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#1 GoZips

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 10:43 PM

Spent most of the afternoon and evening knocking around LeBron's skills camp. Of course my primary interest being watching Zeke.Zeke is getting better by the day. Still tall and lean. More effective at holding his own on the blocks. Short range shooting much improved, but not there just yet.Fun to watch "Zee" competing against the truly best high school kids in the country.One kid in Z's team caught my fancy. A kid soon to be a junior in HS. Talked to an UNC as in North Carolina assistant coach who expressed an interest in the same kid.Guess our chances would be smoked.Had the pleasure of shaking Mike Krzyzewski's hand. Better still I had a nice conversation with Florida's Billy Donavan and Shaka Smart. Honestly, I think Donavantalked to me at length because Shaka introduced me to coach Donavan by my name. I use to chat with Shaka often when he was a Zips coach. Best of everythingto Shaka.Chatted a bit with Oliver Purcel of Clemson. A fine man and coach. There were mainline college coaches all over the place. I did talk to several other coaches. Fun for me.Other than the kids mostly playing selfish ball it was a treat to watch these future college stars in action.The skills camp runs four more days. You can drop by and watch from the rafters like I did. Player's parents are awesome to talk to. They are common every day folkwho just happen to have a potential NBA star living in their house. One father talked to me at length about his son who has verbaled to Clemson. A mother who hadas much humor and wit as Zee's mother stated that her son has verbaled to North Carolina. This is how I got to talk with the UNC coach. I was talking to her whenhe stopped by to update her on a meeting later in the week. He was kind enough to talk to me.All in all, the coaches and kids were in high spirits.I am deliberately NOT mentioning any of the players names or commenting on their individual performances. So, don't ask.

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 07:43 AM

GoZips...Thanks for the updates. Zeke's Mom and I will be at the camp today for the 2:00 session and the Parent's appreciation portion of the camp. Hope to see you there!!

Spent most of the afternoon and evening knocking around LeBron's skills camp. Of course my primary interest being watching Zeke.Zeke is getting better by the day. Still tall and lean. More effective at holding his own on the blocks. Short range shooting much improved, but not there just yet.Fun to watch "Zee" competing against the truly best high school kids in the country.One kid in Z's team caught my fancy. A kid soon to be a junior in HS. Talked to an UNC as in North Carolina assistant coach who expressed an interest in the same kid.Guess our chances would be smoked.Had the pleasure of shaking Mike Krzyzewski's hand. Better still I had a nice conversation with Florida's Billy Donavan and Shaka Smart. Honestly, I think Donavantalked to me at length because Shaka introduced me to coach Donavan by my name. I use to chat with Shaka often when he was a Zips coach. Best of everythingto Shaka.Chatted a bit with Oliver Purcel of Clemson. A fine man and coach. There were mainline college coaches all over the place. I did talk to several other coaches. Fun for me.Other than the kids mostly playing selfish ball it was a treat to watch these future college stars in action.The skills camp runs four more days. You can drop by and watch from the rafters like I did. Player's parents are awesome to talk to. They are common every day folkwho just happen to have a potential NBA star living in their house. One father talked to me at length about his son who has verbaled to Clemson. A mother who hadas much humor and wit as Zee's mother stated that her son has verbaled to North Carolina. This is how I got to talk with the UNC coach. I was talking to her whenhe stopped by to update her on a meeting later in the week. He was kind enough to talk to me.All in all, the coaches and kids were in high spirits.I am deliberately NOT mentioning any of the players names or commenting on their individual performances. So, don't ask.



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Posted 07 July 2008 - 12:17 PM

Are there scrimmages going on? Will Zeke be playing? I was headed up to the JAR to purchase my football season tickets and figured I could stop by to see him play.
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Posted 07 July 2008 - 12:54 PM

Are there scrimmages going on? Will Zeke be playing? I was headed up to the JAR to purchase my football season tickets and figured I could stop by to see him play.

