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Five Leftovers from Day Two at the McDonald’s All-American Games

The Vanderbilt, Green, Richards trio dominated today’s practice.

The Vanderbilt, Green, Richards trio dominated today's practice.

The Vanderbilt, Green, Richards trio dominated today’s practice.

The trip to Chicago has been fantastic so far, and I have plenty of great stories to share about next year’s Wildcats, but they have to wait another day.  It turns out, if you stay awake for 20 straight hours, you’ll inevitably hit a wall.  That’s what exactly what happened this afternoon.

Fear not.  Countless pieces of wonderful content are coming your way before the game tips-off at the United Center tomorrow night at 7:00 ET on ESPN.  Until then, here’s the stuff that didn’t make the cut for what’s to come that’s still worth your while.

Washington Knows the Rivalry Well

Power forward P.J. Washington started his life in Louisville.  He wasn’t talking trash to Cardinals in the crib, but he knows what to expect when the Cards come to Rupp Arena next year.

“I don’t really like the Cards and I feel like they don’t really like us.  It’s a great rivalry and I’m ready to win next year,” Washington said at media day.  “It’s going to be tough, but we’re going to get it though.  Can’t wait.”

It’s not as much trash-talking as last year’s L’s Down party, but it’s enough to quench the thirst for UofL hate.

Jarred Vanderbilt is the Class Clown

Known as Vando, all three of his future teammates think he’s the funniest of the group.  The small forward always plays with a smile, but his sarcastic sense of humor is often delivered with deadpan.  An example from yesterday, I asked him how guarding Washington in practice helps make his game better:

“He can’t make my game that much better.  If we’re being honest.”  Washington’s laugh gave away the joke, but for a second I was dumbfounded.  Today I put him on the spot and asked if he had a joke to share.  He took a raincheck.

Vanderbilt Won the Day

R.I.P. Vando killed the club.  At one point in practice I quit counting his makes and started looking for misses.  Going toe-to-toe with Kevin Knox, the two traded buckets until Vanderbilt’s defense made the difference.  When people are described as having a “nose for the ball,” this is what they’re talking about: Vanderbilt knocks a ball loose, blocks a shot, then gets the rebound.

His length makes his step-back unguardable (remember, Knox is 6’8″ and can’t touch it).

 Commits Earned All-USA Honors

Three future Cats are among the Top 15 players in the country according to USA Today.  Not a ranking system or exclusive to seniors, this award is purely based on their performance from this past season.  P.J. Washington earned second team honors while Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were named to the third team.

Washington almost averaged a triple-double with 20.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, Green averaged 20.8 points and 8.0 assists per game and SGA posted 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Don’t Forget About the Cal’s USA Basketball Job

John Calipari is dipping his toe in USA Basketball this summer when he coaches the U19 team in Egypt.  P.J. Washington is anxious for an early opportunity to play for his new coach.

“Can’t wait.  It’d be great for me,” Washington said.  “I feel like I’m coming in next year knowing everything, knowing how he coaches, and then applying it to the game.”

Quade Green believes it will be a big advantage, but he’s not counting his chickens before they hatch.  “Hopefully I make it.”  I like Green’s chances.  Green, Washington and Vanderbilt all have Team USA experience and I bet Coach Cal is hoping to share some of that experience with his new players.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Five Leftovers from Day Two at the McDonald’s All-American Games

  1. BBN17
    11:29 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Is it called leftovers because McDonald’s has food. If so very cleaver