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June 26, 2007

NBPA Camp top performers: 6-10

The National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va., was one of the best events of the year.

Trying to identify the top performers at the event was not easy. Prospects from coast to coast showcased their skills against other standouts.

Rivals.com's Justin Young breaks down Nos. 6-10 prospects from the event.

NBPA Top 100 camp top performers: 6-10
No. 6 Xavier Henry, SG, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City
10.6 points a game (10th in camp)

It should not be a surprise that Henry, one of the most dynamic scorers in the country, stood out in Virginia. The powerfully built 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior-to-be continues to showcase an impressive offensive game.

The No. 2 ranked player in the class of 2009 had to make the best of things for half the camp because his luggage was lost en route to Virginia from Oklahoma. It is scary to imagine how well he would have played in with his regular shoes, gear, etc.

Henry, who is still considering Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio State, will certainly push Renardo Sidney for the top spot in 2009 this summer. Henry may have been the top pro prospect at the event.

No. 7 Tony Mitchell, SF, Swainsboro (Ga.)
12.1 points per game (third in camp)

The small-town standout brought a big-city game to the camp. Mitchell opened a lot of eyes with his size, tremendous athleticism and instant offense. Mitchell was one of the top overall scorers in the camp and did it with transition buckets, impressive plays above the rim and deep range with his jumper.

Mitchell, who is looking seriously at Alabama and Cincinnati, put a couple of teams away late in games with his ability to get into the passing lanes on defense and break away for quick scores.

One of his strengths is hitting the offensive glass. He's quick off of his feet and has great length to work above the rim. Mitchell cemented himself as one of the top players in the camp.

No. 8 Elston Turner, SG/PG, Roseville (Calif.)
13.1 points per game (second in camp)

The Washington commitment showed his versatility at the camp. He did a little bit of everything over the course of the week. Turner showed he could run the point, score as a two guard, rebound like a small forward and he defended well at all three positions.

Turner, the son of NBA assistant coach Elston Turner, Sr., looked comfortable with the ball in his hands and raised his game to the level of competition. While his scoring numbers were good, the 6-foot-4 guard from Northern California didn't look for his own shot with his first option. His patience, understanding and willingness to do whatever it took to win helped him shine.

Simplicity was the name of the game for Turner, a Rivals150 prospect. Rarely did he force the issue. He scored with ease, and did it when the moment presented itself. Overall, Turner brought a complete game to Charlottesville.

No. 9 Kemba Walker, PG, New York (N.Y.) Rice
9.2 points per game

Fresh off a commitment to Connecticut, the floor general played with poise and passion. He was the glue to his team all week. A proven winner at the high school and the AAU levels, Walker also had success in the camp setting.

Never rattled and always ready for the next challenge that came his way, Walker seemed to steady the ship. He found teammates with crisp passes or made shots himself. Walker helped his club make it to the finals. His perimeter shot is improving each time out, and his confidence seems to be soaring as well.

If there were any question how good he would be outside the New York Gauchos AAU program, Walker certainly answered the call. He was the second best point guard in the camp, only behind Brandon Jennings. Walker has made a strong case for his place in the McDonald's All-American game this spring and summer. July could be a huge month for the rising floor leader, who has cemented himself as an upper echelon point guard nationally.

No. 10 Noel Johnson, SG/SF, Fayette County (Ga.)
9.67 points per game

For the first three days of action, the 6-foot-5 junior-to-be was one of the top three scorers.

Johnson attacked the basket with the dribble, finished on defenders that protected the basket and diversified his offensive attack. Part of his decline in the ratings after the spring was his lack of such versatility in his game.

Johnson was oozing confidence after each game, and he should enter the July period with a new approach to his game. He looked a lot like the player he was during the high school season when he demanded the full attention of the defense. Johnson looks like he is back on track.

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