I have a feeling this picture is about to turn into a Harrellson free throw situation.
Everyone’s favorite internet sensation kicked off his last weekend of preparation before UK Elite Camp when he took the court in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions last night at Duke University. Hunter McClintock, according to Rivals, went for 16 points and knocked down three three’s while playing a solid game at point guard for his new Southeast Elite team. McClintock told Rivals that things were getting “pretty serious” with Kentucky and it would be hard to turn down a chance to play at that level. His team takes the court again today at 11 a.m. and at 6:45 p.m.
In his first game today, McClintock’s Southeast Elite team will square off with Maryland’s W.P.C. Elite, a team that features Terrell Vinson, ranked by Rivals as the 13th best small forward in the class of 2009, and a guy getting interest from a lot of the big schools, including Duke, Georgetown and Texas. The second game of the day, though, should be the one to keep your eyes on as you continue to try to get a grasp on McClintock’s ability. Southeast Elite will take on the Juice All-Stars from New York, one of the strongest teams on the AAU circuit and McClintock will go head-to-head with rising senior Darwin “Buddha” Ellis, a quick, 5’8″ guard who has drawn interest from Seton Hall, St. John’s and George “Mason. Ellis went for 19 in his opening game and his attacking, up-tempo style will likely answer some questions as to how quick McClintock is on the defensive end of the floor. Ellis has the benefit of playing with a lot of talent around him, including James Padgett, a 6’7” forward who has already been offered by Kentucky. Padgett went for 26 in his first game against Vinson’s team.
Also, Jon Hood, fresh off his wrist injury, took the floor with a chipped bone in his tibia Friday night and still went for 14 points in the first half despite not having much lift, according to Rivals.