What's up DeaconSports? This is Travis McKie and here is my third installment of my monthly journal.
NBA Camp was arguably the best camp I went to and had the most talent there this year. I love this camp because it teaches you stuff on and off of the court. It teaches you that being a professional athlete is more than playing basketball, it is a business. In my eyes, I thought I played very well at the camp. Every game was a match-up with another elite small forward and I compete every time I step on the court. Also, I met Tate Myers (catudeac) of DeaconSports for the first time and we had nice conversations about Wake Forest and recruits.
Reebok U was a great experience and was a great time for me. Since this was my first Reebok event, I was unsure what I going to be doing. I played great that camp because I was getting rebounds and was in double figures in every game. I was selected to play in the All-Star game and had 15 points, I think. It was great experience and I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in me participating in the event.
After RBKU, I went straight to Augusta, GA and went to Peach Jam. This is the biggest AAU tournament in the world so doing good in this camp can go a long way. The injury to teammate James McAdoo (torn ligament) has sidelined him for the rest of the summer so we are now forced to play all guards and I play the center. From a team standpoint, we performed below expectations. We finished 2-3 in the pool and were blown out by Team Final in the final game. Obviously, we hold high standards and not making it out of pool play was very disappointing. But I was playing great through the tournament. Up until the last game, I was top 5 in scoring and #1 in rebounding throughout the whole tournament. Playing against the top big men, I more than held my own and hope to increase my stock.
My last two AAU events are the AAU Nationals & the CP3 Backcourt Skills camp in August. I plan to finish out strong before my senior year.
I also read you guys' questions and I will answer some of them. First, I will not be rocking a high top - ever. That will never happen. As for other Wake recruits, J.T. [Terrell,] Tony [Chenault,] and Melvin [Tabbb] have all played well but J.T. has been playing great. He is proving a lot of people wrong and I hope he continues his great play.
The top 2010 player is between Harrison [Barnes,] Brandon [Knight] & Jared [Sullinger] in my opinion. In 2011, there is a strong possibility that we could land Marquis [Rankin,] Quincy [Miller,] and C.J. [Barksdale.] They're only rising juniors so give them time. Also, congrats to J.T. & Quincy for being selected for the Nike Globals. I hope they play well and take advantage of having USA on their chests.