All-American Championship Recap

NEW ORLEANS -- During the All-American Championship, a 38-player, two game event at Lakefront Arena, Joel James, Adam Woodbury and Omar Calhoun managed strong efforts.

L.J. Rose, PG, Baylor – There's a lot to appreciate about Rose's game. The future Baylor guard understands how to run a team and how to keep the scorers around him happy. He's good in pick and roll situations and has arguably the best vision of any point guard in the 2012 class. His numbers weren't overly impressive, but his feel and passing ability certainly was. He finished with 10 points and four assists.

Chris Obekpa, C, Undecided – As usual Obekpa, a 6-foot-9 undecided big man, impacted the game on the defensive end. He blocked a pair of shots and altered two others just two minutes into the game. From there he patrolled the paint and made his presence known. His athleticism and ability to get off the floor quickly are two of the main reasons he's such a dominant force on the defensive end.

Omar Calhoun, SG, Connecticut – Calhoun built his reputation in the high school ranks by putting up large point totals. So it wasn't a surprise to see Calhoun go for a game high 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Calhoun, a 6-foot-4 guard headed to Connecticut, found ways to get to the free throw line and had success with his mid-range jump shot. Calhoun was the top point scorer in both All-American Championship games.

Cameron Ridley, C, Texas – Competing with the nation's top post prospects, Ridley was effective in the paint. The 6-foot-10 big man fought for position, caught every entry pass thrown his way and showed good touch inside. Ridley still needs to learn how to use his body to shield defenders better, but he is a guy whose best days are ahead of him. Ridley finished 7-for-15 from the field and scored a team high 16 points.

Ricardo Ledo, SG, Providence – Pumping in points is an easy task for this Providence signee and he proved that on Sunday. Ledo scored 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting on Sunday, including a trio of three-pointers. Although his mentality is usually all about finding ways to score, Ledo did toss out four assists, with most coming off strong drives to the rim. On the flip side, Ledo has to be more careful with the ball, as he recorded six turnovers.

Glenn Robinson, SF, Michigan – An athletically gifted wing prospect, Robinson scored it effectively at the basket at the All-American Championship. In fact, the 6-foot-6 wing didn't take any shots outside the paint. Robinson finished 6-for-7 from the field and scored 16 points.

Adam Woodbury, C, Iowa – The NBA Camp MVP was at it again in New Orleans. After a somewhat slow start, the 7-footer began imposing his will on the opposition on the offensive end. He was an efficient 5-for-6 from the field and reeled in 11 rebounds. Woodbury has great touch around the basket, can score off hooks and is capable of maneuvering on the block to find angles to score.

Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin – His numbers weren't overly impressive, but Dekker had the gym buzzing on Sunday. The 6-foot-7 wing has the full package from the wing spot. He shoots it well, drives the ball to the basket and isn't afraid to mix it up. His baseline drive and dunk over a defender was his best move of the day. The Wisconsin signee finished with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting and added five rebounds.

Joel James, C, North Carolina – A new and improved James showed in New Orleans. The future UNC center is down 50 pounds and in terrific shape. He didn't get tired, didn't commit lazy fouls and brought a lot more energy to the game. James has always had potential, as he has terrific hands and nice touch around the rim, but it showed this weekend more than ever. This transformation needed to happen and this gives the 6-foot-10 big man some serious momentum heading into his freshman year of college. James finished 5-for-7 from the field. He scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Evan Nolte, PF/SF, Virginia – Offensively Nolte had it going early on. He knocked down a three and finished off a play at the rim and then was steady throughout the game. Nolte was 3-for-4 from three, with two of coming from well behind the three-point stripe. In all he was 6-for-7 from the field and scored 16 points.

*Nerlens Noel, Scout.com's top rated recruit, scored six points (3-for-5 shooting), grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots for the East. A defensive presence, Noel patrolled the paint searching for shot blocking opportunities.

*Andrew Harrison went for 13 points in the West Team's loss on Sunday. His brother – Aaron – scored four points.

*Indiana signee Jeremy Hollowell scored 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting. He also recorded four assists and four rebounds. Hollowell is a confident scorer and a prospect that should be able to help IU right away.

*Baylor commit Ricardo Gathers scored 16 points in the all-star showcase game. Gathers was 5-for-11 from the field.

*Iowa signee Mike Gesell showed a nice burst of speed and an improved handle at the all-star games. A combo guard, Gesell looked capable of running a team at a pretty high level.

*Nerlens Noel informed Scout.com that he would announce his college decision on April 11th. Noel is down to Syracuse, Georgetown and Kentucky. He's visited all three schools.


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