Tag:NBA Camp
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Brandon Ashley stakes claim to top-five ranking

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When discussing the top players in the class of 2012, Brandon Ashley is not always mentioned in the case for No. 1.

Ashley takes offense to that.

“I definitely feel like I belong in the top five,” he said. “I know I’m just as good or better. My skill level is not an issue. I just have to play harder, play more consistently.”

The 6-foot-9 forward from Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) certainly made his case at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week. Ashley showed off his all-around skills, scoring with his back to the basket and knocking down face-up jumpers. He ran the floor better than most big men, and also handled the ball and passed well for someone his size.

Ashley’s potential is through the roof, and when he brings maximum effort, he is tough to contain.

“I’m trying to become an all-around better player, an inside-outside player,” he said.

Ashley has plenty of suitors at this point, but said he is ready to cut down his list in the near future. For now, though, it seems a number of colleges have a shot at him.

“I’m wide-open, but a lot of the same schools [are involved],” Ashley said. “The Pac-10, the SEC, Kansas, schools like that. Everyone is coming at me the hardest.”

In addition to the entire Pac-10 and Kansas, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Connecticut and others are also recruiting him.

One school mentioned in association with Ashley in the past has been Kentucky, but he said the Wildcats’ pursuit has tailed off.

“They’ve sent me a few emails, but that’s it,” he said.

When Ashley does make a decision, which doesn’t look like any time soon, he is looking for a school that already has established talent on the roster.

 “I want to go to a place where I’m surrounded by good players, with a good coaching staff,” he said.

Photo: Media 411

Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Javan Felix in search of exposure

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Although the common perception is that the point guard class in 2012 is fairly weak, there are still some players looking to increase their exposure.

Javan Felix is one of those prospects. The Saint Augustine (La.) point guard is one of the lesser-known players at the NBA Camp this week, but he has impressed with his ability to run a team and take care of the ball.

“I have to make a name for myself,” Felix said. “I know I’m overlooked, so I’m trying to put my name on the map.”

Felix, who stands 5-foot-11, is confident people will start giving him attention as long as plays well at the defensive end of the floor.

“I know I can play with those guys that are at the top,” he said. “I have to play defense. If I guard well, I’ll get noticed.”

Several colleges are already aware of Felix, namely UCLA, Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M and Miami (Fl.).

He plans on visiting all of those but Miami by the end of the month.

“Somewhere I can go as a freshman and play,” Felix said. “Somewhere with a good coach that’s like a second father to me.”

Photo: 247Sports.com

Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Charles Mann boosts recruitment in spring

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Heading into the Real Deal in the Rock in April, Charles Mann was looking to make a name for himself.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Union Grove (Ga.) was scheduled to go up against Dream Vision and Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s best perimeter player.

“I just wanted to play my game,” Mann said. “I got out there and didn’t worry what his name was.”

Mann said he outscored Muhammad, 28-13, and was the primary defender on him the entire game.

“I held him,” Mann said.

Since then, his recruitment has blown up, with Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), UCF, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee all pursuing Mann.

Six schools are standing out: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

“I definitely want to take officials to Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech,” he said. “I haven’t decided on the other two.”

When it comes time to decide on a school, Mann knows he wants to contribute immediately once he gets there.

“I’m looking for playing time," he said. "I want to come in as a freshman and start. I’m trying to get better, get to the next level.”

Unfortunately for Mann, he injured his ankle recently and was only at 70 percent entering the camp. After playing with the injury for one game, it was decided that he would shut it down for the rest of camp.

Before that, Mann wanted to continue his momentum from earlier in the spring.

“I want to show I’m just as good as everybody else,” he said. “I don’t worry about my ranking.”

Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Five-star guard Gary Harris cuts list to top five

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Gary Harris has been notoriously quiet when it comes to recruitment, keeping it close to the vest.

At the NBAPA camp on Thursday, Harris made it clear he’s making advancements in the process.

“Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue are coming at me the hardest,” Harris said. “That’s my top five.”

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2012. He is physical and long, which makes him tough on the defensive end and difficult to stop on the offensively. Harris is deadly with his mid-range game, and is working on getting to the basket.

The five schools on his list will have to wait to see him make his next move.

“After the summer is over, or after this June and July, my parents and I are going to sit down and talk about it,” Harris said. “I’m looking for a school where I can get playing time.”

Harris, rated as a five-star recruit by most services, is also looking to demonstrate his ability to run an offense and facilitate for others.

“I want to come here, play my total game, show off my versatility,” he said. “I want to show what I can do, show that I’m not one-dimensional.”

“I want to be a combo guard, I’m working on my ball-handling,” Harris added.

If the Midwesterner is able to consistently handle the ball and switch between the two guard positions, he will have no problem making an impact at the next level.

Photo: Nation of Blue

 
 
 
 
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