ABCD spells T-A-L-E-N-T
Hoop elite hit courts today
By KRISTIE ACKERT
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
The annual arrival of basketball elite will be marked today with the first open session of the Reebok ABCD camp on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. The 23rd annual camp, which began for the top high schoolers yesterday with classroom instruction, opens with games featuring some of the top local and national talent.
"Every high school basketball player dreams of making it to a high profile college and then onto the NBA," said camp founder Sonny Vaccaro. "ABCD Camp is a great steppingstone toward those dreams."
The camp competition, which is open to the public for $5 per session, begins today. The schedule through Saturday is games at 2:15 and 3:30 and night session games at 7, 8:15 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday morning there will be games at 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45. The all-star games will be at 3 p.m. for the underclassmen and at 4:30 for rising seniors.
Drawing attention from top college coaches this year will be Billy Walker from Cincinnati, Kevin Love from Lake Oswego, Ore., Cole Aldrich of Bloomington, Minn., Brandon Jennings of Lakewood, Calif., and Renardo Sidney of Jacksonville, Miss.
The camp has also drawn on the rich pool of local talent. St. Patrick guard Corey Fisher, Stepinac guard Melquan Bolding, the former Boys and Girls duo of Dwan McMillan and Jermaine Peterson, Holy Cross rising junior Sylven Landesberg, former Loughlin junior Devin Ebanks and Canarsie's Nathaniel Lester headline the locals who will be competing among the top players in the country.
"It will be a big week for some local players," said one Big East assistant coach. "Corey (Fisher) is playing to make a national all-star game. Sylven is going to be making a real splash with the guys across the country who haven't seen how much he's grown as a player. Guys like McMillan, Peterson and Lester can show that they belong at the highest levels with a good week.
"For those guys, it could be a very exciting week."
The camp features morning skills sessions run by NBA assistant coaches. Again this year, ABCD director of academics Rich Kosik has invited coaches from the PSAL to the morning sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. to observe the drills and coaching techniques.
Originally published on July 6, 2006