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2009 Reebok All American Camp: Part 1
Friday, 10 July 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The Reebok All American Camp kicked off action at Philadelphia University on Wednesday.  The talent pool was actually down a little when compared with other years, but that was great for a site that covers the level of basketball that we do.  There were many fine performances throughout the day, as we saw 11 of the 12 teams in action.  Here is a look at some of the best players.

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Aaron Brown (2010, 6-4 SG)
The Gray Bees' physical guard had a terrific all around game in his first action at the camp.  Aaron got out and ran the floor and finished on the break.  He had a transition dunk after a steal.  He used his strength to convert several old fashioned three point play opportunities.  Aaron can attack using either hand and he had a beautiful reverse after going left on one occasion.  His left hand could improve a bit though.  Not only can he attack, but he proved to be a very capable shooter as well.  He has a smooth stroke and buried several shots from beyond the arc.  He's also an efficient player at the line.  His fine performance in Wednesday morning's session likely landed him some more interest.

Sidiki Johnson (2011, 6-7 PF)
Sidiki had a strong second game.  This forward just always seems involved in the action.  He's comfortable facing up or working in the low block.  He possesses very good hands, some nice footwork and quickness around the hoop.  Sidiki rebounded well at both ends of the floor.  He converted down low a few times, including a play where he used the glass.  He'll be able to finish even better if he adds strength to his thin frame.  Sidiki can handle the ball some too.  He drove the length of the floor on one occasion, before dishing it off for an assist.  This versatile forward played well.

Shabazz Napier (2011, 5-11 PG)
Shabazz was solid from his lead guard spot.  He dished off several nice passes, including a few times on the break.  He was at his best as a setup man, but also had a few nice drives too.  He can attack off the dribble in either direction.

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Tom Droney (2010, 6-6 PG/SG)
Tom is an intriguing player.  He's a huge point guard with a steady handle.  Although he has a nifty crossover move, he's not going to blow by you off the dribble.  He still is able to get past defenders due to his long strides though.  Tom ran the offense well and took care of the ball.  He didn't make outstanding passes, but often made the correct passes.  From a scoring standpoint, Tom was quiet and needs to look for his offense more.  He missed on a few of the shots he took from the outside as well as when driving.  He looks to be a solid point guard though.

Joel Wright (2010, 6-5 SG/SF) committed to Fordham
Joel is a very talented wing player who impresses every time out.  He possesses good size for his position and his quickness which makes for a deadly combination.  When on the attack, he drove left on one play and hit a tough runner while going back to his right.  He did force a couple shots when driving and was blocked a few times.  Joel hit a three from the outside and made several nice passes as well.  He is a very gifted player.

Tyler Olander (2011, 6-8 PF)
This lefty has good size and put together a nice outing.  Tyler is a forward who can handle the ball.  He hit a three pointer from deep and made a fine pass from the perimeter too.  He works with his back to the basket as well and he banked home a shot on the interior.  Tyler pulled down a few rebounds as well.

Vaughn Gray (2011, 6-4 175 SF)
Vaughn has good size and quickness from the wing spot.  Unfortunately, he really struggled in this contest.  He was unable to hit from the perimeter and didn't finish well when attacking the hoop.

Tyreek Duren (2010, 5-10 PG)
Tyreek had a strong finish to his game, but prior to that, he really struggled.  He was using his quickness to drive to the hoop, but had difficulty finishing.  Towards the end of the contest, he converted much better around the rim.  On one play, he drove left and finished with a scoop shot.  He made a couple nice passes, but also threw a terrible behind the back pass on the break in a tight ball game.  It wasn't one Tyreek's better games.

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Derrick Wilson (2011, 5-11 PG)
This stalky guard didn't have a great game, but he did a little of everything.  He's quick off the bounce and got into the lane.  Derrick converted once and dished the ball off on another play after driving.  He threw several nice passes.  He hit a pull up three pointer from the outside too.

Sterling Gibbs (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
Sterling's best plays occurred in transition.  He ran floor pretty well.  He attacked a few times, but didn't convert consistently in the half court.  He made several decent passes as well.

Ryan Rhoomes (2010, 6-9 PF/C)
Ryan put together a nice game.  He's a long forward who can do a little bit outside as well as inside.  He runs the floor well and scored several times on the break.  He worked around a defender to finish inside on one play.  Ryan is athletic and showed that as he swatted away a pair of shots.  He certainly showed some flashes in this one and that's about as much as you can ask from a big man in a camp like this.

