AKRON, Ohio — Alex Kirk, a 6-foot-9.5 big man from New Mexico, said three days of nothing but drills at the LeBron James Skills Academy have made him a better player.
“I’ve learned a ton,” Kirk said. “From Stoudemire also (the Amare Stoudemire camp was held last week for big men). You just have to take it home and keep working on it.
“I need to build up base and be quicker with my moves.”
Chances are, though, that Kirk will not showing off his improved skills at Indiana.
Kirk heard from Indiana during the spring, and was even offered a scholarship.
But Kirk, Scout.com’s No. 9 center in the country for the class of 2010, said it has been a while since the Hoosiers have called him.
“Not much lately,” Kirk said. “I am still open. I don’t know much about what they have right now. It’d be fun to learn.”
Kirk played with IU target Kyrie Irving at times during Tuesday’s morning workout. He is a nice player, and had a very good no-look pass to Irving for a layup.
The major story on the Scoop yesterday was David Williams’ first two games with the Atlanta Celtics during the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic in Cincinnati.
Here’s what was printed in today’s Herald-Times.
AKRON, Ohio — Some of the better college basketball players in the country (including former Indiana guard Jordan Crawford) are on the court at the University of Akron right now, practicing for NBA scouts at the LeBron James Skill Academy.
But, for my money, there has been more intrigue into the workout that just completed, consisting of 39 of the best high school players in the country, regardless of class.
That includes Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist of St. Patrick’s in Elizabeth, N.J.
Irving is the No. 7 player overall in the class of 2010, according to Scout.com, and Gilchrist is 2011′s undisputed top player.
Irving was one of the three best point guards in his group (along with Ray McCallum and Austin Rivers; Marquis Teague is playing with the other group), and Gilchrist is a popular pick as the best overall player.
Irving has been listing Indiana among his top 11 schools for some time now, although he did back off a statement he made that IU was his favorite.
“They’re the same as every other school,” Irving said. “I listed them as my favorite, but I think it was kind of early. Everybody is just balanced.”
Gilchrist is still incredibly early in the process. The 6-foot-6 small forward has more schools than he can count, but Indiana is among them. (more…)
You’re Indiana fans. When you see film of a player, you want it all. The dunks and 3-pointers and drives to the lane are nice, but they don’t provide enough for your evaluation. You’d like to see how the player runs the floor in transition, and how they box out. You’re even interested in how they communicate with teammates between plays and their footwork on defense.
So here’s some fairly raw video of David Williams playing in the second half of the Atlantic Celtics’ first game of the day Monday. I trimmed it here and there to keep the length down, but you should still get a good sense of how Williams plays.
We’ll have more video of Williams — and others — in the coming days.
Cody Zeller, the 6-foot-9 Washington junior with the Mr. Basketball-winning brothers, has more scholarship offers to report.
Purdue, Iowa and Butler have all offered the younger brother of Luke and Tyler.
Indiana was the first to offer Zeller, and had been the only one for quite some time.
Zeller said it is still early in the process, and he’s wide-open, but will start to narrow down the list after the July AAU evaluation season is over.
North Carolina and Wake Forest are also interested. Tyler is a sophomore with the Tar Heels.
UNC coach Roy Williams was among the litany of college coaches in attendance during Zeller’s Indiana Elite One team’s second game on Monday during the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic.
Indiana assistant Tim Buckley, Floriday’s Billy Donovan and Richard Pitino, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, Duke assistant Chris Collins, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Michigan’s John Beilein and Wisconsin assistant Gary Close were among the coaches in attendance.
CINCINNATI — Here’s the good news — David Williams played much better in the second game of the Adidas It Takes Five tournament.
Bad news? There really is no bad news. The Atlanta Celtics lost, 108-94, to the Michigan Mustangs, but that is a stout AAU team. You should not be ashamed to lose to that team, and the Celtics were out of the game because of some serious ball-hogging and street-balling.
Williams continued to be very active on defense, setting up in the middle of the floor as the Celtics tried to use a full-court press to get themselves back in the game.
Williams’ first basket came with 7:14 left in the first half, when he took a feed in the low post on a fast break. He scored on the next possession, putting back a miss.
He also made a deep jump shot, and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
He rebounded the ball well, though I did not keep numbers for that.
Williams said afterward that he was just trying to run the floor more in the second game, and created offensive opportunities after that.
Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer watched the first half of the game, and was then joined by Tom Crean. Crean stayed until the game was out of reach, before moving to another court.
I am writing a story for tomorrow’s Herald-Times about Williams. I’ll post a link when it’s online.
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