"It was a great experience," Kieron said. "The play was very physical. I felt like a freshman again."
Coach Finch runs a half-court, double post, inside-out offense that looks to pound the ball inside, a traditional game for post players.
Achara, at age 24, was the second youngest player at the camp (Arizona State's sophomore center Eric Boateng will be 22 in November) and was banging against guys in their 30s, experienced with this type of game, and at least as tall as he with 15-20 more pounds on thier frames.
- There were eight players, plus the absent Pops Mensah-Bonsu, competing for the 4 and 5 positions. (roster)
"Since I'm waiting, I feel the best use of my time is to get ready for the trip to Canada," Achara said. "I learned a lot by competing against these veterans."
Even if he doesn't make the "cut," the opportunity to participate in this summer's camp in Sarasota, Fla. puts Achara in good position for Great Britian's Olympic Team in 2012, when the games will be held in London.
But first, GBR needs to get eligible. Their initial opportunity to qualify begins in two weeks with games on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean versus Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Slovakia. Folks can follow the team's progress at British Performance Basketball.
Duquesne's Labor Day exhibition games start on Saturday, September 1, 2007, at the University of Toronto with matches over the following two days against Ryerson University, Sheridan College and the University of Waterloo.
More information on the Scottish lad's future and these Canadian programs here later.