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June 15, 2012

NBPA Camp: Harrison comes alive

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The action continued Thursday night at NBPA Top 100 Camp. After a quiet morning session, 2013 five-star Andrew Harrison came alive in a big way and was one of the night's many standouts.

Andrew Harrison did exactly what he does best on Thursday night. The 6-foot-5 point guard from Houston used his superior size and skill to totally dominate a game with his playmaking for others. Harrison is in an ideal setting where he's usually surrounded by three athletes and a shooter. He knows exactly how to use them and specializes in getting them open looks in their comfort zones. Then, if need be, Harrison will score it as well.

Kansas commitment Brannen Greene has a reputation for being a pure shooter from deep. He certainly is that. However, Thursday night the 6-foot-6 wing showed an improved ability to get to the rack in transition and use his body to his advantage off the dribble. He made some alert passes and played strong on both ends of the floor.

He never really went off, but Zach Lavine showed a few glimpses of his high end offensive talent. The 6-foot-4 scorer has an electric first step, gets his shot off in a hurry and will finish above the rim on the break. He just needs some strength and a little more focus at times.

Playing in the same rotation for the 76ers, shooting guards Anton Gill and Aaron Harrison were, how shall we put it, aggressive offensively. The Louisville-bound Gill was thinking score each time he got the ball and Harrison was doing the exact same. Gill is more of an explosive straight-line driver whereas Harrison has a lot more wiggle off the dribble and can play some point.

A pair of big men also impressed for the 76ers. UNLV-bound Christian Wood and Zena Edosomwan were both highly effective with their touches. Wood projects as a college four man with faceup ability to 20 feet and legitimate potential to develop into a 6-foot-9 wing player. Headed to Harvard, Edosomwan is a power player around the rim who uses his shoulders to carve space in the lane to power up for dunks.

If Deonte Burton were to show up at next weekend's Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge in football, he would likely create quite the buzz. The 6-foot-5 native of Milwaukee is a physical freak of nature. He's powerfully built, has long arms and is an explosive athlete who plays strong. Burton will quickly be a fan favorite at hometown Marquette.

Go ahead and put Thursday into the good day column for New Jersey's Tyler Roberson. After making some jumpers in the first session, he was much more active attacking and finishing at the rim during the evening round of games. He should feel good about the way he played.

Camp teammates Sterling Brown and Jalen Lindsey each had their moments on Thursday night. Brown is a smart all-around player and just like his older NBA brother, Shannon, he plays with confidence and poise. Lindsey has tremendous physical gifts, has developed into a good open jump shooter and can be a big factor on the glass when he chooses to be. If Lindsey can play with a little more offensive aggression, his game could explode.



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