Don't look for Sebastian Telfair and Darius Washington to exchange Christmas cards this year. The two talented guards turned the ABCD Underclassmen All-Star Game into a personal one-on-one battle.
Telfair jacked up 27 shots, a ridiculous number for an all-star game. He scored 26 points. His counterpart, Darius Washington scored 22 points on an efficient 8-for-12 from the floor. However, as the two waged a head-to-head duel late in the fourth quarter, most of the crowd appeared disinterested. In fact, the outcome of the game, and it was a close one, really didn't matter as the two seemed to go back and forth against each other as if no one else was in the gym.
Washington and Telfair were named the MVP's for their respective teams.
While the gamesmanship was going on, a fine performance by Roy Bright was the under card. Bright, a newcomer to the national scene made all but one of his shots and scored 16 points. He made a few 3s, got involved in the offense and completed a number of skilled attempts.
Not lost to most observers on the sidelines was the play of point guard Shaun Livingston. The 6-6 athlete has tremendous ball skills. He's a big-time player.
By the way, Washington's team won the game 121-117.
Seniors All-Star Game
The final game of the camp was a lopsided one as Charlie Villanueva's team won 138-109. Villanueva and Travis Outlaw were named the MVP's of the game for their respective teams. This one, a track meet of epic proportions, was never close. Not even from the tip.
In the contest, Villanueva (19 points, 10 rebounds) certainly showed his worth. The inside-outside combo separates him from the pack and the outside part of his game is something to marvel at for a young man his size. He even showcased a burst and rise to the hoop that was out of this world from an athletic standpoint.
Outlaw, who continued his hot play from USA Basketball, scored 15 points. The Starkville native is no longer just an athlete. He's starting to complete his skilled moves and he's affecting games with his play.
NOTES – We didn't attend camp from start to finish, but from what we did see, there were a few all-star snubs to go along with a handful of political selections. In our opinion, Demetris Nichols should have made the game. Pooh Day certainly had a better camp than most of the point guards selected ahead of him, aside from Shakur and Aaron Brooks.