It was the stage that can only be manufactured in summer ball. A pair of the best duos on the circuit locking up and testing each other. Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley against Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight to close out the day at Reebok Camp.
For starters, Boynton and Knight won the game but there’s some explaining to do. The headliners, we’ll call them the varsity, played in the 2nd and 4th quarters with the “JV” playing the other half. Basically, Boynton’s JV squad was infinitely better than Gaddy’s and that skewed the scoreboard in what was otherwise a worth the price of admission contest.
Knight was the man in the first half, scoring 13 points and providing the best show of offense among the quartet. Boynton’s production (3 first half points, 1-for-3 FG) was stymied by Bradley’s defensive effort.
Fast-forward to the second round and it was Gaddy who mounted a valiant comeback effort. The fluid senior capped it with 15 points on the night. Running mate Bradley ended 11. Knight flip-flopped with Boynton in terms of production and finished with 15, Kenny netted 10 total.
We polled a number of people and found varying answers as to who the best player on the floor was. After we asked double-digit observers their opinion, Gaddy had a slight edge with every guy getting at least a mention for the top spot, which demonstrates the high regard each player’s game is held.
Renardo Sidney, PF – His team is in the championship and the big fella has been on his best behavior while mixing in dominant efforts inside. We fully grasped the enormity of how big he is when he made 6-7 strongman Quincy Acy look like a guard as the Baylor-bound big tried stopping him. In fact, Acy had been waging a personal war on Philly U.’s rim until the freight train that is Sidney slowed him down. Freakish in size, Sidney’s jumper has been equally as smooth. Here he’s found the perfect blend between face-ups and punishing guys inside.
Clarence Trent, PF – Trent admitted he’s much more confident than he’s ever been with his jumper. With the new tricks in the bag he brandishes the trademark power and athleticism that allows him to play above the rim. If he mixes in a go-to-post move he’ll have quite an array of tricks.
Sidney’s Been Strong
Maurice Creek, SG – He was firing them in at a good pace – and even off balance – once again. Running mate Russell Byrd is the team’s best natural shooter but hasn’t fully gotten it on track so Creek’s picked up the pieces. By the way, putting Creek and Byrd on the same team is stacking the deck with two excellent jump shooters in a camp setting.
Tony Chenault, PG – We know he’s a competitive kid so when he stroked back-to-back jumpers to win a game it was par for his course. He’s regained a dose of swagger to go with the ever-present smile and his early game was a memorable one.
Patric Young, PF – Must like this strongman out of the Sunshine State. Though he was playing against the second-teamers, his game stood out in a big way. Big GPA, big body and he’s a hard-playing finisher.
Michael Gbinjie, SF – For a guy who’s name is difficult to pronounce (Bin-eh-j), his game is that much easier on the eyes. Wired up to score and approaching 6-foot-6, this Virginian looked the part again and will have the big dogs barking his way.
Quincy Acy is that atypical four man who runs hard end to end, hunts dunks and throws himself at shot block attempts. Ultimate energy big. … Tobias Harris (2010) is going to get burn as a four man in college and when he dives into the post to use his skill it gives you a glimpse into his potential as a skilled guy at that position. … Kenny Boynton is 1-for-2 in game—winning shots at camp. … PeShon Howard has been a good energy guy and flashy assist man at the point. …
Big schools are desperately seeking help at the point position. Chris Colvin is a top finisher and athlete, which he showed here. If over the next 3 weeks shows he can navigate the waters as a captain he’s got a shot. … Aaric Murray has drawn rave reviews for his work ethic and his desire to learn. … Colin Reddick is beginning to get assertive inside and that’s an excellent sign. …
Sherrod Wright reported offers from Xavier, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina and Oklahoma State. … Meyers Leonard’s list includes Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Virginia, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida and Miami. … Terrell Vinson likes Duke, Villanova, Memphis, LMU, Georgetown and Maryland is now on the list. … Clarence Trent likes Maryland, Arkansas, Kentucky, California, Washington and UNLV. …
Victor Olidipo counts offers from VCU, George Mason and SMU. Interest comes from Clemson, Miami, Boston College, Providence, Virginia Tech and Texas. … Forward Kyle Casey hears from Stanford, Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, Harvard and Penn. … Justin Cobbs has Stanford, Indiana, Washington, San Diego State and California on him; all but Stanford, he said, have offered. …
Looks like the Terps are turning up the heat on Terrell Vinson. Gary Williams had his coffee in hand and was out early trailing the forward. … DePaul had an assistant assigned to Dan Jennings and glanced at Sherrod Wright during the day. … Thomas Robinson drew a Duke assistant and head coaches from Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Cal and Louisville. … Rick Pitino watched Mike Marra. … Gbinjie was viewed by Roy Williams and Dave Leitao. … Full staffs were unfurled for Gaddy and Bradley. Texas, Memphis and Florida had entire crews there. Washington and UCLA sent head coaches. …
Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins was here for Tyler Haws and Michael Snaer. … St. John’s Norm Roberts and Xavier’s Sean Miller were amongst the crowd for Kevin Parrom. … Kansas coach Bill Self watched rising freshman Perry Ellis… .. Russell Byrd had head coaches from Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State and Kentucky in the stands. … Meyers Leonard’s growing crowd included Bruce Weber, Todd Lickliter and SIU’s Chris Lowery. …