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Monday, June 20, 2011
Locals stand out at NBAPA Top 100 Camp

By Brendan Hall

Our colleagues at ESPN.com's basketball recruiting section check in today with a recap of the three-day NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, and by now it shouldn't surprise who among the locals was turning the most heads.

St. Thomas More (Conn.) big man Andre Drummond, the nation's No. 1 Class of 2012 prospect, put in a performance that was not up to some folks' standards, and made some question whether he has such a stranglehold on the top spot as he did six months ago:


Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More), the No. 1 overall player in the 2012 class, did not play particularly well this week. In fact, you would expect much more from the gifted, 6-foot-10 center who has all the upside you could ever imagine for a high school prospect. He possesses a ton of talent, elite athletic ability and enormous length. During the week he did not score the ball at his usual pace nor rebound up to his potential. He even could have blocked more shots with his massive length and timely jumping. He did show flashes of star power, but it wasn't enough.

Without offering any excuses, in a camp setting, it is hard to create chemistry and timing on the court -- especially with so many talented prospects on the floor vying to play well. As a big man you rely on the ball being passed to you from your teammates and at times Drummond looked frustrated and did not rebound, run the floor or block shots up to his potential. To be considered the best, it's more than just a great performance or potential, you must be productive on a consistent basis. We will be monitoring his progress and production throughout the summer.



Meanwhile, Brewster Academy (N.H.) power forward Mitch McGary continues to draw prose for his electric motor and grittiness. McGary played especially well on day two:



He is a brute on the basketball court with a nonstop motor that makes him tough to handle. He can put the ball on the floor enough to create a little, is a good rebounder and a solid athlete. McGary is a big-time recruit and will be an immediate impact player for some lucky program. He plays with a high motor and cares about winning . He is blessed with enormous physical size and strength, and from a skill standpoint the big lefty has a soft shooting touch when close to basket and can face up to 15 feet on a consistent basis. On his attempts down low he will create the contact, but the foul will be on the defense. Defensively, his footwork is surprisingly agile as he tries to get around the offensive post players. McGary is a good rebounder who can be a great one when he puts his body on people, and overall he's making a case to move up in the rankings.




He also drew some praise on day one:



McGary has had some dominating moments and his motor is impressive every time he plays. In the low block, he carves out space, catches high and finishes high. His jumper from the elbow is consistent and he takes constructive criticism the right way. His list is long with programs like Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Louisville, Kansas, Maryland, Florida, Arizona and Texas making a good impression.




Meanwhile, Tilton (N.H.) forward and Mehtuen native Georges Niang continues to defy the stereotypes set upon him, as evidenced by his day one performance:



Iowa State commit PF Georges Niang (Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School) does all the little things well throughout the game. He rebounds with consistency, knows how to finish using the rim as a shield and has a face-up range of 17 feet.