Alabama Prep Stars Shine At National Festival

A pair of big men led the South team to a gold medal in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.

Colorado Springs, Colo.--The South completed its run with a gold medal as the frontline of Mike Williams, D.J. White, Randolph Morris and Richard Hendrix imposed its will on the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.

The South team's frontline (left to right): Richard Hendrix, Randolph Morris, D.J. White and Mike Williams. White is from Hillcrest High in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and is uncommitted. Williams, from Wilcox Central High in Camden, Ala., is a verbal commitment to Texas.

Scoreboard

South 135, North 116 (South wins gold)

West 136, East 125 (West earns bronze)

Game Recaps:

Gold Medal Game:--The South's top four big men combined for 76 points and 37 rebounds. The combination of Mike Williams and D.J. White was too much for the North as they fell behind early and had to play catch-up the entire game. Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston combined for 56 points in the loss. The North's Shaun Livingston was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Bronze Medal:--J.R. Smith's 37 points were a camp-high, but the East was unable to get it done against a determined West squad. DeMarcus Nelson pumped in 27 points to go with eight assists and Jordan Farmar had 18 and eight assists to keep it rolling for the West. Dayshaun Wright was able to once again get on the glass and get things done as he posted 24 points and 17 rebounds.

2004 Checklist

*South Senior Frontline: Mike Williams was a max effort guy all week long and his determination was a key reason for the gold medal. D.J. White's face-up game and rebounds were always there and Randolph Morris turned in a sensational final two games. Throw in junior Richard Hendrix and the strength of the South's frontline was the reason why they took home the gold.

*North Wings: High school teammates Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston did work in the title game. Crawford pumped in 32 points while Hairston dropped 24 and 13 rebounds. These guys were a great duo all week long.

*Jordan Farmar, PG, West: We had to leave before the final stats were done but it is entirely possible that he led the camp in assists and three-point field goal percentage. The way he ran his team was terrific. He is poised for a big July!

*Dorell Wright, SF, West: He had 21 at the break for the West. He finished with 29 points. He was a little slow out of the gates here, but his athletic tools are something to marvel at.

Scout's Perspective:

Steven Hill is going to be a big-time shot blocker in college. He doesn't seem to chase shots, rather lets the action come to him and is disciplined and patient.

*Thumbs up to Randolph Morris who had a great second half of camp. He's best when he goes right into his move instead of waiting or dribbling to create offense.

*Josh Duncan had a solid week for the North. He has got a nice touch from the outside and prefers to face the basket.

*Richard Hendrix has been working on his offense and you could tell. The jump-hook he got off in the title game was quick, smooth and accurate.

*Kalen Grimes was successful when he used his quick spin move on the blocks to get himself some looks.

News & Notes:

Missing in action from the medal games with injuries were Shaun Livingston (ankle), Marvin Williams (ankle), Robert Swift (unknown), Matt Hagen (unknown) and Josh Heytvelt (unknown)...In news outside of camp, Lorenzo Mata made an official visit to New Mexico this weekend...Bryce Taylor is down to Southern Cal, Oregon, Indiana and UCLA. The Bruins have not offered but man does he play well with Farmar.

Inside The Numbers:

*Jason Horton did not score for the South in the gold medal game, but he did have seven assists.

*Richard Hendrix had 13 rebounds in the final game.

*Mike Williams had a double-double every game he played in Colorado Springs!

*Darius Washington was quiet in the title game with nine points.

*Steven Hill had five blocks against the North.

*Drew Neitzel had five assists for the North in the final game.

*Maarty Leunen had 14 rebounds in the bronze medal game.


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