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July 12, 2006

ABCD Camp eye catchers

While the Reebok ABCD Camp annually showcases the nation's best talent, it also provides some lesser known prospects with a unique opportunity to make a name for themselves or show improvements in their game.

National Basketball Analyst Jerry Meyer is always on the lookout for emerging talent and focuses on ten prospects who raised their stock with impressive performances at the camp.

Eli Holman, C, Richmond (Calif.)
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 6 points, 7 rebounds (2), 0.7 assists, 1.4 turnovers, 0.9 steals, 3.4 blocks (1), 63 percent shooting

Holman was quite a physical force inside as shown by his impressive rebounding and shot blocking numbers.

Constantly playing with energy, Holman also ran the floor well.

Limited as a scorer, the left handed Holman was able to score some when he could turn to his right shoulder.

Tracy Smith, PF, Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 12.6 points, 5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 55 percent shooting, 33 percent three point shooting

An amazing 60-pounds lighter, Smith was quick to the basket and quick off the floor against bigger defenders. He had a lot of success driving to his left after facing his man up in the mid-post area.

As athletic as Smith was on the offensive end, however, you would expect more blocked shots from him on the defensive end.

Olu Ashaolu, SF, McDonough (Ga.) Community Christian Academy
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds (9), 0.9 assists, 2.1 turnovers, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks, 61 percent shooting

Playing with a blue collar and aggressive approach all over the court, Ashaolu was constantly impacting the game. Not a refined offensive player by any means, he is persistent and physical when attacking the basket and found a way to score.

Strong and versatile on the defensive end, Ashaolu does need to cut down on the turnovers and avoid taking shots outside his 17-foot shooting range.

William Buford, SG, Toledo (Ohio) Libbey
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 14.3 points (3), 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1 turnover, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, 60 percent shooting, 30 percent three point shooting

An athletic and versatile wing player, Buford scored from all over on the court. He was also good on the defensive end although he will need to bulk up some for the high-major level.

Very good with the ball, and definite five-star prospect in the 2008 class, Buford has the ability to be more productive in the assists column.

Kenny Boynton, SG, Pompano (Fla.) Ely
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 15.7 points (2), 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 turnovers, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 54 percent shooting, 45 percent three point shooting

Powerful with the ball, Boynton is a big time scoring guard. He is strong enough and athletic enough to score in traffic at the basket, he has a deadly pull up jumper in transition and he shoots it accurately behind the arc.

An aggressive and competitive player, Boynton also rebounds the ball very well for his size and doesn't turn the ball over. If he is going to be a point guard, though, he needs to distribute the ball better.

Dante Anderson, SG, Gainesville (Fla.)
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 12.9 points (5), 3.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.6 turnovers, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 52 percent shooting, 31 percent three point shooting

A physical and aggressive wing player, Anderson always seemed to be around the ball as a rebounder and scorer. Terrific in transition, Anderson was always beating the defense down the court.

Great as a finisher, Anderson does need to improve as a playmaker; yet, he did keep his turnovers to a minimum.

Blake Hoffarber, SG, Hopkins (Minn.)
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 11.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 turnovers, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 56 percent shooting, 58 percent three point shooting (1)

Hoffarber was by far the top three-point shooter at the camp, hitting 2.9 threes a game out of 4.9 attempts. As well as he shoots it, he is not just a shooting specialist. He has a good feel as a passer while also taking care of the ball. He also averaged almost a steal per game.

Now, he certainly doesn't have high-major athleticism, but he definitely has enough game to make up for his lack of athleticism. He finished third out of all the guards in the camp in the ABCD rating system.

Jeff Teague, PG, Indianapolis Pike
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 9.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists (7), 1.4 turnovers, 1.1 steals, 0.0 blocks, 50 percent shooting, 38 percent three point shooting

A true floor general, Teague did an outstanding job valuing the ball while still making things happen for his team. He basically had a 2.5 to 1 assist/turnover ratio while finishing in the top ten in assists. Exercising good shot selection, he also shot the ball well enough to keep the defense honest.

Teague also defended well although added strength will be needed to defend on the high-major level.

Terrell Vinson, SF, Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.6 turnovers, 0.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 65 percent shooting

Quite a promising 2009 prospect, Vinson was tough on the offensive boards and finished efficiently. Defensively, he was active as a shot blocker, just missing on the top ten list in that category. He also, can defend on the perimeter.

Vinson does need to extend his range as a shooter to become a more complete forward prospect.

Sylvan Landesberg, SG, Queens (N.Y.) Holy Cross
ABCD Stats (camp rank): 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 turnovers, 1 steal, 0.0 blocks, 43 percent shooting, 10 percent three point shooting

Smooth with the ball, Landesberg played an all around and instinctual game. He passed well while still keeping his turnovers down, and he did a nice job getting to the basket in transition and on the drive. He was also good on the defensive side of the ball.

The main area of his game that needs improving is his outside shooting.



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