My impressions on a meaningless glorified practice:
-Perry Ellis is solid, consistent, and polished. He's not flashy, he's not going to dunk on anyone. But give him a full year with Hudy and with his footwork, smarts, and fundamental base he'll be a stud. His game reminds me on the offensive end of a young Nick Collison.
-Elijah and Releford are going to be the ones to carry us as far as we get. Withey is just not a premier center. He's great if he has a guy demanding all of the attention next to him, and that could become Ellis. But man he is so weak with the ball still, still seems indecisive too. He should have been dominating weaker smaller competition and he just didn't. Defensively he'll get his blocks against aggressive teams and his presence will change the minds of a lot of players coming down the lane. Coaches will have to think about him when they are coaching their guys up on that end. I just don't think we can count on him making a huge impact offensively.
-Rio Adams looks good defensively. He keeps his feet moving, long arms, quick hands, head up, quick and just active. He'll get lost running around screens this year, but I think he looked really good on that end. He seems like he has a little hot dog in him with the ball in his hands, but if Self can break that out of him, I could see Rio getting minutes from Tharpe.
-Once McLemore realizes he is by far the most athletic player on either team 9 times out of 10, and gets aggressive...Wow! Highlight real stuff. If it clicks in for him this year, we won't see him next year.
-I enjoyed looking at the fine coed who was seated in the front row of the student section just to the left of the hoop KU was shooting at in the second half.
"True bliss is not something you search for, true bliss is already living inside us all, and sometimes it takes a roomfull of others to lead us to the mirror of your soul." - CosmicPal (10-3-03)