Capobianco enjoys experience at NBA Top 100 Camp

  • 06/23/2008 7:52 pm in

Many of the top seniors-to-be assembled last week at the University of Virginia for the NBA Top 100 Camp and one of IU’s committed players for the 2009 class, Bobby Capopbianco, was right in the thick of things.

“Basically, it started every morning at 6:30. You could choose to come and work out before breakfast. There was about 25 of us that came to do that,” Capobianco told Inside the Hall. “You would eat breakfast and then you’d have a morning class where someone would talk to you about recruiting, attitude, things like that. Then it moved to games and there were workout sessions during the day. It was a lot of exercise and a lot of games.”

Capobianco played for the Magic at the camp and teamed up with Stephan Van Treese and Roger Franklin.

“Nothing new playing with Steve, we play together all of the time. It was good to have him though because we have good court chemistry. Roger’s a great guy. We’ve been friends for a while. The kid hustles harder than anybody else that I’ve ever seen. It was a pleasure playing with both of them.”

Besides taking part in the NBA Top 100, Capobianco has been busy playing with Indiana Elite and one of his teammates is Bloomington South point guard Jordan Hulls.

“I’m stoked that he’s coming (to Indiana). I feel like it’s going to be a good situation for him and somewhere that he can thrive with Coach Crean’s offense,” Capobianco said. “We’re both excited to be playing together in college. We talk a lot about what to expect our freshman year and with how college is going to go.”

With his post game well-established, Capobianco is using the summer to improve on other aspects on his game that will help him at the next level.

“My play in the post is something I’ve always prided myself on, so really I’ve been working on playing off the wing and a pull-up jumper. The other stuff has been jumping and running.”

As far as the rest of the summer goes, Capobianco will wrap things up with the Adidas Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati, the Kentucky Hoopfest in Louisville and also the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.

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  • JerryCT

    Hello Hoosier smitty. I think few folks have checked your earlier post about the team. I can predict however that Dumes will pay SG and Roth will struggle to play minutes due to defense and no lift on his shot.

    I love this kid Capobianco . He is worth his weight in gold in attitude, work ethic and skill. He is the new poster child for IU basketball if Pritchard does nto not beat him to it………………………….maybe even Jones as well.

  • JerryCT

    Also , I love EJ but his game has so many flaws that whoever gets him needs to be pateint and teach him things he needs to go along with is natural skills.

    His body fat measures worry me however. At least DJ worked it off for his Sr year

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry-

    Bro….the kid is built as solid as a rock and that has been the consensus, that he has had an NBA ready body since h.s.

    As far as Roth, I have seen him play and if one problem he doesn't have is anything to do with his shooting. Oddly enough, his shooting helps him get to the basket. Roth will be the best shooter on the team…….I say that with ALFORD like confidence.

  • Kelin Blab

    Also why is Roger Franklin procrastinating on what he NEEDS to do and sing with IU now, c'mon Rog….we want you here and you want to be here…get on board now.

  • He can't sign until November anyway. He's going to take official visits, hopefully IU gets one.

  • JerryCT

    NBA measured him at 3 times Bayless in body fat. I put on weight as I got older and it was not always good weight. Did not happen to you ?

    He will need to work tobe what most of us want him to be.

    Ali used to fight late in life at about 220 but he was 180lb of muscle in a 220lb body. I am just worried about the pro game , the road and what seems to be a tendency to get heavy and slow his game doen.

  • JerryCT

    Hope I am wrong about Roth but time will tell. Jones outplayed him big time from what I saw on video and Dumes is ready now

  • hoosierfan27

    Gordon is more fit and athletic than any of us dream. Everything I've seen is that he has one of the most NBA ready frames you will find in Thursday's draft. Not sure why you think he is becoming overweight, the kid is a beast. I had class with him this year and believe me he is not overweight at all. He will be a multiple all star in the next level mark my words. I love DJ but you cant even compare the difference in athleticism between him and Gordon. Gordon is one of the top 5 most NBA ready players in this draft. Once he gets on an NBA workout plan he will be unstoppable.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have a good feeling about dumes, like the fact that he is a local kid. Good story….

  • hoosierfan27

    Roger Franklin is #1 on my wishlist slightly ahead of Watford for 2009. He's developed an outside shot and I've heard his defense is much better than Watford's Personally I think IU is his top school. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he commits in the next couple months. Many articles I read have a connection with him and future IU players(Capobianco, Elston, Hulls). It seems strange that all of them bring him up when they have been interviewed by different recruiting services. But don't get wrong I'd love for a transfer to occur and we can get Frankin and Watford. I truly think it may happen.

