ABCD: Competition Begins at Camp!

TEANECK, NJ -- The ABCD Camp is in full swing as competition began Tuesday afternoon. ITV has a complete report of all the action, including news and notes from camp, and UofL prospect evaluations and stats...you'll also want to check out the highlights of our conversation with UofL Assistant Coach Kevin Willard about the Cards recruiting efforts...

ABCD:  Day Three

We're off and running at the 2003 adidas ABCD Camp.  Competition began at 2:00 PM this afternoon and it's been non-stop hoops action since.

The great thing about national camps like ABCD is that there's always a good mix of media, coaches, players and fans and there's a certain excitement in the air when the ball is finally thrown up and the action begins.

On the first day of competition, we saw several UofL prospects in action, most more than once.  Each team plays two games per day at ABCD and we took in two games each of Rajon Rondo, Sebastian Telfair, Nolan Smith, Randolph Morris, Chris Lofton, Aaron Agnew, Clarence Holloway and Terrance Farley.

We witnessed quite a few spectacular plays, including lots of creative passes and thunderous dunks.  We also were treated to quite a few good individual matchups involving several UofL prospects.  And we also spoke at length with UofL Assistant Coach Kevin Willard about the Cards recruiting efforts this summer.

Without further ado, here's our report from the first action at ABCD....

News and Notes

While Coach Pitino and Vince Taylor were in Indianapolis today watching Mohamed Tangara and Brian Johnson, Assistant Coach Kevin Willard was busy at ABCD keeping an eye on several top UofL prospects.....According to Willard, Coach Pitino will be at ABCD on Wednesday........

Coach Willard spent considerable time watching 6'11 Randolph Morris on Tuesday......Wearing a gray Louisville t-shirt, Willard stood behind the basket during both of Morris' games on the first day of action.....

Mohamed Tangara will workout with NBA'er Shareef Abdur Rahim later this summer to improve and learn from the fellow Georgia native......

Several Head Coaches were in attendance today, including Roy Williams (North Carolina), Billy Donovan (Florida) and Louis Orr (Seton Hall).......

Willard also kept a close eye on UofL point guard prospects Sebastian Telfair and Rajon Rondo and interior prospects Aaron Agnew and Clarence Holloway......

Nolan Smith injured his right leg during the evening session and required help to leave the floor.....Smith then returned to the action several minutes later........Smith had 6 points, 1 board and 1 steal against the Clippers and made 2-4 from deep....Nolan has big time potential and an outstanding shooting stroke for a player his age....Rest assured college coaches in these parts know of the UofL legacy.......

NBA Player of the Year Tim Duncan made an appearance at ABCD Tuesday night......

6'7 Jeremiah Bryant, who attended the UofL basketball camp in June, is very athletic and excels on the defensive end.  While raw on the offensive end, his upside is huge and mid majors are already taking notice of his abilities......

Sebastian Telfair's 14 assists rank near the top in camp after the first day of action........

UofL Prospect Evaluations

Rajon Rondo - The 6'2 guard from Louisville struggled during the first two games against Justin Cerasoli and Dupree Fletcher, though he had little problem using his quickness to get past the bigger Cerasoli.  Rondo appeared to force the action and on several occasions penetrated too deep into the lane and turned the ball over.  Playing off the ball for many minutes, Rondo has scored only 5 points during the first two games and turned the ball over 6 times with only 3 assists...

Terrance Farley - Farley started slowly in the first game against athletic big men Hatila DeSouza and Joseph Jones but rebounded during the evening session with a strong defensive performance against Aaron Agnew and Josh Smith...Farley had 4 points and 5 blocks in the first game and had at least 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 blocked shots in the night cap against Agnew....

Randolph Morris - Morris has great size, runs the floor well and challenges a lot of shots....Morris had 4 points and 7 rebounds in the first game of the day and 13 points and 5 rebounds against the Mavs......

Chris Lofton -  Lofton ran the point some on Tuesday and played well in the first game, scoring 6 points on 2-2 shooting from the field, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers....Lofton struggled in the second game against the athletic Lakers, scoring just 2 points on 1-5 shooting......

Sebastian Telfair - Telfair was solid in the first game of the day but struggled somewhat with his shooting, missing 6-8 shots.  Bassy had 8 points, 8 assists and 0 turnovers against the Warriors in the first game.  Telfair shot the ball much better in the second game, draining his pattened step-back three from the wing...Telfair ended with 13 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.  What makes Telfair special?  His passing and shooting ability separate him from most other point guards but its his savvy and command of the ball that put him at another level than most at the ABCD Camp.....

Aaron Agnew - Agnew held his own against the much hyped Glen "Big Baby" Davis in the days first round action.  Agnew took the action to Davis and scored over him a couple times.  Agnew and Davis both finished with 5 points and 7 boards....while the matchup was even, Davis runs the court better than Agnew......

Clarence Holloway - Holloway does some nice things on the court.  He has a soft touch and a few nice post moves and clears the boards pretty well.  Despite scoring just 2 points in the first game against Glen Davis and Co, Holloway grabbed 9 rebounds, handed out an assist and blocked one shot.....During the second game, Holloway made a nice spin move on the baseline and finished with a reverse layup.  He also bettered fellow Chicagoan DeAndre Thomas for the game......

Henry Salter - Salter, who has impressed this summer at UofL with his athleticism and ability to finish around the basket, looked good during the night game against the Sebastian Telfair led Jazz.  Salter scored on a nifty reverse layup and threw down a monster dunk on the break....he also dished out a sweet baseline dime for an assist.  Salter finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists on 6-9 shooting.......

O.J. Mayo - Mayo had six points, one rebounds and two steals against the Nets.....He was 2-2 from deep.....

Conversation with Assistant Kevin Willard

Kevin Willard was kind enough to spend 10 minutes with us prior to the first game of the evening session, unfortunately the new digital hand held recorder didn't function properly...ie..the operator of said technology messed up...and the conversation did not record.

However, the highly trained mind of this hoops junkie remembered much of the dialogue and can and will provide an overview of the highlights.

Coach Willard indicated that while he's focusing on the class of 2004 at ABCD this week, he's also getting a head start on the underclassmen and informed us he even looked at one member of the class of 2007 Tuesday afternoon.

Willard said the coaching staff intends to round out the class of 2004 with two post players and a point guard.  According to Willard, wing players in the class of 2004 need not apply....

Willard indicated that there were two, possibly three candidates to receive the backcourt scholarship this year and 8-9 prospects to receive the two remaining frontcourt scholarships...

Willard said it's much easier after two years on the job to get in the door with top flight recruits because of the many appearances the nationally ranked Cards have made over the past two seasons....

Willard explained the Cards recruiting strategy is a first come, first serve system.  When asked a hypothetical question along these lines....What happens if two guards are offered the same scholarship and one wants to commit now and the other wants to wait until the spring?  Willard didn't hesitate to reiterate the method of selection is first come, first served.  Willard said there would be no exceptions to that recruiting philosophy.

When asked if the 2004 recruiting class would be finished by the end of the month, Willard jokingly laughed and said that while he wished that were the case he doubted that prediction would come to fruition. 

Many thanks to the hard working Willard for taking time to sit and talk with us!

 

 


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