Orlando Wrap Up, Final Thoughts - Part One

Today started with another look at Doron Lamb and his Gaucho team. With the conclusion of pool play and the commencement of the bracket play we see an increase in the level of competition which takes player evaluation to a new level.

Today started with another look at Doron Lamb and his Gaucho team. With the conclusion of pool play and the commencement of the bracket play we see an increase in the level of competition which takes player evaluation to a new level. Doron's play is best described as steady. He has yet to show any spurts where one is amazed over a 5 minutes span but rather he plays solid for an entire 32 minutes. In his only game of the day he put up 27 pts by going 9 of 17 overall from the field (0 for 2 from long range) and 9/10 from the line. Through the 4 games so far his game is a model of consistency on both ends of the floor. He continues to play strong and physical offensively and defensively. In a tournament basically devoid of any presence of the UK staff, once again we did have a representative in attendance which hopefully is an indicator of how we feel about him.

This afternoon I was able to again catch some Kyrie Irving and had a quick word with coach Robic who was in attendance. Kyrie again showed why he is one of if not the top prospect in the land. Unlike Lamb, this kid will woo you with scoring episodes. Today he put down 13 in one quarter, a quarter in which they broke open a close game due in a large part to his explosiveness. He started slow by hitting only 1 of his first 5 shots but then hit 11 of his next 13 including a streak of 9 in a row. His point line was an impressive 12 of 18 and hit 1 of his 5 trey attempts. Additionally, he was perfect from the line going 5 for 5. Many of his baskets were the result of run outs as half time adjustments yielded numerous uncontested lay ups. Still, it was an impressive performance and only solidifies my desire to see this kid in UK blue. I can see him as the classic John Calipari lead guard. He is a point who can put up points by the bushel.

I did manage to squeeze in a couple new evaluations today. An early rise and trip to the Milk House allowed me to watch top 10 ranked forward in the class of 2011 Johnny Lee O'Bryant. Another superior athlete who is long and lean yet not skinny, this Mississippian can get off the floor quickly and move up and down the court with excellent speed and agility. He did all of his scoring damage today in the first half, tallying 14 points by intermission but failed to score in the second half. Included in those points was a trey. Overall he was 5 of 7 from the floor. But he is about more than scoring. He also managed to pull down 12 rebounds (9 in the first half) to go with a couple assists and 3 blocks. His prettiest move is the quick spin move along the baseline. I can see this becoming his signature move in college. I did catch half of a game later in the afternoon and saw nothing to change my impression. I plan on being in attendance for his tomorrow morning match up as well to be sure my evaluation is on target. UK needs to keep an eye on him and hopefully he will be a main target for the cats next year.


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