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Youngsters stand out on day one at Reebok Camp

PHILADELPHIA -- The first day of the Reebok All American Camp failed to produce a single breakout performance, but instead the depth in the junior and sophomore classes was the big story. Juniors Brandon Knight (Coral Springs, Fla.), Pe'Shon Howard (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), Patrick Young (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Derrick Williams (Jersey City, N.J.) got it going early and youngsters Myck Kabongo (Newark, N.J.), LaQuinton Ross (Jackson, Miss.), Perry Ellis (Kansas City) established themselves as rising stars.

On the other hand, with a few exceptions the big name seniors in the camp have struggled to get on track. Renardo Sidney (Los Angeles), who dominated the camp last year in the first day, played lackluster baksetball. The same could be said for Kenny Boynton (Pompano Beach, Fla.), who had trouble getting into a rhythm.

However, players like Avery Bradley (Tacoma, Wash.) and Thomas Robinson (Washington, D.C.) took advantage of their opportunities and played inspired basketball in front of the multitudes of college coaches in attendance.

Reebok Camp Notes
6-3 senior guard Avery Bradley made his presence felt at both ends of the court on Tuesday afternoon. Bradley is aggressive and athletic and always seems to be giving maximum effort on the floor. If there was a standout senior on Tuesday, it was Bradley for sure. He's an instinctive scorer with a tight handle and explosive first step. He's stronger than he looks and did a great job shutting down his man by just being physical. Bradley is yet another great guard from the Pacific Northwest to get excited about in this class.

Junior point guard Brandon Knight is an unselfish player sometimes to a fault. However, he's done a great job here hunting his own shot. Knight had 18 points in one game and seems to have moved past his poor performance here last year. Knight gets by defenders with ease and is a great athlete around the rim. Wednesday night's matchup between teams Allen Iverson (Knight and Boynton) and Jason Terry (Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley) has the potential to be a real war.

6-8 sophomore wing forward LaQuinton Ross has been a big name on the recruiting scene for quite a while, but he's really established himself here as an elite prospect. Ross is a lanky perimeter player with explosive athleticism and a sweet jumper. His confidence is rising with each game.

6-2 junior combo-guard Pe'Shon Howard had a great afternoon outing with 17 points and 3 assists. It's no secret that Howard has struggled some this spring, but he's done a great job here playing under control and using his strength to finish plays around the basket. He knocked down his shots and made a lot of hustle plays at both ends of the floor.

6-7 senior power forward Thomas Robinson is a little undersized for the college game, but his athleticism and intensity make him an intriguing prospect. Robinson didn't score a ton of points, but he made his presence felt on the glass, and the few points he scored were in spectacular fashion. In an up-tempo setting Robinson could play at a high level with a little added strength.

6-0 sophomore PG Myck Kabongo did a great job pushing the ball in his afternoon game on Tuesday. The jet-quick lead guard got to the basket and finished and also knocked down a few perimeter jumpers. Kabongo will get a ton of exposure at St. Benedict's this winter as coach Danny Hurley hands him the keys to the offense.

6-8 junior C/F Patrick Young did a great job using his strength and athleticism to control the glass. Young is still a bit raw on offense, but he makes up for it with aggressiveness around the basket and playing within his limitations. As Young's skill level improves, he has a chance to be an elite post recruit.

Watch out for 6-8 freshman Perry Ellis, who has a lot of people here making Brandon Wright comparisons. Ellis, although one of the youngest players in the camp, took little time getting adjusted to the speed and competition level. He looked comfortable making plays around the basket and running the floor.

Rob Matera has spent the last nine years working for Bob Gibbons' All Star Sports Scouting Service. He is a member of the US Basketball Writers Association, and his work has appeared in numerous online and print publications.