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NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL CAMP NOTES (FRIDAY)
By Ron Bailey
Following are a few observations/thoughts from Friday, the second NBAPA Top 100 Camp day open to media personnel, where one BIG EAST-commit had the camp stop and stare on more than one occassion…
Standout Performer – Aquille Carr, the 5-foot-6 Class of 2013 point guard showed why he’s one of the most electric performers in high school America, and also why he can also be puzzling. All in the same contest.
First, the good: Carr finished today averaging 16 points, three assists and three rebounds over two games, in spectacular fashion. During the day’s first set of games, Carr, battling with fellow Class of 2014 guard Tadrick Jackson, coming down and hit a number of impossible shots around the hoop, including leaners and through contact. He also finished via layups, including one in which while on the break he simply dipped his shoulder, got under the defender’s shoulder and blurred to the cup. It was startling.
Now the bad: Aquille seems to eschew the easy, simple play, instead embracing the spectacular. Things like instead of spitting the ball to the open man, Carr decided to pull up in transition, where one time he shot an air ball. Over-penetration occurs frequently as well.
There were three closely grouped possessions that illustrates his up and down play. During the first, Aquille came down, through traffic, and sank an impossible layup. That was followed by the aforementioned brick. Soon thereafter, Carr executed an impossible alley-oop pass to Class of 2014 center Trayvon Reed.
For Carr to excel at Seton Hall, where he has orally committed, he must cut down the turnovers and bad decisions. He must also hit the open shot with regularity. That’s not to say Carr should become of shell of himself, it’s meant to convey a need to mature as a player.
Oh yeah, for the record, he lead the camp in scoring today.
Sleeper Performer – After a day one in which he struggled by all measures, Roddy Peters bounced back with a strong Friday, dropping five points and 2.3 dimes a game. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as Peters played with much more verve, in all facets of his game.
“I started playing with confidence” noted the 6-foot-3, Class of 2013 guard. “At first I couldn’t believe I was here, it was kind of weird. But then I just decided to come out and play hard”. He seemed to do so in all facets of the game – he can drive, find people, do work in the open floor, at times hit open shots and play pretty good on ball defense, though in that regard Peters, who has long arms, must remain consistently focused.
Random Observations: There was an impromptu dunk-off before dinner this evening, which eventually boiled down to guard 6’1” guard Solomon Poole battling 6’5” swingman Deonte Burton. After a number of tit-for-tat responses between the pair, Poole in the final analysis won. Even his admittingly never-before-practiced though the legs (in the air) miss, thrilled the crowd. The same stands for him jumping over a 6’8” player before completing a dunk. Both Poole and Burton are Class of 2013 performers with Burton a verbal commitment to Marquette.
Owning a forty inch vertical, Poole effortlessly punishes rims. His athletic ability is such that a stellar career at defensive back in football seems quite easy for him. Just one, thing, he’s only played some little league on the gridiron, a rarity for such an athlete hailing from the football crazy state of Florida.
In round ball, Poole must continue to work on his spot up plus stop-and-pop jumpers, thereby rounding out his skill set.
Recruiting Notes: Solomon Poole noted this evening “Oklahoma State, UCLA, Memphis, Louisville, Miami” make up his list with many considering Georgia Tech to be his leader. He has much respect for the BIG EAST, saying “I love the BIG EAST. It’s just a basketball conference, regardless…You go to that conference you are going to get exposure, or get exposed”.
During Camp, Roddy Peters indicated “Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Penn State, Temple” populate his list, with “Virginia, Virginia Tech, UMass, St. Joe’s and Rutgers” having offered scholarships.
Chris McCullough, the 6-foot-9, Class of 2014 four man is hearing from “Syracuse, St. John’s, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, UConn, Temple, Hofstra and Kansas. These schools see a rebounding, long player that loves to attack the tin.
Developmentally, McCullough knows he needs to work on his perimeter shooting, while also getting stronger and heavier (from 215 pounds to 225). He wants to be a forward in college.
As a league Mcullough “likes” the BIG EAST, and desires “a good relationship with coaches” and “transition offense”. His decision will be made during the upcoming school year.