Lillard is one of 29 college players chosen to participate in the prestigious Adidas Nations showcase camp in Los Angeles, along with stars like Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Mason Plumlee of Duke.Lillard is definitely getting the most publicity of any single player in the Big Sky Conference, which makes sense. He was the POY in 2009-10 in the Conference, and was the Preseason POY last year before getting injured. It is likely between him and Will Cherry of Montana to be the Preseason POY this season.
This is Lillard's second invite to the camp, where he will serve as a counselor for top high school and international prospects as well participate in drills and games with other NCAA standouts.
This honor is great for WSU basketball as well:
"This is a high-level deal," Duft said. "It's outstanding for our program, because it shows that we're able to attract quality high school players in recruiting and once they're here, they're able to develop and get that game exposure right away that Damian wanted. As a freshman, he was counted on to be such a big part of our team, so he was able to develop his game quicker than maybe going to a really big school and having to come off the bench. He was able to jump in the mix and expand his game."Any chance to play against the best competition in college hoops is always good, so an experience like this should only benefit Lillard.