Nike MDC: Day 1 Rundown

Nashville, TN – Multiple power outages couldn't halt a solid first day at the Nike Memorial Day Classic. Each team played two pool play games allowing a few stars to rise to the occasion, and young guys like Tyreke Evans, Samardo Samuels and Greg Monroe to show why they're the top of their class.

Corey Stokes, SF, Metro Hawks – While Samardo Samuels is the Hawks No. 1 option, Stokes is a quality second option. Stokes was extremely patient all day and let the game come to him. He did knock down a few threes, but majority of his points came from short jumpers and drives to the basket. His strength at the basket was impressive and he was able to complete a few And 1's, finishing with 24 points against Cali Hoops.

Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – He looked lethargic at the beginning of his game against Greg Monroe, and the New Orleans Panthers, however he finished strong and had four points in the last minute including the game winner. Johnson finished with 15 points in both of his games today. He has nice post moves, is athletic and works very hard, BUT he's undersized. At best he stands 6-foot-6.

Donte Greene (right), PF, Team Melo – Beast is the best way to describe Greene. He was dunking all over the competition during the first day of the Classic. He handles the ball well and made a fantastic no-look pass to an open Malcolm Delaney. Greene's one handed dunk on a drive to the basket nearly shut the court down.

Jai Lucas, PG, Houston Hoops - The little guy is fun to watch because he's not scared to take it inside amongst the big guys. At times he can get a little out of control but you have to love his toughness. He's a slick ball handler and has the quicks to get by most point guards at his level.

Kyle Singler, SF, Portland Legends – In a mid-afternoon contest against All-Ohio Red, Singler did a little of everything for the Legends, but what stands out the most about Singler is his understanding of the game. He constantly talks to his teammates and points them in the right direction. His basketball IQ is as good as you will find in high school basketball. Singler showed his mobility taking the ball coast to coast two different times. Scout.com's 6th best player in the 2007 class finished with 24 points his second game of the day.

John Roberson, PG/SG, South Florida Heat – The media guide and his coaches list him as a point guard, but he shoots it too much to be considered one. However, when he shot it against the Kentucky HoopStars he made his jumpers at a pretty good clip. He handles the ball well and can create a shot for himself when he needs to. When we left his game at halftime he had 18 points scoring majority of them off pull up jumpers.

Patrick Patterson, PF, Boo Williams – Speaking of beast, Patterson is animal in the paint and he goes after boards as hard as anyone I've seen. He also had a nice defensive presence blocking three shots and notching a steal. Patterson had two highlight moments on the offensive end slamming home a tip dunk and he threw done a nasty one hander driving to the basket.

Terrence Oglesby, PG/SG, Tennessee Travelers – There might not be a better shooter on the circuit than this 6-2, 180-pounder. Throughout the spring he's been playing point guard and it shows, as he's developing a better handle. His shooting off the dribble has improved and he never stops moving especially on the offensive end. He combined for 10 triples in his two games on Saturday.

Samardo Samuels (left), PF, Metro Hawks – Mixing power with finesse, Samuels put on quite a show during the 8 o'clock game against Cali Hoops. The Metro Hawks ran their offense through the big guy and he enjoyed a solid 24 point performance. He showcases a nice jump hook and extremely developed post moves. His strength is a big asset for him, and he loves to dunk it if he gets the ball close to the tin.

Greg Monroe, C, New Orleans Panthers – Amazing! His performance against the Houston Hoops was big time. He scored every way imaginable and even showed off a little range on a jumper. The lefty has the jump hook down pat, took one rebound coast to coast for a jam and has a great touch in the lane. He provided for at least three And 1's in his morning game against the Hoops. You'd be hard pressed to find a better big man in the class.

Brandon Moore, PF, New Orleans Panthers – Athleticism can often times be the equalizer and Moore showed off his athleticism by blocking at least five shots against the Houston Hoops. He made a few nice moves around the basket and had a few offensive put backs. He's still a little raw, but shows tons of potential.

Tyreke Evans, SG, Team Final – Most of the damage Evans did against the Miami Tropics came off of drive to the baskets. In the first half alone he had at least five finishes at the rim. Evans is a terrific defensive rebounder, which helps him start the break and get the ball up the floor.

The Nike Memorial Day Classic format had each team play two pool plays on Saturday. Tomorrow the event breaks into its single elimination tournament format. First place from each pool will go to the Gold Division tournament, 2nd place to the Silver Division tournament and 3rd place will participate in Bronze tourney.

There were a number of no-shows. Derrick Rose and his Mean Streets Express team decided not to make the trip to Nashville. Chris Wright is sick and the Arizona Stars best player, Harper Kamp, broke his foot earlier this week.

Kyle Singler was a hot commodity, as a few media types lined up waiting for Oregon product to speak. Singler mentioned Duke, Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and Washington as the schools in the picture. He also said he'll be taking an unofficial to Washington soon.

Oklahoma and Texas A&M are on John Roberson pretty hard according to the South Florida Heat's Team Director.

New York native, Mike Coburn, mentioned Rutgers, South Carolina and Pittsburgh as the schools he's hearing from the most.

While he has no favorites, Wake Forest, Miami, St. John's, Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the schools that Terrell McKenzie is looking at. The only school he's visited is St. Johns.

Gary Johnson mentioned Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.

Five schools sit at the top of Malcolm Delaney's list. Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech are the front runners right now.

Kentucky, Wake Forest, Florida and Virginia are the schools recruiting Patrick Patterson the hardest. However, he said that he is still open to new schools if they want to get involved.

Terrence Oglesby's dad relayed that they like Clemson, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida and UNC-Charlotte the most right now. Oglesby has already visited Clemson and will visit Michigan and Florida in the very near future.

Patrick Patterson describing his run in with Chris Barnes during the Boo Williams vs. Georgia Elite game….

  • "That tip dunk I had, I just decided to scream at him. Then they came down, a dude threw it off the glass and number 33 just came out of no where and dunks it and then he gets in my face."

    Corey Brewer was working the media table throughout the day. Nate McMillan and John Lucas were on hand watching their sons play.


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