Getting ready to tip practice at McDonald's. 20+ NBA types in attendance. Guys need to know GMs make valuable first impressions right here.
Aaron Gordon is announcing Tuesday at a press conference. Not live TV. Hedging my bets toward Arizona. Check out why in Starting 5 posted today on RecruitingNation.
Initial impression is that despite Aaron Gordon, the East has a treasure trove of athletic ability. Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins, Isaiah Hicks, Chris Walker, Noah Vonleh. Edge in explosiveness to the East.
Marcus Lee is the thinnest big here. That weight room at Kentucky is going to be his haven.
Would have been great to see the Harrison twins go at each other. Next time they are on different teams will be in the NBA.
10 minutes into practice and you can tell Aaron Gordon is here to make an impression. He's going at guys and gobbling up rebounds as needed. Not everyone understands the magnitude of the practice.
Here's college basketball's problem next year. When a Harrison bodies you up, the defender loses. Those guys like contact and create space. 6-5 and 210 is no joke.
San Antonio GM RC Buford in the house. Kids need to know the audience.
East team isn't communicating. Loudest noise in the gym is squeaking sneakers. You can hear the girls practices in the distance and they're communicating at a higher level. Now isn't the time to be cool -- it's a chance to demonstrate knowledge of the game. Marcus Smart hit up NBA radar here last season by commanding practices.
Andrew Wiggins went 5-for-8 in a drill shooting 3s. Holding his release better. I'm not worried about his shooting because with his natural ability and the time he will put in, progress will come. It's the development of a mid-range game that is important. He's a driver and a 3-point shooter. That middle game would give him all kinds of creative options.
Teams combined to shoot 23% from downtown in last year's game. That mark may be in jeopardy on Wednesday. Are not a lot of net strippers out here. The guys from Texas are the best shooters.
Impressive. Andrew Harrison pins Williams-Goss and Wayne Selden athletic reverse in traffic.
You go into these things with an open mind. Evaluating Aaron Gordon for the No. 2 spot is paramount this week.
Jabari Parker has the best feel for the game of anyone here. He's snuck into two finishes that you'd term sneaky athletic.
Bobby Portis is what Arkansas needs. Physically he has a learning curve but he is a rim protector and balanced offensive player. He must get stronger to hold his ground in the SEC.
Evaluating Parker and Gordon. Parker is the guy that knows everyone's role and the offense flows through him. Gordon is more demanding of the ball and oozes energy. Gordon said himself that he doesn't yet have a go-to move. Scary. Parker went harder as practice extended.
Text from an NBA scout. "Gordon is impressive."
Spoke to Andrew Wiggins. If he knows where he's going, he ain't tipping his hand. Said he's not affected at all by FSU's season.
Final thoughts: Jabari Parker closed the session strong. Aaron Gordon did well and attacked the day. East is long and athletic. Harrison twins lay the lumber on their way to the rim. Check back all week on RecruitingNation. That's all from burger camp for Monday!