Fellow scout Jordan Lash and I dropped by for a couple of games at the Triad Pro-Am, which included a better look at incoming Wake Forest freshman Ty Walker (C, 7’0″, 2008). Walker still impresses with his ability to run the floor and shoots a comfortable, consistent mid range jumper. He’s a very long player who could really be something if he gets more aggressive; he had at least four blocks in a span of about 3 minutes. It’s really going to be interesting watching this Wake Forest team of Ish Smith, James Johnson, Ty Walker, Al Farouq-Aminu and Tony Woods.
Meanwhile, Ish Smith’s shooting is still not consistent. Jordan really nailed it when he noted that Ish’s mechanics are wrong when he shoots, he falls away every time he shoots and he even releases at different points each time. I think Ish has a real confidence problem with his shooting, but Jordan is absolutely right; Ish’s shooting mechanics are off.
Probably the most prolific scorer of the night was Walt Baxter, a 6’3″ SG who played pro ball in Poland last season and is looking to work out for the expansion ABA team the Winston-Salem Storm in a few days. Walter is a pure scorer who’s quick and fluid getting his shot off.
Alex hit me with the news flash that Tamir Jackson (PG/ SG, 6’2″, 2009) is going to de-commit from UAB. This falls on the heels of the rumor going around that Demarcus Cousins is also considering de-committing. Good scoop by Alex.
Jackson considered Clemson and Maryland and had an offer from Miami and Virginia Tech on the table when he committed to UAB, so there’s a chance he might consider the ACC again. It would not be suprising to see Maryland get involved, with the recruiting needs they have.
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