Blatche Erupts For 42 In N.C.

<b>CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –</b> Friday night was a good time for a big time performance if you're Andray Blatche. In front of a handful of NBA scouts, Blatche registered one of his best games of the year.

The jerseys said "North Carolina" but this group didn't have a Jordan or a Worthy on the roster. Nope, on Friday night it was UNC's junior varsity taking on South Kent, one of the top prep schools in the country.

C.B. McGrath's Heels were short on talent but long on determination and made a game out of it with South Kent before finally succumbing 91-84. Maybe more important for one of South Kent's stars than the outcome was the fact that the handful of NBA scouts who were on hand came away with a nice impression of 6-foot-10 star Andray Blatche.

Blatche single-handedly took apart an outmatched JV team to the tune of 42 points, 12 boards, 5 assists and a smooth 9-for-10 effort from the line. Sure, Blatche wasn't playing against a single Division I player but he was efficient in his effort and did exactly what you would expect of a player his caliber in the situation he was put in. In short, he dominated when a dominant performance was required.

If you stroll down memory lane and take a look at Blatche the last two seasons, you'll notice a player who has made some significant strides. When we first laid eyes on him he was a 6-foot-8 center with great hands, good upside and in need of development. A year later he was a bonafide Top 20 player in the Class of 2004.

Now, he's a 6-foot-10+ power forward who is extremely likely to be a first round selection. His game has rounded out to the point where he's comfortable on the perimeter but has all the trimmings of an athletically gifted power forward that has the skills to play for pay.

Is he ready for the jump? Like most he could use the extra seasoning but he'll get picked and over the course of his first contract, work his way into someone's rotation provided he can handle all of the extras that come with being a pro.

Looking ahead at South Kent, they've got Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the Class of 2007 and he had a nice game Friday night. Then there's Gilbert Brown, a shooting guard, who ran into foul trouble before finishing with 8 points.

South Kent's southern tour continues Saturday at Pfeiffer College.

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