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2010 Hoops Summit Preview

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 12:25am

I've been in Portland since Wednesday for the Nike Hoops Summit and have taken in 3 Team USA practices and 2 World Team practices.

Kyrie IrvingKyrie IrvingThe NBA scouts have been at each of the World Team Practices and were allowed to sit in on the last USA team practice this afternoon. The USA team scrimmaged a team comprised mostly of Portland State players including Nik Raivio.

Some scouts complained afterward about the lack of coaching and instruction as the USA coaches essentially rolled the ball out for this one and let them go, choosing to sit this practice out with little to no instruction. There were no plays run and not nearly enough ball movement as players were going one on one and not making the extra pass to open teammates nearly enough. Some scouts went as far as to predict a World team win for Saturday's game based on the lack of preparation and considering the excellent coaching of World Team coach Rob Beveridge.

"What's going to happen when they run up against a zone?", lamented one scout. "Because they will, that's what the World team has been working on."

In fairness, the USA coaching has been much more structured in the previous practices but certainly could have been better for this one. It's possible the coaches were even more intimidated by all the NBA scouts than the players. Who knows. One thing we do know is the World team's Rob Beveridge can coach. We learned that last year as a USA team comprised of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, Xavier Henry and others got upset.

Granted the NBA scouts had not been allowed in for any USA practices in previous years, so one scout countered, "They (other scouts) should be happy they get in to see these guys".

The Hoop Summit game is scheduled for Saturday (April 10th) night at 7 PM PST. Here are some notes from the practices over the past two days.

World Team

Enes KanterEnes KanterEnes Kanter 6-10 255 PF Stoneridge Prep (Turkey) -- The Kentucky commit has lived up to all the hype showing excellent strength, touch and skill level around the basket. He gets compared to Tyler Hansbrough and is probably more talented but doesn't have quite the motor and intensity of Psycho T. Scouts love his demeanor, "He never complains when he gets fouled, just goes about his business." said one scout. Kanter has excellent hands, great touch and shows a good shooting motion. He appears to really enjoy contact and numerous scouts mentioned they couldn't wait to see the match up with him and stud USA bigman Jared Sullinger.

Tristan Thompson 6-9 233 PF Texas (Canada) -- The McDonald's All American and back to back HS National Champion (along with Cory Joseph) has been very impressive. Scouts like him saying despite the lack of polish, you don't find many kids with that elite athleticism. Is he a one and done lottery pick? It's too early to say. But he definitely has a chance. Thompson likes to face the basket and take players off the dribble. It is an area of his game that has developed, but he still needs to work on becoming a better post player. The versatility he shows being able to defend both on the perimeter and the post, plus his above the rim explosiveness makes him very intriguing.

Cory Joseph 6-3 180 PG Undecided (Canada) -- The World team finally has a legit top level PG, making them a real threat to go back to back against the USA squad. Joseph has good quickness and leadership having led Findlay to back to back titles on the high school level. Some scouts still question his point guard skills, wondering if he is just a great shooter or if he can really be a true floor general. Matching up with Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight should be a good barometer.

Dejan Musli 7-0 247 C FMP Zeleznik (Serbia) -- He has been the biggest surprise in the event so far showing a new and improved sleek body and added mobility to go along with great skill level for a player his age and size. He has always had a high skill level but has struggled with his conditioning and physique. He can knock down mid-range jumpers, has good touch with post skills and aggressiveness, and can really pass the ball from the high post. He's quickly turning into a potential first round sleeper for this year's draft.

Nicola Mirotic 6-10 226 PF (Serbia) -- Hasn't consistently stood out in practices, as his intensity level seems to come and go, but scouts love his shooting ability. He put on an absolute shooting exhibition from 3 point range on Thursday. He's a fluid athlete for a 6-10 guy, although not the most explosive player. Could be an X-factor for the World team on Saturday night with his size and outside shooting ability.

USA Team

Harrison BarnesHarrison BarnesHarrison Barnes 6-8 209 SF North Carolina -- Barnes has been very solid in each of the workouts and was at his best today in front of the scouts. At one point drawing an "Oh, wow!" from a scout I was sitting with after pulling off a crazy change of direction crossover in traffic, followed by a floating lay in. Against the "Nik Raivio All Stars" today, Barnes scored pretty much at will. In past scrimmages he didn't force the issue as much, deferring more to teammates, but today with all the NBA scouts watching, he really stepped his game up. His outside shot looks great. Terrific form. Doesn't try to go one on one too often, although that was the order of the day for team USA. Took over on a number of occasions but seems to play smart basketball by nature. Barnes is also the youngest kid on the team (still 17) born in May of 1992. (aside from Tobias Harris who is out with a stress fracture).

Brandon Knight 6-3 183 PG Undecided -- Knight comes across as an 18 year old professional. He has worked incredibly hard on his body and now has a chiseled physique. His skill level is very high and he appears very focused. He has been as impressive as anyone in the workouts showing why some have him rated #1 in his class. He didn't shine quite as much as Barnes with the scouts looking on Friday afternoon, but made a solid impression. Has been the most "hungry" throughout all the practices.

Kyrie Irving 6-2 172 PG Duke -- Not as strong or long as Knight, more of a floor general and less of a go to scorer. Irving is equally impressive in his demeanor as Barnes and Knight. lacks the elite level athleticism of a Wall or Rose, but is an excellent athlete in his own right. Quicker than he is explosive, he claims that Chris Paul is his favorite NBA player.

