Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Face Off

Can Hoopeston native Thad Matta make a winner out of Ohio State basketball?

Three up, three down

After a strong week here, he''s drawing comparisons with the last big-time point guard out of Crane, Georgia Tech''s Will Bynum. Collins is undersized (he measured at 5-foot-11 in his bare feet), but with the ball in his hands, the junior is as dazzling as anyone at the camp.

Nike All-America Camp Tidbits

INDIANAPOLIS – It''s almost seven hours by car from Duluth, Minn., to Milwaukee. It''s another three and a half from Milwaukee to Champaign.

Cory Johnson made the trip last week, and it flew by.

UI recruit spreading the word

INDIANAPOLIS – Spot Jon Scheyer here this week and you''re likely to see Josh McRoberts nearby.

They aren''t teammates at the Nike All-America Camp, but Scheyer, a junior guard from Glenbrook North, and McRoberts, a senior forward from Carmel, Ind., have become fast friends.

The Grab Five

We gave Brett Dawson five scholarships and a few stipulations and asked him to put together a group of players from this week''s Nike All-America Camp that would keep Illinois in the market for Big Ten titles for years to come.

Dawson was allowed to pick players from any class (he chose four seniors and a junior), but he couldn''t choose Jamar Smith, who''s already committed to Illinois, and had to consider only players who''ve shown at least token interest in the Illini.

Forward might be an Illinois long shot, but he''s worth the recruiting effort

INDIANAPOLIS – There might be no point in pursuing Jamal Boykin.

The 6-foot-6 forward is, after all, high on Duke, and the last time the Blue Devils blew a recruiting lead, it took the Clippers to sway the prospect in question.

Three up, three down

Every day this week, News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson will give his ups and downs from the Nike All-America Camp. Today''s entries:

Nike All-America Camp Tidbits

They come from Tobacco Road and Tucson and points in between. They wear logos on their polos, and their very presence draws stares.

They are guys like Roy Williams and Lute Olson and Tubby Smith, and they''re the main attraction here at the Nike All-America Camp.

Brown''s targeting NBA teams

INDIANAPOLIS – Deron Williams already said he''ll take a long look at the NBA if he puts together a strong junior season.

On Friday, buddy and backcourt mate Dee Brown followed suit.

UI target says he won''t be shy about mixing it up down low

INDIANAPOLIS – He was blessed with killer handles and a feathery jump shot, but Jon Scheyer carries curses, too.

There''s the baby face, for starters. And that rail-thin frame.