Smith, Sosa team up for big win at NBA Camp

RICHMOND, VA -- Rick Pitino's future backcourt - Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith - led their team to an impressive opening night win at the NBA Player's Association Camp. The duo also had plenty of help from a trio of Pitino's top prospects.

Richmond, Va. - University of Louisville commits Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith teamed together for an impressive victory Wednesday night in the opening game of the NBA Players Association Camp at the Siegel Center on the Virginia Commonwealth University Campus.

Sosa, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bronx, NY, handled the majority of the point guard duties for the Sonics, while the 6-foot-2 Smith played mostly off the ball.

While the duo represent the future in the backcourt for Rick Pitino's Cardinals, Wednesday night represented the first time the two guards played on the same team together.

If the early results are an indicator, Pitino has recruited himself an outstanding pair.

Sosa (9 points) and Smith (12 points), playing just 20 minutes, combined to score 21 points, including three 3's (two by Smith). The pair also showed they can do more than just score points, combining for three steals, 2 assists and 3 rebounds.


Edgar Sosa
"It worked out real well," Sosa said following the game. "I think we're going to be a good backcourt together."

Playing against the Rockets, who were led by 6'6 Taylor King, 6'9 Alex Stepheson, and 6'0 Will Walker, Sosa and Smith received plenty of support from a trio of Pitino's top prospects - 6'8 Earl Clark, 6'3 Nolan Smith, and 6'10 Keenan Ellis.

Smith scored 13 points on a variety of post moves and midrange jumpshots, while Clark sliced his way to the basket for 10 points. Clark also had three rebounds and two blocks, playing mostly against the athletic Stepheson in the post.

The Sonics play two games Thursday. In the morning, they'll face Vernon Macklin's Pacers. Thursday night, the Sonics face the Spurs and 6'9 Curtis Kelly.

NOTES

6'8 Taj Gibson had six points, five rebounds and a couple blocked shots in an opening round loss to the Wizards. Gibson ran the court extremely well, finishing the break twice with thunderous dunks...Gibson plays hard and likes to challenge shots in the paint. He's athletic, can score around the basket, and excels on the offensive glass. In many ways, he reminds of former Louisville forward Cornelius Holden. Edgar Sosa has been busy in recent days. He didn't arrive in Richmond until late Tuesday night after playing in the Portland Skills Camp over the weekend. He's also nursing a bruised right knee which he had wrapped in ice after Wednesday nights game. Sosa insists the injury is minor in nature and won't hamper him this week in Richmond...Nolan Smith really seemed to enjoy playing on the same team with two future Louisville Cardinals. At halftime, Smith had some fun throwing alley oops to Edgar Sosa, while joking and laughing with Jerry Smith. Additionally, the word going around the VCU gym Wednesday night was that Smith and AAU teammate Michael Beasley would be headed for Oak Hill (VA) Academy next fall.


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