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July 8, 2006

ABCD: Day three

Teaneck, N.J.-While the O.J. Mayo & Bill Walker buzz has died down, the big news Saturday at the Reebok ABCD Camp is the apparently imminent commitment of James Harden to Arizona State.

With his former high school coach now on staff at ASU and with his mother preparing to move into a house in the Phoenix area, Harden had already stated that Arizona State was a slight favorite over USC, Arizona, Washington and Washington State. Now with the commitment yesterday of his former high school teammate Derek Glasser to Arizona State, Harden spoke as if a commitment to the Sun Devils was a forgone conclusion.

"This changes things a lot," said Harden. "Derek is my boy. He called me yesterday and said he was thinking about getting out of USC and going to ASU. I called him after my game last night, and he said he gave Arizona State a commitment. In the next couple days I'm going to see where I'm at and then hopefully make a decision."

Intriguing matchup

Kevin Love vs. DeAndre Jordan

The two best interior players at the camp went at it Saturday afternoon, and although Love got the best of the battle, Jordan played quite well also.

Love, who is leading the camp in both rebounding and scoring went for 25 points and 14 rebounds. His strength was too much for Jordan inside and then he also went outside and hit shots.

Top 10 scorers through Saturday
Player PPG
Kevin Love 19.0
Bill Walker 15.0
Alex Tyus 13.7
Kenny Boynton 13.7
William Buford 13.3
Taylor King 13.3
O.J. Mayo 13.0
Dante Anderson 12.7
Tracy Smith 12.7
Zach Graham 12.0
Jordan used his length and athleticism to his advantage on the offensive end, finishing with 18 points and and seven rebounds.

Noteworthy 2007 prospects

Taylor King bounced back from a rough outing last night and shot the ball extremely well and rebounded well on Saturday. In his two games, he averaged 22 points per game while shooting 16 for 26 from the field and 4 of 8 from three. He also snagged 14 rebounds in both games combined as the camp's second leading rebounder.

J.J. Hickson continued his strong offensive play, using his quickness in the post to score a number of buckets on the less mobile Braxton Dupree. In his night cap he faced a double team on his catches down low and that's when his weaknesses showed. His multi-pivot post moves were nullified, and he was called for several travels and had difficulties passing the ball out of the double team. He still was very aggressive and effective on the offensive boards.

Johnny Flynn continues to out play everyone he has been matched up against. The super athletic point guard can always find a shot or a pass on the move although he is guilty at times of forcing the issue.

Alex Legion came off a strong scoring outing against O.J. Mayo on Friday night but had trouble making shots on Saturday. He went a combined 7 of 24 on the day. A very strong one-on-one scorer, Legion is not nearly as good at involving his teammates in the action.

Bill Walker had another strong scoring day, going for 22 points in the afternoon contest. He is second in scoring at the camp and second in field goal percentage behind J.J. Hickson. The one mystifying and embarrassing stat for Walker is that as the best athlete in the prep ranks, he has not blocked one shot in six camp games.

Noteworthy 2008 prospects

Elliott Williams, a long and lean shooting guard from Memphis, made his way to camp on Saturday. The lefty is active, has a burst to the basket and has good court awareness. He snagged 9 rebounds in his opening game.

Malcolm Lee played well in his match up with Rico Pickett. Lee was extremely quick to the ball off the glass and was a strong presence on the court.

Dante Anderson is making a huge impact on the play here. The powerful wing is averaging 12.7 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. He is also snagging 3.8 rebounds per game.

Top rebounders through Saturday
Player RPG
Kevin Love 10.0
Taylor King 7.5
Eli Holman 6.8
Elliott Williams 6.5
Greg Echenique 6.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6.2
Nayal Koshwal 6.2
DeJuan Blair 6.2
Noteworthy 2009 prospects

Renardo Sidney was at his best today, hitting threes and finding shooters while slashing to the basket.

Quincy Acy has only played ball for a couple years, but the aggressive and athletic 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. Still raw offensively, Acy shows plenty of promise.

Terrell Vinson has been one of the better players at the camp regardless of class. He is a multidimensional forward who is averaging 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Kenny Boynton is an electric and powerful scorer off the dribble and is averaging 13.7 points and a gritty 3.5 rebounds per game. The problem, though, is that once he puts the ball on the floor, he looses complete vision of his teammates. He's only averaging half an assist per game.

School lists

Montana prospect Derek Selvig has held his own here at camp and shown a penchant for finding the open man. He presently favors Montana, where his uncle coaches the women's team and his mother and father played ball. He is also considering offers from Utah State, Nevada and North Dakota State. Arizona State is also showing interest.

Tony Neysmith has a top four of Tennessee (offer), Illinois, Florida and Florida State. He also is considering and claims offers from Oklahoma, St. John's, East Carolina, Ole Miss, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Devin Ebanks said he is being recruited hardest by Miami, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, St. John's and UConn. All but Connecticut have offered.

2009 prospect Junior Cadougan is high on North Carolina, LSU, Illinois, Michigan State and Washington.

His fellow Canadian and 2008 prospect Olu Ashaolu has a lengthy list of LSU, North Carolina, Syracuse, Stanford, Michigan State, Connecticut, Illinois, Texas, Arizona and Memphis, but none have offered yet.



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