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McDonald’s All-American Practice Thread

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Right past the Karl-Anthony Towns-covered door is this morning’s final open practice for the 40th Annual McDonald’s All-American Games. I’ll provide updates below throughout the morning until they head to the United Center for Media Day.


11:20: The team moved on to the closeout drill, the one that put Quade on the wrong end of a poster yesterday. It didn’t start too well for him today either.

The first one up, he closed out to Nick Richards, stopping the center near the rim with what looked like a block. They called a foul and Quade couldn’t believe it. The talking started and didn’t stop, until he gave Richards some space to shoot it.

“Thank you. I appreciate it,” Richards told Quade after he buried a 15-footer.

11:16: The first 5v5 period of the day ended with the Kentucky trio on top, again. It was close, but Vando refuses to miss. His slow-moving form makes me think it’s gonna get blocked, but nobody can come close to that long left arm.

We’ll get one, maybe two more five minute team periods before they call it a day.

11:04: Richards, Green and Vanderbilt are still destroying all takers and they’re doing it in a variety of ways. Vando went one-on-one and off the pick-and-roll while Green created space.

This is fun.

10:53: Things have slowed down a little bit as the guards and posts have temporarily split up. The early star of the day is Jarred Vanderbilt. He’s done everything: blocked shots, thrown lobs, hit step-backs. His game has been the greatest surprise so far this week.

10:46: The 3v3 team of Richards, Green and Vanderbilt could not be stopped.

10:40: Washington’s back, but while he was gone, Jarred Jarred Vanderbilt was lighting it up. He knocked down a few contested jumpers in 3v3 and did this.

10:35: Here’s what Washington was doing before he had to go to the sideline.

10:33: Washington rolled his ankle up during the 3-on-2, 2-on-1 drill. Hopefully tape can easily fix it for now.

10:18: There’s probably 50 NBA scouts crowding the bleachers on the other side of the court. Luckily I arrived early enough to grab a seat in the crowded media section. The players are still warming up, but stuff will start getting real here in about five minutes.

Until then, remember this name: Collin Sexton. The explosive point guard won last night’s dunk contest. He’s destined to do big things for Avery Johnson at Alabama next year. IMG_3136

Article written by Nick Roush

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