Hawks Mini-Camp: Day 2

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By Micah Hart

After another morning of drills, Tuesday afternoon the participants in the Hawks mini-camp got down to the business of playing ball by scrimmaging for nearly two hours.Split up into two teams, the guys played two 20-minute halves, then added another 12-minute scrimmage on top of that.

Some thoughts from the first day:

- Jeff Teague was the truth today. He scored on jumpers, he scored on teardrop floaters, and he got into the lane pretty much any time he wanted. He also used the drive to set up easy baskets for his teammates. It’s only mini-camp, but you’d be hardpressed to find anyone who didn’t come away with a positive impression of the young fella today.

- If Teague was the star of the show today, Othello Hunter was the runner-up. Hunter’s game isn’t sexy – that is to say, he doesn’t have a sick crossover or a picture perfect 3-point stroke. But what he is good at is hustling and doing the grunt work, and he showed out today with several buckets inside thanks to beating his man downcourt or timely offensive rebounds. After the workout I asked Big O how he’d grade his performance today, and the normally reserved big man gave himself a stellar 9.5.

- Garrett Siler looked good. The gentle giant from Augusta State showed surprising fitness getting up and down the floor, and had no problem clearing out space on the interior when he wanted it. I’m not sure he gets much lift off the ground when he jumps, but his frame allows him to create enough room that a lack of a high vertical doesn’t make much difference. If he can perfect the jump hook he’s been showcasing, he’d be pretty dangerous on the low post.

- I don’t think Yaroslav Korolev, the former LA Clipper draft pick, missed a shot today. He hit at least 3 three’s, and had another nice move called off by a bad call from the officials (there were referees on hand to provide a more game-like environment).

- Like anyone, I was excited to see Cenk Akyol in the flesh and in live competition. Akyol’s day was fairly uneventful, but he did have a couple of very nice possessions back-to-back where he broke down his man off the dribble then waited for the help to come before firing passes at the perfect moment to find open teammates for easy lay-ins.

My understanding is there will be scrimmages in both morning and afternoon sessions tomorrow, so we’ll have reports from both as camp action continues to heat up.

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