If you stop down, please post your opinion. SLAM magazine did a write up last year, I hope they do the same this year.Here is a little of what goes onList of coachs in attendanceRivals reportsRise Magazine

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 02:33 PM

It's nice to see the event being covered by BIG media (even though it's coming from Lebron's likely-to-be new NBA home before too many more seasons).Link

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 03:29 PM

I attended today's afternoon session and I had a couple general observations:- Zeke looked REALLY thin and def. needs to bulk up. He ran the floor well and seems to have excellent coordination for a 7 footer. I still pinch myself to make sure it is real that UA landed this kid!- A couple UA players were present. I'm not sure what type of skills Steve Swiech brings to the table, but the dude is huge. That boy could floss his teeth with poor Zeke's arm :lol: - Carl Jones from Garfield Heights looks like he may be in the eighth grade.- I love that this camp is at the JAR! I'm hoping KD can work some type of magic and find another camper (other than Zeke) to stay with our beloved Zips :D On the other hand, I did see Billy Donovon and Lute Olson present, which certainly doesn't help our chances...

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:03 AM

I attended today's afternoon session and I had a couple general observations:- Zeke looked REALLY thin and def. needs to bulk up. He ran the floor well and seems to have excellent coordination for a 7 footer. I still pinch myself to make sure it is real that UA landed this kid!- A couple UA players were present. I'm not sure what type of skills Steve Swiech brings to the table, but the dude is huge. That boy could floss his teeth with poor Zeke's arm :lol: - Carl Jones from Garfield Heights looks like he may be in the eighth grade.- I love that this camp is at the JAR! I'm hoping KD can work some type of magic and find another camper (other than Zeke) to stay with our beloved Zips :D On the other hand, I did see Billy Donovon and Lute Olson present, which certainly doesn't help our chances...

Hey could you possibly tell me how the person by the name of "Patrick Beverley" faired at this camp?I heard this guy did very well against Lebon/CP3's team or whatever...any info would be appreciated.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:16 AM

I noticed on the PD Blog that they mentioned Zeke and how thin he was. Other notes from Alexander's blog...In the rafters: Four larger-than-life banners of camp host LeBron James hang from the rafters in Rhodes Arena. They are beside the names and faces of several Akron Zips greats -- Eric McLaughlin, Joe Jakubick, Larry Jenkins and Len Paul. In the opposite rafters is a banner that says "Men's Basketball, MAC Champions, 1998 and 2007." Big problem. The Zips have never won a MAC Championship. Ball State and Western Michigan tied for the MAC Championship in 1998, each finishing 14-4, 21-8. Toledo won the MAC Championship in 2007 finishing 14-2, 19-13. Akron won the East Division in 1998 and 2007, but no MAC championships. And it will be interesting to see if all the Nike reps have much to say to their campus hosts from Akron, who are clearly decked out in adidas gear. Akron is an adidas school in every sport except basketball.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:28 AM

I noticed on the PD Blog that they mentioned Zeke and how thin he was. Other notes from Alexander's blog...In the rafters: Four larger-than-life banners of camp host LeBron James hang from the rafters in Rhodes Arena. They are beside the names and faces of several Akron Zips greats -- Eric McLaughlin, Joe Jakubick, Larry Jenkins and Len Paul. In the opposite rafters is a banner that says "Men's Basketball, MAC Champions, 1998 and 2007." Big problem. The Zips have never won a MAC Championship. Ball State and Western Michigan tied for the MAC Championship in 1998, each finishing 14-4, 21-8. Toledo won the MAC Championship in 2007 finishing 14-2, 19-13. Akron won the East Division in 1998 and 2007, but no MAC championships. And it will be interesting to see if all the Nike reps have much to say to their campus hosts from Akron, who are clearly decked out in adidas gear. Akron is an adidas school in every sport except basketball.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:33 AM

Babysitting: Akron coach Keith Dambrot can't comment on players who have verbally committed to play for the Akron Zips. But it was clear he was babysitting 7-0 center Zeke Marshall, who orally committed to Akron early in the spring. Dambrot sat in the stands for all of Marshall's games and workouts. Marshall is showing the effects of a busy summer as he looked like a player at the end of a long season. He blocked some shots, but not nearly as many as in the spring, and rebounds were few and far between. However, his short-corner jumper continues to look like a lethal weapon in the making.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:00 AM

Please don't get 'thin' confused with skinny. If you look at Zeke's arms, you can clearly see the muscle tone and definition as compared to earlier in the AAU season. Look at Kevin Garnett, he's a very thin 7' footer and very effective.I definately agree that he needs to add weight/muscle.Once he gets to Akron and on a college level conditioning program, he will add the muscle/weight. We don't want Zeke to loose his speed and agility by putting on too much weight. Adding muscle weight and strength is going to be the key to his success on the college level.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:16 AM

Please don't get 'thin' confused with skinny. If you look at Zeke's arms, you can clearly see the muscle tone and definition as compared to earlier in the AAU season. Look at Kevin Garnett, he's a very thin 7' footer and very effective.I definately agree that he needs to add weight/muscle.Once he gets to Akron and on a college level conditioning program, he will add the muscle/weight. We don't want Zeke to loose his speed and agility by putting on too much weight. Adding muscle weight and strength is going to be the key to his success on the college level.

