Top 100 Camp notes: Minniefield proud to follow father's path

jtipton@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2012 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Darin Minniefield, the son of former Kentucky standout Dirk Minniefield, carries himself differently as he participates this week in his third Top 100 Camp.

"As opposed to other years, I know I belong," he said on Friday. "I think I belong with the rest of these kids."

As an NBA counselor who advised campers in the do's and don'ts of being a professional athlete, Dirk Minniefield could get his youngest son a spot in the Top 100 Camp, which has the NBA Players Association as its sponsor.

More than 30 years ago, Dirk Minniefield was a top national prospect, perhaps second only to Isiah Thomas.

"He's always telling me how good he was," Darin said. "He doesn't really brag. It's a lot of people outside of him who are telling me how good he was. ...

"When you hear that, it's just a joy to know you have that kind of person you can look up to and you live with."

The younger Minniefield acknowledged the pressure that goes with being compared to a noted father.

Yet, he'd welcome the chance to play for UK like his father once did.

"That'd be great, to follow in his footsteps," he said.

For now, the circle might be squared through a surrogate program.

One school is showing serious recruiting interest in Darin Minniefield: Florida State, which is coached by Leonard Hamilton, an assistant at UK when Dirk played college basketball.

Three's a crowd

Wayne Selden, a standout guard prospect, has not heard from UK for a while.

"I'm not sure where that stands," he said. "It is what it is."

If UK has a greater interest in twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Selden will look elsewhere.

"They're good players," he said of the Harrisons. "I can't see myself going there if they go there. I'm just saying."

Selden, who sounded sure he will be reclassified from the class of 2014 to 2013, listed Florida, Ohio State and UCLA as three programs "for sure" as college possibilities.

A native of Boston, Selden also listed Harvard as a possibility.

"I work out in their gym a lot," he said. "It's just down the street."

Meanwhile, Andrew Harrison did not flinch when asked if he considered his brother and himself top recruiting priorities for Kentucky.

"I guess I'd like to think I'm a top priority," he said with a smile.

'One of them'

Through three games, the leading scorer in the Top 100 Camp was Louisville native Dominic Woodson.

Woodson, a 6-foot-9 senior-to-be, scored 43 points. Only two other players had grabbed more than his 21 rebounds.

Woodson lived in Louisville for 14 years. Now he lives in Round Rock, Texas.

"That's my home city,' he said of Louisville. "I'd like to go back."

Woodson listed U of L among his college choices. Others on the list are Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Memphis.

Of the Top 100 Camp, Woodson said, "Great competition. Elite players. One hundred of them, and I'm one of them."

Etc.

Anthony Barber, a 6-1 guard from Hampton, Va., scored 37 points in the first three games here. Only two players averaged more points. Only 11 others averaged double-digit points.

UK coaches called his father to touch base two weeks ago, Barber said.

Jerry Tipton: (859) 231-3227. Twitter: @JerryTipton. Blog: ukbasketball.bloginky.com

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