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2000 Nike All-American Camp

At the 2000 Nike All-American Camp held on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana there were 11 participating Illinois players in this nationally renowned event. Attracting many of the top players from throughout the country, it in-turn draws most of the nation's elite coaches such as Bob Huggins (Cincinnati), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Coach K (Duke), Roy Williams (Kansas), Steve Lavin (UCLA) and many others who were all peering intently on the action. Overall, Illinois representatives performed well and represented proudly.

Roger Powell- The MVP of both of his teams, 3 on 3 and camp team, Roger did whatever was called for. On his 3 on 3 team, which featured nationally renowned Rashaad Carruth from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, Roger led his team to the 3 on 3 Title. Battling against the much taller opponents Roger more then held his own with his aggressiveness and physical strength. Not showing any residue from his recent injury Roger was consistently solid throughout the week.

Ricky Cornett- Played strong and aggressive throughout the camp. Asserted himself inside and didn't defer to the elder players. Ricky played mostly inside but showed glimpses of wing abilities.

Dee Brown- Displaying his usual quickness from end line to end line he played well. Being under control for the most part Dee turned in a solid camp. Look for him to standout a little more come next year.

Kevin Menard- Showed a consistent outside jump shot and was hitting his 3-pointers when given room. Playing the wing position and spending time outside as well as inside Kevin played strong, not backing down when he was placed inside against much larger competition. Needs a little work on his ball-handling up the floor but overall a successfully camp.

Elliott Poole- Started the camp off slowly Elliott eventually broke out of his shell to turn in a rather solid camp that will most likely be topped next year. Showing a special toughness inside and playing through a nagging injury (ankle) he elevated his status towards the end of camp.

Mike Thompson- Being recruited by some major programs such as Notre Dame, Michigan and Duke Mike is definitely a promising young player. Physically with a great body Mike needs to assert himself more in the paint. A solid overall camp where he showed great signs of what is to come.

Will Bynum- Quick and creative, Will at times seemed disenchanted with some of the competition. Able to get by his defender is not a question for Will. That ability to penetrate so quickly is what makes Will special, in that he creates easy scoring opportunities for his teammates when defenders come to help on him. Iowa State and many others mid-majors are all looking at Will strongly.

Lorenzo Thompson- This youngster often times found himself overmatched against taller, more athletic and experienced competition. Zo showed off his quick hands in the 3 on 3 games; several times Lorenzo found himself mismatched against smaller quicker guards only to steal them of the ball.

Marcus White- With a great nose for the ball around the basket and supreme athleticism, Marcus was able to get quite a few garbage points around the hoop. On the second to last day at camp Marcus injured himself when he came down hard after a put-back and stayed out the rest of camp and was scheduled for an X-ray when he returned back to Chicago.

Pierre Pierce- Playing alongside the famed Dajuan Wagner, Pierre showed that he should be considered among the top tier of guards in the nation. More then holding his own against bigger named players Pierre showed off his smooth play to get his teammates involved. Looked very comfortable taking the ball to the hoop and finished very well.

Todd Townsend- Todd left early to attend a Family Reunion in New England. However, he didn't leave without making his mark on the camp. In this talent laden camp Todd elevated his stock to new heights. Displaying a newfound jump shot that is not only pretty but also extremely effective Todd impressed many. Compiling his new outside game with his leadership and supreme athleticism it's no wonder why such programs as Houston, Rutgers, Northeastern, UNC Greensboro, Loyola of Chicago, Old Dominion,Virginia and Providence are showing major interest in Todd. They will have to wait one year as Todd will attend New Hampton Prep School next year.



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