McD: Day 2 Report

SAN DIEGO --- After getting acclimated on Sunday, UNC commitments Wayne Ellington, Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright were back in action on Monday along with the rest of the participants. In addition to their practice, the kids got to see Sea World, sling burgers at a local McDonald's and take their turn in either the dunk, three point or team ball contests.

CAROLINA COMMITMENTS ON DAY 2

Wayne Ellington - Ellington needed to come up big on his final rack in the three-point competition and he did just that by draining a money ball as time expired to claim the three-point crown over Baylor bound Demond Carter. During the practice session he was his usual efficient self knocking down mid range jumpers, picking his spots from deep and finishing on controlled drives to the hoop in half court and transitional settings.

Tywon Lawson - Although Lawson, a darkhorse favorite among many scouts, didn't make it out of the first round of the three-point competition, he still had a pretty good day. Often facing off with future ACC foe Javaris Crittenton, Lawson initially struggled with Crittenton's size and strength advantage. After knocking home a couple of deep jumpers he went to work off the bounce scoring on an array of floaters and pull-up jumpers.

Brandan Wright - A competitor in the team ball competition, it was another relatively quiet day for Wright. In fact, almost each and every one of the East big men has been pretty quiet through two 90 minute practices. He's a terrific help side shot blocker and his somewhat funky, but very high arching, jumper from the free throw line elbow is a weapon. Once the pace picks up and he gets more of a chance to operate in open space and run the court, he'll really excel.

OTHER NOTABLES ON MONDAY

Gerald Henderson - One could make a pretty convincing argument that he's had the best two days of practice of any player on the East. He's getting to the rim at will for ferocious jams and burying deep jumpers with surprising regularity all while making Thaddeus Young -- who has been outstanding himself -- work for everything he got. Henderson also added the dunk title to his list of accomplishments.

Greg Oden - His play hasn't been particularly loud, but the big fella is starting to warm up. He hasn't really played at full speed yet but his low post dominance is easily identifiable. He's got a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads "Always There" and it's maybe the best two-word description of his game that anybody could ever come up with.

Spencer Hawes - Considering that he's often operating against excellent defenders in Robin and Brook Lopez, Hawes' work has been particularly impressive. He's bulked up to about 245 pounds and the added muscle is helping him out around the hoop. Maybe the most impressive aspect of his game is his remarkable body control while catching the ball in transition.

Sherron Collins - If he continues to play like he has through two practices, he and Tywon Lawson are going to put on a show when they go head-to-head. He's been surprisingly vocal, outgoing and nobody can stop him off the bounce. He's picked his spots offensively and uses a gear that few others have to blow by defenders and get to the rim.


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