Nic Wise tweaked his ankle and missed most of his evening game. The injury is at least an ankle sprain and he will have an MRI done to see if there is ligament damage.
Jawann McClellan had back spasms and sat out both of the day’s contests. During the nightcap he was sporting white Arizona team shorts on the bench. We’re not sure how long his back has been bothering him, but that might explain his shooting woes.
Up-and-comer Magnum Rolle missed the morning session due to injury, but was back playing in the evening. He is an intriguing prospect, but has to learn that few teams want a 6-11 perimeter player. He is a good player in the post, but does not seem to thrive on contact.
Todd Follmer has committed to Washington and the California big man has a chance to be a good one. He’s long and moves fairly well. Don’t expect him to be an immediate impact player, but he should be a nice body inside.
Josh Shipp, brother of former Cal player Joe Shipp is having a very nice camp. Shipp is nowhere near as strong as his older brother yet, but he’s very athletic. We’ve heard he could be leaning toward Stanford.
Expect Corey Brewer to move up the rankings. The Tennessee native who recently committed to Florida is extremely athletic and explosive. He has had some of the best dunks of the event and is terrific in transition.
Chris Miles has been up and down. The athletic big man from Timpview, Utah, didn’t have the breakout event he might have hoped for. He does have a nice athletic game to go along with his height. It sounds as if he’s waiting for UCLA to offer, but as of now only the in-state schools have made a push. That may be for the best as he says he doesn't want to go to a party school.
Darnell Arthur, an ’06 big man from Dallas, has played better as the event has gone along. He’s still very tentative, but so are most of the young guys. He did flash some nice moves and seems to have a nice shot from 15-feet and in. It will be interesting to see how he develops.
Mohamed Tangara continues to impress coaches, despite not putting up huge numbers. Observers seem to like his strength and footwork. If he can play with consistent aggressiveness he could be something special.
Josh McRoberts did not star in his second game of the day, but is turning heads. One recruiting expert compared him to Luke Walton. Lute Olson was watching him play and it sounds as if Duke and others have offered.
Chris Henry of Mater Dei is big and strong but may lack the length and athleticism to be a Pac-10 center. He likes a number of Pac-10 schools as well as San Diego State and Northwestern.
Like Henry, Washington’s Jon Brockman has height and strength, but may not have the length and sheer athleticism to be a top post recruit in the Pac-10. The junior is hearing from most of the teams in the conference and it will be interesting if he can get an offer he likes.
We’ve been impressed with the shooting of Malik Hairston and Tyler Crawford all week. Well add ‘05’s David Huertas to the list. The 6-3 guard from Miami rarely misses and seems to never even touch the rim. Nothing but net!
Arkansas has put together a nice class. Al Jefferson has lived up to the hype and Steven Hill is a nice frontcourt complement. In a year where teams are desperate for big men, Arkansas has landed a pair of top-30 players. Stan Heath could turn things around quickly.
A.J. Ratliff is from the same high school as Jason Gardner and a lot of teams are interested. He’s very quick and explosive. He was rated No. 50 coming into this camp and should see his stock rise.
We’ve noticed that overall there are not a lot of good point guards at the camp. Jordan Farmar is probably the best here. Daniel Gibson and Ratliff were two of the better ones we saw as well.
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