USA Evaluations: South

<b>A third-place finish isn't indicative of the kind of talent the South had or how well they competed. After an opening game loss, they came together and easily could have played and quite possibly won the gold medal.</b>

SOUTH (Listed in order of leading scorers)

DeAngelo Alexander, SG: Here's a guy who absolutely belongs in the Top 50 in terms of national rankings. He's improved his perimeter skills since we saw him last in December and is a very confident and determined young man. He really hit some big shots and helped carry this team at times. His jumper from downtown is reliable and he was one of the leading scorers at the event. Amazingly, he contributed 15 assists without a turnover! He's a strong driver who loves to work the baselines and often times uses the rim to shield defenders and get his shot off. He was impressive and really has a chance to be a good player.

Shelden Williams, PF: Williams started out the event extremely hot and he was one of the best players in camp. It looked like he wanted to make a concerted effort to show his perimeter skills. On 0-7 from 3-point range really skewed his perimeter stats a little and made most of his open jumpers but was a little inconsistent once guys started getting a hand in his face. Defensively, he was a big-time shot blocker and challenged a lot of shots. He wasn't the dominant low post scorer that we've seen him be, but we know he has that in him. When he did go to the blocks his skill and strength was evident. He finished in the Top 10 in four categories.

Kelenna Azubuike, SF/SG: He has a great body and that's an extremely attractive feature combined with his athleticism. He started feeling it from deep as the tournament progressed. He's a good offensive rebounder and seemingly is always around the basketball. He can turn himself into a great defender because of his quick hands and anticipation. He's a good combination of a shooter/slasher. He shot over 50% from the field and 3-point arc.

Bryan Hopkins, PG/SG: This sub-six-footer is bursting with athleticism. I mean the kind of athleticism that allows him to catch alley-oops with regularity. He likes to play at an extremely fast pace. Like many of the point guards in camp, he struggled with his deep jumper but did have one super game from downtown, making 3-of-5 shots. He's really a score first kind of guard. All of his mistakes are that of aggression. One area he might want to work on is dribbling. He's not very tall but likes to dribble the ball almost to shoulder length and against good defensive guards that will be a problem down the road.

Bracey Wright, SG: A big final game made up for a shooting performance that was very uncharacteristic of him. Wright simply couldn't make a shot for most of the tournament. To his credit, he realized he was just in a funk and shot when he had an open look, like a good shooter, he didn't hesitate. Bracey had a lot of fun all weekend long and was able put the shooting slump in perspective and move on. He'll rebound. Heck, he's been pretty good all spring long.

Antonio Lawrence, SG: His game is riddled with athleticism and he always chooses to take the flashy route to complete a play. When it worked, it looked great and in one game he actually had 7 assists and each of them was impressive. When the flash failed him, the results were some missed dunks that could easily have been converted with layups. His 3s weren't falling but he able to get himself some transition buckets and in turn shot a decent percentage from the field.

Raymond Felton, PG: This wasn't the scoring machine we saw at the Tournament of Champions. Like many of the point guards on his team, getting into the flow with three legit point guards on the roster was a little difficult. Also like most of the point guards in the event, he shot poorly from deep. On the flipside, he did a nice job of moving the ball around and made some assists that 99% of the other point guards in the class couldn't pull off. He wasn't a standout at camp, but per usual he did get himself to the line a fair amount and was second in assists.

Deron Williams, PG: The reoccurring theme of not being on the court enough to get into a groove also applies here. Here's Deron Williams in a nutshell: he's going to be a very steady college point guard. The kind of player you can hand the ball to and trust to run your team. He's not the quickest kid, but a fine first step gets him to where he needs to be. You have to love how he can get into the lane and shoot the little runner on the move. He also has an extremely strong upper body that is going to be a big-time asset in college.

Jonathan Modica, SF/SG: He didn't get a lot of minutes due to the talent level at his position. His scoring stats were a little skewed because he went 8-for-10 in garbage time during a 58-point blowup of the West. He's not a bad athlete but his game was less polished than his teammates. He didn't get on track with his stroke and this was probably the first time he was surrounded with the kind of talent his team had. He's a coachable kid who seemed to listen and respond to the staff. He'll likely be a role player at Arkansas.

Kevin Bookout, PF: He's the definition of a rebounder: strong, active and wide-bodied. You have to love a guy who plays to his strengths. "Boxout" never gives up on a ball. In fact, there were multiple possessions where he got more than one rebound. Offensively, he was timid as evidenced by getting to the line just three times all weekend. However, on this team his role was to hit the boards and that's exactly what he did. Corralling just 3 boards in the bronze medal game cost him a rebounding title that he had worked extremely hard for. And by the way, he's not nailed to the ground like most kids his size. He completed a few reverse layups under the hoop. He's almost programmable in that you can tell him to go out and hunt rebounds and he'll do it.

Donte Minter, PF: Definitely was a little undersized for the competition level. He was playing against much bigger players who posed problems for him in terms of getting his shots off in the paint. When he was in the game, he wasn't lost and remained active but wasn't advanced enough offensively to score among the trees.

Major Wingate, C: He had a back injury and appeared in 3 games, playing 16 minutes. He did not score and took just two shots.

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