McDonald's: West practice Day 1

CHICAGO -- With upwards of 40 NBA scouts at the Attack Athletics facility, the McDonald's All-American practices tipped off. Shabazz Muhamamd and Grant Jerrett were top standouts for the West team.

During the two hour practice session the West Team, which is coached by West Aurora (Ill.) HIgh coach Gordon Kerkman, went through full court drills, one-on-one scenarios and even scrimmaged for the final 20 minutes.

Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor – Because of his size and length, Austin can impact games by blocking shots and bothering plenty of other attempts. In practice, Austin was able to do just that and also made some plays on the offensive side of things. His raw talent and potential is there. He put together a strong senior season and I'm curious to see how he performs on the big stage on Wednesday against the nation's top post prospects

Anthony Bennett, PF, Undecided – During practice, Bennett's effort level was top notch. Having sat out the last part of his senior season, it was clear Bennett was eager to get on the court. As always, the 6-foot-7 power forward competed on both ends. In transition he showed his explosive leaping ability, plus his knack for finishing through contact. An uncommitted prospect, Bennett was one of the guys that competed every possession.

Yogi Ferrell, PG, Indiana – What stands out about Ferrell is his speed and quickness. In an up and down environment, Ferrell is going to be tough to handle. On Monday the Indiana commit was solid. He limited his mistakes, but also never fully got it going on the offensive end. While he's often times known for his shooting ability, Ferrell made a handful of nice passes during practice.

Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky – During the two hour practice session, Goodwin struggled to get his shots to go down. With that said, Goodwin, a Kentucky signee, did show his explosive burst and ability to get to the rim. Whether it be in transition or in the half court, Goodwin finds ways to get to the rim and is a tremendous all around scorer. A game like this should set up nicely based on the 6-foot-4 guards strengths.

Grant Jerrett, C, Arizona – Jerrett made a strong impression on both ends of the floor during the West's practice. Defensively he showed intensity and an ability to swat away shots. His best defensive stretch was when he matched up against Cameron Ridley and blocked four consecutive shot attempts. Offensively he knocked down a three, showed touch around the rim and in general was efficient.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Undecided – By far the top performer on the west squad, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 strongly built wing, had a big day in front of upwards of 40 NBA scouts. He dove for loose balls, rebounded his area and in general played harder than every other player in attendance. Muhammad dunked everything around the rim, worked the mid-range game and scored at will in the one-on-one drills. It was a heck of a first day for the top rated wing in the 2012 class.

Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina – It was an up and down day for North Carolina's future point guard. In the drills Paige looked uninterested and lackadaisical at times. But then the West squad scrimmaged and Paige did a 180. He ran his team, threw a sweet pass in a pick and roll situation and knocked down an 18-footer off a cross over. His effort level and overall aggressiveness picked up in the scrimmage and it showed.

Devonta Pollard, SF/PF, Undecided -- One of the better athletes participating in the McDonald's All-American festivities, Pollard made plays in transition and in the 3-on-2 drills. He didn't hunt jump shots, but was able to make plays at the rim. He's a tremendous leaper that gets off the ground quite quick. Pollard also appears to be pushing 6-foot-8.

Cameron Ridley, C, Texas – It was a rough day for Ridley. Offensively he couldn't get much going and had his shot blocked a handful of times by Jerrett and Austin. The Texas commit has a big reputation and is capable of better performances.

Marcus Smart, SG, Oklahoma State – You can always count on Smart to bring it from a toughness and energy standpoint. The 6-foot-3 guard was his normal self, as he made plays in transition, locked up the opposition in the one-on-one drills and knocked down a handful of jumpers.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Arizona – Unfortunately Ashley spent some time on the sidelines this year because of an injury and it appeared the talented 2012 big man is still trying to get his wind back from that. Still the 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward is an impressive talent with good skills on the block. He struggled to finish at the rim during practice on Monday.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Duke – What stood out about Sulaimon's performance was his all around scoring ability. Over the course of the last two years he's improved his ball handling and shooting off the dribble. On Monday, Sulaimon posted up on two different occasions and his turn around jump shots. His scoring package is impressive and continues to expand. The Duke commit had a good day on the Attack Athletics courts.


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