Nike MDC: Day 2 Rundown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The great play at the Nike Memorial Day Classic continued into the evening where the last game of the day went three overtimes. The Family squeaked by the Houston Hoops to make it to the Semi-Finals. The other three squads left in the Gold Division tournament are the SYF Players, the Arkansas Wings and Boo Williams.

Jamelle McMillan, PG, Seattle FOH – The 6-foot-2 PG knocked down two triples including one two feet behind the three-point line in his first game of the day. The best part about McMillan is he's a run-your-team type point guard. He scored 13 points in their first round playoff game against the Charlotte Royals and had a solid out against the Georgia Blazers to help FOH to the Semi-Finals of the Silver division.

George Valentine, PF, Charlotte Royals – This kid is a mid-major delight. He's 6-foot-7, a good athlete and runs the floor very well. Valentine had a pair of blocks and a showed off a nice up and under post move.

Patrick Patterson (right), PF, Boo Williams – Some one in the crowd said they were unimpressed with Patterson because he wasn't as advanced and doesn't work as hard on the offensive end. It's important to understand that Patterson is a junk yard dog type player. In his game against the Portland Legends he hit double figure rebounds just three minutes into the second half. His ability to run the floor and finish on the break was impressive as well.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning, PF, - He doesn't get much publicity playing along side 2008's top prospect, Tyreke Evans. But the 6-foot-8 big man is a solid rebounder and uses his jump hook well. The main thing he's missing is a killer instinct, but he's a quality big man.

Terrell McKenzie, PG, NY Gauchos – The more I watch McKenzie, the more I like him. The 6-foot-1 PG is quick with the ball and makes smart decisions. When he's on the floor he's the general. He never stops talking and motivates his team throughout the game.

Nick Calathes, PG, Team Florida – His size helps him grab rebounds and it also helps him get his jump shot off over shorter defenders. While his shot is a tad unorthodox he drilled a few long threes and finished with 25 points in a losing effort to the SYF Players. Calathes has a nice floater and a unique ability to score. The most impressive part of his game is his passing - he sees the floor well and drops no-lookers on occasions.

Kyle Singler, SF, Portland Legends – It was a slow start for Singler against Boo Williams, but when he got it going it was fun to watch. He didn't score until nine minutes into his game when he drilled a fading jumper. He mixed in a few coast to coast drives with some mid-range pull ups. He always has his body under control and is well deserving of his ranking as the 6th best player in the class of 2007.

E'Twaun Moore, PG, SYF Players – He's got the quicks to get around most guards in the country and his pull up is nice as well. He mixed it up inside against Team Florida, as he had a tip in and grabbed his own miss for a put back over an outstretched Team Florida defender. Moore finished with 16 points in his game against Team Florida and helped his team advance to the Semi-Finals.

Jai Lucas, PG, Houston Hoops – Lucas hit a buzzer beating three to force the Houston Hoops versus The Family game into its third overtime. Lucas was magnificent going up against highly touted Kalin Lucas. Jai hit a few runners and sweet fading jumper at a crucial time in the third OT. Lucas is quick and shifty, but at times is forced to take some off balanced shots in order to be able to get them over taller defenders.

Greg Monroe, PF, New Orleans Panthers – We had to check him out again, just to make sure the read was right. And there's no doubt about it, Monroe is in the running for the best big man in the class with Samardo Samuels. He runs the floor very well and goes after offensive boards as hard as anyone. The jump hook was rolling and he even dropped in a floater along the baseline. The scary part is he hasn't put it all together when he does look out.

Xavier Gibson, PF, Georgia Blazers – Sticking with the same theme (big time big men) Gibson is still developing but he shows flashes of what's to come every now and then. In the Blazers Silver Division playoff game against Seattle FOH Gibson threw home a two-handed tip dunk and had a monster block on the very next defensive trip. Did I mention he drained a three? He's long and a legit 6-9, if not a little taller.

Clarence Trent, PF, Portland Legends - Trent either made a flashy play or a bad one against Boo Williams, but his flashy ones were special. With the Legends closing in on Boo Williams once large lead, Trent took the ball coast to coast for a nasty one handed throw down on at least two helpless Boo Williams defenders. Trent knocked down a three and blocked a few shots in the contest as well.

Ed Davis (left), PF, Boo Williams - Possessed with a long and lean body Davis really has a good feel for the game. His rebounding is solid and he has a decent touch around the basket. His long arms allow him to get his hands on some shots and he also recorded a pair of steals against the Legends.

Anthony Jones, C, Houston Hoops – Jones is a solid shot blocker and even had an impressive two handed swat against the The Family late Sunday night. Jones finished with 8 points in the contest, but he played a vital roll in keeping The Family from getting easy baskets. The 7-footer is still a little raw offensively, but he rebounds well.

Xavier Henry, SG, Athletes First – He works well off the dribble and is a strong looking kid especially considering his age. He drilled a fading jumper in the corner, had a few strong finishes and knocked down a couple of threes. He finished with 18 points in a Gold Division playoff loss to the Houston Hoops.

While I wasn't in the gym for it, Terrence Oglesby went for 33 points including eight three-pointers in a game where he didn't see the floor until there was only six minutes left in the first half.

The quarterfinal match up between the Houston Hoops and The Family was one of the best basketball games played on the circuit this spring. The final score was 76–75 but it took three overtimes to determine a winner. Jai Lucas and Copperyale Harris were the two players that shined the most in the extra periods. Lucas hit a buzzer-beating three to force the third overtime and Harris knocked down a ton of free throws in the third OT to get The Family a victory.

The Semi-Finals for the Gold Division are set, with The Family playing the SYF Players and Boo Williams will take on the Arkansas Wings, both games tip off at 8:30. The Gold Division Championship is set for 1:00.

Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida and LSU were the schools that Isaiah Rusher mentioned after the Houston Hoops beat Athletes First. The next step will be taking the interest and turning it into offers.

Team Final's Nasir Robinson said he has scholarship offers from Villanova and Pittsburgh. He's also hearing from Syracuse, Connecticut, Miami, Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky.

The Family's, Copperyhale Harris said he couldn't remember all the schools after him but, he did mention Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Indiana and Georgia Tech. He said all have offered.

E'Twaun Moore of the SYF Players said that Purdue, Illinois and Tennessee are after him the hardest and he has scholarship offers from all three.

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