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June 19, 2009
NBA Camp: Gilchrist reigns
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The highlight of the third session of the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp was a showdown between the country's top two small forward prospects - Mike Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes. Unfortunately, Gilchrist went down with an ankle injury, but not before he made a strong statement as the No. 1 prospect regardless of position or class.
Mike Gilchrist (2011 small forward) - Snatch a defensive rebound, race down the court with one or two crossover dribbles and then finish an and-one layup with either hand. That was the basic go-to move for Gilchrist before he sprained his ankle in the third quarter. His defense on Barnes was exceptional to go along with his wicked slashes to the basket and finishes on offense. Once Gilchrist establishes his developing jump shot, it is going to be scary. He finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in the game.
Harrison Barnes (2010 small forward) - Barnes struggled early, but he ground his way to a couple of inside buckets and drew a couple of fouls to get to the free-throw line. He also got loose for a 3-pointer to finish with 14 points.
Stacey Poole (2010 small forward) - Along with Justin Coleman, Poole is raising his stock as much as any prospect at this camp. He pushed himself to No. 2 on the camp's scoring list behind Brandon Knight. Six of Poole's 24 points today were off 3-pointers.
Jared Sullinger (2010 center) - Sullinger rang up 17 points against his AAU teammate Adreian Payne. In the same vein as Kevin Love, Sullinger uses horizontal space to trump vertical length. Once he gets his big body on you and starts to pivot, it's over.
Mardracus Wade (2010 shooting guard) - If a coach wants to know how well one of his guard recruits handles defensive pressure, he just needs to watch him go against Wade's relentless defensive pressure. If he can make plays against Wade, he can make them against most anyone. Never known for his shooting ability, Wade has made enough shots here to possibly earn the label streaky shooter.
Evan Smotrycz (2010 small forward) - The Michigan commit is not that athletic and his game isn't necessarily aesthetically pleasing. Smotrycz, however, produces. He can score at all three levels and has to the tune of 13 points per game. He can also find the open man and has a penchant for coming up with 50/50 balls. He is not a prospect who everyone is going to love, but it is evident why coach John Beilein thinks highly of him.
Shaquille Thomas (2010 small forward) - Thomas, who is in the top 20 leading scorers in the camp, exploded for 18 points in the third session. Not only did he finish off slashing drives to the basket, but he also drained a couple of 3-pointers.
Perry Jones (2010 power forward) - Jones has played better and better throughout the three sessions. In the third session he had a few open court ballhandling plays that were quite impressive. He has knocked down face-up jumpers, but he hasn't yet established himself as a scoring threat on the low post.
Derrick Wilson (2011 point guard) - The power point guard fared well in his matchup against Markel Starks. Wilson used his superior strength to get into the lane and finished a couple of difficult shots while also passing the ball well on the break.
Jelan Kendrick (2010 small forward) - Kendrick continues to impress with his savvy overall play. As much as a point guard as anything, he is making an enormous push for top-10 status in the country. Presently he is tied with Will Barton at the No. 8 spot on the top scoring list.
Josh Selby (2010 combo guard) - Selby is one of the top scoring guards in the country and presently sits at No. 4 on the camp's top scoring list, but it was his two creative assists that sealed the game for his team down the stretch in session three.
Melvin Tabb (2010 power forward) - Like Nash, Tabb had been relatively quiet during the first two sessions, but in session three he attacked the basket and drained a 3-pointer on his way to 12 points.