At each of the Never Too Late Basketball Weekend Camps, Adidas sponsors the NTL “Reminds Us of Awards”. Every player is acknowledged as having some quality or characteristic that reminds us of some former or present player (or referee or movie actor or who-knows-what). Coaches confer on Saturday night and we present them at the Sunday afternoon post-camp breakup lunch.
Here is the rundown on the awards from the NTL Weekend Camp, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015
Jim Morris, perhaps the greatest 40 Shot shooter in NTL Camps history, channeled Russell Westbrook from his Bruin days (but did not dunk)
Henry Jai leaned and fell away going glass for the Sunday 4-team game winner and walked away with the coveted Chris Paul
Mike Strautmanis posted and passed and shot like Boris Diaw then upped his game and got the Arne Duncan
Coach Keith Webster said Andy Owens was the best defender in camp which got him the Gary Payton Award
Justin Owens was in the mix for best Big Man and was graced with the Frank Kaminsky Award
Evan Asher flashed MVP form then wrong footed at the buzzer à la Steve Nash (but promises not to retire)
Shelly Asher, steady and underrated and effective and unfazed, walked with the prestigious (to the coaches) Mike Conley
Bob Zukis, 6’8″ and a globetrotting Masters player, sees the court and moves a bit like the legendary Arvydas Sabonis
Leon Kwan, improving by the minute, went inside and out and garnered the Kevin McHale MIP
We liked Josh Berezin’s game as we like Steve Blake’s game: skilled, athletic, team first
Slim Garry Williams ain’t no Big Baby no more, he’s our Louis Orr (#55)
Peter Thom had his best camp in years and torched opponents like Bob Petit
Shaun Kerr, likewise had his best camp. He’s a gamer, a keeper, and gets the Jae Crowder
Brett Bowles, solid and confident, knows how to get it done and picks up the JJ Berea
Brother Brady Bowles wins NTL Camp shooting contests year after year and gets (the somewhat related to JJ Berea) JJ Redick!
James Terrile, southpaw, focused and dangerous with a developing crossover and on-the-cusp jumper, wins the prestigious Pablo Prigioni
Gary Seto, #2 camp draft choice, defended and surprised and scored in the lane like Evan Turner
Chinh Le, soared to the best vertical (29.75″), won the NTL Fastest Human Being, played an awesome all-around game and snatched the Cory Alexander (who graduated from U VA with a degree in psychology). C & C would have made a great backcourt in Charlottesville!
Matt Newman, also of U VA, played like another former Wahoo, Bryant Stith: smooth, skilled, relentless, equal parts good and great
Jeffrey Ogbara is a better athlete than Mike Waitkus, but Waitkus, Brown ’86 and he share a championship demeanor. (JO can become a very good basketball player.)
Mike Webb is a lefty scoring machine who is now finding others easy baskets, like Chris Mullin used to do
Kevin Ng is amazing. Gordon Hayward type amazing.
John Hochhausler knocked his college-age kid off in a game of one-on-one and then came to camp and played like Luc Longely, maybe better.
Rich Gulden. How good was he? Jeff Hornacek good!
Sam Dekker was among my favorite college players all year. Joe Corella won his 2nd NTL Camp 3 Point Shooting Contest and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the clutch Badger
Philly Duchene runs an offense and runs a defense and runs a game like Ty Lawson
Jason Ford never knows who his award namesake is but we all know he plays like Luis Scola. Yes!
Robert Parish (“Chief”) loved playing with John (“Tricks”) Bagley. Parish would have loved playing with Alexander Lim, who can do it all, too.
YK Low went to the University of Memphis. So did Derrick Rose. They both are playing very good basketball right now!
Steve Lutz can shoot from anywhere. So could Jeff Fryer
Keith Stamler played like Dave Myers, not quite Ann Myers, but Dave Myers ( 4-time All-American) was really good, too
George Sya defends and scores clutch hoops like Andre Iguodala, a true Warrior
John Wang may not go pro like Tyus Jones but he is confident and talented and so good that I am certain Coach K would love to have him (in some capacity) on his team.