Derby Classic Recap

LOUISVILLE, KY—It was an awkward ending, but the 34th annual adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic was won by the White Team 118-106 in overtime. The Lopez Twins and Kentucky signee Jodie Meeks, led the way for the White Team, which let a 14 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter slip away.

The Black Team put together a great 4th quarter, due to the play of Edgar Sosa and Gerald Henderson. Sosa, a 6-1 guard heading to Louisville, scored seven points in the final two minutes and Henderson hit a lay up and a free throw to give the Black Team a two point lead with 1.1 seconds to go.

Majority of the 14,072 fans in attendance began to file out, but the game was far from over. As the White Team was inbounding the ball Jodie Meeks threw his body into Javaris Crittenton, at mid-court, and Meeks got the foul call. He then calmly sank two free throws to force overtime.

Quincy Pondexter and his EBO teammates took over in the overtime session and pulled out a 12 point victory. Pondexter started the extra session with a mid-range jumper and he scored at least two other buckets in the last few minutes to help extend the lead.

Player Evaluations

White Team

Pierre NilesMemphis – For a guy his size the jump shot looks good, but with the body he possesses you would think he'd spend a little more time in the paint. He did knock down a few threes and muscled up inside for a few baskets. He finished with 12 points.

Willie Kemp – Memphis – Like most point guards should, Kemp really looked for his open teammates. He knows how to run a good fast break and made some nice passes in traffic. He doesn't shoot the ball that often but when he does it is usually effective. Kemp had 13 points and tossed out a game high 8 assists.

Quincy Pondexter – Washington – Pondexter got the White team going in overtime with a few jumpers and gave his squad the lead for good. His jump shot is better than advertised as he knocked down a number of mid-range jumpers. He has good size and long arms, which have helped him, become a solid defender. He led his team in scoring with 18 points and was efficient from the field going 8 of 11.

Brook LopezStanford - The twin put together a MVP type performance finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Most of his 15 came off of put backs, but he did sneak out to the three point line and knock down a triple. He had a few monster dunks and controlled the paint on the defensive end. Lopez blocked a bunch of shots and altered a few more. The most impressive was a smothering block on Gerald Henderson's dunk attempt.

Robin Lopez – Stanford – Like Brook, Robin played good D and had couple of blocks in the paint. He goes after offensive rebounds extremely hard. Tip-ins are his specialty, as he is always waiting to tip in a teammates miss. Robin finished with 10 points.

Derrick JasperKentucky – While he's not a true point guard, he's a guy that you want on your team. He plays hard and understands the game. The form on his jump shot has gotten better, but it is still a little slow to get off. One thing that stood out was his ability to take a hit and still finish. He hit two lay ups after getting fouled. However if he's going to take over for Rajon Rondo next year he is going to need to take care of the ball a little better, as he finished with 7 turnovers, but remember it was just an all-star game. Jasper has a chance to be a very good college player. He filled the stat sheet Saturday night going for 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Jodie Meeks – Kentucky – With his size and strength he should be able to contribute for UK next season. He slashes to the basket well and got majority of his points running the floor and finishing on fast breaks. He shoots it well, plays hard and doesn't mind getting physical. He could be another Keith Bogans. Meeks finished with 17 points on the night and hit two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime.

Perry Stevenson – Kentucky – Weight Room. That's where Stevenson needs to be this off season. He's as frail as they come and looks like he weighs under the listed 190-pounds. Stevenson could develop into a fine college player but he needs weight because he doesn't take physical play well. Stevenson did run the floor well and was rewarded with a couple of easy dunks. He's long and blocked a shot or two. All of his 10 points came of the dunk variety and he also grabbed 6 rebounds.

D.J. AugustinTexas – The future Longhorn played great basketball Saturday night. He handles the ball with great care and has a deadly spin move. The jump shot was flowing today; mix that with a few nice assists and Augustin looked like one of the best guards on the floor. His first step is very quick and getting into the lane is easy for him. Points wise he had 15 and nailed at least two treys.

