Josh Smith — the one that plays for the Atlanta Hawks, not the Kentwood Conqs — did an interview with The Sporting News yesterday, and Seattle’s top senior guard, Peyton Siva, came up in the conversation.
As an NBA Mentor, what exactly is your role down there?
Josh Smith: We’re each assigned to a certain team. I was able to get the USA 2009 team. I’m like a coach, and then I’m also trying to help the players by telling them about my experiences at their age. I know what it takes to make it at the professional level, so I’m sharing that with them. Just giving them good advice for the future.
Any players you’ve been struck by and why?
JS: Peyton Siva, a point guard on the 2009 team going to Louisville. Also, Brandon Knight, a point guard on the 2010 team. Peyton’s impressive to me because he’s so athletic. He’s had a couple tip-ins, and you don’t expect to see that from someone that short. He’s also passing the ball well, recognizing the defense, and giving guys open looks at baskets. Just like Brandon is.
Peyton was at the adidas nations camp outside Dallas along with Tony Wroten and the Kentwood version of Josh Smith, who’s got height and size on the NBA version (but not the range). Draftexpress.com had this to say about Wroten and Smith:
The most talented roster here clearly belongs to the 2010 USA team (which also features some 2011 prospects). We’ve watched them beat up on lesser opponents mercilessly thus far, and were able to cruise against a very talented Canadian squad as well. Out of all the teams, they look to have meshed into a cohesive unit the quickest, much thanks to the outstanding point guard play of Brandon Knight, combined with the excellent passing skills his backcourt mate Tony Wroten brings to the table. Their bigs (Jared Sullinger and Josh Smith) are about as imposing as you’ll find, and they have lethal athleticism at the wing positions as well. It’s a joy to see these kids moving the ball around the court unselfishly.
-Also, down in Portland, Bellarmine Prep seniors Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy led Team USA to the championship in the Nike Global Games. Gaddy and Bradley shared MVP honors.