NBA Camp: Day 2 Rundown, Part A

Isaiah Austin

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The second day of NBA Camp on the University of Virginia's campus was a success. Isaiah Austin, Rodney Hood and Jabari Brown were among day two's standouts.

Chane Behanan, PF -- Behanan has been as good as anyone at camp. In fact based on performance he has to be in the conversation for camp MVP through the first two days. He's No. 2 in scoring and has made it his personal mission to lock down the paint on both ends. He may only be 6-foot-6 with out shoes, but his wide frame and strong legs allow him to carve out space. He may be the best rebounder at camp and his offense is more advanced than originally thought.

Myck Kabongo, PG – The Canada native has been on top of his game all week. From the quickness and speed to the leadership qualities, Kabongo has the full package at the point guard position. He's tough to guard for a number of reasons, but we especially love how he handles pick and roll situations. He split defenders on three different occasions and all three ended with lay ups at the rim. Kabongo made a statement at this camp and it's clear he's one of the best prospects here.

Tracy Abrams, PG – Coming straight from USA trials, Abrams has to be a little tired from so much ball in so little time. With that said, he's still competing. His shots weren't falling during the first game of the day, but he and Tyrone Johnson had a battle. Abrams talked some serious mess with Johnson and shadowed his every move on defense. He's a tough kid that doesn't back down from a challenge and he knows how to get to the rim.

B.J. Young, PG – Only halfway through camp it's clear that Young has passed test. Matched up with Kabongo yesterday and Marquis Rankin today, Young more than held his own. Actually this morning he scored it at a high level on a pretty good defender. The 6-foot-3 guard gets to the rim at will and certainly knows how to finish once there. Throw in the two three-pointers he buried and it was a big game for the St. Louis native. He finished with 22 points in the morning game and is top three in scoring.

Dezmine Wells, SF – If you like guys that compete, play hard and are aggressive on both ends than Wells is the guy for you. At 6-foot-3 he has a strong, but wide frame that he uses very well in transition and attacking the rim. A low dribbler, Wells handles the ball well and can be tough to stop when he gets out in the open court. Xavier scored an underrated prospect that will bring a variety of things to the table.

Desmond Hubert, C – On the defensive side of things it's easy to like what Hubert, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound post prospect does. Blocking shots is his calling card and he does it well, as he has long arms, solid athleticism and good timing. Offensively he has a nice set of hands, bust must continue to add moves in the post.

Marquis Rankin, PG – Over the past year Rankin has taken his fair share of criticism, but here at NBA Camp he's shut up the naysayers. A 6-foot, athletic lead guard, Rankin managed a quality effort this morning against Young. Perhaps the best move of the week thus far was his cross over drive that finished with a monster one-handed dunk on Perry Ellis. He passes the ball well with each hand and is a guard that uses his strength when he attacks the rim.

Norman Powell, SG – Over the past few weeks Powell has managed to grow on me. A much better athlete than I realized, Powell, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, his scoring package Friday. He has a good-looking stroke from deep, but also showed a mid-range jumper and a nice euro-step move in transition. He's easily one of the best prospects on the west coast.

Michael Gbinije, SF – Analysts can't use the phrase "lost art of the mid-range jump shot" with Gbinije. In fact the Duke commits middle game is his best weapon offensively. His one and two dribble pull-ups are tough to defend as he has great touch and at 6-foot-7 he's a tall wing guard that gets his shot off well. Throw in his deep range and he's developed into quite a scorer.

Cody Zeller, PF – The high school coaches working the camp have been raving about the play of this 6-foot-10, 210-pound big man from Washington (Ind.) High. Zeller has a lean frame, that is slowly adding weight, and he runs the floor looking for scoring opportunities on the break. He has a nice set of hands, is capable of stepping out and shooting three-pointers and showed an ability to finish with both hands in the paint.

Shaquille Thomas, SF – A long, lean prospect, Thomas stands 6-foot-7 and checks in at 185-pounds. He's a much better athlete than originally thought and he has pretty good ball skills. His range extends to the three-point stripe he can really score. His scoring numbers haven't been necessarily great here, but he's certainly capable of putting up numbers.

C.J. Barksdale, PF – After a slow first half, Barkdsale turned it up a notch in the second period of his last game of the day. A 6-foot-7 power forward, Barksdale was active on both ends and blocked a handful of shots inside. Offensively he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored it, then buried a pair of left jump hooks.

Rodney Hood, SF – During the night session Hood did a little of everything, backing up the buzz around camp that he's playing like one of the best guys here. A 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, wing prospect, Hood is a lefty with good athleticism and a versatile style to his game. The southpaw knocked down a three-pointer, got into the paint and showed a nice floater that he used at least three times.

Chris Jones, PG – The more I've watched him the more I've liked him. He's a confident lead guard prospect that is equipped with speed, a good-looking jump shot and an ability to handle the ball. He did especially well in pick and roll situations and in transition. Jones, a Tennessee commit, also proved he was comfortable pulling up for mid-range jumpers in the 12 to 18-foot range.

Gary Bell, SG – After a somewhat slow camp, Bell, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard, got after it Friday night. He got it going with a three-pointer off the catch then he began attacking the basket. He's a physical guard that doesn't mind a little contact and plays hard on both ends. The Zags scored a good one in Bell.

Jabari Brown, SG – After a tremendous spring it was surprising to watch Brown struggled through the first half of camp. But on Friday he woke up in a big way. The Oakland (Calif.) High standout started the game by attacking the rim trying to get something easy going towards the basket. Then he moved out and buried a few three-pointers, including one past the NBA stripe. It took him a little while to get it going, but he certainly deserves credit for getting through his mini-slump.

Perry Ellis, PF – During the morning session, Ellis managed a quality effort. A 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Wichita (Kans.) Heights, Ellis showed a nice set of hands and a made a few nice catches in transition. He has good touch in the paint and showed confidence in his jump hook over the right shoulder. The junior-to-be also proved he can stretch the defense by stepping out and knocking down a three-pointer.

Isaiah Austin, C – His effort level is improving. The light started coming on at Pangos Camp and here at NBA camp he's played hard and really competed. A 7-footer with a massive wingspan, Austin can affect the game in a variety of ways, especially when he's in the paint, rather than hanging on the perimeter. To go with the numerous shots he blocked, Austin also knocked down a right jump hook and face up for a 12-foot jump shot. The Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep standout is one of the top three long-term prospects at camp.

Paul Jesperson told Scout.com that he favors Butler, Virginia, Minnesota and Northwestern. All four have offered. He also has offers from Arizona State, Wisconson Green-Bay and Colorado State. Notre Dame and Boston College are also in the mix.

Anthony Gill had a solid morning session game. He has a nice set of hands and good touch inside. Appears to be a solid pick up for South Carolina. Julian Royal went to the glass in his morning game. He secured a number of tip-ins and showed a nice overall skill set. Dai-Jon Parker is a pretty good prospect. A terrific leaper, he's also developed his jump shot and knocked down a pair of jumpers off curls in the morning session. Anthony Norris, a lefty committed to Memphis, was efficient Friday morning. He knocked down a three-pointer off the catch, a pair of 18-footers and a floater in transition. Branden Dawson continued to do what he does best and rebound. We also saw him mix in a turn around jumper from 12-feet. Greg Lewis mixed in one of the best games we've seen him play on Friday. He corralled a few offensive rebounds and rebounded. Robert Carter is a good-looking prospect. He's a big kid that can do some things in the paint.

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