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June 15, 2012

NBPA Camp: Friday early session

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Friday morning brought a new day and a new set of games at the 2012 NBPA Top 100 Camp. Noah Vonleh and Andrew Harrison (again) were standouts during the morning games that featured plenty of noteworthy happenings.

No. 2 is No. 1 Friday morning

Rising senior Andrew Harrison and rising junior Noah Vonleh live half a country apart and are in different classes. But, the duo has something in common in that they are each currently ranked No. 2 in their respective classes. They have also shared in their dominance of the competition in Charlottesville.

Harrison has been absolutely dominant running the point. He has gotten wherever he wants to go, found teammates for open baskets over and over again and mixed in scoring when needed. His passing performance has been as impressive as any All-Star camp setting passing performance we've seen in quite some time.

Yesterday, we wondered what would happen if Vonleh's teammates fed him the ball more. Friday we found out and the result was a terrific offensive outing for the 6-foot-8 combo forward from New Hampton (N.H.) Prep.

A physical and skilled interior player, Vonleh is an effective operator in the low post. He spins and scores with either hand, kicks the ball to open shooters out of double teams and is a high volume rebounder. On top of that he has the ability to play on the perimeter - though he sometimes settles to play on the perimeter - and make jump shots or attack off the dribble.

Lawrence out with injury

Class of 2013 four-star combo forward Jermaine Lawrence had really been looking forward to NBPA Camp. Unfortunately, he hurt himself prior to camp and has been sitting out while his right wrist is immobilized in a brace.

"I was like doing a windmill and I hit my wrist on the rim wrong," said Lawrence. "So, I'm not able to play but it's been cool here."

The 6-foot-8 Lawrence did come prepared when asked to list his schools. Rather than forget anybody, he consulted a list on his phone to report offers from Xavier, Baylor, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Connecticut, Syracuse, St. John's, Rutgers, Louisville, Hofstra, Florida and Cincinnati.

According to Lawrence, each school is recruiting him as a small forward and he's looking to visit UNLV and Rutgers sometime this month. As for making a decision, he's in no rush and says that he may wait until next spring to decide.

"There's so many good schools recruiting me it's tough to decide," said Lawrence. "I just want to take my time with it and make the right choice."

Reed looking to be more aggressive

Near 7-footer Trayvon Reed is hoping that he learned a lot from former high school and summer teammate Robert Carter.

Now, Reed says he's trying to learn to play with the same level of aggressiveness on the offensive end. The class of 2014 five-star can run the floor, is a good finisher on the break, alters shots with his length and has good touch. Now, he wants to be a more dominant scorer.

"I need to be more assertive," Reed said. "I need to shoot the ball, be aggressive and demand that they give me the ball a bit more."

Reed recently took a visit to Auburn and said that the Tigers are doing a good job of recruiting him. He hopes to visit Georgia Tech at the end of June and is also considering Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Maryland and Alabama.

Quick hitters

Class of 2014 five-star Chris McCullough is a slender, quick and athletic power forward prospect. He's had limited touches in Charlottesville but did make a few nice scoring plays on Friday. He's currently listing Kansas, Syracuse, UConn, St. John's, Florida, Miami, Seton Hall, Arizona, Temple, Iowa State, Hofstra, North Carolina, Memphis and Miami. He's hoping to visit Memphis and Miami before the end of the month.

According to Jordan Mickey, he's fit in recent visits to Louisville, Ohio State and West Virginia. The 6-foot-7 four-star power forward from Texas also says that Kentucky has been showing more interest of late to go along with offers from Kansas, Florida State, Missouri, LSU, Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Arkansas, where he plans to visit at the end of the month.

It was another good round of games for 6-foot-9 Texan Dominic Woodson. After playing last season at Saxton's River (Vt.) Vermont Academy, Woodson confirmed that he will be on the move for his senior season and that he will likely attend Findlay Prep, Huntington Prep or Sunrise Christian. On the college front he listed interest from Texas A&M, Baylor, Louisville, N.C. State, Texas Tech, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, TCU, Cincinnati and Memphis. Woodson has been on the campuses of A&M and Baylor and is planning to hit Cincy and Memphis before the end of the month. It should also be noted that Woodson lived in Louisville until he was 14.

There aren't many players who can make a person shake their head quite like Aquille Carr can. The "crime stopper" is equal parts showman, Nate Robinson and baffling decision maker. When he's playing with aggression and operating in transition, the 5-foot-7 point guard can be a wonder and his explosiveness, body control and ability to absorb hits and finish are something else. However, in halfcourt settings he over dribbles and makes some bad decisions. The Seton Hall commit is definitely a talent and it's just a matter of finding the right mix between playing at 1,000 miles an hour and within the speed limit.

Harvard has landed a stud in Zena Edosomwan. The 6-foot-8 big man has been arguably the single most physical player in camp. Even when he's running down the floor he's looking to create contact and run big guys out of his way as he beats them to the block. When he gets there he looks to finish strong every time and he's reliable as a finisher and rebounder. He looks like a guy that will be a multiple year all-league player in the Ivy League.

As he always is, Washington commitment Nigel Williams-Goss has been dependable and versatile. The 6-foot-4 guard plays hard on both ends, is smart and does whatever is needed. In particular, he's a standout on the defensive end and really makes guys work for anything that they get.

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