June 30, 2006

Arizona Skill Camp: Friday morning notebook

The 2006 Lute Olson Advanced Skills Camp continued on Saturday morning with another practice and more impressions about the players in attendance.

  • Arizona fans should feel very good about the future when you consider that three of the most impressive players in attendance, Chase Budinger, Nic Wise, and Jamelle Horne, have already committed to Arizona.

    Budinger simply could not be stopped on the offensive end and was able to show off his athleticism on a baseline dunk. Horne decided to show off his long-range jumper and did so nicely, but it wouldn't be Jamelle Horne without some impressive dunks.

    Lastly, Wise once again showed great court vision on the three-on-two drills and shot it much more than he did on Thursday, showing great range.

  • One of our favorite players in the camp is Jeremy Tyler. He may not be the best, but he is surely more than holding his own against everybody that he faces. He has such an advanced post game considering his age and just seems to make everything around the basket, whether it is by hook shot or dunking.

  • As expected, Luke Babbitt and Andy Poling have played much better than they did on Thursday. Babbitt runs the court very well and often received compliments from the Arizona coaching staff as he got back on defense or ran the court to make a lay up. He seemed to have a little trouble with the athleticism on Friday night but has definitely improved on Friday morning.

    Poling, on the other hand, showed a nice mid-range jumper. He is very crafty around the basket for a player of his size and the main question with him will be his strength.

  • Jeff Withey showed up and while he was not outstanding, he still played well. He runs the court extremely well for a big man and while his shot was not falling, he hit it enough to show that he does indeed have a decent mid-range game. He is also not afraid to have contact, as evidenced by his ability to finish strong around the basket.

  • Zane Johnson did not play very well in the morning session. He was matched up with Babbitt for the majority of the drills and seemed to have trouble getting to the basket, thus he settled for jumpers. He still does the little things well but if his strength is going to be on offense, he needs to show it off in a setting like this.

  • Jawann McClellan had a shoot around of his own after the practice and looked impressive. He is definitely in the best shape we have seen him in the past couple of years and looked very smooth with his jumpers, as he rarely missed. Sure, it was just him shooting around but it is nice to see him in shape and working on things.

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