That will probably start with SMU commit Harry Froling
, who while certainly not the best long term prospect, has taken the reigns as their most productive and important player early on in the practices we've been able to take in.
The first impression you get of Froling is that of his body, which is extremely poorly conditioned at the moment and in turn has caused him to draw significant skepticism from the NBA scouts in attendance about the extent of his long term upside. Still, you can't help but admire how effective he's been able to be thus far in spite of that. Whether it's scoring inside the post with crafty footwork and turnaround jumpers, crashing the offensive glass with terrific timing, getting in the passing lanes with excellent anticipation skills, or even creating off the dribble and tossing in nifty floaters, Froling defies initial expectations for what he should be able to accomplish on the basketball floor with his outstanding skill level, feel for the game, and competitiveness.
At 261 pounds, Froling has a long ways to go before he'll be able to play the type of defense Larry Brown
will likely expect from him, and he has indeed shown to be somewhat on the lazy side on that end of the floor with the lackadaisical attitude he displays towards stepping out on the pick and roll, getting a hand up on shooters, or rotating over the weakside for blocks. Part of that is due to his body, part his lack of lateral quickness and explosiveness, and part simply the fact that he's young and doesn't realize how to play hard on every possession. Still, there's no question he picked the right coach to help him improve on that part of his game.
Drawing comparisons to the likes of former Hoop Summit participants Milan Macvan
, Enes Kanter
and Nikola Jokic
, Froling will play a huge role in any success the World Team is able to have on Saturday.