July 19, 2006

Skill Camp paved the way for LLP commitment

One of the most entertaining aspects of watching the Arizona Skill Camp is the ability to get an up close view of UA head coach Lute Olson as he walks around McKale Center, evaluating talent, trying to figure out which kids he thinks can help win him a national championship.

When Olson sees a player he likes, he isn't shy about it, although it certainly isn't on purpose. He watches that kid perform, whether it is in a scrimmage or a drill, and his eyes light up, realizing how good that kid could be in the UA system.

In Olson's first Skill Camp, we saw Olson's ear-to-ear grin while he was watching guards Jerryd Bayless and Brandon Jennings. Olson had that same look while evaluating UA commit Laval Lucas-Perry.

It's ironic because Lucas-Perry showed up in Tucson as one of the camp's lowest rated prospects. However, that didn't mean anything to Olson and the UA coaching staff, who fell in love with the 6-foot-3, 195-pound star from Flint, Michigan immediately.

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