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June 20, 2009

NBA Camp: Sensational Selby

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- As the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp winds down, Kyrie Irving is back on stride, Reggie Bullock is making a statement but no one has been better than Josh Selby.

Josh Selby (No. 1 scorer at 16.8 ppg-all scoring averages through five games)- Selby has gotten into the lane with more regularity than any other guard in camp. His speed, power, skill level and competitive drive make him a terror to defend. And he is not just scoring. His passing and gamesmanship have been equally impressive.

Reggie Bullock (No. 5 scorer at 13.6 ppg)- After consecutive 20 point games against Will Barton (who scored in single digits both games), Bolluck looks to be the slightly better prospect. Barton might do a little more off the dribble than Bolluck, but Bolluck has a better build, is a better shooter and can also get to the rim with more streamlined, powerful drives.

Kyrie Irving (No. 8 scorer at 12.6 ppg)- Irving broke from his slumbers in session four and put up 26 points against Selby's squad and then played well in session five. When Irving plays with passion and finds his extra gear, he can play with the best guards in his class. Having energy to his game is vital since he is not going to do significant damage shooting over the defense.

Joe Jackson (No. 19 scorer at 10.6 ppg)- Jackson had an impressive fourth session against Ray McCallum. Jackson brought the fight to the match up and gave McCallum problems with his pressure defense and then consistently penetrated the lane on the offensive end.

Tyler Lamb (No. 4 scorer at 14.6 ppg)- Lamb will have some bad misses, but he also has a lot of makes. Besides hitting shots from behind the arc, Lamb can always be counted on to play strong defense- as he did against Keith Appling in session five- and score buckets in transition.

Kendall Marshall (6.4 ppg)- Marshall might not be the quickest of guards in the 2010 class, but he is as crafty as ever and is adding strength to his 6-foot-4 frame. He passes the ball in the midrange area as well as any of the point guards in the country.

Michael Cobbins (7.2 ppg)- Cobbins owes Marshall a thank you not after the camp for all the dunks Marshall set him up with. Cobbins, however, is not just a drop off dunker. Although skinny, he is a top notch athlete with length, a developing broad skill base and the ability to guard multiple positions.

Tobias Harris (No. 7 scorer at 13.3 ppg)- Harris carries a physical and skilled presence to the basketball court. Skilled on the perimeter, Harris can also be counted on to ground out plays inside.

Jarell Eddie (No. 19 scorer at 10.6 ppg)- There is no glitz or glamour to Eddie's game, but he is a physical hybrid forward who plays with poise with the ball and also takes and makes quality shots.

Damontre Harris (7.2 ppg)- Like Cobbins, upside is the word for Harris. He improved as a rebounder as the camp went along, and he even got comfortable shooting the ball from behind the arc.

Baye Moussa Kieta (8.6 ppg)- The Syracuse commitment is rapidly improving and made a consistent impact at the camp on the defensive end. He also had his moments offensively and is destined to help Syracuse win ball games in the future.


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