USA Camp: Unbeaten South Takes Gold

<b>COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –</b> The South guards were just too good. Louis Williams wasn't about to let his squad lose and teammate Mike Mercer provided another offensive boost in the win.

Arizona recruits in bold.

USA Basketball, Day Four (medal round)


South 140, North 123 (South wins gold)
East 121, West 120 (East wins bronze)

Gold Medal Game

The South became the second team in the history of the festival to run the table and go undefeated. In the end, the North put forth quite a challenge but a knee injury slowed Eric Devendorf and frankly the South just had too many weapons. Louis Williams went for 40 points, his second 40+ game of the event, and teammate Mike Mercer's jumpers in the 3rd quarter sparked a big time run.

Brandon Rush continued his sensational play for the North as he completed a sweet four-day run with 31 points.

2005 Checklist

Louis Williams, SG, South: There's not much to say about him that we didn't say all week. Williams proved to be the ultimate weapon at the guard spot. The lone chink in his armor was probably his 3-point accuracy, but off the dribble and finishing in traffic he was basically uncheckable. If there was an MVP award, he'd have the trophy.

Brandon Rush, SF, North: Again, Brandon Rush was a dominant force for his team. His slashes, drives and athletic ability allowed him to separate himself from nearly every prospect at this camp. Coming off a poor NBA Camp, Rush took his game to a completely new level. His energy in the championship game was amazing considering his dominance all week and the length of the games.

Mike Mercer, G, South: His perimeter game in the 3rd quarter allowed the South to extend their lead and once his jumpers started falling it seemed like they never looked back.

Jon Brockman, PF, West: His effort was the most consistent for the West all week long. In a losing effort on Sunday, Brockman rung up 23 points and 18 rebounds.

Josh McRoberts, PF/C, North: In the title game (22 points, 17 rebounds), he was the best big man on the floor. You can see his confidence growing on a game-by-game basis. He was the aggressor inside in the championship game. You tell he was getting tired but he seemed to be able to reach down and find more stamina. He's in for a big July.

2006 Checklist

Curtis Kelly, PF, East: The East has a bronze medal because Kelly tipped in a shot with under 2 seconds remaining. He caught fire at the end of the camp and finished strong with 20 points and 12 boards in the title game. …

Scout's Seat

Luke Zeller's work in the title game should not go unnoticed. He made face up shots and worked the glass. This was his strongest outing of the event. … Josh McRoberts, a natural lefty, is amazing at the basket. He uses both hands well to 8 feet. … One of the keys to Louis Williams' game is that he always gets off to a good start. … Per minute, Brandon Wright might have been the most efficient rebounder here. …

A big blow to the North's chances in the gold game was a bench technical and Williams made 5 free throws in one possession late in the second half. … Dominic James runs the show for the North and did a nice job. However, the South didn't guard him beyond the 3-point line and he struggled from that distance during the week. …

Inside The Numbers (medal round) – Tasmin Mitchell had 16 rebounds in the win. … Greg Paulus was the high assist man of the day with 10. Louis Williams and Dominic James each had 7. … Amir Johnson had his best game of the event statistically scoring 22 points on 11-for-17 shooting. …

News & Notes

Eric Devendorf sustained a knee injury and got off to slow start in the title game before eventually having to watch most of the second half. … The North's Chris Douglas-Roberts did not attend the game after oversleeping in the morning.Pierre Niles did not play in the title game for the South. …

Brandon Costner lists NC State, UConn, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Michigan. He says he'll decide in the fall. … C.J. Miles will stay an extra day after the Peach Jam to visit Georgia Tech. He'll do the same at an event in Kansas City next month and visit Kansas. His current top five is Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Georgia Tech and North Carolina; all have offered. Oklahoma was his next school listed.

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