Pondexter exerted himself from the beginning and launched 16 shots in about 25 minutes. The rangy wing made eight buckets, most inside the paint. He scored 21 in the event, but his shot selection was questionable, though not out of line for an All-Star event.
One observer likened him to Gilbert Arenas at that stage. He's raw and needs to work on getting better at getting teammates involved, but could really thrive under Lute Olson.
Hill was good enough to leave most of those in attendance drooling over the possibility of what he will be in a couple years. His size and athleticism is outstanding. He was great on the boards and showed just enough on offense to tantalize. One recruiting analyst noted that Arizona stole a "good one".
Hill was 3-7 from the floor and had seven points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks for the game.
Wise played well, but was not awe inspiring. True to form, he spent most of the game trying to set up his teammates and only took a handful of shots. He did attack the hoop and showed he could score with either hand. He finished with five assists and six points.
Maybe the most impressive player in the game was big man Gani Lawal, The long, active big man was all over the place. He dominated on the boards and did a great job finishing all day long. Home state Georgia and Georgia Tech have offered and he as indicated that he wants to stay in the Southeast.
A disappointing player in the game was DeAndre Jordan. The big man from Houston didn't seem to give his best effort. He is wildly talented, but just didn't go hard, He was a non factor on the boards and didn't finish like he can. Despite the poor performance, there is no doubt that he is a premier player in the 2007 class.
One player who gave a great effort is Jamelle Horne. The 6-7 swingman was all over the floor. He rebounded, blocked shots and actually tried to get his teammates involved, which is rare for a wing player in an all-star setting. It's not that he did not shoot as well, he was just smart about it. Horne had 12 points on 5-9 shooting, wile grabbing four boards and swatting four shots.
Justin Holiday was not sharp, but the kid can play. The sophomore was drawing some comparisons to Darius Miles from the PA announcer, but that was as much for his physical resemblance as his game.
Holiday is a high energy guy with a lot of talent. His shot was a little off on Sunday, he airballed two shots, but he has a lot of ability and should be a high major guy a year from now.
Taylor Harrison had the play of the day. The California-bound big man grabbed a board in traffic and then went coast-to-coast to finish with a mighty two-hand slam. Most surprising was that he used a little shake and bake move at midcourt to lose a defender which allowed him to get the easy dunk. Harrison is an athletic kid, but that move was not a normal part of his arsenal and got the crowd really going.
Anthony Randolph is a long, lanky big man who has the potential to be really special down the line. He is about 6-11 and can play. You can bet SEC teams are coveting the sophomore from Little Rock.
Jonathan Gibson is not a big time guy, but he had a nice outing. He's an undersized point guard, but he works hard, His shot was on and his quickness gave defenders, including the always steady Wise, some trouble.
Deon Thompson has a nice story. He has dropped over 30 pounds since last summer and has made himself a nice prospect. He has soft hands and a soft touch. A lot of teams will be evaluating him over the summer.
We'll have the standouts of the Top-45 game Monday afternoon.