Down by as many as 16 points in the 2nd half, Mean Streets caught and eventually passed Team Final in overtime as Derrick Rose got his shoulders squared past Tyreke Evans and raced to the bucket for the game winner in overtime.
"That was a good move," Evans said. It sure was and it proved to be the bucket that sealed the deal at the buzzer for Mean Streets.
For those crowding the court at the Peach Jam – and it was high level with head coaches – the game proved to be quite entertaining as the big name players squared off down the stretch with each having their chances to shine.
Rose finished with 20 points and was credited with 4 assists while Eric Gordon led all scorers with 29 points on 10-for-18 from the floor and 3-for-11 from downtown, some of them way downtown.
During one stretch, Evans (22 points, 4 assists) was raining high-arching shots from the perimeter. He had the biggest hand in boosting the double-digit lead and was excellent with his offense. During one second half sequence, Evans used his strong guard body to power past Rose for a bucket. With a pair of elite seniors on the floor, Evans looked pretty comfortable in his own right and played like the star he is.
Guarding the high level players in this one proved to be quite the task. This game certainly became more exciting in the second half when the benches scraped the zones which were employed during most of the first half and play opened up.
Aside from the obvious headliners, plenty of kids stood out. Take Tim Flowers and Kevin Johnson as examples. The undersized Mean Streets duo combined for 23 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jeff Robinson was snagging rebounds above the rim and found a variety of ways to finish with 17. Matthew Bryan-Amaning did some dirty work with 12 and 10.
Nick Calathes (right), PG, Team Florida – Corperryale Harris was doing all he could but still shaking his head. Calathes was on fire and it was pretty. There's really no way to describe his game other than unorthodox. His shot doesn't look great (but it goes in), he's not a pure point guard (but he's a very good passer) and he's not overly quick (though he works the angles and routinely beats defenders). The kid knows how to play the game and his 36 points against The Family were very impressive.
Gani Lawal, PF, Ga. Stars – Against Friends of Hoop, Lawal had his biggest outburst of the summer with 28 points and 11 rebounds and his team needed them all. Isaiah Thomas tied the game on a drive in regulation and his jumper in overtime was ruled a 2-pointer as FOH fell by a point. We though Lawal's upper body looked a little bigger at camp last week and he used it today to finish strong.
Jordan Crawford, SF/SG, The Family – This guy had himself a game against Team Florida. He was chucking shots in from deep and making plays. The elite mid-majors are all over him with larger programs taking a peek at the Hargrave-bound wing. He may wind up being this year's version of Cameron Tatum, a guy who continued to get better from the summer through the high school season.
Terrell Smith, SF, FOH Seattle – He's another one to watch. He's obviously a kid who can make jumpers but they weren't falling early on against Athletes First. Still, you could tell he's reliable to mid-range and they began dropping later in the game. "The kid can really rebound it, I'm telling you," one head coach said. He's intriguing and finished with 24 and 9.
Blake Griffin, C, Athletes First – His club won by 22 against the Tropics. Just another day at the office with 24 points and 6 boards.
Brandon McGee, PF, Illinois Warriors – The boys from Illinois whipped Memphis YOMCA by 35. McGee sits right on that cusp of high-major ball. He mentions a lot of schools and a bunch were here to see him.
This is the month he can turn interest into offers but we think he's still putting pieces of his game together and may need a little more time. The kid really works on his game.
Javier Gonzalez (left), PG, Miami Tropics – There aren't a lot of programs recruiting him but that could change. Here's a kid who was born in Puerto Rico and has great presence at his position. He'll play with an edge to his game and will push it, can score and plays unselfishly. Strong mid-majors should be all over him. Gonzalez had 17 and 10 in his morning game. Imagine how many assists he would have recorded if his reliable inside man Freddy Asprilla wouldn't have been hurt and unable to play?
Greg Monroe, PF, La. Panthers – The 16 year old division doesn't have anyone that can stand in his way. One game was a 30 point, 15-rebound effort. He's taken his camp performance and built upon it here. Basically Monroe has gone from prospect to big time player and he's running downhill. It's coming fast and man does it look good!
Luke Fabrizius, SF, Illinois Warriors – When he's making 3s like he did today he's a weapon off the bench for the Warriors and numerous programs came away impressed with his range and perimeter skill in his morning game.
Xavier Henry drew a nice morning crowd of Roy Williams, Tubby Smith, Rick Barnes and assistants from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. … Jamelle McMillan was watched by Herb Sendek, Paul Hewitt and Boston College's Al Skinner in the morning. … Brandon McGee was watched by Arizona State's Sendek, DePaul Jerry Wainright, Skinner and assistants from Marquette, Oklahoma and Northwestern. He thinks Florida, UConn, Washington and Iowa are on him the hardest; not sure of offer status. …
Here's one for you: Derrick Rose's crowd appeared to be Memphis coach John Calipari (also there watching Jeff Robinson of course), Bruce Weber, OU's Jeff Capel, LSU's John Brady and Kansas assistant Joe Dooley. LSU's presence is something that appears to be new while Memphis had its entire 3-man staff at the game. …
Chandler Parsons' crowd grew as the day went on. His night session game had Rutgers' Fred Hill, Sendek, Capel, John Brady and Miami assistant Michael Hunt. … SMU's Matt Doherty was on hand watching power forward Alex Malone. The Mansfield, Tex., product told Scout.com that he is committed to the Mustangs program. This was his first event with Team Texas. …
Javier Gonzalez says he's hearing from Virginia Commonwealth and Brigham Young. …
Durrell Summers had 24 and 8 in the loss to Calathes and Co. … Chandler Parsons is winning back admirers. His Nike Camp was lukewarm for the coaches but he's been on a tear here. He's got head coaches stopping by regularly. …
"Derrick Rose is like Derrick Jeter. He doesn't have any facial expressions and he goes about his business without breaking a sweat."