There's a feature-length documentary about a lot of the players who were drafted yesterday, including Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Jerryd Bayless, and Donte Greene. (Lance Stephenson, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans, and Kyle Singler are also featured.)
Directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and hosted by Bobbito Garcia, "Gunnin' for That #1 Spot" tells the story of the Elite 24 high-school game two years ago at Harlem's Rucker Park. It opens in theaters in some cities today.
Howard Beck writes about the movie in The New York Times. For instance, about Jerryd Bayless:
Bayless comes across as the most conservative and deliberate of the group. He looks both serious and nervous as he reads from a statement to announce his commitment to Arizona.
Bayless plays effectively in the free-wheeling Rucker game, but he comes across as old school in his interview.
"A lot of the players out in Arizona, they're athletes but they don't really work on their game as much as I do," he tells the filmmakers. "I don't really like to go play pickup games after school like everybody else does. I just go into the gym and try to work on my weaknesses. Shoot pull-up 3's instead of just shooting spot-up 3's, working on ball handling, trying to help myself out in the long run."
We always here that these top players know each other from a young age. This is a rare opportunity to see that process on the big screen.