McDonald's Notebook: Day One

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kyrie Irving, Patric Young and Tristan Thompson had big days during the first day of practice for the 33rd McDonald's All-American game.

The McDonald's All-American festivities are underway.

24 of the nation's top prospects are gathering in Ohio for what is the 33rd annual McDonald's All-American game.

The players arrived on Saturday and their activities began on Saturday. After visiting the Ronald McDonald house in the morning, the prospects had their first practice at Ohio State's athletic center.

After a 15-minute stretch session with Alan Stein they hit the court fir a competitive 90-minute practice session that included coaches putting in plays, drills and some scrimmaging.

Practice Notes

-Tristan Thompson looked the best we've seen him in quite some time. The future Longhorn was aggressive, especially on the offensive end, and he attempted to dunk everything around the rim.

-We already knew Patric Young was beast in the paint because of his size, strength, motor and athleticism. Now the 6-foot-9 post prospect is developing post moves and adding aspects to his game. He was impressive and will be a big help for Florida next year.

-The West team is full of high-level shooters. Keith Appling was just one of the guys that was ripping up the night every time we looked at the East's court. Brandon Knight, Corey Joseph, Doron Lamb and Harrison Barnes are also knock down guys.

-Jim Boeheim's next big man – Fab Melo – looked pretty good during his practice session. The 7-footer appears to be in great shape, showed soft hands and finished around the rim.

-Tobias Harris looked especially good on Sunday. His best move of the day was a coast-to-coast dunk. He's tough to guard because of his versatility and his overall skill set. It's clear he's serious about getting and staying in shape. His body looks better every time out.

-Seattle's finest -- Josh Smith -- is as big as we've ever seen him. Going forward the 6-foot-10 big man will need to get in better shape before he hits the hardwood for UCLA. With all that said, he's a heck of a talent that completed a handful of power dunks during the intersquad scrimmage.

-Fresh off winning a state title Saturday night, Ray McCallum proved tough to defend during the West's practice just a day later. Whether it was Appling, Knight or Joseph checking him, McCallum showed a quick first step and lived in the lane. He seems quicker since last summer.

-During the East practice Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones matched up and it was quite intriguing. "Sully" used his size and bulk to maneuver in the paint and score at the rim, but Jones made it quite difficult for him because of his athleticism. Jones also showed off a nice mid-range jump shot.

-The most impressive player through the first day of the McDonald's All-American practice was Kyrie Irving. The future Blue Devil was nearly unstoppable in transition and has a terrific speed burst. He seems to improve every time out. This game should set up for a nice match up between Irving and Brandon Knight.

-Although he struggled to finish in the paint, C.J. Leslie, of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, played extremely hard. He made a handful of freaky athletic finishes not only on the break, but also in the half court.

Weeks Activities
-Monday – Practice: 9 a.m., 3-point & Dunk contest: 6:30
-Tuesday – Practice: 9 a.m.
-Wednesday – Game: 8 p.m.

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