Injuries from Day 1 of training camp (each player listed was limited Tuesday, except Trey Wade, who was out):
• Jaylin Williams – Dealing with an ankle. He should be returning soon.
• Trey Wade – Injured his right knee. It is a tendon issue and he will be out 4-6 weeks. He has a stabilizer brace on his leg.
• KK Robinson – Continued soreness in his foot. He is working his way back into team activities after he missed a good portion of what the team did the last 12 weeks
• Au’Diese Toney – Soreness in his left knee. Bothered him Tuesday and it limited his action.
• Musselman said he feels like Devo Davis’ form and release is much improved on his perimeter jumper right now. He is more shot ready, his shoulders are square and he’s made headway in becoming a threat beyond the arc. Also mentioned that he does not want Davis to get away from what made him so good as a freshman.
• JD Notae has transformed his body and continued to work toward building on the season he had in 2020-21. Musselman commended Notae’s work ethic, noting that he works out sometimes 3-4 times per day in addition to what the team does together.
“I think he’s really focused to have a great year. We need him to lead in a lot of ways,” Musselman said.
• Stanley Umude had a good summer. Musselman said he is probably the most well-coached transfer of all the newcomers. Umude looked really good in practice and shot the ball well.
• Umude said Davis is probably the most unique player he’s played with. He really likes the sophomore’s playmaking ability and herky-jerky style of play.
• A few things I saw at practice:
Jaxson Robinson has a nice jumper. Good stroke, quick release. I think he’ll be a big help to this team.
Freshman guard Chance Moore has less of a hitch in his jumper than I recall in the past. There is clearly a learning curve with him, though, as a young guy. Musselman stopped the workout a couple times to instruct/teach him a few different things. He will learn how to practice with greater intensity at the college level. Looks like he is kind of gliding through drills.
Devo looked a little bit taller than last year to me. It could have been my eyes deceiving me, but he looks taller and a bit longer. The form on his jumper, as Musselman said above, is a lot better than last season. During his interview, Devo looked super confident and comfortable. This is not to say he wasn’t those things late in his freshman season, but he seems supremely confident. He loved the time he had at the podium.
Chris Lykes, as you already know, is lightning quick. I watched him in some defensive drill work and I like the quick feet and hands he plays with.
Notae looks very well put together. Like his build, and it’s a result of his hard work in the offseason. Checking his Instagram, he is seemingly always either shooting in the practice gym or in the weight room with a GA.
Jaylin Williams, I didn’t see him do much of anything today. But he was vocal with teammates. Once when a teammate messed up during a drill, Musselman called for Williams to tell the team what the right way to do things is.
With Kamani Johnson, I don’t know that I thought he wasn’t very mobile, but seeing him in a practice setting for the first time, he can move better than I anticipated. Jumpshot is coming along, but I think he’ll be his best in the midrange area of the floor offensively.