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June 23, 2006

NBA Players Camp: Thursday night

Richmond, Va.-No two players have helped their stock more at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp than Corey Stokes and Nayal Koshwal. Stokes is leading the camp in scoring and Koshwal is in a three way tie in second with Darquavis Tucker and Daniel Hackett.

Corey Stokes, who is averaging 16 points per game, had another big game Thursday night hitting right on his average of 16, as his team cruised to victory. Stokes is playing with a high comfort level and efficiently scoring his points on a limited number of attempts. Playing more of physical game built on strength than a finesse game built on quickness, Stokes doesn't need much of a window to score.

His teammate Nick Calathes also had a strong game, scoring 15 points and dishing out his typical quota of assists. Two things stood out about Calathes-one, his splitting of the double team with his throw-through crossover dribble, and second, the fact that he is still growing and on the bigger side of a legit 6-foot-5.

Also giving support to Stokes and Calathes was their big man Solomon Alabi. The 7-footer is steadily improving. He grabbed every ball that came his way and scored the vast majority of his attempts.

On the other side of the ball, Kalin Lucas was hampered by a hip pointer and the strong defensive play of Dashan Harris. A quick defender, Harris was also good with the ball although he did not shoot it well from outside. Lucas, who has been the top point guard at the camp, left the game early without having scored.

Lucas' teammate Kosta Koufos could not muster up enough offense to combat the play of Calathes and Stokes, but the big man had is moments offensively. Spending most of his time out on the perimeter, Koufos' best play was when he ripped a left handed baseline drive right past Samardo Samuels for a dunk. We love the things Koufos can do on the perimeter, but we hope he doesn't fall too in love with the finesse game and neglect what he can do with his big body around the basket.

School Lists

Demetri McCamey, who is coming off a recent visit to Indiana, plans on visiting Michigan on Sunday. Later in that week, he plans to spend some time on the Illinois campus. Wake Forest and DePaul round out his top five. All have offered except Illinois, but McCamey expects an offer from Illinois on his visit.

Matt Simpkins still has Arizona and UConn at the top of his list, but now they are joined by North Carolina, who recently contacted Simpkins.

Dejuan Blair has a lengthy list of Indiana, Florida, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Kansas State. Blair said all of these schools have offered and that he does not have any favorites.

Anthony McClain, who has been a defensive force inside, is considering offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Rutgers.

Former Maryland commitment, Jeff Jones is looking at Wake Forest, Virginia, Arizona, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Charlotte, Maryland, Boston College, Clemson and Pittsburgh on this go around.

Scott Thompson, who came into the camp with only an offer from Boise State, will soon pick up more offers from high-majors. He runs the floor as well as any post player in the camp, and you can tell he is hungry to improve. Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Michigan, Washington State and Pepperdine are other schools Thompson is presently interested in.



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