VIDEO: Derby Classic Practice

InsideTheVille.com takes subscribers inside Thursday's Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic with video highlights of future Louisville stars Peyton Siva, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra and Stephen Van Treese.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic All-Stars conducted a short practice session Thursday afternoon. Here are some brief, post-practice thoughts on each of Louisville's four 2009 signees:

*Peyton Siva - The first thing you have to say about Siva is the pure joy he plays the game with. It's clear he has a passion and love for the game of basketball and it radiates with his play. He's unselfish and super-talented, even in unstructured practice settings like the one this afternoon. Guys simply like playing on Siva's team.

*Stephen Van Treese - Van Treese was a late arrival after a stop in the emergency room Thursday morning for an ear infection. Once he arrived, Van Treese showed onlookers what he's all about - running the court, challenging shots around the basket and crashing the offensive boards. He had a big-time follow jam over DeShonte Riley who is going to Syracuse.

*Rakeem Buckles - Buckles told me his main focus this spring is adding strength so he can be a factor next season. Currently, Buckles weighs 205-pounds. He said Rick Pitino wants him to get to at least 215 before the start of the season. As for his ability, think face-up four with the ability to put the ball on the floor and rebound. He shows potential to shoot with range. He'll remind fans of an Earl Clark-type this weekend.

*Mike Marra - Mike Marra vs. Jon Hood is an intriguing matchup in this game. Both are about the same size, possesses good athleticism and can shoot the basketball. Which prospect will get the upper-hand in the matchup on Saturday?

InsideTheVille.com also provides a look at each future Louisville star. Be sure to check out these video highlights from Thursday's practice:

(Mike Marra warming up)

(Marra shows off three-point range during shoot-around)

(Peyton Siva jam during warm-ups)

(Mike Marra close-up)

(Peyton Siva dunk attempt during warm-up)

(Peyton Siva goes off the backboard for an assist)

(Peyton Siva alley-oop slam dunk with pull-up on the rim)

(Mike Marra drains deep three during scrimmage)

(Rakeem Buckles challenges Stephen Van Treese during scrimmage)

(Mike Marra dishes out the assist)

(Peyton Siva knocks down three-point shot during scrimmage)

(Mike Marra throws down slam on the fast break)

(Rakeem Buckles slam on fast break)


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