Doherty was a natural teacher and the players learned from him well. In addition, Doherty coached a team of his own at the camp, and the players were cracking jokes with him all day.
Another great who was teaching some of the players was George Karl. Karl was analyzing scrimmages, stopping every now and then to make sure the players absorbed the information. Karl coached a team of his own at the camp as well.
The first day of the Reebok ABCD Camp was highlighted by a single player. D'Andre Bell was by far the best player of the day.
Bell is a 6'6" senior guard weighing 210 pounds. Bell is a pure shooter. His stroke was on and he was the most shooter impressive of the day. He played like he was a much older, more experienced player.
Bell moves well without the ball, hustles up and down the floor, is a great jumper, crashes the boards hard and has a strong ability to see the whole court. Bell is very interested in Arizona among other schools such as Georgetown.
Bell has not been a highly recruited player, but that will change with more performances like today's. Apparently the Wildcats have shown increased interest as of late and he likes the Wildcats' tradition of developing players and sending them to the NBA.
Lance Thomas did nothing to decrease his stock. The tall forward was very aggressive most of the time. He shot the ball well today and did a lot of the little things. The only negative was that he took a few plays off. He likes Arizona a lot, but said that Duke was recruiting him the hardest at this point.
Illinois big man Jeremiah Bryant impressed with his communication skills. The 6-7 power forward did a great job communicating with his teammates and coaches and kept things rolling for his squad. Despite being on the thin side, Johnson is very strong and aggressive. He said he'd love to hear more from the Wildcats.
Richard Semrau has a lot of talent, the potential is apparent, but he did not play very well. The 6-9 power forward has nice size and decent athleticism, but just didn't get it done today.
West Coast point guard Tyre Thompson was very impressive. He provided his team an instant spark when he entered a game. He relished the chance to go against quality players and was especially aggressive against Davon Jefferson. He is incredibly active and has no trouble hustling.
Jefferson was not quite as impressive. He did not look very interested to be there, especially on defense. He's got nice quickness but just wasn't an effective defender. He was an effective passer and showed nice skills when he put in the effort.
Wildcat big man recruit Alex Stepheson looked great once again. His added muscle is a huge asset. He works very hard and was aggressive on the boards. In the early game he was a perfect from the field, although he was very patient on offense, maybe too patient.