Gerald Henderson- We wrote about him yesterday, but he was even more impressive in practice than he was during the dunk contest where his windmill off of a bounce earned him a dunk championship over hometown hero Chase Budinger. He was elevating over Thaddeus Young for deep threes, dunking with authority in traffic and playing extremely tough defense. He makes in impact on both ends of the court as soon as he arrives in Durham.
Greg Oden- After a very quiet Sunday (he won a state title before arriving), Oden got things warmed up on Monday. He beasted his way past defenders in the post, altered shots defensively and kept the glass plenty clean. It looks like he's got things warmed up to about 80% speed now and he should be at a 100% of his usually dominant self by game time Wednesday.
Tywon Lawson- Although he struggled at times with Javaris Crittenton's strength and bulk on both ends, Lawson proved what he's all about. He hits timely threes when he gets space, but it is his assortment of floaters, runners and flip shots in the lane that really helps him stand out.
Sherron Collins- An argument could be made that Collins has been the most impressive looking PG for either squad. Nobody on the West has been able to keep him out of the lane and he's been finding teammates with regularity. About midway through practice he started to look for his scoring even more and put Daequan Cook on his heels with a series of quick crossovers.
Demond Carter- He fell just short of Wayne Ellington in the three point contest when Ellington drained a money ball at the buzzer to seal a victory, but otherwise Carter had a nice day. He drained several deep jumpers, made some plays off the bounce and also threw some impressive passes in transition.
James Keefe- He drew the unenviable task of trying to stop Kevin Durant from scoring and struggled with that, but it shouldn't be held against him because nobody is stopping Durant. However, Keefe looked terrific offensively banking home 12 footers, getting on the offensive glass and finding his niche on the West squad. He's a perfect fit for UCLA and was part of the winning team ball duo.