Donte Greene, arguably the top senior performer for the entire camp, scored 12 points and was awarded the MVP for the winning team in the game. The gam MVP nod could have easily gone to Gary Johnson who shot 8-for-9 from the field in the contest. To Johnson's credit he rallied to close with a bang after a rocky initial few days to start the camp. He scored 19 points to go with 5 rebounds in the contest. The big fellas received assists from Jai Lucas who dished out a game-high 6 assists in the contest.
James Johnson, who did as much as anyone in camp to boost his stock, pulled the double-double (16 points, 10 boards) for his squad. Scott Martin and E'Twaun Moore, SYF teammates, scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Sweet-shooting Mustapha Farrakhan drilled a series of shots that were impressive as well.
Team Shox – Jai Lucas 9, Chris Wright 10, Kyle Singler 7, Jeff Robinson 8, Solomon Alabi 2, Blake Griffin 4, Gani Lawal 9, Malcolm Delaney 4, Maurice Miller 9, Donte Greene 12, Jordan DeMercy 6, Robbie Hummel 2, James Anderson 9, Gary Johnson 19.
Team Flight – Chace Stanback 0, Nick Calathes 8, Kosta Koufos 8, E'Twaun Moore 10, Matthew Bryan-Amaning 9, Jeff Allen 3, James Johnson 16, John Diebler 0, Jacob Pullen 5, Mustapha Farrakhan 8, Scott Martin 12, Patrick Patterson 9, George Goode 2, Chris Wright (Ohio) 2, Julian Vaughn 2.
Picking MVP's for this game was a little easier than the senior contest. Willie Warren was the game's high-scorer with 22 points. Warren, it should be noted, deserves a lot of credit for his play here. A bad back kept him sidelined the entire spring and his camp status wasn't know until a few days prior to the event. Not too shabby for the Texan.
Meanwhile, Delvon Roe continued his stellar camp by scoring 16 points in the game and really set the tone for the contest with his aggressive play in the first half. His teammates Semardo Samuels (16 points) and Nasir Robinson (15 points) helped keep the scorekeepers busy.
Team Uptempo – Liu Xiayo 1, Jordan Hamilton 8, Martez Walker 1, Michael Dunigan 4, Delvon Roe 15, Al-Farouq Aminu 4, Andy Poling 7, David Wear 2, Jeremy Tyler 6, Xavier Gibson 3, Frank Sullivan 9, Semardo Samuels 16, Matthew Humphrey 8, Cordell Passley 6, Nasir Robinson 15.
Team Air Max – Dexter Strickland 11, Murphy Holloway 13, Sean Mosley 13, Kenny Frease 5, Greg Monroe 3, Lashay Page 3, Travis Wear 4, Tommy Mason-Griffin 4, Willie Warren 22, Brandon Knight 0, Bawa Manuri 7, Clarence Trent 3, Rashanti Harris 4, Henry Sims 4.
James Johnson, SF – The son of a former world kickboxing champion uses martial arts to train and is presently undefeated (21-0) in matches himself. So, he's got that going for him, which is nice. Meanwhile, on the basketball side, his play here as a big wing hasn't gone unnoticed by the high-majors and he'll join our Top 100 the next time around. How can we leave him out given his stature in the very dangerous sport of kick boxing?
Corperryale Harris (right), SG – The early morning games were dragging but not because of him. Harris had more energy and bounce than anyone in the gym and during the event drew raves on a daily basis for his consistent play. He's boosted his stock because of his effort and renewed stroke on the perimeter.
Patrick Patterson, PF – He was at it again in the morning session. Like Kosta Koufos, he's been consistently outstanding and proved worthy of his pre-camp national Top 15 ranking.
Kyle Singler, SF – He arrived late and never played to his full potential coming off his participation in USA Basketball. Having said that, he was still very good and his basketball IQ, mobility for his size and his respect for playing the game the right way were evident. Plus, the kid actually drew a charge in a camp game!