  • hoosierfan27

    Dumes will be a very solid player, but I've heard he's lacking in the intelligence department. This is very legit information but I will not say where I heard it. Hint: he's one of the returning players from last year.

  • Kelin Blab

    mmm that narrows it down to two sources……….

  • Ryan_T

    My buddies and I have had an interesting time trying to predict the starting 5 for this season. Anyone have any input?

    I'd say:

    Jones – PG
    Dumes – SG
    Williams – 3
    Story – 4
    Taber – 5

    ??

    I can't imagine Jobe will start, but if by some strange event that he does, I'd put him at the 5, Taber at the 4, Williams 3, Dumes 2, Jones 1.

    Your thoughts?

  • student

    Jones is really small, I don't see him starting yet, and Williams is actually bigger than Story, no way Story plays the 4 spot.

    Dumes- PG
    Williams- SG
    Story- SF
    Taber- PF
    Pritchard- PF

    Jobe, Pritchard and Taber are all going to play a TON of minutes.

  • B_MD

    Dumes isn't a point guard. Jones is small? Isn't he like 6'4″ or 6'5″? That's huge for a point guard. I know he doesn't bring a lot of weight, but his height at point guard will off set that. You don't see a lot of 6'4″ or 6'5″ point guards in college basketball.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yeah I wasn't sure where Dumes fit in, either as SG or PG….seemed like he was more a SG, but I heard he might transition to point for us. I'm hopeful Roth's shooting touch helps him get minutes.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'm going with

    PG – Jones
    SG – Roth
    G/F – Williams
    G/F – Story
    F – Pritchard

    I think with where our talent is, we have to play a smaller lineup and go with a guard heavy lineup. Story and Williams have good size (Story seemed thicker than Williams, but Williams seemed to have more length and wingspan), so I think they will be ok. Maybe, just maybe, it's …

    PG – Jones
    G/F – Williams
    G/F – Story
    PF Pritchard
    PF Taber

    Then, that means Jobe is our only big man off the bench. That scares me. I say start small and use two bigs only when absolutely needed.

    Who will Jones's backup PG be? Dumes? Moore? No way…

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Jones, Williams, and Pritchard start for sure…I say Dumes (over Roth and Story) with Taber is in the line up against bigger teams and one of the two bumps above against smaller line ups.

  • Ryan_T

    I really don't see Pritchard starting over Taber. I mean c'mon, Taber will have senior experience (and even started a few times last season), which I think is enough to qualify him over freshmen Pritchard. I foresee Taber and Pritchard subbing in and out for each other though. And I agree, I think against bigger teams (Wisconsin) we'll start them both.

    Jones, Williams, Taber for sure in my opinion. The other 2 are in the up in the air… (Dumes, Roth, Story ?).

    Man, we're going to have such a short lineup. Even ONE injury can completely destroy what little chance we have of winning games.

  • southsidehitmen

    Let's start Jobe….screw it, let him go out and intimidate everyone.

    But I would think there are no real locks yet for starter…if there was one i'd guess it'd be Nick Williams.

    On the draft: Chad Fords latest draft has Gordon going fifth to Memphis…and D.J. with the 36th pick to Portland. If D.J. falls that low, I would LOVE for him to keep falling all the way to 39th so the Bulls can pick him up.

    If the Bulls draft Rose and White I might have to get season tickets….even though I still go to school at IU and am already in debt.

  • JerryCT

    I guess I donot understand the factual basis for regarding Roth and Story as starters and Pritchard ever on the bench unless we are forced to sit him.

    Dumes – would have set an IU record ( better than Alford ) for 3 pt FG based on his JC numbers last year and had a credible Fr season at EMU. Older, more experienced, more defense, better more proven college scorer than Roth.

    JOnes – only true PG on scholarship, outplayed Roth in HS

    Pritchard – our only guy who can play big on both ends of the floor

    Williams – plays active and long comapred to Story who cannot lift, cannot move lateraly and did not play much this past year with his school transfer all screwed up

    Taber, Jobe – these 2 split time

    Rotation – Roth for DUmes, Story ( maybe) for WIlliams

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I think Dumes starts but you are giving JC too much respect. I said it before…AAU is much better comp than JC. I would take some talent off the hyper and srsc pick up games over a lot of JC players (not comparing Dumes).

    To comment on the big men from other posts. Pritchard is better than Taber (experience – not really, skills – none, hustle – yes), and Jobe is just big not intimidating, esp if thats what his JC numbers really were…

  • Kelin Blab

    I think if anyone is a lock to start it is Pritchard especially if he has grown another two inches as I have heard. He is a good passer, rebounder, and has…get this….actual offensive post moves…..unfortunately he will get the DJ white treatment with not other viable post to throw to but he will have shooters on the outside…..

