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Teague and Davis impress at Nike Skills Camp


Beisner’s favorite ESPN blogger Eamonn Brennan spent some time at last weekend’s Nike Skills Camps in Chicago. And, guess what? There were some future Cats there. And guess what else? They played pretty well. Here are Brennan’s notes on Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis (says shut up):

Marquis Teague:

Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague has been hailed as the latest in Kentucky coach John Calipari’s long list of successful freshman point guards, a legacy that includes Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall and, most recently, Brandon Knight. There’s no reason to think Teague can’t live up to that billing. During Saturday’s full court five-on-five session — in which guards from the Deron Williams Skills Academy played with forwards from the Amar’e Stoudamire camp — Teague sliced and diced opposing defenders, found his way into the lane with relative ease, and showcased an intuitive understanding of the various ways to attack off a ball screen. One play in particular stood out: About 30 feet from the hoop in the corner of the court — picture where Duke ran its spread high-screen sets for Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith this season — Teague got a screen from fellow Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. The guard split the two defenders, took off toward the rim, saw help arrive and dished a nifty little bounce pass to Davis, who crashed toward the basket and finished with a ferocious dunk. The play was as impression a piece of team basketball as I saw all weekend, and Teague deserved the credit for its creation.

Anthony Davis:

Speaking of Davis, well, it’s not hard to see why college recruiting services (including our own) have named him the best prospect in the class. Nor is it difficult to see why pro scouts are already drooling. To use a once-banished draft term, Davis is incredibly long. He’s also very athletic. That combination allows him to rise above other tall and athletic defenders to snatch rebounds, challenge shots and finish at the rim. But there’s also a reason Davis didn’t become a highly touted prospect until this year: He’s still pretty soft. That’s not really a knock — we’re talking about a 6-foot-10 college freshman with a 7-foot-4 wingspan, after all — but it is something that could hamper Davis’ production in his first full season as a college hoopster. Davis has the height to play center at the college level — with Terrence Jones back in the fold, it seems likely that’s where Kentucky will opt to play him — but can he stand toe-to-toe with big, physical upperclassmen? Won’t Festus Ezeli, to name one example, be able to impose his will on this kid through strength and positioning? For that reason, it’s easy to see a few growing pains for Davis, who might draw a lot of comparisons to Baylor’s Perry Jones: Both are insanely talented, versatile, athletic stretch forwards who don’t quite have the frame to bang in the low block. Jones struggled somewhat during his first season in Waco and decided to return for a second. Could Davis do the same?

Well, that’s a lovely thought.

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23 Comments for Teague and Davis impress at Nike Skills Camp

  1. Can't wait
    11:10 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Teague will look great in our offense. We have so much help for him. The pick and roll could be devastating.

  2. Inspector Gadget
    11:23 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Go Go Gadget ARMS!!!

  3. I hate Duke
    11:25 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    You know what seeing UK on your schedule means…….BAD NEWS!

  4. Mammakin
    11:25 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    look at the dude right behind David in the glasses. He’s like holy Sh#@! Glad that isn’t me….

  5. NBA league pass
    11:27 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    “Jones struggled somewhat during his first season in Waco and decided to return for a second. Could Davis do the same?
    Well, that’s a lovely thought.”

    Actually, its not a lovely thought. I hope Davis scores 25 points and gets 10+ boards a game, wins a championship, and is the number one pick.

  6. UKFanInCincy
    11:27 am June 30, 2011 Permalink


  7. don
    11:35 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    dental plan for Davis 1st, then manscaping the unibrow

  8. FISH ON
    11:36 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    neither davis nor gilchrest have to be great immediately. davis can play behind jones and vargas, and ease into his comfort zone. gilchrest has miller a sr at his position, but i believe mike will burst onto the scene anyway. i think he will come out w guns blasting. teague has the most pressure on him, cuz he’s the only true pg… how good is beckham?

  9. Planking Madness
    11:39 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

  10. UKChillFan
    11:46 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Wasn’t this posted just the other day?

  11. bhamilton
    11:51 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Any news why Jones and Gilchrist were no shows?

  12. JVice
    11:57 am June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Jones struggled in Waco? What does UK have to do with Texas?

  13. tuggerman
    12:02 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Keep the uni!!! it make Davis look mean and increases the intimidation factor! it says “I’m such a bad ass I dont have to groom and I’ll still be the #1 pick, suckassss!”

  14. Fyi
    12:28 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink


  15. Fish on
    12:29 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    12- thats perry? jones from baylor

  16. Beatle Bum
    1:17 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Return = lovely. Stuggle = not so lovely.

  17. Cliver
    1:22 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Dude behind Davis (in the specs) is scared and amazed by how long Anthony’s arms are. (That is a freakishly long forearm, though. No joke.)

  18. JackNicklaus
    1:25 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    FISH? Play behind Vargas?!! Are you kidding me?!! Potential top 3 draft pick playing behind Vargas?!! He will start and Vargas may get 10 min/game.

  19. bosshog
    1:49 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Is he too soft? That is all we’re going to hear over and over about Davis….because there there is nothing else to criticize…no one is perfect…hope testis has fun with Gilchrist,Jones and Davis…sounds fair doesn’t it?

  20. Reality
    1:56 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    Tayshaun Prince is envious of Anthony Davis’s long arms.

  21. jay
    2:27 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    sheesh that kid needs to hit the weight room. I’ve never seen skinnier arms on a college athlete before. I know he will be good on offense, but does anybody really except him to NOT get pushed around by big centers every game?

  22. duh
    2:52 pm June 30, 2011 Permalink

    10. i read this a month ago

  23. Blaineman
    12:11 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Perry Jones & Anthony Davis don’t have similar bodies at all. Davis is certainly the better player but Perry Jones isn’t NEARLY as slender as Davis and prob has 30lbs on Davis. Poor physical comparison. Jones didn’t fail his feshman year due to lack of strength, he failed because he hadn’t developed his offensive game to the College level.