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Landry Fields: There Are No Direct Flights to Portsmouth
by: Landry Fields - Stanford Senior/NBA Draft Prospect
May 3, 2010
-Landry Fields Blog, Part One See what Landry Fields had to say last week about playing against John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe.

Getting to Portsmouth, Virginia, is no easy task. Living in Los Angeles, my journey started at LAX, went to Nashville, then to Baltimore, and finally to Norfolk, which is about a 10-minute drive from Portsmouth. Luckily the night before I left for Portsmouth, I didnít get much sleep, so right when I got to Virginia I went to bed, allowing instant adjustment to east coast time.

I already knew upon arriving at Portsmouth who was going to be on my team for the week. They included the likes of Landon Milbourne (Maryland), Ishmael Smith (Wake Forest), Zach Peacock (Georgia Tech), Gavin Edwards (Connecticut), Obi Muonelo (Oklahoma State), Reggie Holmes (Morgan State) and Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt).

I thought my squad was pretty legit, but not knowing each other or ever playing with on another was a definite downfall to the team; we only won one game. I became most close with Gavin and Obi over the week. Gavin and I share the same agent in Chris Emens of Octagon. With that commonality amongst us, you could say we naturally came together. As for Obi, he was just a well-liked guy by everyone; he never had anything negative to say, and was always positive toward all of his teammates, much respect to him.

I really didnít know what to expect out of Portsmouth. We played at a fairly large high school gym that seemed to fill up for each game. The thing that struck me as the funniest over the weekend were the ball boys; these kids had no shame. They would literally ask for autographs while players were warming up. After each game they wanted your shoes, shirts, shorts, anything they could get their hands on.

I remember joking with Gavin on the squad saying the kids would run up and down the court during game play just to get an autograph if they were allowed to. But I had no problem with any of it. No matter what Sir Charles says, these kids definitely look up to us and see us as their role models. When I was younger I wanted to be just like James Cotton who played at Long Beach State; so I understand what it means to these kids when they receive a simple autograph.

The great John Wooden once said, ďfailure to prepare, is preparing to fail.Ē So, I decided to come into the invitational with a game plan. Growing up and being in all kinds of ďall-starĒ type games, I know a couple things; first, everyone wants to score and second, no one plays any thing close to the resemblance of defense.

Therefore, banking on the fact that scouts and general managers are pretty smart guys when it comes to this whole basketball thing, they want to see characteristics of players other than scoring. Think about it, if you are invited to an event such as this, you had to have been a decent scorer on your respected squad, so everyone knows you could score already.

With all of that in mind, my plan was to play every play as hard as I could, do little things to help the team win such as rebounding, playing good DEFENSE, talking on the court, sprinting the floor, find open guys for the best shots, and if I had a decent look, shoot/score the ball.

Overall, I felt I did all of what I wanted to accomplish pretty well. I averaged 13.3 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists. While those numbers donít strike out as remarkable, after doing all the stuff that doesnít show up in a box score along with that stat line, many felt I had a very good tournament. I definitely felt it was a success, and definitely didnít hurt me in anyway in terms of my stock.

While I can speak all day about each and every guy at the camp, Iíll just share with you who I was most impressed with. The invitationalís most valuable player was Jerome Randle, and he deserved it. While he wasnít my favorite player to watch at the event, mostly because I had seen him for so many years and played against him because he went to Cal, he showed a side of himself that not many got to witness when he was at Berkeley.

Randle has always been a great passer, but in college he was a score first type point guard. His handle is beyond ridiculous and I promise you he can shoot a few feet inside the half court line with ease and knock it down fairly consistently. However, at the camp he became a pass first point guard. He reminded me of when Sebastian Telfair was in the McDonaldís All-American game and was going for the assist record. I had never seen Randle play this way before.

He came in with the same mind set as I did; scouts already knew he could score the ball--that was no secret--he wanted to show his ability to do other things, specifically create for others. Randle has always been capable of this, but at the camp he showed it consistently and made it look easy. Every once in a while he would reveal his sweet stroke and rock-solid handle, but he was practically involved in all of his teamís plays and was dropping some serious dimes.

My favorite player to watch, though, was Mikhail Torrance from Alabama. Itís crazy, I couldnít figure out which hand was his dominate hand, and still donít know to be honest. It seemed like he made every pass with his left hand, but shot it with his right. He spent most of the time on the left hand side of floor and was able to finish with either hand. For some reason I have a fascination with guys who are ambidextrous.

Not to mention, for how big Torrance was, he has legit handle; no one was taking his ball away. There were a couple plays where he would get in the lane and explode up, but in mid-air would shift the ball around away from defenderís hands and score easily. He reminded me of Russell Westbrook a little bit. His ability to score and break down his defenders was most exciting for me to watch.

As I said before, in my eyes, I had a good tournament. It was a great opportunity to go up against the best seniors in the land and showcase my talents in front of NBA scouts.

For my next blog, Iíll give you an inside look to my everyday training that I go through in order to get my game as best as it can be before workouts start for different NBA teams. Iíll catch yaíll next week.
 


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Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 06/29/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Maryland , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
9.6 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


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Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 171 lbs.
Birthday: 07/05/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Central Cabarrus
Previous Team: Wake Forest , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
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Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 236 lbs.
Birthday: 01/15/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mesquite
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
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NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
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Weight: 232 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1988
25 Years Old
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Previous Team: Oklahoma State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
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Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 11/04/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
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Previous Team: Vanderbilt , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
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NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
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Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 12/14/1975
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John Bosco
Previous Team: Long Beach State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #4 in 1997 Draft
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Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
2.5 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


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Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Birthday: 05/21/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hales Franciscan
Previous Team: California , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
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Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
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Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 06/09/1985
28 Years Old
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Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2004 Draft
by the Trailblazers
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Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
25.9 Pts, 4.5 Rebs, 5.9 Asts


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Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 09/30/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
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Previous Team: Alabama , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
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NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
12.4 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


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Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 11/12/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
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Previous Team: UCLA , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2008 Draft
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Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
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