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June 16, 2012
NBPA Camp: Friday late session notes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Fatigue began to set in on Friday night at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Still, the players fought through and put together a competitive round of games and the night saw Stanford Robinson, Kuran Iverson and Allerik Freeman, among others, step up.
Whenever Stanford Robinson takes the floor you can count on him doing a few things. The Indiana commitment is going to attack the basket, he's going to play some defense and the 6-foot-4 guard is going to make some plays for others. Robinson is also going to give you a high level of effort. On Friday night, he did all of that and had his jumper falling at a high clip. The result was one of the single best offensive games of camp as he dropped in a session-high 24 points.
As many others in camp were starting to look a little ragged, Deonte Burton seemed to be gaining energy. For the second night in a row the 6-foot-5 Marquette-bound swingman used his length, athleticism and desire to make plays to impact the game on both ends of the floor.
Oklahoma scoring machine Stevie Clark has been fairly quiet throughout two days of camp but he's been solid at the same time. Usually the first, second and third scoring option for any team he plays on, Clark has been focused on running his team in camp. He's looked pretty good doing it and any questions about him as a playmaker/distributor should be done for now. Also, it looks like his flirtation with moving to the class of 2012 is done and that he'll remain in the class of 2013.
Illinois is getting a solid wing scorer in 6-foot-5 shooting guard Malcolm Hill. He's not at all flashy, but the Illinois native is a good jump shooter, gets to the rim to finish in transition and doesn't force things. Hill will need to add some strength, but his effort at camp has been solid.
Give it up for class of 2013 four-star Kuran Iverson. The 6-foot-8 forward from Connecticut looked an awful lot like the young player who caught everybody's attention two summers ago. A crafty ballhandler who has gotten into much better shape and regained some quickness, Iverson took big guys off the dribble, made some shots and had an excellent evening.
Frankly, Allerik Freeman has had some struggles when we've watched him during the spring. Friday night, it all came together for the 6-foot-4 shooting guard as he played the best game we've seen from him in a while. Rather than hunting jumpers, Freeman got his offense in the flow of the game and he did an outstanding job of making the extra pass when it needed to be made. Interestingly enough, as his offense got rolling, Freeman turned up the juice on the defensive side and showed some ability to slide and pester that he hasn't always shown. Freeman said he's still good with his five of Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Duke and Ohio State.
We wrote during the afternoon that Chris McCullough had been getting limited touches. Friday night, the class of 2014 five-star took matters into his own hands. He went and got the ball on the glass to get some easy finishes at the rim. Once he showed that he had come to play, his teammates started feeding him the ball and he added some medium range shots to go along with his work at the rim.
It's been a good camp for Moses Kingsley. The big man has been one of the more relentless rebounders, has run the floor and has been very active on the defensive end. His offense isn't spectacular and he's at his best around the rim, but to his credit he doesn't force anything outside of his comfort zone.
On Thursday, you hardly even knew that Jaquan Lyle was out on the floor. On Friday, it was a bit of a different story for the physical 6-foot-3 point guard out of Evansville (Ind.) Bosse. The rising junior is a good, not great, athlete but he has outstanding instincts with the ball and he uses his body to his advantage. It's fun to watch guys who play with some craftiness to their game and he's got that, plus tremendous floor vision.
During his career at Wisconsin, Bronson Koenig should be a solid and versatile player. The 6-foot-2 combo guard looks stronger and it shows in him being able to battle a little more with others. What Koenig can also do is bury an open jumper at a high clip, make crisp passes in transition and play either the point or the two. At the two he's a scorer with some passing pop while at the point he's more about ball movement and keeping the offense in motion than he is a dribble-drive creator.
It's pretty much impossible to miss 7-foot-5 center Mamadou Ndiaye out there on the floor. Literally standing head and shoulders above the crowd, the class of 2013 big man from San Diego (Calif.) Brethren Christian has been interesting to watch in camp. Yes, he's a bit mechanical and rigid with his movement. But, he's also pretty aggressive and plays very strong - not just tall - around the hoop and does everything he can to attack the rim. Though it takes him a little longer than the average big man to get which direction he's headed changed, Ndiaye actually moves pretty well once he gets going and covers a lot of space with his long strides. We still need to watch him more, but it appears that NDiaye could be a legitimate prospect.