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Coaches, Players Reflect On Day 1 Of 2018 Elite Mini Camp

By Alex Busch | May 14, 2018

CHICAGO — The NBA G League’s ninth annual Elite Mini Camp began on Monday at Quest Multisport Gym, with 40 players competing on four different teams. The two-day scouting event featured some of the league’s top prospects, who all played and tested in front of NBA and NBA G League team personnel, with NBA Summer League and Training Camps coming up.

Sixteen NBA G League coaches were split up between the four teams, led at the helm by Elite Mini Camp head coach Blake Ahearn, who is coming off an NBA G League championship with the Austin Spurs. Ahearn and NBA G League forward Raphiael Putney both spoke to NBAGLeague.com after the opening day in Chicago.

“To me, this is such a great opportunity to see these guys together playing against the guys that they went against all year long,” said Ahearn. “The one thing that I hope they take from it is what it has become, with the magnitude and importance of this event.”

Maine Red Claws guard Trey Davis jumped into the spotlight early in the day, going for a big 27-point effort, including a game-winning overtime bucket, on 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) shooting from the floor, but then followed that up with 23 points in the proceeding game. His Red Claws teammate, Devin Williams, started strong as he racked up a productive double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the second game of the day.

Team 1 showed up all afternoon, putting together a perfect 2-0 record on the day, as they were balanced throughout the entire lineup. Archie Goodwin, Jamel Morris, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes all led the way on the opening day.

“There’s some talented guys here this year, and the competition is tough,” said Putney, a member of Team 1. “I actually like Cameron Oliver‘s game a lot, he has extended his game to the 3-point line now, and can knock down some shots. Kennedy Meeks, the big guy, can really play, and just at point guard, Xavier does a great job at getting everybody involved and the offense.”

The 40-player group will finish Elite Mini Camp with a final day of games on Tuesday in Chicago. Each team will play in two more games, looking to showcase their abilities in front of scouts and personnel from all 30 NBA teams.

“Everybody has their own story, and their own route. There’s so many different avenues to get to that final destination,” said Ahearn. “Being able to come to this only enhances that, so it’s great for our guys here and I’m happy for their opportunity in front of them.”

Stats from Day 1

Game 1: Team 1 108, Team 2 85

Game 2: Team 4 103, Team 3 101

Game 3: Team 1 109, Team 3 95

Game 4: Team 4 104, Team 2 89

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