Day 2 of ESU Camp started off very well with stations such as Rapid Fire Shooting, Passing Drills, and Screening Drills. These drills are great because it helps show the coaches what the campers are strong at for in game situations as well as most importantly help the campers improve their skills and gain the confidence to use these tools when playing a game. Shortly after, the first official games of the camp was under way between the teams of the Heat vs Nets and Spurs vs. Knicks. The mixed teams concept was a great idea to begin with but once the game got started it made things that much better. Both teams were evenly matched in just about every position. Canaan Donoah (Heat) started things off with his amazing speed and great decision making. His match up throughout the game was against another savy gaurd, Alex Morrow (Nets). These two studs were neck and neck creating great scoring opportunities and finding the open man in which Donoah’s case was big man from Trinidad, Jerrell Doorbal (Heat). Doorbal seemed to be unstoppable when it came to crashing the boards but definitely stood out with his superb shot blocking. Although he is 6’6 and sho blocking should be automatic, it takes skill to be a good shot blocker and Jerrell’s timing makes him that much better. With all the quick scoring taking place, the Heat took a 9 point lead going into the half. The 3rd quarter was more slow paced thanks to the guards taking their time to make the best scoring play which turned out to be a great tactic for the Nets. By doing so, they were able to get back into the game and take a 3 point lead going into the 4th quarter. Although the effort was great, the Heat were too much for the Nets in the closing minutes where they would take the W, 45-56.
The Spurs vs. Knicks was also a fun, high scoring game. Things started off slow but soon picked right back up thanks to the stellar shooting by Thomas Horry (Knicks). Horry did an amazing job moving without the ball and setting screens for his teammates but when the ball fell into his possession, he sure did make the most of it sinking 4 straight shots giving the Knicks a 8 point lead with 3:30 minutes remaining. At this point the Knicks got a little too comfortable because the determination and will of the Spurs was tested and they would surely prevail winning by 4, 54-59.