Anthony Davis, Most Outstanding Player at NBPA camp in Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun Times
NBPA Camp: Day 3
June 22, 2010BY SCOTT PHILLIPS
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was a successful trip to the NBPA Top 100 Camp for players representing Chicago. Three area players, Ryan Boatright, Anthony Davis and Wayne Blackshear finished in the top 20 in the camp in scoring while Sam Thompson and Jabari Parker were teammates on a the team that won the camp championship.
Davis, putting on an especially impressive display on Saturday, was named the camp's Most Outstanding Player. The Perspectives' big man scored 16 points in the first round of the playoffs, 20 in the semifinals and 12 in the championship game of the eight-team tournament. While his team lost in the championship game, he certainly made a strong impression on everybody in attendance.
"That was one of the most impressive performances I have seen since I got in this business," Scout.com's Evan Daniels said of Davis' Saturday performance.
Thompson and Parker put together a strong final day as well, leading their team to the title and each scoring double-figures in the championship game. Thompson finished with 12 points in the game while Parker added 10 as their Pistons team defeated Davis' Hawks team.
"I'm from Whitney Young, I'm used to winning championships," Thompson said with a smile on his face as he exited the floor.
Beyond the box score: Good scoring efforts came from most of the area players, but De La Salle's Mike Shaw never found his scoring touch. Still, Shaw played extremely hard throughout the camp and was especially good rebounding the ball.
"With Mike Shaw, I think he brings some other things to the table other than scoring. He is one of the better rebounders in the entire class of 2011," Daniels said. "I got to spend some time with his camp coaches and they loved his intangibles and everything he brings to the table. His rebounding is what stands out. He's really active and a pretty good athlete."
While he didn't get as many minutes as other players on his team, Notre Dame's Quinton Chievous had a good camp experience and was hot enough in one game to knock down three three-pointers in one half.
"Overall I'm really just trying to learn a lot," Chievous said. "I'm just trying to better my game and they teach a lot of things that I can bring back to Chicago for the high school basketball (season)."
Scoreboard: Boatright led area players in scoring and was sixth overall at the camp with a 13 point per game average. Trailing Boatright was Davis (11.7 points), Blackshear (10.7 points) and Tracy Abrams (eight points). Thompson (6.7 points) and Parker (4.5 points) had great scoring totals on Saturday in leading their team to the camp championship. Shaw (4.2 points) and Chievous (3.3 points) round out the scoring for area players. Blackshear went for a camp-best 27 points in one game, while Boatright had the camp's sixth-best point total in a game at 24 points.