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July 10, 2006

ABCD good, bad and ugly

Teaneck, N.J. - The coaches have nothing but praise for their prized recruits right now. The people around the players are convincing the recruits there is no one better in the country.

So, how about a little honesty about the performances of the top prospects at the Reebok ABCD Camp? We take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly that occurred. This job is easier because of the incredible effort made by camp organizers to provide reliable statistics.

O.J. Mayo

Good: Mayo was the fourth leading scorer at the camp and shot 52 percent from the field. He also pulled down 4.4 rebounds per game from his point guard spot. He was also named one of four Campers of the Week.
Bad: He did not seem as explosive as usual around the rim.
Ugly: He averaged more turnovers than assists.

Bill Walker

Good: Walker was fifth in scoring at the camp and shot 69 percent from the field. He proved to be a lock-down, on-the-ball defender. He was also one of six all star game MVP's, making him the first three-time winner of the award.
Bad: How can a player as athletic as Walker not block one shot throughout the camp?
Ugly: He only averaged 3.7 rebounds and prefers to leak out on the break instead of grinding on the boards.

Kevin Love

Good: Love led the camp in scoring and rebounding with a combination of strength, hustle and pure shooting ability. Also a throw-back player, Love plays to win. He was named one of four Campers of the Week.
Bad: As an interior player, he only averaged 0.6 blocks per game.
Ugly: With primarily all his athleticism built on strength, Love will have a harder time against stronger, more athletic players at the next level.

ABCD top 10 scorers
Player PPG
Kevin Love 19.1
Kenny Boynton 15.7
William Buford 14.3
O.J. Mayo 13.3
Bill Walker 12.9
Dante Anderson 12.9
Tracy Smith 12.6
Taylor King 12.4
Alex Tyus 12.3
Olu Ashaolu 11.9
J.J. Hickson

Good: Hickson scored 11.7 points per game while leading the camp in field goal percentage at 70 percent. He is impossible to guard one-on-one in the post, and he was named one of six all star MVPs.
Bad: Averaged two turnovers per game and has a tendency to travel.
Ugly: Poor passer out of the double-team in the low post.

Cole Aldrich

Good: Aldrich is a big body in the post. Showed ability to block some shots and rebound.
Bad: He is limited as a scorer.
Ugly: He is a poor defender away from the basket.

Chris Allen

Good: Allen averaged less than half a turnover per game. He also exercised quality shot selection while averaging just less than seven points per game.
Bad: He did not create much with the ball and averaged only 0.6 assists per game.
Ugly: As a wing player, he averaged only 1.1 rebounds per game and only 0.4 defensive rebounds per game.

ABCD top 10 rebounders
Player RPG
Kevin Love 9.3
Eli Holman 7.0
Taylor King 6.7
D'walyn Roberts 6.4
Greg Echenique 6.4
DeJuan Blair 6.4
Carlton Fay 6.3
Chris Braswell 6.3
Alexis Wangmene 6.1
Olu Ashaolu 6.1
Johnny Flynn

Good: Flynn outplayed every point guard he matched up against and averaged less than one turnover per game. He was named one of six all star game MVP's.
Bad: He only shot 25 percent from 3-point range.
Ugly: As a point guard, he averaged less than two assists per game.

Deandre Jordan

Good: Jordan played with competitive spirit, heart and maturity. He averaged 10.9 points per game and scored 18 against Kevin Love. He was also named one of four Campers of the Week.
Bad: He only averaged two defensive rebounds per game.
Ugly: He averaged 3.5 times more turnovers than assists.

Darquavis Tucker

Good: Tucker scored 10.9 points per game and averaged an impressive 56 percent on 3-point attempts. His assist-to-turnover ratio was nearly 2-to-1.
Bad: He did not finish as well inside the arc, averaging only 48 percent from the field overall.
Ugly: He did not crash the boards. He averaged 3.9 rebounds per game.

More ABCD stat leaders
Stat Player Avg.
Assists Rico Pickett/Brandon Jennings 4.6
Steals Chris Braswell 2.3
Blocks Eli Holman 3.4
Alex Legion

Good: Legion was able to get his shot off whenever he wanted. He averaged 9.6 points and just 2.3 turnovers per game.
Bad: He shot 38 percent from the field and shot the ball too much for a point guard.
Ugly: When he put the ball on the floor, he needed better balance in his options. He looked to score more than pass.

James Harden

Good: Harden had a 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio and averaged 10.3 points a game. He shot 68 percent from the field and 44 percent on 3-pointers.
Bad: A rangy and intelligent player like Harden should get more than 0.4 steals per game.
Ugly: Pulling down 1.6 rebounds per game isn't good enough.

Taylor King

Good: King was in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding at the camp. He competed well even if he wasn't scoring. He was named one of the four Campers of the Week.
Bad: He had more turnovers than assists.
Ugly: He shot 29 percent on 3-pointers while taking four 3s per game.

Alex Tyus

Good: Tyus was in the top 10 in scoring at the camp and shot 53 percent from the field. Many of those shots were mid-range jumpers. He also ran the floor well and did some damage around the rim. He was named one of six all star game MVP's.
Bad: He only blocked 0.3 shots per game.
Ugly: When he shot outside his range. He did not make any of his 3-point attempts.

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