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By Danny Savitzky
Friday, July 9, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sometimes it's tough to really accurately assess a player just from going through drills. But when the players at the Chris Paul CP3 Elite Guard Camp finally played in competitive half-court and full-court games on Sunday, it was much easier to see which players stood out.
Seven of the 17 players attending the camp left early before the final session when the games took place. Those players were Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, Corey Fisher, Kevin Anderson, Dorenzo Hudson, Darius Johnson-Odom and Isaiah Thomas. Hudson, Johnson-Odom and Thomas were all injured during the camp.
The other 10 players - Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Seth Curry, Ari Stewart, CJ Harris, Durand Scott, Chris Wright, Kemba Walker, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche - remained for the final session. But Triche was injured early in the half-court 3-on-3 games, so he had to sit out and former Wake Forest guard Justin Gray stepped in for the full-court 5-on-5 action.
To watch videos of the camp, take a look at the video player in the middle of the home page at www.thehoopsreport.com.
Here are the links to some of the videos of basketball action:
5-on-5 full court action
Singler, Kemba, Jardine
3-on-3 half court action
Seth Curry hitting a step-through runner
Seth Curry driving to the basket for a layup
Seth Curry hitting a jumper
One player who really shined was Duke guard Seth Curry. He does a great job of creating his own shots. He can pull up from as deep as NBA range, he can finish well at the rim, he has a nice mid-range game, including the ability to make a floater, and he does a nice job getting open off screens. Curry isn't afraid to shoot at all. He may take a lot of shots but they will usually be good shots and he will put up a lot of points at Duke this season.
Among a group of elite players, Georgetown guard Chris Wright stood out. He was a great floor leader and played well in all aspects. He wasn't terrific in the half-court games, but he excelled in the full-court setting. He rebounded the ball well, played solid defense, looked to push the ball on every possession, shot well from the perimeter, and finished exceptionally well at the rim. With Wright coming back to Georgetown for his senior season, losing Monroe may not be as drastic a loss as one would think.
Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine showed off a terrific 3-point shot. He was hitting outside jumpers off screens and off the dribble. He was also one of the strongest players at the camp and did a nice job defensively and on the boards. With Brandon Trice in the backcourt with Jardine and Andy Rautins out of the mix, Scoop will have more of an opportunity to play off the ball and take on a scoring role.
Miami guard Durand Scott is a name to watch out for. The Hurricanes didn't get a lot of publicity last season but Scott played well as a freshman and has a chance to be special. He is very explosive and likes to attack the rim. In the half-court games, he got fouled driving to the basket more than anybody.
UConn guard Kemba Walker stepped up down the stretch for the Huskies and he continued his excellent play at this camp. He may not be a pure pass-first point guard, but he is tough to defend and can score in a variety of ways. His outside jumper looks very good and he likes to pull up off the dribble. The only problem is that he often takes bad shots. He's also tough driving to the basket and finishes well when he gets there.
Many of the players were signficantly better in either the half-court or full-court setting. Wright was much better in the full-court games. Jardine, Walker, and Kyle Singler were much better in the half-court games.
Here are the stats from the half-court 3-on-3 games:
Seth Curry: 22 pts, 3 3's, 11 reb, 3 asst, 1 stl
Nolan Smith: 16 pts, 4 3's, 3 reb, 1 stl
Durand Scott: 13 pts, 4 reb, 3 asst
CJ Harris: 12 pts, 2 3's, 4 reb
Ari Stewart: 2 pts, 7 reb
Kyle Singler: 22 pts, 5 reb, 2 asst, 1 stl
Kemba Walker: 19 pts, 3 3's, 5 reb
Scoop Jardine: 16 pts, 3 3's, 8 reb, 2 asst, 1 blk
Chris Wright: 4 pts, 8 reb
Here are the stats from the full-court 5-on-5 games:
Kyle Singler: 4 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl
Ari Stewart: 5 pts, 4 reb
CJ Harris: 2 pts, 4 reb, 2 asst
Nolan Smith: 7 pts, 1 3-pt, 2 reb, 1 stl
Chris Wright: 9 pts, 1 3-pt, 4 reb, 4 asst, 1 stl
Seth Curry: 8 pts, 2 3-pt, 2 reb
Durand Scott: 2 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl
Kemba Walker: 3 pts, 1 reb
Scoop Jardine: 0 pts, 1 reb
Here are links to some of the video interviews from the camp: