NBA Camp Day 1; Hoops News & Notes

News on K’len Morris and Tom Herzog in the opening game of the NBA Top 100 camp, today’s matchups, and recent hoops visitors to Ann Arbor.

The games at the annual NBA Players Association Top 100 camp officially got underway last night and GoBlueWolverine was on hand to take in the festivities. The feature game on our evening schedule pitted K’len Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. Tom Herzog and the Indiana Pacers. The opening contest was pretty non-descript, as the teams and the players were getting a feel for one another. The Suns eventually went on to an eight point victory. For his part, Morris had 12 points and 3 assists, while Herzog was again the master of swat in the middle…registering nine points and four blocks. We will speak more with both players today.

Tom Herzog blocks the shot

One of our immediate observations re Herzog was how he has clearly improved his size and strength over where it was at this same camp last year. He holds his position better on the block while still maintaining the mobility that makes him so intriguing. That said, he must continue to get bigger and stronger to reach the potential that everyone knows he has. He looks to be off to a good start.

On Tap For Thursday

The games today feature any more intriguing mathchups. First on our docket will be he Morris’ Suns against Ramar Smith and the Boston Celtics. Another player of interest on Smith’s squad is Reston Virginia Center Julian Vaughn. The 6-10 230-pounder looks to be an early target on the Wolverines class of 2007 radar and GBW how mutual the interest is.

We will then check out Herzog …this time as he squares off against class of 2007 center Keenan Ellis. The Cincinnati big man poses an interesting matchup in that he has similar size and athleticism to Herzog, but is a bit more explosive. We will finish the day off the taking in a few of Matt Shaw’s games amongst others.

Other Notes

Saginaw center Josh Southern was in town Tuesday for a little open run. This marked his first visit to Michigan and he reportedly acquitted himself very well. GoBlueWolverine will have more from Southern himself very soon.

Detroit DePorres star Durrell Summers was also in town recently, and while he though he did not participate in an open gym, he did stop in to have a little chat with head coach Tommy Amaker. GoBlueWolverine chatted with the talented wing prospect last week…at which point he stated he had no leader. It is clear that the Wolverines will be doing their best to change that. As is the case with Southern, we will have more on Summers in the coming days.

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