Who's the best player you've ever played against?
Best player you've had to guard or had guarding you?
best player you've ever been in a game with?
Mine are probably Keith Clanton (plays for UCF) or Justin Jackson (incoming Cincy freshman) or Rakeem Buckles (louisville)
gilbert arenas and tyson chandler are the two guys who went the farthest that i played against.
Played against lance stephenson in an aau tourny my 7th grade year (I'm a senior in high school now). His juice all stars team beat us by 45. I guarded him and he crossed me up so bad i feel to the floor..you know the rest.
when i get out to KU hopefully ill get to run with all those guys..maybe get dunked on, have a 3 drilled in my face..am i the only one that watches a game and wishes they could "be that guy"?
Sean Connoly,Dan Gadzuric,Courtney Eldridge
KU is an awesome school for basketball, current players often show up and play pick up games with students at the rec center during football season and in the spring. The best player I've played against I matched up against in one of those opportunities, Keith Langford who is now one of the top players in Europe tore me up in about 2005. I'm pretty athletic, but he was just on another level, couldn't do much on defense but get a hand in his face.
I played against a dude named Hakeem Harris, who's committed to Brown, a couple of times. Dude is built like a tank, but I didn't even know he was a D-1 recruit until somebody told me. He played a very fundamental game, making sound decisions and playing good defense, but he didn't dominate the way that I thought a D-1 recruit would amongst average ball-players. I guess it's because that he was so used to playing in a structured system that he didn't really feel comfortable playing that street style of basketball.
I also saw Jordan Theodore from Seton Hall a couple of times, but I wasn't good enough to get on the court with who he was playing with. Nobody could stay in front of him.
Dalton Pepper, a sophmore on West Virginia
i played against aaron bright, 3-star recruit from bellevue heading to stanford next year
7th grade in AAU, he dropped 23 on us, the guy could STROKE, he's small like 5'10'' 155 but can shoot lights out
reminds me a lot of jerome randle
i've also played 1 on 1 against former sonic steve scheffler, im a pretty athletic guy and im big (6'0'' 198) but scheffler was massive and still really aggressive and fast for age 45, i couldnt get by him (hes 6'9'' 280)
I played Against Denis Clemente. Unguardable at the high school level. I thought he was going to be the next Iverson, I honest to god did not think people could be that good haha.
OJ Mayo, Jerryd Bayless for both all 3. Its a close call between them in HS...
Canesboy6, that is amazing that you played Clemente. I'm going to miss him at K-State. He was out best shot-creator. Fastest player in the nation IMO.
OJJ, Jordan Theodore is fast as hell. He's explosive no doubt.
The best player I've ever played against was Ishmael Smith. He's the quickest player I've ever played against. And he has disgusting handles. Just not a great shooter until its crunch time. I hope he gets drafted, he's super explosive, and he's a cool person.
my dad played basketball with steve and jeff hawes at mercer island, wa back in 1968 (jeff is spencer hawes' dad and steve is his uncle)
my brother played basketball against matt nelson, former boise state player...i think thats about all for them
I've played against a lot of good players during high school, AAU and college... Open gyms too.
Chris Thomas didn't make it to the NBA, but he was tough to deal with while he was in high school. He scored 50 points against us during his senior year. He probably scored 30 of those points on me. He was a great player.
I played in a pickup game with Jamal Crawford and he was dominate. In a game to 15, he scored all 15 points. And there weren't any chumps in the gym. There were players like Eric Gordon, Chris Thomas, Jason Gardner, Justin Cage (Xavier), Jeff Teague, Rodney Carney, Courtney Lee, David Logan (very good point guard overseas) and Dominic James in that game. I'll never forget it. He got into a heated argument with Carney. They just kept going back and forth.
Tezo, did you have to guard Crawford, or was he on your team??
looks like i got me a hater. Im the only person on this thread with a negative for simply pointing out who i have played against.
He was on the other team.
Gilbert Arenas was another player I played against. While he and Jason Gardner were still at Arizona, he came to Indianapolis with Gardner and they stopped by the high school for one of our open gyms. He was amazing. I always thought he'd be a good player in the NBA after that.
I played 13 & Under AAU ball for the Portsmouth Panthers with UF Vernon Macklin & ODU Ben Finney also 14 & Under for the Chesapeake Mad Dogs with UGA Terrence Woodbury
I had a negative too but its gone. So apparently I have a "hater" and a . . . umm "lover?"
Thats just inappropriate.
i give tons of opinions and dont think twice when i get a negative for giving an opinion. But when i simply say who i played against and get a negative for it, that means someone doesnt like me and that hurts.
Got kicked out of the gym once for "attempting" to play HOARSE with Charlie Villinuava. Also have played with most of UConns red shirts. Only player i've been impressed with was Rudy Gay. He didn't miss a shot for what seemed like hours. Thabeet on the other hand...
DeJuan Blair PITT
Sam Young PITT
Dalton Pepper WVU
Dante Taylor PITT
while playing at ABCD camp(which is now disbanded) went up against a future aau teammate named toney stanly. 6'6 sg with a jumper and bounce. He ended up playing at dayton and then europe. A close second would be flip murray while in college. Played against a bunch of NBA players but none of them where as good as those guys to me at the time as far as having a hard time guarding them
@TaylorCondrin ill be seeing aron bright next month when i go to stanford to visit my nephew. Both of them signed to play at stanford
Jay Williams (pre-injury)
Oddly enough, he showed up at the YMCA in North Raleigh to play a couple of pick-up games shortly after he finished at Duke. The guy went half speed and I was happy to watch him destroy everyone effortlessly. The guy was built like a tank and had those "magic" hops where he doesn't need a step but is just up there with a thought.
Played agianst Ian Young at a D-League tryout in Iowa. I'm 6-4 and I had to guard a guy 6-9 250 though but don't remember his name. I held my own though, mainly because he didn't get the ball.
Also trained and played against Marc Saylers who has had an outstanding career playing overseas in Italy. Look him up.
Marc Salyers is from my hometown. I have missed the opportunity to play against him twice. Each time, I arrived to the gym about an hour too late. He is built like an ox. His days of playing in the NBA are all but over, but you are right he has had a hell of an overseas career.
Nothing like some of you guys, but I've played against:
Chris Lofton (Tennessee, played on Celtics summer league team)
Albert Jackson (just finished at Georgia, nothing spectacular)
Michael James (played at Florida Atlantic, was the MVP of the ABA league two years ago)
Luke Zeller (played at Notre Dame, older brother of Tyler Zeller at UNC)
Ty Rogers (WKU, will mostly be remembered for his game winning three in the first round of the tourney against Drake, but since it was against Drake who will never be a five seed again, most people won't remember it)
Wow, I can't believe I forgot this guy, seeing as how I played against him multiple times this winter. Most of you won't recognize this name, but I played against Speedy Williams a few times. He was on And1 mix-tape, in the video game "Street Hoops," and, back in 2007, he won a one-on-one tournament in New York called "Last Man Standing," for which he was awarded a workout with the Knicks. He was one of the basketball players in "Above the Rim," and he's gonna be in another movie entitled "Swee&$#%#&@!er," with Wood Harris. He's also played for the past 10+ years in the Entertainer's Basketball Classic, which is the premier league for street basketball in New York, and arguably in the world.
He's over 40, so he can't really run like he used to, but he was bustin' ass in the half-court game. He still has some of his legendary quickness, and he can hang in the air and finish. He's wiry strong. I tried to post him up one time, and I couldn't move him at all. Even though he could score at will, I always get the feeling that he never went 100%.........