Colorado Springs, Colo.--Shaun Livingston's stock continues to rise as he matched up with Sebastian Telfair. Meanwhile, the West posted their first win of the event at the USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival.
East (2-0) 129, North (0-2) 119
West (1-1) 137, South (1-1) 134
Shaun Livingston, PG, North: In the marquee matchup against Sebastian Telfair, Livingston rose to the occasion. He hit for 19 points (8-10 FG) and used his obvious size advantage in his favor. On offense he was able to get past and over Telfair in the times they checked each other and defensively his height made finishing tough on Sebastian.
They guarded each other often and Telfair finished with 10 points and three assists on 4-for-13 from the field. Livingston's stock is going through the roof these days.
West Team: They put seven players in double-figures in a win over the North. Cameron Stanley led the way with 20, followed by Isaiah Swann's 17, J.R. Smith's 16, 14 each from Davis Nwankwo and Marquie Cooke, 11 from James Gist and 10 from Telfair. Team effort in the 10-point win.
Malik Hairston, SF, North: Not unlike Carmelo Anthony, Hairston is always at his best when he rebounds the ball. In his first game, he had just one board to go with nine points. In no coincidence, he had 24 points and nine rebounds in the nightcap. He went 4-for-7 from downtown and scored just about every way imaginable.
Joe Crawford, SG, North: There's no denying him a spot in our Top 20 when the rankings come out next week. He's strong, a super athlete, has a great feel and finishes with forceful dunks often. He had 24 points in a loss to the East.
Mike Williams, PF, South: For the second game in a row, Williams had a double-double at the half. Against the West, he scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds! That means he's averaging 17 boards since getting to Colorado Springs. In the lighter air up here on the mountain he is playing way above the rim. He had 10 offensive rebounds in the second session.
Darius Washington, G, South: Those who watched thought that his 32 points were pretty impressive. He had a three-point look from the wing to tie the game, but it wouldn't go down at the buzzer. Apparently his one-on-one moves were pretty impressive. We have always thought of him as a terrific free throw shooter and he was 6-for-6 tonight.
Robert Swift, C, West: He had 23 points as he crashed the boards--he's got 20 in two games--and apparently converted some really nice skilled moves.
Jordan Farmar, PG, West: After a sub-par performance in the first game, he got it rolling to the tune of 19 points and eight assists. Always a reliable shooter, Farmar went 5-for-6 from downtown and had a big hand in the win.
DeMarcus Nelson, SG, West: After a 29-point morning effort, Nelson hit for 25 in the second game on 8-for-18 from the field. He also tied Farmar as the high-assist man of the day with eight dimes.
*Not only is Joe Crawford a terrific offensive player, he is really taking his defense seriously at the camp. Maybe the play of the day came off a Crawford crossover in which he blew by Isaiah Swann for a sweet baseline dunk.
*As we said before, if you watch Malik Hairston closely, you can gauge the kind of game he's going to have by the way he rebounds. In session two, he even finished a few plays with slams.
J.R. Smith is a rhythm shooter. The less time he's got to get it up, the better the results.
*Cameron Stanley's perimeter game was really working tonight. He was an efficient 7-for-10 from the field.
*Isaiah Swann might be the best offensive rebounding guard in the class.
Inside The Numbers:
Farmar completely turned his assist to turnover ratio over. He had five assists and an uncharacteristic eight turnovers in his first. However, in the game two he lost it just twice to go with 8 assists; the mark of a good player.
*Mike Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break.
*The West boasted a camp-high 37 assists.
*Randolph Morris had 11 rebounds in his game.
*D.J. White's outstanding play continued as he posted 25 points.
*The West has jacked up a camp-high 73 3-pointers in two games.
*Marvin Williams turned it up for a stretch in the second game. So far his numbers from the event are quiet. He had five points and two rebounds in the first game and and improved to 11 points and nine boards.
*Crawford is 19-for-27 through his first two games. Not too shabby.
News & Notes:
*OK, so there is not a ton of defense being played out here, but that is not the lone reason for the high scores. Games consist of four, 12-minute quarters with clock stoppages. The length of the games skews the stats. Also, with the camp coaches having limited knowledge of their personnel, we have seen some strange lineups.
*The North's starting five is pretty good but, the team's bench is not as talented the other teams here and that is costing them.
*C-Springs Food Scene--We highly recommend Olde World Bagel for its deli sandwiches, but caution you to avoid the pasta salad. For dinner, try watching a minor league ball game at Sky Sox Stadium. It is no myth that the baseball carries a little farther out here.