NBA Pre-Draft Camp 2005 | Recaps & Box Scores
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Hundreds of NBA executives, general managers, coaches and scouts were on hand at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago from June 7-10 for a few days of evaluating players in preparation for NBA Draft 2005 on June 28. Bulls EVP-Basketball Operations John Paxson, Head Coach Scott Skiles and other members of Chicago's staff were there for the duration of the camp. Below are recaps and box scores from the camp's three days of game action.
Bulls' Dir. of Player Personnel Gar Forman and John Paxson take in the scene at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp.
Team Three 102, Team Two 97 | Box Score
In the opening game of the final day at the NBA Pre-Draft camp, Tre Simmons provided a showing that he hopes left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. Simmons, a 6-5 guard from Washington, scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in leading his Team Three to a 102-97 win over Team Two.
Simmons averaged 15.6 ppg over the camp’s three games for Team Three (1-2), which also had big contributions from Dijon Thompson (18 points) and Sharrod Ford (17 and eight rebounds).
Team Two (0-3) ends camp play winless despite having seven players record double digits in Friday’s game. Team Two passed for 26 assists in the game, with Chris Thomas dishing nine and Carl Krauser seven.
Notable performers were Kevin Pittsnogle (16 points on 7-13 FG, five rebounds), Sean Banks (13 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Larry O’Bannon (13 points on 7-10 FT). However, following the game, Pittsnogle told reporters that he would withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to West Virginia for his senior season.
Team One 95, Team Six 72 | Box Score
If there were any doubts about whether or not David Lee could play, he may have dismissed them in his final game at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp. The 6-9 forward from Florida scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed seven boards in leading his Team One to a 95-72 win over Team Six.
Daryl Dorsey and Marcin Gortat each chipped in with 15 points for Team One, which ended the camp with a perfect 3-0 mark.
Team Six (2-1) was led by Oklahoma State guard John Lucas’ 15 points and four assists. Rawie Marshall added 13 points, while Steven Smith recorded 12 and five rebounds.
Team Four 73, Team Five 71 | Box Score
Team Four’s Alan Anderson scored 18 points and Team Four dominated the boards, leading to a 73-71 victory over Team Five. Michigan State’s Anderson connected on 6-of-9 from the field while he and his teammates outrebounded Team Five by an overwhelming 39-24 margin.
Taylor Coppenrath finished with 14 points and five boards, while Aaron Miles recorded seven assists and six rebounds for Team Four (2-1).
North Carolina product Jawad Williams led the way with 16 points for Team Five (1-2), which also got nice contributions from Ronnie Price (12 points) and Robert Whaley (11).
Prospects Bracey Wright and Luke Schenscher meet the media after a session.
Team One 88, Team Four 78 | Box Score
UTEP's Omar Thomas scored 17 points for the second straight day and added five rebounds as his Team One defeated Team Four, 88-78, in the opening game at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp on Thursday.
High school prepster Brandon Rush, the younger brother of Charlotte Bobcats’ guard Kareem Rush, tallied his second double digit camp performance, recording 10 points with three steals for the victors. UNC-Charlotte’s Eddie Basden also reached double figures for a second time with 13 and had four steals for Team One (2-0), which outscored Team Four by 10 in the second half for the win.
Team Four (1-1) was led by West Virginia center D’or Fischer (12 points) and Michigan State product Alan Anderson (11 points and four steals). Taylor Coppenrath and Dwyane Jones added 10 each, while Torin Francis contributed eight points and six rebounds.
Team Five 97, Team Two 81 | Box Score
A strong showing from Illinois guard Luther Head may have moved him one step closer to becoming a first round selection in NBA Draft 2005 later this month. Head connected on 4-of-5 shots from three-point range and finished with a game-high 21 to go with four steals and three rebounds as his Team Five downed Team Two, 97-81.
