The Wolves’ Zach LaVine is spending much of his summer working out and trying to get more consistency with his jump shot. But he’s also taking some time with some of the next generation of potential dunk champions, putting on his first Minnesota basketball camp at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights.
The camp runs Wednesday-Friday for boys and girls in grades 3-12, and LaVine on Wednesday afternoon looked very much at ease with the youngsters. He put on a dunking exhibition at the end of a session and said camps were a big part of his youth basketball experience — hence the desire to give back.
I chatted with LaVine on a number of subjects, but the biggest one on the minds of everyone associated with the Wolves is, of course, who the team will take with the No. 1 overall pick — with the consensus top-2 being big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of Duke.
I asked LaVine, last year’s No. 13 pick, whether he was lobbying for one player over another … but he didn’t want to go there.
“Nah, man, I’m not in position to pick,” LaVine said. “I’m not the GM. … I like all of them, man, I can’t pick. I’m not the one to judge. I wouldn’t want a first-year player judging me if I was getting ready to get picked.”
That said, he is — naturally — excited about adding another young cornerstone player to a team that already has its share of them.
“If he gets picked to our team, he’s going to be in our brotherhood, and we’re going to go at him so he gets better just like they did with me and Andrew (Wiggins) the first year. It will be a lot of fun,” LaVine said. “This is building toward the future, and that’s best for us. We have a bright future.”