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Lute Olson Fantasy Camp: The Games Begin

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Dear Diary:

The day started out with a great breakfast at Westward Look and then stretching and warming up at Sporting Chance.

We got divided into teams and we played 3-on-3 for over two hours. There are some really good shooters out there and a few big guys. I made the mistake of running into one of the big guys (Rhodes) under hoop and he adjusted my spine. It actually felt pretty good so maybe it was a good thing.

I couldn’t buy a bucket in the morning. I tried.

The UA players went into a backroom and they drafted us into four teams. I got drafted by Bennett Davidson and Donell Harris. They put us through some drills and plays and it was easy to see why Lute’s former players are all good coaches. I can honestly say Davidson is the best coach I have ever had.

Bennett Davidson & Donell Harris (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

My team went 0-2 in the afternoon but I was able to hit a deep three. By “deep” I mean sort of like the deep end of the pool. We almost won the second game but it was not to be.

The campers lined up and the players signed basketballs and posters for us. My granddaughter is only three weeks old so I don’t have to worry about her playing hoops with the basketball… yet.

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

We had the night on our own and the coaches spent the evening with Lute Olson and that’s always a highlight for them. I took pictures at two high school football games Friday night and I wound up with almost 300 photos between the camp and the two games.

My body is holding up pretty well considering. By “pretty well” I mean I can’t feel my legs….

We get to tour McKale Center tomorrow night after a full morning of games.

See you tomorrow.

NOTE: Salim Stoudamire was “working” on his game during breaks. Let’s just say JJ Redick would have to hit 300 shots in a row to catch him.

Former Arizona basketball & softball standout Felecity Willis was on hand to ref some games. Willis is a D-I college referee. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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