Tre'Von Willis – Memphis – It was hard to really get a handle of his game because he wasn't ever in the flow of his teams offense. He has good size, but I'm not sure what kind of impact he can make at Memphis. He was 0 for 8 from the field and finished with 1 point and 4 assists.

Black Team

Javaris Crittenton – Georgia Tech – The 6-foot-4 guard didn't look like his normal self. Crittenton really forced the issue, took some questionable shots and really never got into the flow of the game. He was 5 of 15 overall from the field, 1 of 9 from three. Regardless of the bad game, his dribbling has improved and he can create a shot for himself any time he wants. His lateral quickness and strength allows him to be a good defender as he recorded a few steals in the game as well. His stat line didn't turn out too bad as he scored 16 points and recorded 7 rebounds.

Gerald Henderson – Duke – He finished with 19 points and took him MVP honors for the Black team. Henderson has an extremely smooth stroke and really comes off curls ready to shoot. His athleticism is impressive but it did get him in some trouble in the first half. Henderson drove baseline, went up for the jam and was blocked by 7-foot center, Brook Lopez. However, he did finish a number of dunks in the game including a sweet alley-oop thrown by Edgar Sosa at mid-court.

Edgar Sosa – Louisville – The first half was one Sosa would love to forget. Playing in front of his future fans Sosa only scored two points in the first half on 1 of 7 shooting. However, he followed up a bad half with a great one. Sosa finished the game with 19 points and scored 7 points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. Sosa hit at least three treys, all of them being from a good two feet behind the line. However, it took him a while to find his stroke. He has good, not great, driving skills and plays with some emotion.

Wayne ChismTennessee – The range on his jump extended longer than first thought as he hit a pair of baseline jumpers. He was forced out of the paint at times because of Brook Lopez's strong defensive play. He's a wide body and should fit in nicely at UT. He had 5 points and 7 rebounds.

Duke Crews – Tennessee – Crews is an effort guy with lots of athleticism. He plays the game as hard as anyone and never goes down with out a fight. He's usually the shortest guy in the paint but often can jump the highest. He scored on a jump hook in the lane and had a few dunks and lay ups as well. He was one of two players to record a double-double as he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Marreese SpeightsFlorida – The 6-10 center has a incredibly nice stroke for a guy his size. He knocked down two jumpers from the corner. He is physically very big and should develop into a solid rebounder. He scored 4 points and snatched 8 boards.

Derrick Caracter – Louisville – This is back to back weekends where Caracter has performed at a high level. Last weekend he was an MVP at the Roundball Classic and this weekend he could have taken that honor. He was 4 of 6 from the three point line and showed off a great touch especially for a 6-9, 275-pounder. Caracter hurt his thumb in the second quarter which caused him to lose his dribble a few times. But it is still obvious that he is oozing with skills and potential. He scored 17 points.

Antonio PenaVillanova – It looks as if Pena is trying to develop into a small forward. His ball handling is much improved; however, he lacks the speed to blow by most threes on the perimeter. However being able to take it to the perimeter and mix it up in the post will help him a lot at the next level.

Marques Johnson – Tennessee – The Tennessee signee did something that you don't see often in all-star games and that was not put any points on the scoreboard. To be honest I can't even remember a shot attempt from Johnson. The Ft. Wayne, IN., product needs to be more aggressive when he gets to Knoxville. He does have good size for a point guard. He'll most likely see time at both guard spots in college.

Stanley RobinsonConnecticut – Most people know that Robinson can jump out of the gym, but many don't know just how good his jump shot is. On Friday night he performed well in the three-point contest and tore up the two on two by nailing a bunch of threes. He never really got going in the game but was 4 for 8 from the field and finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds. He is a fantastic pick up for the Huskies, as he will wow the Husky fans with his athleticism and ability to shoot the basketball.


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