Paul takes nation's best guards under his wing in Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --
Paul has already seen the information be used against him. He told me the story of how he tutored
The crew of college point guards at this weekend's camp included Villanova's
One thing Wright asked Paul for was advice on film study -- a question that launched Paul into an explanation of the extensive time he spent analyzing
It was after this that Paul admitted his lone ulterior motive for holding the camp: It gave him a chance to study soon-to-be first-rounders like Duke's
• The player I was most intrigued to see was
• Smith, I should mention, looked excellent in the camp. As one NBA scout there said, "He's playing with the confidence of a guy who just won a national championship." Smith had the quickest catch-and-release shooting form of any of the college players there; unlike most of them, he's able to catch high and shoot without bringing the ball down near his waist first. You wonder how many extra threes that translates into him making over the course of a season.
• It is worth noting, however, that Smith has questionable bowling form. Paul took the entire camp to a bowling alley just outside of Winston-Salem on Saturday night, and Smith resorted to chest-passing bowling balls down the center of the lane, finishing in a Superman pose. The two highest college scores I saw came from Singler and Curry, who opt for a more traditional throwing method.
• One curious division between the ACC and Big East players there: Nearly all the ACC guys (Smith, Curry, Singler, Barnes, UNC's
• The CP3 camp is a family affair: Paul's brother,
• I asked
"It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in recruiting," Thomas said, "because
"I wouldn't have anything to do with a school if I wasn't going there, but [Jones], on the day before he signed with Kentucky, came up to campus for the whole day. He surprised us and the coaches by showing up with his teammate who might walk on at Washington. [Jones] was chilling with us, he worked out, he hooped, he stayed the night ... and I didn't really ask him about the situation, because I know how recruiting is -- everybody asks you questions about it -- but then he picked the Wildcats, and we were like,
Thomas said he hopes Washington gets to face Kentucky in the Maui Invitational this November. "If we play them, I'll be talking mess the whole game," Thomas said.
• Former Wake Forest coach
• I'll have more on UNC's Harrison Barnes, the top-rated recruit in the Class of 2010, in a column later this week. But I'll mention here that his skill set more than holds up in a setting alongside college stars, and he looks fully capable of leading UNC in scoring as a freshman. Because he and Marshall had to leave the camp on Sunday to attend an academic-advising session in Chapel Hill, I didn't get to see them in scrimmages. That leaves me without a verdict on how well Marshall can run the point as an ACC rookie. (See clips of Barnes from the CP3 camp in the video below.)
• When Triche and Jardine played alongside each other in three-on-three drills, they had solid chemistry; Triche aggressively took the ball to the rim, while Jardine knocked down a high percentage of his threes. The 1-2-3-4 quartet of those two,
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• I'll leave you with a Moment of Zen: footage of Nolan Smith's aforementioned bowling form. His joint instructional DVD with