Sounds like Zeke is working hard on just that (read through the post)Zeke is also working out with a strength and conditioning coach every day...the Stoudemire Big Man camp is that he came home with some FABULOUS and very VALUABLE information about how to gain weight the healthy wayMore on the camp from MaxPrepsAntonio Williams from ESPN was thereMike Decourcy from the Sporting News

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:28 AM

Please don't get 'thin' confused with skinny. If you look at Zeke's arms, you can clearly see the muscle tone and definition as compared to earlier in the AAU season. Look at Kevin Garnett, he's a very thin 7' footer and very effective.I definately agree that he needs to add weight/muscle.Once he gets to Akron and on a college level conditioning program, he will add the muscle/weight. We don't want Zeke to loose his speed and agility by putting on too much weight. Adding muscle weight and strength is going to be the key to his success on the college level.

Thanks for the invite Zip2Go, and the excellent time at the afternoon session.Zeke has made great strides and I over heard a number of excellent comments regarding his future. The best one coming from my long time friend coach Bob Huggins.Here's the rub. Bob's comment is so good and a repeat of what he told coach Dambrot that I can not repeat it here until I get a clearance from coach Dambrot.Hugs sat with KD during Zeke's second game Monday evening.I had the grand good fortune to be asked to help an older (well into his 70's) gentleman find the student union so he could get some lunch. The older gentleman turned outto be former long time Cleveland State head coach Ray Derringer. We talked for half an hour. I had never met coach Ray before. He is currently a scout for theDallas Mavericks. While he paid little attention to the high schoolers he had been asked to observe Zeke. Thus, he was able to make several positive commentsregarding Zeke. Coach Ray was quite upbeat regarding Zeke. He sees high potential in Zeke. I humbly concur.I had supper with another NBA scout (Charolette Hornets). Again, his focus was on the college players in attendance. He spoke highly of the facilities and the people.LeBron, Dwayne Wade and probably O.J. Mayo played a pick up game over in the rec center in the early evening. I did not attend that.A professional writer (from on of the posted links) was drooling all over John Henson. He saw something I never saw. I watched Henson play against Zeke's team on Sunday. My opinion of Henson is that he is one of several players that rely on intimidation (rabbit punches and shoves). He caused a reaction in Zeke that led to Zeke being called for a foul. A few minutes later Zeke took Henson off his pins. No call. Payback. This took place on Sunday.As for the HS player, Patrick Beverly, no mention of him in the program guide.Tuesday is the final session. Games will be played at 2:40 PM (JAR and REC center) and again at 6:45PM (JAR Arena). Last chance.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:31 PM

Please don't get 'thin' confused with skinny. If you look at Zeke's arms, you can clearly see the muscle tone and definition as compared to earlier in the AAU season. Look at Kevin Garnett, he's a very thin 7' footer and very effective.I definately agree that he needs to add weight/muscle.Once he gets to Akron and on a college level conditioning program, he will add the muscle/weight. We don't want Zeke to loose his speed and agility by putting on too much weight. Adding muscle weight and strength is going to be the key to his success on the college level.

Zip2Go-Point taken. I agree that a college weight program will deliver a "bigger" Zeke.My only concern was Zeke's frame reminded me of Shawn James from Duquesne (not far from your home). James used his seven foot frame to become a dominant shot blocker, but was never a true force on the offensive end because he got pushed around a bit. James was a decent D1 player (and I believe he just signed overseas), but my hope is that Zeke has a higher ceiling than James once he fills out.Good luck to Zeke and welcome to the Zips family! :wave:

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 12:34 PM

Okay well i found the article...Patrick beverley's team went 2-2 against Chris Paul/Lebrons teamhttp://www.sportslin.../story/10890685



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