Lithuanian Named All-Star Game MVP
Howard Garfinkel's Orange-White All-Star Classic at the Hampden Sydney session featured 20-plus Division I players. With that said power forward Linas Kleiza was the game's high scorer and led his Orange Team to the win.
Kleiza scored 27 points and was named the game's MVP. His performance made a lot of sense given his reported weeklong performance at camp. He's a rugged Lithuanian who goes about 6-7 ½ and 250. He boasts excellent footwork on the blocks to go along with a terrific attitude. This is a big time competitor and extremely hard worker.
22 players participated in the game. Here's a look at the 10 best prospects from the game.
Chris Paul, PG, White: The week's best performer was obviously winded after playing three games earlier in the day and carrying his team to the title. He hit for 21 in a losing cause. Big time leader, savvy guard, astute passer and one of the nation's finest pure point guards.
Linas Kleiza, PF, Orange: The high-scorer and MVP. Terrific in the post where he battles every possession. The folks up at Montrose Christian have obviously worked him hard to where his footwork is advanced and he takes each possession seriously. Easy to see why schools like him. One of the toughest kids in high school basketball.
JamesOn Curry, SG, Orange (JR): Caught fire late in the game when he was able to get his stroke working. He finished with 12 points. Gifted offensive player has tremendous body control. Reminds me of a less physical Kareem Rush in terms of his scoring package.
JR Reynolds, SG/PG, Orange: Scored 9 points in the title game. Has a terrific burst to the cup. Observers noted that he didn't have a super week at camp. However, we'd take this guy any day. Smart player will rebound and doesn't force things on offense.
Major Wingate, PF, White: Double-digits in all-star game but left you craving more. Wingate has a gift but it begs the question: just how much does he love the game? When he goes to the perimeter it really stalls his team's offense as everyone wants to see what the 6-9 guy does with the ball. Great body, good skills but still looking to find himself as a player.
Jamon Gordon, SG/PG, White: The Florida guard is athletic and gets off the ground with ease. Offensively, he's an attacker. Seems like he ran a lot of shooting guard when we watched but appeared comfortable with the ball and could play a combo role.
Harvey Perry, SF/SG, Orange (JR): Listed as an alternate for the game but played more than some of the regular all-stars and for good reason. Tremendous athlete with a long wingspan. He's a fine defender with size at 6-4. Loved his potential.
Jason Petrimoulx, SG, White: He's the leading returning scorer in the state of Nevada and he plays with that kind of mentality. He has a deep game and a medium-range game and looks comfortable in both. He's at least a mid-major prospect.
Aurimas Truskauskas, PF, White: Played well in the all-star game. Once, he put it on the floor and drove, finishing with a reverse layin. Played with some toughness inside as well. Could be a mid-major prospect down the road.
Tommy Moss, SF, Orange (JR): Scored 11 points in the all-star game. Kind of a jack of all trades guy. Loves to rebound and will put it on the floor and get to the tin. Understand this: his cousin is none other than Randy Moss of Minnesota Vikings fame.
Notes: We also liked what rising junior guard Brian Waters and rising senior point guard Kevin Talley did in the all-star game. … Jarhon Giddings, a 6-7 risin junior forward, didn't play consistently well enough to make the all-star game. But, we did like what he was able to do in the playoffs on Wednesday. He's active and bouncy and a player to watch in the future. … Props to rising junior shooter Houston Power of Las Vegas. He's a fine shooter and like Giddings, didn't make the all-star game but had his moments. … The same can be said for Abdullah Jollah. The rising junior guard is tough off the drive and probably should have been in the all-star game. … Overall, the counselors did a really fine job of picking the all-star teams based on what we observed on Wednesday. …
NBA Orange-White All-Star Classic Box Score
Orange 109, White 95
ORANGE TEAM – Linas Kleiza 27, JR Reynolds 9, JamesOn Curry 12, Arvydas Lidzius 2, Tommy Moss 11, Davis Nwankwo 0, Jake Rauchbach 8, Fred Robinson 8, Mason Woolridge 10, Kevin Talley 11, Harvey Perry 11.
WHITE TEAM – Major Wingate 12, Chris Paul 21, Jamon Gordon 8, Luke Owings 2, Jason Petrimoulx 12, Aurimas Truskauskas 19, Brian Waters 6, Pat Coyle 3, Noah Nichols 4, Lorenzo Miles 4, Travis Smith 4.
Camp Awards - NBA Division
Chris Paul: Most Outstanding Players, High scorer, best playmaker, playoff MVP. Paul accumulated the third-highest scoring average in the history of Five-Star Camp, trailing just two others including Alonzo Mourning.
JR Reynolds: Best Defender
Linas Kleiza: All-Star Game MVP, Best Rebounder
JamesOn Curry: Most Promising Prospect (given to an underclassman)
Pat Coyle: Best Role Player
Steve Villalona: Mr. Hustle
Devin Armour: Mr. Stations
Houston Power: foul shooting champion (55-60)
Albert Ford: Most Improved
Tom Dailey: Top Sixth Man
Luke Owings: Sportsmanship
Mr. Station 13: Jack Castleberry, Andre Reed, Adam Trumbauer
Other Awards: NCAA all-star MVP and camp MOP was Takayo Siddle. NIT MOP was Buck Vicars and NIT AS game MVP was Tashi Ito.