Malcolm Delaney, PG – In our eyes, he's really improved from some of his spring performances and a lot of that we think is due to him settling in and getting down to the business of playing the point here. He earned his all-star game nod and really rekindled interest from the major colleges. He may have been playing for a scholarship to some schools here at camp and if so, he's earned them too.
Jai Lucas, PG – Go figure, his team, won its camp division championship; that's what his family does is win ballgames. If colleges aren't over "the size issue" by now, that's on them. This kid's dad played in the NBA, his brother is on the Houston Rockets summer league team and you can bet he's going to put in the work it takes to be play at the highest college level.
Keenan Ellis, PF – He was one of the last second additions to the camp and he made the most of his selection. By finishing around the bucket and displaying the soft touch we knew he had to mid-range, he's re-stoked interest in his game once again.
Greg Monroe, PF – His play at Nike warrants calling him the best 2008 prospect here and that means a bump from the No. 5 ranking he entered camp with. Provided he continues to evolve his game and plays with the same intensity, he'll earn major league consideration for the top spot in the class. Tyreke Evans was injured (ankle) at this camp and those seeing him for the first time were not treated to his best and that was unfortunate because he remains an enormous talent who needs a few days of rest before his next event. He'll make his case before the summer is out, that's for sure.
However, Monroe's rise means a nice little duel for the number one spot in the class is about to ensue and that's not counting contenders from other camps. However, with his play here and considerable upside, you'd have to think Monroe has the momentum so we'll see what he can do with it. It's going to be a fun next few weeks with the young guys!
Dexter Strickland, SG – For a young guard he's having an amazing summer thus far. The guy can flat out score the basketball from all over the court and at no point during the camp did he look like a member of the Class of 2009. He earned the respect of his older peers here.
Four schools that will make Scott Martin's final list are Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan and Notre Dame. Mike Brey, Tommy Amaker and Matt Painter were all here today. Valparaiso, Oklahoma State and Arizona State are angling to get in the mix but Martin would like to work the number of schools down to a potential solid 5 after the Peach Jam. … Patrick Patterson drew Tubby Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Billy Donovan during the morning session. … Among the many head coaches watching Semardo Samuels were Roy Williams, Bill Self and St. John's Norm Roberts. …
Kyle Singler drew Coach K, Bill Self, Lorenzo Romar and Arizona assistant Josh Pastner. … Trust us, everyone is going to make a run at Delvon Roe. Now, they were watching Roe plus other prospects in a morning game but here's the headliners from the crowd – Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Coach K, Tubby Smith, Self, Donovan and Brey. Illinois coach Bruce Weber was in the stands watching two commitments -- Billy Cole and Mike Tisdale -- and stayed for the all-star game as well. …
Small forward Jordan DeMercy did not have a camp invite but wanted to play. He drove out with a few players from Georgia to the camp and instead of playing across town in another event, he simply camped out and waited to see if there were any no-shows. When an opening came up, he was front and center. All he did was make the all-star game! This speaks to the kind of kid he is. Mississippi, Georgia, Georgia State, East Carolina, Toledo, Arkansas State (offer) and Murray State (offer) rolled off his tongue. …
"Manny" Harris said that Michigan, Marquette, Indiana and Miami are pursuing him the hardest. … Greg Monroe should have his pick of suitors. On Sunday he mentioned LSU, Duke, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Baylor and Kansas. … Murphy Holloway named Arizona (he really likes them), Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and DePaul as programs he's interested in.
The big time highlight in the underclassman game came courtesy of Jordan Hamilton who braved the outstretched arms of Bawa Manuri for an athletic dunk. … In Sunday's morning game Jacob Pullen made enough shots to get the coaches buzzing. … Props to Toby Veal who played his natural big wing position at camp and had an excellent week. …
Jamelle McMillan might as well be the high school version of Bruce Bowen when it comes to defense. He's got a skill! Kalin Lucas, one of the top guard performers here, really had to work to earn his buckets against Lucas on Sunday as both players really challenged each other. …
"I think Austin Freeman is the best player here. He does it all and he gets his teammates involved. He makes his teammates better."