Yanick Moreira developing nicely
Yanick Moreira had a good practice and showed great energy throughout the day. He finished multiple dunks in traffic and ran the floor very well for a big man. His highlight was a monster block on Kevin Dunleavy Jr. in transition. Coach Larry Brown said afterwards that Moreira is ‘starting to put it all together' and feels he will be one of the key contributors this season. Brown said he still has to develop his offensive game but appreciates how hard the big man works in practice.
Nic Moore shows great leadership
New point guard Nic Moore showed why coaches and teammates have been raving about him so far this season. He seemed to have a better understanding of what Brown and Tim Jankovich were trying to run on offense than his other teammates. Moore took time to explain a few plays to his teammates on the sideline and made sure everyone knew their job. He also shot the ball very well today and was constantly encouraging his teammates to play better. Coach Brown was very complimentary of Moore's passing skills and called him ‘a version of the coaches on the floor.'
Jalen Jones and Nick Russell shine
Jalen Jones and Nick Russell, the leaders from last year's team, also impressed in practice today. Jones has been working on developing a more consistent jump shot and made a few nice mid-range jumpers today. He plays incredibly hard all the time and seemed to be outhustling everybody else out there. Meanwhile, Russell made a few terrific passes in traffic and showed he can play really well when moving off the ball. Coach Brown said he has come to expect good things from both Jones and Russell but believes they are working especially hard because they know they have to earn their spot in the starting lineup or rotation this year.
• Coaches Eric Snow and Ulric Maligi pulled Keith Frazier off to the side a few times throughout practice for what they called ‘teaching moments'
• Coach KT Turner worked with Markus Kennedy on positioning in the post
• Ryan Manuel threw down a pretty nice dunk in transition
• Shawne Williams struggled to finish under the basket a few times and Johnathon Wilfong also missed a couple easy shots
• Jean-Michael Mudiay and Crandall Head are both terrific athletes, but struggled shooting the ball
• There were multiple recruits visiting practice today like William Lee, Chris Giles, D.J. Hogg, and Avery Johnson Jr.
• There were also coaches from Highland Park High School and a few of the SMU players' parents were in attendance too
• But perhaps the most well-known visitor was former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson.
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