    I think it is interesting how we have really turned the page on ALL of the other guys who have left……and how we don't miss them……No one is yelling how good we could have been with Deandre back? what a bust…………..KS sold us swamp land on this kid….

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'm interested to see the comparison between Roth and Dumes. Seems like there's no debating that they can both shoot, but it remains to be seen if they can do it successfully at this level. Dumes maybe lacks basketball IQ according to a post, and Roth might not be able to get open for looks and match up on defense. I want to see them in action.

  • This upcoming season, well, it's going to get ugly at times, but looking ahead to next year, the backcourt will be loaded. Here's a full list (walk-ons included) of the backcourt players.

    Devan Dumes (Great shooter/combo guard)
    Malik Story (Great shooter, has size at 6'5″)
    Nick Williams (Shooter with size, solid athlete, can hit the 3)
    Jeremiah Rivers (Point with defensive skills, leadership abilities)
    Verdell Jones (Point with upside, needs some hungryman meals)
    Matt Roth (Prolific 3 point Shooter and……)
    Jordan Hulls (Point with crafty ballhandling and passing)
    Maurice Creek (Shooter with size, scoring abilities)
    Daniel Moore (point, comparable with Errek Suhr)
    Brett Finkelmeier (towel boy)
    Kory Barnett (a guard/wing that i don't know squat about)

    With all of those guards, i thought i was looking at Villanova's roster there for a split sec.. Ok, now here are next years frontcourt players.

    Tijan Jobe (a 7-footer……)
    Tom Pritchard (a banger, solid skills, aggressive)
    Broderick Lewis (raw/undersized/athlete)
    Derek Elston (more of a wing than a post)
    Bobby Capobianco (a post player who isn't afraid to mix it up)

    Other players being targeted by IU coaching staff…

    Derrick Favors (Would be a monumental catch)
    Roger Franklin
    Christian Watford
    Jamil Wilson
    Dante Taylor
    Stephan Van Tresse
    Aaron Dotson
    Mike Moser
    Demetrius Walker
    Shawn Kemp Jr.
    Jordan Prosser

  • Kelin Blab

    I think if anyone is a lock to start it is Pritchard especially if he has grown another two inches as I have heard. He is a good passer, rebounder, and has…get this….actual offensive post moves…..unfortunately he will get the DJ white treatment with not other viable post to throw to but he will have shooters on the outside…..

    I think it is interesting how we have really turned the page on ALL of the other guys who have left……and how we don't miss them……No one is yelling how good we could have been with Deandre back? what a bust…………..KS sold us swamp land on this kid….

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'm interested to see the comparison between Roth and Dumes. Seems like there's no debating that they can both shoot, but it remains to be seen if they can do it successfully at this level. Dumes maybe lacks basketball IQ according to a post, and Roth might not be able to get open for looks and match up on defense. I want to see them in action.

  • This upcoming season, well, it's going to get ugly at times, but looking ahead to next year, the backcourt will be loaded. Here's a full list (walk-ons included) of the backcourt players.

    Devan Dumes (Great shooter/combo guard)
    Malik Story (Great shooter, has size at 6'5″)
    Nick Williams (Shooter with size, solid athlete, can hit the 3)
    Jeremiah Rivers (Point with defensive skills, leadership abilities)
    Verdell Jones (Point with upside, needs some hungryman meals)
    Matt Roth (Prolific 3 point Shooter and……)
    Jordan Hulls (Point with crafty ballhandling and passing)
    Maurice Creek (Shooter with size, scoring abilities)
    Daniel Moore (point, comparable with Errek Suhr)
    Brett Finkelmeier (towel boy)
    Kory Barnett (a guard/wing that i don't know squat about)

    With all of those guards, i thought i was looking at Villanova's roster there for a split sec.. Ok, now here are next years frontcourt players.

    Tijan Jobe (a 7-footer……)
    Tom Pritchard (a banger, solid skills, aggressive)
    Broderick Lewis (raw/undersized/athlete)
    Derek Elston (more of a wing than a post)
    Bobby Capobianco (a post player who isn't afraid to mix it up)

    Other players being targeted by IU coaching staff…

    Derrick Favors (Would be a monumental catch)
    Roger Franklin
    Christian Watford
    Jamil Wilson
    Dante Taylor
    Stephan Van Tresse
    Aaron Dotson
    Mike Moser
    Demetrius Walker
    Shawn Kemp Jr.
    Jordan Prosser