McD A-A: Day 1 Practice Report

CHICAGO --- The practice sessions for the 2011 McDonald's All-American game began Sunday at the Attack Center, featuring UNC signees James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston.

Both Tar Heel signees put together solid outings in what was a relatively quiet practice session. The two are both playing on the East Team.

*The East practice session began with individual skill moves and 3-on-2-on-1 break drills. Shortly after that they began to do more things up and down the court, including a pair of 10-minute scrimmages.

*When one thinks about P.J. Hairston the first thing that comes to mind is his ability to shoot the basketball. During the first practice session that's exactly what Hairston showed, as he sprayed in jump shots during the scrimmages.

*Not only does Hairston have a fairly quick release on his jumper, but his range extends well past the three-point line. He got a few off from two feet behind the line that had some of the scouts in attendance buzzing.

*McAdoo appeared more polished on the offensive end that we have seen in the past. It's clear he's spent time trying to spruce up his post moves and he confirmed that it's been one of his focuses.

*A high level run and jump athlete, McAdoo can leave his imprint on the game in a variety of ways. His athleticism is at the top of the class and when he gets going he can really run. He put the two together and threw down an impressive one-handed ‘oop during a scrimmage.

*Another one of McAdoo's impressive moments during the scrimmage session was on a fast break. McAdoo caught a past at half court and proceeded to attack the basket, euro-step and finish with his left on that side of the rim.

*On Monday the squads will have their second practice session at 9:30. Then Monday evening the Powerade Jam Fest, which includes a three-point shoot out and Dunk contest, will begin at 6:30 pm ET at Chicago State University's Jones Convocation Center. ESPN2 will air the event on tape-delay an hour later at 7:30 pm ET. Hairston will compete in the three-point competition

* At least on paper, the West team appears to have a little bit more of the top tier talent. Of's top 10, nine are participating in the game (Quincy Miller was ineligible because of injury). Six of the nine are on the West team.

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