By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy, Special to SI.com, SchoolSports.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Nike All-America Camp featured a little bit of everything as just about everyone who was supposed to play finally saw some action. The day also produced some breakout performances, while the camp's biggest star, Tyreke Evans of American Christian School (Aston, Pa.), shut it down for the weekend with a bad left ankle.
1. Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) The 6-foot-6 Diebler proved to have great range on Saturday, nailing 7-of-10 3-pointers in the afternoon session, many of which were from near the NBA arc. Diebler, who has committed to Ohio State, is a superb offensive player because his height often presents mismatches with other guards. He can shoot the turnaround jumper against smaller defenders, but is most comfortable from downtown. Diebler averaged 34.8 points per game as a junior.
2. Corperryale Harris, Redford (Detroit) Harris had a great day at both ends of the court. The 6-foot-4 guard was a pest on the defensive end, getting numerous deflections and steals, which often led to easy baskets for his team. But he was even better on the offensive end, scoring in transition, from 3-point range and on hard drives to the basket. In his first game of the day, Harris dropped 19 points, including two 3-pointers and a monster dunk over 7-foot Solomon Alabi of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).
3. Gani Lawal, Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) Lawal put it best when describing his all-around game. "I may play power forward," he said, "but what it boils down to is that I'm a basketball player." Lawal showcased so many skills on the court that he can't be pigeonholed. The 6-foot-7 Georgia Tech commit displayed a nice outside jumper and strong low-post moves on offense, while cleaning up on the defensive glass.
4. Gary Johnson, Aldine (Houston) Johnson committed to the hometown Texas Longhorns just before coming to camp in part to lessen the pressure of playing before countless college coaches. It seems to have worked. The 6-foot-6 Johnson ran the court exceptionally well, getting ahead of the pack for dunks, while also showing a nice touch on his mid-range jumper. Johnson had struggled to find his groove at times on Friday, but by Saturday seemed to have found it consistently.
5. Sean Mosley, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) Mosley didn't come into this camp with the hype some others did, but by now it's impossible to ignore his game. He attacks the rim with ferocity, using aggressive dribble moves to get into the lane and draw fouls. Without an official count it's hard to say for sure, but Mosley appeared to draw as many fouls as anyone at the camp. He showed off a nice pull-up jumper once he got near the paint and even showed some 3-point shooting ability. Mosley is only 6-foot-3, a little small for a shooting guard, but he is a strong 212 pounds and is fearless on the court.
After showing why he is considered the top-ranked rising junior in the country on Friday, Evans ended his weekend early thanks to a left ankle that has been giving him trouble for a little while now. After tweaking the ankle late Friday night, Evans tried to go during the 3-on-3 competition the following morning, but didn't feel right and that's when he decided to call it quits for the weekend.
And while Jerryd Bayless of St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.) was nowhere to be found on Saturday, the camp's other top-rated rising senior, Kyle Singler of South Medford (Medford, Ore.) showed up in time for the night session and got his first action of the week. Singler struggled to find his rhythm, but seemed happy to be on the court, especially after he tore the meniscus in his right knee last year on the first day of the Nike Camp.
A change in Sunday's schedule should make for a more exciting day of hoops to close out the camp. Initially, Sunday night was supposed to consist of the Nike Extravaganza, with four 10-minute games featuring the top 40 players not chosen for the 24-man All-Star Game. Now, there will be an Underclass All-Star Game instead, showcasing the top players from the classes of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Following that will be the regular All-Star Game, featuring the camp's top 24 players, regardless of class.
For the second day in a row, Chris Wright of Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) and Jordan DeMercy of Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) had highlight-reel dunks. Wright's came as he was trailing on the fast break and came down the lane and slammed home a one-handed dunk over two defenders. DeMercy got his when he drove past Singler and elevated for a thunderous two-handed jam.
One of the gutsiest performances of the entire camp came in the night session from Isaiah Rusher. The 6-foot-8 Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas) forward has been hobbled all week by an ankle injury and finally returned for the Saturday night game. Just two minutes in, he turned the ankle again and was down on the floor for several minutes. Despite the fact that he was either limping or at half-speed for the rest of the game, Rusher played his regular time, never asking out the game.
A lot of standouts from Friday continued to assert themselves on Saturday. Among those who continued to have a hot camp was a trio of rising seniors: Syracuse-bound forward Donte Greene of Towson Catholic (Towson, Md.), Florida-bound Nick Calathes of Lake Howell (Winter Park, Fla.) and point guard Jai Lucas of Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas).