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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The second full day of the pre-draft camp saw many GMs ignoring what was actually happening on the court and instead spending time in the halls discussing deals.I spent Thursday watching games and talking to NBA scouts and executives. Here is what they're saying about Thursday's performances: UMass forward Gary Forbes continues to be the talk of the camp. Forbes had a stellar 30 points in just 25 minutes of play. He was 7-for-16 from the field and 15-for-16 from the free-throw line. Forbes is a bit of an oddity in this year's draft. He got virtually no buzz from NBA scouts despite averaging nearly 20 points and eight rebounds a game in the Atlantic 10. Forbes was seen as a tweener, a power forward who's just too short to play the position in the pros. However, he had already started to make the transition to the wing his senior season and continues to give scouts hope he can be a wing in the pros. He was excellent in Portsmouth, averaging 15.6 points. But he's been even better in Orlando, using his strength and athleticism to attack the basket.
|Gary Forbes has gone from Minuteman to man of the hour in Orlando.|
• Xavier's Josh Duncan is coming off an excellent NCAA tournament where he averaged 18.5 points in four games in the tournament. Duncan showed excellent athleticism and shooting for a big man. He even nailed seven 3-pointers in the tournament.Duncan had 20 points on 5-for-8 shooting on Wednesday. He also grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes. "I think everybody looks for a big guy who can shoot the basketball," one NBA scout said. "He's interesting. I'm not sure why he wasn't more productive in college, but he's putting it together now." • UNC's Wayne Ellington responded to a terrible first game with a solid 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. One GM said Ellington looks more like a NBA player than anyone in the camp. "Whether you are or aren't making your shots here, we are looking for basketball IQ, athleticism and making the right plays," he said. "If you take the right shots here, we know. Making them is great, but it isn't mandatory. Ellington knows how to play. He tried too hard on the first day. He showed he has a chance today." • Oregon's Malik Hairston has quietly established himself as one of the more solid players here. His 12-point, eight-rebound performance (with six offensive rebounds) was one of the best of the day. "Hairston doesn't do anything that jumps out," one scout said, "but he knows how to play. I'm not sure he'll be a superstar, but he's got a chance to be a valuable role player in the league."
|Keith Brumbaugh from Hillsborough CC tries to squeeze in between Joe Crawford (16) from Kentucky and Shan Foster of Vanderbilt.|