Tag:Kemba Walker
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team

Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:14 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2008 3:49 pm

Dear Gary (on re-ranking the top freshmen)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So now that you've admitted your impact freshmen list was a little off, how would you rework it based on the early season? Has Greg Monroe begun to make good on his elite prospect status?

-- Geraud

You know, I think I'm a Greg Monroe fan. He's not Michael Beasley or Kevin Durant or anything like that, but I've seen him three or four times this season, and he's pretty damn impressive. Plus, he just looks like an NBA player, perhaps more so than any other freshman. So while I stand by my comment that he's never blown me away like a typical top prospect usually does, I freely admit that I think more of him than I thought I would, because he's definitely one of the top freshmen in America.

As for re-ranking the freshmen, my new top five would probably look like this:

1. Samardo Samuels (Louisville)
2. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
3. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
4. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
5. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)

Two other guys worth watching, for different reasons are Arkansas' Courtney Fortson and Xavier's Terrell Holloway.

Why Fortson?

Because he's averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the 6-1 Hogs, though it remains to be seen how much of those statistics are just a byproduct of Arkansas not having many good options and/or Arkansas playing a weak non-league schedule.

Why Holloway?

Because I'm a big fan of freshmen who contribute for good teams, and Holloway is contributing for a top 10 team. His statistics (6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game) don't jump off the page. But he's an important part of a likely league champion, and I tend to find that more impressive than a freshmen on a bad team posting huge numbers.

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