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November 22, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Terrence Jones, Kemba Walker early stars at Maui

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There’s a dozen NBA scouts inside the Lahaina Civic Center observing the action. Just spoke with an old friend who gave me the 411 on the morning games.
In his words, “Kemba Walker put on a show.”
That’s the Connecticut guard who scored a tournament-high 31 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field, which led the Huskies to a 83-79 win over Wichita State.
He also had three steals and converted 14 of 15 free throws.
In the morning’s other game, Terrence Jones (right) dazzled the capacity crowd as Kentucky downed Oklahoma 76-64.
Jones, the former UW commit, finished with 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting, 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
In postgame interviews, Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said: “When I recruited him, I loved him. I didn’t love him this afternoon. I didn’t care where anyone else was ranked, there is no one in this class that can do what he can do.”
A NBA scout said Jones has an immediate future in the professional league, but questions whether Jones will be able to dominate in the NBA.
“In college, he’s a match-up nightmare,” the scout said. “What are you going to do with him? But in our league, we got 6-9 guys everywhere. He’s a tweener. He does a lot of things well, but doesn’t dominate at anything.”
The scout likened him to Julian Wright.
I asked three scouts about the NBA potential of the Washington Huskies. Here’s a synopsis of their thoughts and list of the players in order of the most potential.
Abdul Gaddy: He’s still intriguing to many scouts because of the hype that preceded him before college. They like his size, but question his intensity and desire. Said one scout: “If he had Isaiah Thomas’ heart, then you’d have something. … But he could have a 10-year career too.”
Aziz N’Diaye: No one has really seen him and the scouts are anxious to get a good gauge on the 7-foot center.
Isaiah Thomas: Size is still an issue with for the 5-foot-9 guard in the minds of NBA scouts. Can he change their minds? “Certainly, but he has to do it in these types of games against guys like Kemba and Kalin (Lucas).”
Matthew Bryan-Amaning: Another intriguing prospect. Said one scout: “He’s been around forever. Six foot 9. Again, we got a lot of 6-9 dudes in our league.”

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