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ABCD Camp Report

All-Star Game reports and NYC Player Rankings from Camp



    Written by Matt Grasso
      Last night at Fairleigh Dickinson University was the conclusion of this year's ABCD All-American Basketball Camp. It ended with the playing of the camp's respective  All-Star Games. Starting with the Underclassmen game, it featured many of the young basketball stars in this country. In particular, the two players that stood out were #1 rising sophomore Sebastian Telfair out of Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York and # 1 rising junior Lebron James out of St. Vincent's in Akron, Ohio. Sebastian led the white team while Lebron led the red team. People knew who Telfair was before this game, but I don't think anyone realized how good he was until this games. He put on a show during the second quarter putting up 20 of his game high 29 points and recording 3 of his seven assists during the frame. His incredible passing and his ability to make difficult shots left the whole crowd including all of the big time coaches in attendance in awe of him. Midway through the second quarter, the announcer even started yelling out show time every time he had the ball.  However, the game stayed close throughout  the first half due to the steady play of the other player people were there to watch, Lebron James. He combined athleticism, passing, and his ability to put the ball in the basket making the crowd look twice whenever he touched the ball. Earlier in the camp, he had everyone talking about him when he won his matchup against top rising senior Lenny Cooke. This all-star game just solidified his reputation as one of the best players regardless of class.
     However, this game had more than just these two standouts. Lebron's teammate Leon Powe out of Oakland, California did some excellent things when he touched the basketball. He was a very strong rebounder on both sides of the ball and he was able to finish some monster dunks, a few which were thrown via alley-oop from James. He ended the game with 21 points Charlie Villanueva out of New York City also shined during this contest playing on the same squad as Sebastian. He was very smooth on the court, and he showed the great ability of being able to finish in the lane. He was very strong on the boards, as well as showing good touch from outside. He also finished with 21 points This game stayed close throughout, but the white team led by Sebastian   came through at the end with the slim victory 119-118 over Lebron's red team. The two players were the co-mvp's of the underclassmen all-star and they showed why they are the #1 players in their respective high school class. This game gave many of us a lot to look forward to for next year's camp when these two will face off again. 

Although someone may have a higher rating then a player ranked ahead of him, that is because their rating was based on a complicated format that doesn't provide an accurate depiction of what players actually did. This is solely based on what I saw and heard, unfortunately I did not see Jason Fraser and Tim Doyle play, but from what I heard and what I saw in the stats I feel their ranking is accurate.  



Camp Rating

  1. Lenny Cooke
  2. Sebastian Telfair
  3. Charlie Villanueva
  4. Allan Ray
  5. Chris Taft
  6. Donnie McGrath
  7. Curtis Stinson
  8. Francisco Garcia
  9. Gary Ervin
10. Jason Fraser
11. Tim Doyle
12. Curtis Sumpter
13. Jomo Belfor
14. Rashard Turner
15. Brandon Wilson
16. Karron Clark
17. Quincy Douby


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