Forget the score – the White Team won 107-93 – because this was your typical all-star game that shortly after the tip morphed into a track meet. The game was more showcase than structure and a number of players stood out, including Jamelle Horne who scored 16 points, including 2 for the other team when he filled in for Chris Allen and J.J. Hickson who departed early for the airport.
One of the highlights of game was a Horne taking a defender, giving him a chest bump and driving to the bucket for a big time dunk. The future Arizona small forward finished off camp the way he began as one of the highest rated players here.
Horne's teammate, Matthew Simpkins tossed in 17 and 8 rebounds for the victors and James Harden was the high-point man with 19. The game provided Harden with a chance to escape into basketball after dealing with the loss of his grandmother 2 days ago.
Wendell McKines scored 18 points in the game and did so in the exact same fashion he scored the entire camp: he dunked. Seriously, not since the days of Donnell Harvey have we seen a guy throw it down as much in a single weekend. McKines netted 9 buckets in the game, 7 of which were dunks. One teammate counted 14 in a single game on Saturday. The 6-foot-5 power forward secured himself mid-major attention based on the fact he can flush it.
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WHITE (107) – James Harden 19, Jeremy Hazell 0, Derrick Favors 12, Chandler Parsons 2, Leonard Washington 5, Matthew Simpkins 17, Korie Lucious 9, Howard Thompkins 19, Darnell Gant 6, Jesse Woodard 5, Jamelle Horne 18.
Senario Hillman, CG – One of the most athletic guards in America is also one of the more versatile performers. This weekend he played a lot of point and while we knew he never had a problem creating for himself, he did a nice job of getting the paint and making plays for teammates. Alabama's future backcourt with he and Rico Pickett is going to be athletic and capable of really scoring points.
Ibrahima Thomas, C/PF – Last weekend at the T.O.C., Thomas was relegated to insider duty. Much to our surprise he made his share of perimeter shots this weekend and earned a spot in the camp's Top 40 guy where the hits continued.
Drew Gordon (right), PF – After Saturday's track meet, we were surprised to see Gordon's energy level so high Sunday morning. His presence completely changed the complexion of one camp game. In the all-star game, Gordon had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Not a bad weekend's work, even if it was just a few hours on Sunday!
Howard Thompkins, PF – He's considered one of the top prospects in a loaded class from the Peach State and he was one of the 5 best performers out here this weekend. The run continued through the all-star game when he was still burying jump shots and mixed in a few crafty post hits.
Dequan Jones, SF – His athleticism and improved perimeter game were on display this weekend and he earned his way into the Top 40 game. In the game, Jones threw down a few dunks and stuck some mid-range jumpers. He's a guy the elite mid-majors are going to want to begin tracking strong.
Two members of this class made the Top 20 game – G.J. Vilarino and Derrick Favors. The 6-foot-8 Favors had the better all-star game performance as the budding insider scored 12 points. Vilarino won over a lot of admirers this weekend with his steady play as a floor general. Once he gets stronger he should develop into quite the prospect. We admired how much he watched other games and just loves to be around the gym!
Small forward Jon Reed was named to the Top 20 all-star game but he broke his right wrist (non-shooting hand) and will be out of action at least 4 weeks.
Drew Gordon said that Arizona, Texas, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Cal, UCLA, San Diego and Iowa were showing him a lot of interest. … Vegas forward Billy White said that Memphis was most prominent on his list but was also hearing from Washington, Oklahoma State and UNLV. However, it sounds like he's looking to pick a school outside of his hometown. …
Chandler Parsons is consistently improving his game and it's good to see it happen that way for him. He's a strength program away from becoming a valuable piece at the high-major level. …