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July 12, 2007

Rbk U Camp Top Five Performers

The first year of the Rbk U camp was all about the guards.

The top five performers from Rbk U played in the backcourt or on the wing, and all five had tremendous showings at Philadelphia University.

Rivals.com's Justin Young was at the event from start to finish, and Young breaks down his top five performers from the inaugural event.

Rbk U Camp Top 5 Performers
John Wall, PG, Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy

Wall has been flying under the radar a bit to this point, but the 2009 prospect found the spotlight at the Rbk U camp. Simply put, no one opened more eyes at the event than Wall.

Wall's speed allowed him to drive past helpless defenders time and time again. The long, 6-foot-2 point guard was consistently a 20-point per game scorer, and he had no problem getting to the basket. Wall was outstanding on offensive, and he appeared to be the fastest player from end to end.

He showed poise as a passer, and dished out many assists to his talented teammates. Because of his length and athleticism, Wall also mixed it up as a rebounder and on-ball defender.

Wall played like an elite-level point guard, and he set the bar high for his prep career in Philadelphia.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy

The Arizona-bound guard continues to rack up the accolades. Jennings is coasting through camps and tournaments at a different level than the other guards around him. The Rbk U camp was no different. Truth be told, he looked rather bored on the floor simply because of a lack of challenges at his position. Jennings made the best of the situation.

Playing more of a scorer's role in the first two days of the camp, Jennings resorted to passer in the all-star game and fed his teammates with assist after assist. That was good to see, because the potential for him to be the game's top scorer was certainly there. He could have easily hogged the spotlight, and he didn't.

After what seems like an eternity in the national spotlight, Jennings is at a stage in his career where it's about winning games and making people around him better. The Rbk U camp was another feather in his cap.
William Buford, SG, Toledo (Ohio) Libbey High School

There are two ways to approach an individual camp setting. One is to be selfish but shine. The other is to remain true to your game and stick with what works. Buford went for the latter at the camp. Because of his approach, he was outstanding.

Never one to play a game that screams selfishness or self-promotion, Buford approaches the game like a guy that knows what to do and exactly how to do it. The Ohio State-bound guard can score at all three levels.

Buford is not a high-volume shooter. He constantly shot better than 50 percent from the floor and always scored more than 15 points. He's sneaky in his approach, too. He'll burn teams for 20 points in 20 minutes and not break a sweat doing it.

Expectations where high for Daequan Cook at Ohio State, but the former five-star guard never really seemed to get over the hump. Despite that, Cook was still a first-round pick last month in the NBA Draft. Don't be surprised to see Buford have a much bigger impact as a rookie than Cook did. Buford should also spend more time in Columbus.
Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis (Tenn.) St. George's Academy

Using an approach similar to Buford's, Williams didn't caught up in the look-what-I-can-do environment. The athletic, 6-foot-3 combo guard dominated as a scorer and as a lead guard.

More athletic and quicker than Buford, Williams did more damage exploding to the basket than his Ohio foe. Williams also needed fewer shots to accumulate his points. He understood the value of not having to play one-on-one, but still showed he is an elite-level player.

Williams plays with confidence, and the separation between him and most of players in the camp was incredibly high. The Memphis product lived up to his advance billing. The camp setting probably isn't the best place to see him at the top of his game because he seems more comfortable in structure. That makes him more impressive, because he has still been one of the best performers at Rbk U and the NBPA Top 100 camp.
Renaldo Woolridge, SF, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake

Coming into the Rbk U event, the 6-foot-7 forward had a respectable amount of offers. Surprisingly, not many were from the Pac-10 or the academic high-majors. Woolridge's great effort in Philadelphia may change that scenario.

The well-built prospect was the top wing in the camp, and he really came on as a perimeter threat. He was constantly knocking down 3-pointers and made them at a good clip. Woolridge was strong enough to score in the lane and on the block. Perhaps the only knock on him was not enough creation with the dribble in order to get to the basket.

The only player that really gave Woolridge trouble was the long-armed and athletic Darius Miller, who is carving out a spot as one of the truly elite defenders in the class of 2007.

If Woolridge came into the camp with a mission to earn more offers, then he certainly accomplished that goal at Rbk U.

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