Jared Sullinger 6-9 270 PF Ohio State -- Surprising agility and elevation for a player who appears to be, to put it bluntly, fat. Sullinger has a perfect bigman demeanor. He's extremely tough but also has a high skill level. Sullinger may have his hands full with the USA team's top bigman facing the combination of Enes Kanter and Dejan Musli.

Reggie Bullock 6-5 190 SG North Carolina -- Found a groove today in the scrimmages and at one point hit 5 straight 3 pointers. He was on fire. It got to the point where when he shot you knew it was going in. An impressive show put on by Bullock.

Will Barton 6-7 161 SG/SF Memphis -- Has a lot of skills but he's a little wild. Has a very playful demeanor, very likable kid. Long and rangy with some nice skills. Still needs to add considerable weight in order to get an NBA chance.

Pos. Name
Hgt
Wgt
High School (Location) College
SF Harrison Barnes
6-8
209
Ames (IA) North Carolina
SF Will Barton
6-7
161
Brewster Academy Memphis
SG Reggie Bullock
6-5
190
Kingston (NC) North Carolina
SF *Tobias Harris
6-8
220
Hollow Hills (NY) Tennessee
PG Kyle Irving
6-2
172
St. Patrick (NJ) Duke
SF Terrence Jones
6-8
219
Jefferson (OR) Undecided
PG Brandon Knight
6-3
185
Pine Crest (FL) Undecided
PG Meyers Leonard
7-0
215
Robinson (IL) Illinois
PG Kendall Marshall
6-3
170
Bishop O'Connell (VA) North Carolina
PF Jared Sullinger
6-9
270
Northland (OH) Ohio State
PF Patric Young
6-9
222
Providence (FL) Florida


East Team

Pos. Name
Hgt
Wgt
High School (Location) Country
PG Jason Cadee
6-2
160
Australian Institute of Sport Australia
SF Duje Dukan
6-8
200
Deerfield HS Croatia
PG Sui Ran
6-4
204
Shandong Gold China
SG Mael Lebrun
6-5
183
Entnte Orleans France
PG Cory Joseph
6-3
180
Findlay Prep (NV) Canada
PF Tristan Thompson
6-9
233
Findlay Prep (NV) Canada
PF Yannick Moreira
6-11
195
Clube Desportivo de Agosta Angola
PF/C Enes Kanter
6-10
255
Stoneridge Prep Turkey
F Nikola Mirotic
6-10
226
Palencio/Real Madrid Montenegro
PF Rob Loe
6-11
235
West Lake HS New Zealand
PG Dejan Musli
7-0
247
FMP Zeleznik Serbia
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harrison barnes will not be

harrison barnes will not be as good as a player in the nba as PERRY JONES!!

this kid if flat out scary, hes 6'11 with a 230 pound frame with a terrific skill set of a guard.
He has little to no flaws in his game and has incredible potential to be a franchise player in the nba.

Harrison Barnes is good but he isn't an ELITE level athlete, his jumper isn't that pure ala ray allen, and his body is average as he isnt posting up opponents.

KK moral of story whichever team gets 1st pick in the 2011 draft SHOULD take Perry Jones

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duje dukan...gonna be a stud

duje dukan...gonna be a stud

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Harrison's jumper isn't pure ala Ray Allen- wow. If you don't like Harrison's game just say it, but don't say he can't shoot like Ray and say that's a bad thing. Ray Allen will go down as the greatest 3 point shooter and he has the prettiest jump shot of all time. At least compare Barnes jump shot to someone more realistic.

That's like me saying Perry Jones can't rebound like Dwight Howard and can't play defense as good as Ron ARTEST.

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good call. I couldn't think of any comparable shooters when articulating my thought on barnes and your completely right as its comparable as saying Perry Jones can rebound like howard etc. bottom line i think barnes will be a good player but and the end of Barnes and Jones careers i believe that Jones will be in the hall of fame when I imagine barnes as more as a 3rd leading scorer on a really good team or a rudy gay who will just get statistics throughout his career without proving anything.

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good call. I couldn't think of any comparable shooters when articulating my thought on barnes and your completely right as its comparable as saying Perry Jones can rebound like howard etc. bottom line i think barnes will be a good player but and the end of Barnes and Jones careers i believe that Jones will be in the hall of fame when I imagine barnes as more as a 3rd leading scorer on a really good team or a rudy gay who will just get statistics throughout his career without proving anything.

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terrence jones is 6'8'' 219

terrence jones is 6'8'' 219 not 6'11'' 230...

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He Said PERRY JONES...its in

He Said PERRY JONES...its in caps on the top.

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Brandon knight is gonna ball

Brandon knight is gonna ball like he has a chip on his shoulder.

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Barnes...

...is going to be fantastic. With his height and handles he'll be able to create and make shots virtually at will in the NBA.

I like Perry Jones, but from what I saw in the Mcdonald's game criticism of his passivity seems to be on the mark. Skills and athleticism are useless without a dominant mindset.

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why is Brandon Knight going

why is Brandon Knight going to ball like he has a chip on his shoulder?

Isn't he just THAT good? From what I've heard, he is a possible 1st team all conference pick whatever conference he plays in and will mostl ikely be a 1st round pick in the 2011 draft. Why would he need a chip on his shoulder?

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Barnes.....Superstar

Harrison Barnes has superstar written all over him. Perry is the ultimate tease. He looks the part and flashes the part but at the end of the day him being soft will dog him throughout his career, unless something dramatically changes.

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