Juan’ya Green (2011, 6-3 PG/SG)
Juan'ya didn't standout, but was able to string together a few plays.  He made several nice passes to really help his teammates out.  From the perimeter, he buried a three pointer.

JJ Moore (2010, 6-6 180 SF)
After an explosive spring, JJ had a rather quiet game when we caught him here.  The big forward struggled to find his shot.  He banked home a shot after a feed and drew a foul on another drive.  He didn't attack often though.  JJ has made a lot of plays in transition in the past and we thought he'd excel in that style here.  Instead, he was quiet on the break.

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Donte Williams (2010, 6-8 PF)
One of the best performances of the day came in the morning session as Donte Williams made a ton of plays.  He moves very well and can attack off the bounce.  He hit several runners in the lane, including one that resulted in an old fashioned three point play.  He has great length and that allows him to work in traffic.  Donte hit a deep turnaround jumper from the outside.  He's quite athletic and displayed that aspect of his game on a follow up dunk as well as when blocking a shot.  He scored on another putback and rebounded very well on the defensive end too.  Donte has a mix of mid and high major programs tracking him, including Georgia State.  His performance at this camp will likely bring in even more suitors.

John Johnson (2011, 6-1 PG/SG)
John was solid, but not spectacular on this day.  He opened with a pull up three pointer, before missing a few shots.  He made several nice plays when driving, including rolling in a runner and banking home a shot after faking on a three pointer.  He didn't do a lot else though.

Khem Birch (2012, 6-8 PF/C)
This long armed forward likes to get out and run the floor.  He scored a few times in transition.  In the low post, he hit a left handed hook shot.  The youngster does have to protect the ball better as he was blocked several times.  He held his own though against this crop of upperclassmen.

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Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-9 PG)
This small guard made his mark as a setup man.  Tyree found his teammates time and time again with good passes.  When driving to the hoop, he always looked for someone who was open.  He was quiet in the scoring column though.

Ashton Pankey (2010, 6-7 PF)
Ashton made a few plays.  The big forward ran the floor and scored on the break.  He hit a deep face up jumper from the outside too.

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Tyrone Garland (2010, 6-1 PG/SG)
It's a roller coaster ride with Tyrone.  He can score in bunches, but also disappear for stretches.  When he's on, there are few better scorers.  After a quiet start in the first game, he got it going with a pair of pull up jumpers.  The first one came from beyond the arc.  He was also fouled on a three pointer and made all three shots.  Tyrone drove and banked home a runner too.  He gets into the paint in the blink of an eye.  He has a nice quick release on runners and from the outside.  At times, he took it too deep into the teeth of the defense and was blocked.  He made a couple decent passes, but didn't set his teammates up for easier shots when distributing.  All it all, it was mixed results for Tyrone in the contest.

Derrick Williams (2010, 6-6 PF)
This big bodied forward was at his best on the boards and defensively.  Derrick rebounded well at both ends and blocked a pair of shots.  He had a nice assist in transition, but otherwise was quiet offensively.  He is pretty nimble for a player of his size.

Jabarie Hinds (2011, 6-0 PG)
This left handed lead guard had a good outing.  Jabarie is smooth with the rock in his hands and can create off the dribble.  He can attack going in either direction.  He buried a few runners in the lane, including one where he was fouled to convert on an old fashioned three point play.  Jabarie failed to convert on a couple jumpers.  He played well though.

Darrun Hilliard (2011, 6-4 PG/SG)
Darrun comes from an area that doesn't produce a lot of Division 1 talent so it was a step up in competition for him.  He held his own though.  He has good size at the guard position.  He's very fluid with the rock in his hands.  The lefty did a god job of creating off the dribble, but was only so so when finishing.  He has a nice crossover move.  Darrun was unselfish and made several good passes throughout both contests.  He can play inside a little, but had some trouble down low adjusting against bigger players.  He was quiet from the perimeter.  Darrun had a decent showing against some of the best players around.

Derrick Randall (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
This lefty was solid in two games.  He's a fairly strong forward.  He converted well after nice feeds from his teammates, including a dunk.  Derrick hit a hook shot in the post and made a fine adjustment on the interior before using the glass to convert.  He strung together a strong two games on the boards as well.

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