NBA Camp: Day 3 Rundown, Part A

Maalik Wayns

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The players are starting to looked tired at NBA Camp, but a few guys still managed to standout on day three.

Maalik Wayns, PG – Throughout the week Wayns has been solid and on Friday morning the talented lead man put together an impressive performance. He uses his body so well, especially on his way to the rim, and he's got a strong handle. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has a good-looking stroke from deep and loves to pull-up off the bounce.

Rodney McGruder, SG – When the Pistons needed a bucket, McGruder's number was called and more often than not, Friday morning, he converted. McGruder knocked down a pair of 18-footers, at least one three-pointer and also looked to attack off the bounce.

Jason Morris, SG – Morris' best game of the NBA camp came Friday morning. He worked out from mid-range, where he hit three pull-up jumpers, and also knocked down a spot-up three. The 6-foot-4 guard is also quite the athlete and he showed that when he drove baseline and rose up for a tom-a-hawk one handed throw down.

Durand Scott, SG – Over the course of a year, Scott has taken his game up a level. He's always been tough, which is something you almost come to expect from a guy out of New York (N.Y.) Rice, but now he's added an improved jump shot and mixes in floaters and drives to the basket. He had a sequence Friday morning where he buried three three-pointers and a couple of floaters in a three-minute span.

Richard Howell, PF – The Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler product was as active as we've ever seen him Friday night. Sometimes known as a guy that will hang out on the perimeter, Howell stayed in the paint looking for scoring opportunities inside and went to the offensive glass.

Deshawn Painter, PF – When Painter took the floor for his second game of the day he was certainly ready to play, especially on the offensive end. He knocked down at least four mid-range jumpers, to go with a right jump-hook and a handful of other buckets at the rim. He seems more confident than he was in the spring and is shooting it with much better consistency.

Tristan Thompson, PF – What makes Thompson so special is his ability to affect the game on both ends. On the offensive end he's got the skills to knock down jumpers, score off post moves or even take defenders off the dribble. On the defensive side of things, Thompson moves his feet well and uses his length and athleticism to swat shots. Basically, Thompson has the full package and is at the top of his game right now.

Josh Hairston, PF – One of Hariston's best camp performances came in his late game on Friday. The 6-foot-7 forward faced up defenders, hitting a pair of 18-foot jumpers. But that certainly wasn't the only way he scored, as he tipped in offensive rebounds, made a nice reverse move on the baseline and had a couple of strong finishes in the paint.

Eric Atkins said he has scholarship offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech. He said he's also heard from Georgetown, Florida, Wake Forest and Maryland.

Noel Johnson, of Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County said he's still wide open. He did, however, say that Louisville, USC, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all coming very hard.

Dalton Pepper mentioned four schools – West Virginia, Villanova, Wake Forest and Miami. He said he's planning to take a trip to West Virginia in the near future.

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