After Monday's games I wrote that I did not witness any standout performances. This is definitely not the case after Thursday's action, as one Wake Forest player had a very impressive showing in the Triad Summer Pro-Am League. Click through for our rundown from the fourth night of games!
**Tonight I was able to catch all the guys except Chas McFarland, CJ Harris and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Performance of the night
Easily it was incoming freshman Ari Stewart. He netted over 20 points in the first half and ended up with 30+. Not only was he displaying his tremendous athleticism with a number of crowd-pleasing dunks, but he also showed off his soft shooting touch from behind the arc. He knocked down four treys in the opening half and seemed to be all over the floor collecting rebounds and tallying a couple steals. We have said this before, but it is going to be awfully hard to keep Stewart out of the lineup. He just brings a lot of different skills to the table.
The Big Sophomores
I finally got to see Ty Walker tonight for the first time of the summer. He and L.D.'s team remained undefeated and should challenge for the championship. In the first half Ty hit a baseline jumper and had several hoops around the basket. He was not as active on the boards as he could be, but you never know what to expect in these summer league games. Near the end of the second half, Ty turned it on a little more as Coaches Larue and Wojcik looked on. He posted up and scored on a few baby hooks and dunks to end with 24 points.
In the sad news of the night, Tony Woods cut off his high top. Despite this tragedy, Tony looked solid in the post against David Weaver and the seven footer from Elon. Woods seems to have lost a lot of baby fat and looks much more trim and fit. He has put a lot of time into working on his post moves and they are starting to come around. In case you were wondering, he is still very good at dunking, rebounding and altering shots.
Not Just a Shooter
Konner Tucker continues to impress me with his overall feel for the game. While he was able to knock down a few threes, Tucker's best plays of the day were passes. On about five or six occasions he whipped excellent passes from the outside the lane to open teammates on the block for easy layups. He definitely plays with a point guard's mentality.
L.D. Williams played very well also, especially in the first half, as he knocked down some shots from outside and had some effective drives in the lane. After the half he focused on getting Ty some touches in the paint (likely by the suggestion of certain individuals in attendance) and doing all the dirty work. The play of the night came when one player threw an alley oop to L.D., but instead of finishing he threw it off the backboard to Mr. Walker for the big two handed slam.
Notable guests in attendance: "Big E" Eric WIlliams, Harvey Hale (played with Ish and Stewart), and the aforementioned assistant coaches.
Stay tuned to BSD for continued schedules and recaps as the Triad Summer Pro-Am rolls along!