floor to track down rebounds, showing an excellent eye for following the ball off the rim. On the defensive end, Collins wasnt credited with any blocked shots, but he made a perfect block from behind on one possession that was called a foul, and he also had another block on his man going for a reverse lay-up, showing off his athleticism in reaching out to make the rejection. Collins also made three steals in transition, all of which looked fortuitous in that he happened to be in just the right position, but at some point you cant chalk these things up to just luck. Collins did show some struggles in man-to-man defense, though, being scored on by Ali Traore on jumpers from the perimeter, and not showing very good lateral quickness on a few occasions.
Collins likely wont be drafted, but strong performances here definitely are helping his stock, especially with his underwhelming senior season at Virginia Tech hanging over his head. As mentioned above, his game compares to Mikki Moore in terms of style in most aspects of the game, but the three inches he gives up in comparison are not easy to overcome, though a good measured wingspan and standing reach at the combine would help make his projection to the NBA a bit easier. He should have a chance to catch on somewhere in summer league, but hell likely be headed to the D-League at least initially.
Bobby Brown, 6-1, Point Guard, Cal-State Fullerton, Senior
11 points, 4 steals, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 3/10 FG, 5/8 FT
In the half court, Brown made a number of poor decisions as the primary initiator of the offense. In the NBA, his role will likely to spot up for three pointers, but it would greatly help his chances if he could show better command of a half court offense. He did make a couple of nice dump downs where he dished the ball to an open Aaron Gray after breaking down the defense.
Browns perimeter shot lacked consistency today as well, with his only two made jumpers coming from a step inside the NBA three point line. He was known for the ability to pull-up for the three pointer at any time in college, but this hasnt translated to the camp in Orlando thus far. In terms of jump shot elevation, he gets a good deal of lift from mid-range but is lacking in this area from behind the three point line. Bobby Brown has yet to excel in a draft camp setting, but a very good college season combined with strong pre-draft workouts will certainly keep him on the radar of some NBA teams.
Curtis Sumpter, 6-7, Senior, SF/PF, Villanova
6 points, 2 rebounds, 3-7 FG, 2 stealsm 5 turnovers
Sammy Mejia, 66, SG/SF, Senior, DePaul
14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 7-12 FG
Mejia is playing himself back into NBA discussions, but he still just has an outside chance to get drafted, though another solid or better performance tomorrow would help his stock. Hell get his chances in summer league, but he might not catch on immediately, as while he does a lot of things decently well, he isnt really great at one particular thing, and most teams want role players to really excel and consistently contribute in at least one area.
Game Six: Team Three 87 Team Six 89
Dashaun Wood, 6-0, Senior, Point Guard, Wright State
15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 5-12 FG, 1-4 3P, 4-6 FT
Darryl Watkins, 611, Center, Senior, Syracuse
7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 3-4 FG, 1-2 FT
On the defensive end, Watkins was moving around a bit more today, but he still didnt make the impact hes capable of, not pursuing blocked shots on rotations as much as he could. Watkins did make some nice plays, though, forcing Caleb Green into a tough shot on the baseline on one occasion, and making a nice play on help defense by cutting off Dominic James on the baseline on another. In terms of rebounding the ball, Watkins got most of his rebounds via size and position, but tracked down a few outside of the painted area as well..
Watkins has a great set of physical tools, and shows off some nice skills as well, but he doesnt consistently play with the assertiveness he should on either end of the floor. He has a nice semblance of a mid-range shot, and if he develops some consistency with it, he could easily make a nice impact in the NBA, along the lines of what Mark Blount made a career of doing sometime down the road. Watkins ceiling may even be higher than that, but hes a project player at the next level, and will need some coaching and a change in demeanor before improvements like that can be seen. Still, most of our scouts agree that someone will take a chance on Watkins in the second round, and you cant take fault with that, as hes a project worth investing in given his physical attributes and flashes of potential.
Dominic James, 5-11, Sophomore, Point Guard, Marquette
4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 1-3 FG, 2-6 FT, 0-1 3P
Jermareo Davidson, 6-10, Forward/Center, Senior, Alabama
8 points, 3/6 FG, 2/3 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls
There were a few plays where Davidson lost focus and just showed a lack of effort, especially when it came to rebounding. He struggled with help defense positioning at times as well, and this led to foul throughout the game today. Davidson has the talent and athleticism to have a long career in the NBA. To give himself a great chance, he will have to work at playing more physical and providing a more consistent effort for the full 40 minutes.
Daequan Cook, 65, SG, Ohio State
8 points, 0 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 4-9 fgs, 0-2 3-pt
James Mays, 69, SF/PF, Junior, Clemson
9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 3-7 FG, 3-5 FT
In the hustle areas, Mays didnt play as well as he did yesterday, not making as much of an impact on the boards, defense, or in transition, looking a step slower today for whatever reason, not really displaying the energy he showed yesterday. He made a few nice rotations on the defensive end, but wasnt always able to beat the driving opponent to the corner, just not fully finishing on the plays. His presence on interior defense was also lacking, not making much of an impact in altering shots around the basket when he was there. Mays did have one excellent, perfectly timed block from behind on a drive on one occasion, but it was called a foul on a very bad call.
Mays hasnt really elevated his stock from an early second rounder, but hes held his own well here against the competition, showing some nice qualities that should translate to the NBA, if he can consistently maintain his energy, which he didnt do today in a rare performance. His improved/improving mid-range shot will definitely help his transition to the NBA, and give him something else he can consistently contribute to an NBA team in time.
Joseph Jones, 6-9, Power Forward, Texas A&M, Junior
12 points, 7 rebounds, 5/7 FG, 2/5 FT
A lingering area of weakness for Jones remains at the free throw line, where he only shot 55% this season. He has the proper mechanics and release point to become more than acceptable from the charity stripe, but he consistently overshoots the ball from this area. Jones also needs to play with better effort on the defensive end, but he does a good job of using leverage to bang with opposing players in the post.
Joseph Jones will benefit greatly from another season in College Station, but he has nothing to lose by testing his stock this year. He could be a serviceable big man off the bench in the NBA, and a season as a go-to scorer may help drastically with his development.