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Reebok Headliner Tryout Camp - Philadelphia (Day 1: Part 2)
Monday, 23 June 2008

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Markus Kennedy
by bill martin
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Last Saturday was the first day of Reebok Headliner Tryout camp in Philadelphia.
Some of the top players in the Philadelphia area competed for invitations to Reebok's prestigious All American Camp or their two other camps (Breakout and Proving Grounds).  Here is Part 2 of our player evaluations from Day 1.

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF)
Markus was one of the more impressive players from day 1. Probably the only reason he did not get voted in to any of the camps was because he was not able to make day 2 of the camp.  He has a very soft touch around the hoop, and excellent hands.  He scored most of his points right around the hoop.  He muscled his was to the hoop then laid the ball in using two hands, it hit nothing but the bottom of the net.  Markus also banked in one basket with a man draped all over him.  Markus also hit a reverse lay up from directly under the hoop.  There was a couple times where Marcus attempted jump shots.  He hit a short jump shot that rolled in off the rim, but he missed a pair of shots from farther out.  He missed his only three point attempt for the game.  On the defensive end he blocked a number of shots including two in a row on one possession.  He was strong on the boards as well and played unselfishly throughout the game.

Omar Skinner (2009, 6-1 PG)
Omar played well when we saw him.  Defensively he did a nice job of getting in passing lanes and made a few steals.  He also showed some scoring ability taking the ball to the hoop.  Omar hit a lay up in traffic and was fouled.  He also used a dribble hesitation move to go by his defender then hit a one handed running floater.

Octavious Booker (2010, 6-6 PF)
Even though he is only a rising junior Octavious Booker already looks as if he could be in college.  He was probably the most physically mature player at the camp and he definitely used this to his advantage.  He was rebounding right over the opposition and gained position in the post easily.  Octavious did not however, do too much offensively in the games we watched him in.  He did catch a pass in the post right over his defender and then hit an easy lay up.  Octavious also showed he could handle the ball a bit in the open court, but did not drive by anyone.  There was one fast break where Octavious dribbled the ball up the court but he made a terrible pass that ended up flying out of bounds.

Ameen Tanksley (2011, 6-5 SF)
Ameen was one of the top underclassman at the camp and played his way into the Reebok Breakout Underclass Camp.  Ameen was at his best going to the hoop and finishing, but did not show much in terms of an outside game.  One of his better plays came when he stole the ball then drove the length of the court and then converted on a tough contested lay in.  On another fast break he came to a dead stop allowing an oncoming defender to fly by him before putting in an easy lay up.  Ameen also showed some quickness off the dribble.  He blew right by his man on one occasion for an easy lay up. 

KJ Brown (2009, 6-0 PG)
KJ did a good job of putting the ball in the basket in this game.  He scored on a finger roll and again on another lay up, this time adjusting his shot mid air to get his shot off.  He also hit a pair of three pointers.  One of which was from a step beyond the arc.

Marcus Porter (2010, 6-3 SG/SF)
Marcus played well throughout the camp and earned himself a spot in the Proving Ground Regional Combine.  While Marcus was not on target from behind the arc when we saw him, he did hit a number of difficult shots from mid range.  He hit a fade away from 10 feet out and another turn around jumper from about the same distance.  Marcus also did a nice job of shielding the ball with his body when close to the hoop.  He was able to score around the hoop despite being fouled because he shielded the ball from his defender. 

Cameron Badger (2009, 5-9 PG)
The first thing we noticed about Cameron was his tenacious defense.  Even in the drills before the games started, Cameron made sure to have a hand right in his manís face.  This carried over into the games and he stole a couple of passes.  Offensively Cameron hit a tough mid range jumper over a much taller defender.  He displayed an effective crossover and enough speed to get ahead of the pack on the break.  The one thing he struggled with the most was his passing.  One of his passes sailed too high out of bounds and he also threw one into too much traffic that was deflected away.

Chris Thompson (2010, 6-2 SG)
In our first viewing of Chris he showed his ability to shoot from behind the arc, but not much else.  He hit at least 3 threes in the game and hit another shot from the corner, just inside the arc.

Will Adams (2009, 6-5 SG)
Will did not play great in this first game but he did knock down a pair of threes, including one from NBA range.  He played much better on day 2.

Rysheen Dorn (2010, 6-4 SG)
Rysheen is a long lanky guard who he put together a nice game the first time we saw him.  He hit a couple tough one-handed shots in traffic over defenders.  He uses his length well when shooting with one hand close to the hoop.  When shooting a jump shot however his release is low and unorthodox.  He did knock down a pull up three pointer off a cross over dribble, but he missed a couple of other long-range shots.  Rysheen did shoot well from the free throw line going 4-4 for the game.  He also had a steal and hit a break away lay up.

Nasir Jones (2009, 6-4 SF)
Nasir had some impressive plays around the hoop.  He had an athletic two-handed slam out on the break.  On another play he drove the baseline and hit a difficult lay up in between two defenders.  Nasir hit another lay in while being fouled.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
In the first game we saw Aaron play, he scored on a well-executed pick and roll. He had another lay up and was fouled.  In the second viewing he showed much more of what he could do.  He hit a pair of mid range jump shots, and even knocked down a three pointer.  Aaron also scored efficiently around the hoop.  Driving into the lane he banked in a close range shot high off the glass.  He hit a couple other lay ups as well.

RJ Griffin (2009, 6-4 SG)
In this game Griffin really went after rebounds.  On near back-to-back possessions he scored twice on offensive rebound put backs.  He scored on another easy lay up and also hit a three pointer. 

Andre Rivers (2009, 6-5 SF)
Andre Rivers played very well in the game we saw him.  He put his athleticism on display with a two handed slam on a fast break and also had a big block.  Andre hit a jumper with his foot on the three point line and also scored some difficult buckets right around the hoop.  He had a reverse lay up without using the backboard.  On another play, he took the ball strong to he hoop and hit a lay up adjusting around defenders to get the shot off. 

Skylar Scrivano (2010, 6-8 PF)
Skylar shot a pair of hook shots in this game.  He missed one but the other he scored by spinning to his left and banking it in with his left hand.  Skylar also had a couple blocked shots and hit a mid range jumper.

Jesse Morgan (2009, 6-4 PG/SG)
Another one of the top performers at this camp was guard Jesse Morgan.  Jesse earned himself a spot in the Reebok All American Camp.  While Jesse struggled from behind the arc other aspects of his game stood out enough to make up for it.  He scored a number of times in transition.  On one play he picked off a pass and got out on the break for a two handed dunk.  Jesse drove the length of the floor on another possession and hit a lay up high off the glass over a defender.  He hit another shot over a defender, this time it was with one hand from about 5 feet out.  Jesse knocked down a pull up jump shot from the foul line as well.

Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-9 PG)
Tyree was another stand out performer and made the top 5 to move onto the Reebok All American Camp.  His crossover was deadly and he got into the lane whenever he wanted to.  He utilized a spin move as well to make his way to the hoop.  Tyree distributed the ball very well and even made a beautiful no look behind the back pass that was right on target.  His jump shot was also falling when we saw him as he knocked down a mid range jumper as well as a pull up three pointer.  Defensively Tyree had a pair of steals.

Trey White (2010, 5-9 PG/SG)
There were two things that Trey did really well when we saw him.  The first was his outside shooting.  He hit three shots from behind the arc in one game.  The second thing he did well was to use his crossover to get by his man.  He froze his defender on more than one occasion using this crossover.

Eric Raleigh (2010, 6-7 PF)
Eric grabbed a couple boards and scored out on a fast break.  He also hit a 17-foot jump shot.

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