Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp 2011

By Marcus Shockley & James Blackburn

Chris Paul takes on Kendall Marshall as Jarrett Jack looks on at Chris Paul's elite guard camp
Chris Paul takes on Kendall Marshall as Jarrett Jack looks on.

One of our favorite camps of the year is Chris Paul’s elite guard camp, which brings in some of the best college guards as well as a couple dozen elite high school players. This year, Chris has brought in fellow pros Eric Bledsoe, Jarrett Jack and L.D. Williams to help the college players bolster their games. We’ll have more reports after the event and especially after scrimmage games; the first night is entirely drills, and it’s one of the few times you can see college players in a camp setting like this.

Some early notes:

College Players

Harrison Barnes – Actually looks a step quicker than last season, better with the ball. Could be from playing in the ACC all year, but he is active, talking to other players, working the drills. Had huge putback dunk in 5-on-5 drills. Great attitude, cannot emphasize that enough.

Kendall Marshall – Improved jump shot

Kenny Boynton – Very Quick

Jordan Taylor – Solid, smart- great defender- high release- shot has little hitch. Went through drills very hard. Has a strong upper body. Great defense in 1 on 1 drill. Had a great defensive trip against Chris Paul, forcing Chris into a tough fade way 3 that hit the side of the backboard. Explosive and can get to rim and go to middle- loves little right hand hook/floater- Shawn Marion type shot. Future pro

High School Players

Rodney Purvis Looks Ahead to Shawn Lester
Rodney Purvis Looks Ahead to Shawn Lester.

Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’4″, 2012) – Bigger and stronger than last season, now looks like NBA sized guard. Did not get to see him too much but he was matched up against Tyler Lewis in most drills. Purvis now looks like he’s got the strength for the college game. Still looks like his jumper needs consistency, but the first step and explosiveness is there. Fastest HS player baseline to baseline with out ball.

Marcus Bryan (PF, 6’7″, 2013). Has grown a couple of inches but still has an impressive fluidity to his game, great handle and quickness. He has good strength and his height makes him a match up problem for the guards at the camp.

Bronson Koenig (PG, 6’2″, 2013) . Poised and calm, worked to get into a rhythm during one-on-one drills. Has a solid mid range pull up jumper and deft, smooth moves to get to the basket. Needs to get stronger.

Codi Miller-McIntyre (PG, 6’2″, 2012) – Wake Forest commit. Very solid, strong with the ball, heads up dribbler who knows how to run the offense. Makes moves with determination and looks like he understands the flow of the offense very well.

L.J. Rose (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2012) – Handles the ball extremely well, eyes up dribbler. Has good strength. Looks like he could play the 1 or the 2, but need to see him play the point during scrimmages. Fades on his shot some, may have been tired after drills. Messed up one drill and went back and did it over again. Cool demeanor. Solid jump shot, started making them towards the end of the 1 on 1 drills, after struggling with it early. Good defense- contests most shots with hand in face. Has a bad habit of drop dribbling.

Gary Harris (SG/PG, 6’4″, 2012) One of, if not the top HS player that we saw tonight. Did it all. Won the 1 on 1 drill for the HS players. Very strong- can finish with contact. Man amongst boys. Can get to rim and finish. Solid defense. Needs to work on jump shot and consistency- low release. More of a slasher than shooter.


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