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Parkway Guys Get It Done at NBAPA TOP 100

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bailey, Publisher

Kids from both sides of the BW Parkway represent well at the 2009 National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp.

 

June 21, 2009 - Now that the dust of this year's NBAPA Top 100 Camp has settled, a look can be had at the players from the Baltimore and D.C. areas. By any measure, the contingent, 12 strong, performed well. The confab, stretching between Wednesday and Saturday, was a good look for these kids.

 

Josh Selby - Named to Friday's All-Star contest, Selby was an offensive dynamo, scoring from all places possible, leading the camp with 16.2 points a game. Josh, headed to Tennessee in 2010 also answered some critics who said he's simply a guard that can score, as he dropped off to teammates, and defended. Still not to be confused with a pure point guard, when Selby is a complete player, this Baltimore guy is one of the best around. Travel team-wise, he's with Nike Baltimore Elite.

C.J. Fair - Still recovering from a knee injury, one which sidelined him for the entirety of his junior year in high school, Fair, a forward, noted of his NBAPA experience "I think i did well, when i got the ball". An unselfish player, Fair continued "Iit's like all camps, you have to make the best of your opportunities, because it (the ball) may not come back around". C.J., still wearing a knee brace, didn't have his total explosion package, particularly towards the end of Camp, but competed nonetheless both on the perimeter and around the cup. A Class of 2010 Syracuse recruit, Fair, a B'More resident cited "I need to get better on perimeter defense and improve my ball handling". Runs with Nike Baltimore Elite.

C.J. Fair (60), a lefty, should be another in the long line of Syracuse swingmen.

Joshua Hairston - A future Duke Blue Devil from Fredericksburg, VA (Class of 2010), Hairston revealed of his usage there as "I think I'm going to play the [db]Kyle Singler[/db] role", one that demands inside/outside offensive ability, as he'll likely be positioned against true power forwards, some of which he'll attack from the perimeter. Josh is clearly intent on developing that ability, as the forward filled lanes, shot from the mid-range and scored around the tin. His jumpshot's consistency needs to improve, a point Hairston acknowledges as a need for Duke in 2010. He also must get stronger.

Tyler Thornton - Joining Hairston at Duke (2010) and currently on DC Assault's 17 and under travel team, Thornton seems destined for the point guard/defensive stopper role with the Blue Devils, something he excels in. A natural leader who brims with intelligence, Thornton, not a prolific scorer, needs to improve his jumpshot's range to ensure defenders remain honest. Doing so will open up his driving ability.

Markel Starks - Headed to Georgetown in 2010, Starks will be called upon to score and lead, skills he demonstrated during NBAPA action - his telling fellow camper Jared Sullinger "We don't stop playing when somebody steps on our foot" is classic. Starks also passed and scored, helping lead his team to the camp's championship. Markel, needing to work on finishing at the rim strong, did so increasingly. Going forward, Starks, developing nicely as a point guard, must continue his broad-based work, which has been embraced during this travel team season; to date he hasn't joined a team.

Kendall Marshall and Markel Starks compete in drills.

Kendall Marshall - This Class of 2010 point man, headed to North Carolina was voted the Top 100's MVP by camp staff. There is little doubt his play to close the event, helping lead his team to the event's title was a factor. Marshall, as a travel team official noted "did what he does", which includes finding open teammates for scores, and increasingly hitting outside shots consistently. Marshall has worked hard at going right more, and it shows. He must concentrate on lateral quickness, which is necessary in guarding ACC point guards. Hails from Woodbridge, VA and is Boo Williams' 17 and under lead man. .

Jonathan Graham - A power forward/center in high school, Graham is slightly undersized to play 'the hole' in college. As such, but they time he reports to college in 2010, Jonathan would be well served to develop better perimeter skills, including being able to pat the ball as small forwards do. During Camp play, Graham battled inside, scoring 10 points in his last game. That fight will serve him well post-high school. Mid-major schools are all over him, while high majors are evaluating. Is a Nike Baltimore Elite guy.

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