Team Five (1-1) also got big contributions from Mike Bell (17 on 7-11 FG, five rebounds), Robert Whaley (12, 5), and Jawad Williams (12). After entering the intermission tied at 40, Team Five broke the game open down the stretch and kept Team Two under 30 percent shooting from the floor for the game.
Team Two (0-2) had four players reach double figures and was led by Drago Pasalic’s double-double. The 6-10 Croatian forward connected on 4-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 at the stripe, finishing with 13 points and 13 boards. Larry O’Bannon had another solid outing, tallying 16 off the bench, while Juan Mendez added 15.
Team Six 109, Team Three 92 | Box Score
LaSalle’s Steven Smith had the hot hand in an up-tempo game in Thursday’s finale, scoring 23 points to lead all players in Team Six’s 109-92 win over Team Three. Smith made 9-of-14 shots from the field and recorded five rebounds, plus a pair of blocks in the victory.
Four other players—Eric Williams (18 points, six rebounds), Rawie Marshall (13), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (13) and Will Bynum (11)—finished with double digit scoring efforts for Team Six (2-0).
Washington’s Tre Simmons led the way for Team Three (0-2) with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals. Simmons’ college teammate, Will Conroy, had an equally impressive performance as he finished with 17 points, including three field goals from behind the arc, and six assists.
Illinois product Luther Head recorded 14 points on the first day of games.
Team Six 88, Team Five 71 | Box Score
Six players reached double digits in a contest that was never too close as Team Six easily defeated Team Five, 88-71, in the first game at the 2005 NBA Pre-Draft Camp.
Team Six (1-0), fueled by close to 46 percent shooting for the game, was led by former Hoosier Bracey Wright and La Salle’s Steven Smith, who scored 13 points apiece. Point guard Will Bynum, a late addition to the camp, was solid, finishing with 12 points, four assists and four rebounds, while John Lucas also added 12 for the victors.
Game-high scoring honors went to former Illini Luther Head, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting for Team Five (0-1). Marquette guard Travis Diener (11 points, five rebounds, four assists) was the only other player for Team Five to reach double digits.
Team One 98, Team Two 88 | Box Score
In the first game of the evening set, Team One outlasted Team Two in a high scoring affair, 98-88. Both teams shot over 48 percent from the field, but it was Team One that held a ten-point advantage at the half and never looked back.
Six players scored in double digits for Team One (1-0), which was led by Omar Thomas. The UTEP forward connected on 7-of-13 attempts and finished with 17 points. Other top contributors for the winners were Maryland’s John Gilchrist (15 points), Kentucky’s Chuck Hayes (12), Florida’s David Lee (12 and five rebounds) and Mt. Zion Academy’s Brandon Rush (12).
Team Two (0-1) shot well from the free throw line, making 21-of-24 (87.5%), and got a game-high 19 points from Memphis’ Sean Banks, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Larry O’Bannon (Louisville) and Drago Pasalic (Split Plastic/Croatia) chipped in with 14 each in the defeat.
Team Four 80, Team Three 73 | Box Score
In the final contest of the Pre-Draft Camp’s opening round of games, it was Team Four holding off a late charge from Team Three and securing an 80-73 win in the camp’s most competitive game yet.
Michigan State’s Alan Anderson tallied 24 points—the highest total of the day—and Team Four (1-0) used a huge advantage at the charity stripe to secure the win. Fourteen of Anderson’s 24 points came at the line as the 6-6 guard missed only a pair of free throws and his team made 16 more (30) than Team Three attempted (14).
Illinois point guard Dee Brown played only 10 minutes, leaving early after breaking his right foot, fracturing the fifth metatarsal. Brown will require surgery that will keep him out of action for at least two months and the junior will likely withdraw from the NBA draft as a result of the injury.
Florida’s Anthony Roberson’s 15 points, including a pair of threes, paced Team Three (0-1) in the loss. Oregon State’s David Lucas chipped in 12 while South Carolina’s Carlos Powell added 10.