CHICAGO, JUNE 8, 2005 --The script has been in development for quite some time, dating back to David Lee’s show-stopping performance at the 2001 McDonald’s High School All-American extravaganza.

The main parts have been cast, the storylines are juicy and the locations have all been identified. The major sticking point -- one that has led to several script revisions and much internal strife -- has been the question of when to film the Chicago Pre-Draft scene.

When Lee made his debut at Florida in 2001, it was clear he had the necessary athletic tools to play at the next level. Two years playing against top-flight competition in the SEC figured to serve him well as he moved on to bigger and better things.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to NBA box office glory. Lee was type cast. Scouts couldn’t help but admire his intriguing physical gifts, but his performances didn’t seem to translate under the direction of Florida coach Billy Donovan. Suddenly, the kid once viewed as the next big thing was auditioning for the part of NBA player like everyone else.

To his credit, Lee continued to work hard and bring the right attitude. And even as word spread on the internet last week that strong individual workouts had pushed him into the first-round discussion, Lee decided it was in his best interests to suit up in Chicago and do the scene once and for all.

He was clearly in the moment Tuesday night as the camp got underway with an intense drill session. Not only was Lee making his presence felt on the court, he was supportive of his teammates and raising the overall energy level. He figures to be a major factor this week.

Here are some casual observations from Tuesday’s session, which is more about players feeling out teammates and GM’s and scouts putting a name to the body and face before game action gets underway Wednesday morning.

Illinois’ Dee Brown is noticeably thicker, though it hasn’t robbed him of his exceptional speed. Like Lee, he appears to be all business this week as he tries to improve his stock.

Despite perceived physical limitations, Marquette’s Travis Diener never loses sight of when to shoot and when to pass. An injury kept him out of Portsmouth, meaning this week takes on even greater importance. Diener was a great pressure player in college.

Oakland’s Rawle Marshall has arms that nearly touch the floor. He was a pest on defense throughout Tuesday’s session. His shooting range appears to be a question mark, but his defense and overall athleticism should be enough to garner serious second-round consideration.

Florida’s Anthony Roberson shot the ball extremely well, which isn’t a huge surprise, considering he shot the ball well this past season. The questions surrounding Roberson have more to do with his ability and willingness to run a team. Roberson would very much like to stay in the draft, though it’s doubtful he’d crack the first round.

As he did in Portsmouth, Washington’s Will Conroy was clearly assuming a leadership role with his teammates. While guards have a tendency to dominate the ball in these settings, Conroy is a leader first and playmaker second. Daryl Dorsey of the ABA, who’s in the “also eligible” draft category, adopted a similar approach. He probably has as much to gain this week as anybody.

UCLA’s Dijon Thompson, Fairfield’s Deng Gai, Croatia’s Drago Pasalic and IUPUI-Fort Wayne’s David Simon are back for another go-round in Chicago.

Thompson had a terrific senior campaign and appears to have worked diligently on his game and body. He doesn’t jump off the page, but he usually makes the correct play. Gai still needs to show more aggression on offense. His defense, particularly his shot blocking skills, remains strong. Pasalic appears to have added strength and hasn’t lost his nose for the ball. He’s certainly a player teams will look at in the second round. Simon’s Chicago experience last year was cut short when he tore his ACL. When he plays with passion, Simon looks like he belongs in the NBA. An inconsistent performance in Portsmouth left many scratching their heads.