This is no knock on Greg Monroe, but you've got to put it into perspective. Tyreke Evans and Monroe are both dominating. The only difference is that Evans is doing it against guys that are a year older while Monroe is excelling against kids his own age.
The 6-foot-10, 226-pound Monroe scored 14 points and had nine rebounds for the New Orleans Panthers 16's on Thursday, but it was his versatility and ability to handle the ball that has separated himself from the other big men in the Class of 2008.
Monroe appears far more comfortable putting the ball on the floor than he did a couple of months ago and has established himself as one of the elite players in the class.
``I don't like to worry about the rankings, but I do want to be the best player on and off the court that I can," said the soft-spoken big man. "If I end up being the No. 1 player, I'll take it."
Monroe, who has a 4.3 GPA (out of 5.0), admits that he hears everyone assuming he'll wind up at LSU because he is a Louisiana native.
However, the first school out of his mouth was Duke – and it won't be any surprise if the Blue Devils target Monroe after they try and wrap up Kyle Singler and Patrick Patterson from the Class of 2007.
MOORE FOR PAINTER
Talk about a terrific get for Purdue coach Matt Painter.
E'Twaun Moore hasn't made it official, but he told Scout.com that he plans on committing to the Boilermakers head coach in a matter of days.
``This weekend," said the smooth combo guard out of East Chicago Central (Ind.) High.
``I love everything about Purdue," Moore said. "The staff, the players, everything. I always liked them since I was young. I've always been a fan and that's where I've always wanted to play, so it's a great opportunity for me."
Purdue snagged Moore despite heavy hitters like Kansas, Georgia Tech and Illinois trying to get involved.
Malcolm Delaney, G, Team Melo – He had his outside stroke going against the Tennessee Travelers, but he didn't play like a point guard – and that's the biggest question mark about the Towson Catholic standout. He needs to work on trying to make his teammates better rather than concentrating on looking for his own shot. He also needs to try and get to the basket with more consistency.
Antwaine Wiggins, F, Tennessee Travelers – He didn't get a whole lot done on Thursday and part of that is he needs to bulk up so he can work in the paint with more effectiveness. Runs the court well, but he disappeared for much of the game.
Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – The Texas-bound power forward couldn't finish up the night before because of a back injury, but Johnson returned with a vengeance. Johnson got after it and had a flurry of dunks, was his usual active self on the glass – and also knocked down a 18-footer. There aren't many guys who can match this guy's intensity and motor.
E'Twaun Moore, G, SYF Players – He doesn't do anything spectacular, but his game is so smooth and pretty it's not even funny. He has a mid-range game that's the envy of almost everyone else in the class, handles it better than most give him credit for and there isn't much he isn't able to do in the offensive end. Had 22 points, seven boards and five assists in the morning – a rout over the Metro Hawks.
Kyle Singler, SF, Portland Legends – He may be worn down physically, but he's not showing it. The Oregon native was all over the place on Thursday and is one of the few elite players who really yearns to defend and plays hard all the time. He mixed it up on the inside and also did a great job in transition.
Jamine Peterson, SG, Metro Hawks – He's a freak athlete and also takes it hard to the basket. He'll need to work on his perimeter game in the preps beginning in the fall, but he can get to the basket and finish with his athleticism and aggressiveness.
James Anderson, SF, Arkansas Wings – He's got the talent to dominate, but he drifts at times – and that was the case on Thursday. It's almost as if he doesn't want to take over in fear of being too selfish, but that's what he needs to do at times. He's long, smooth and can score in a variety of ways. He just needs to showcase it more often.
Sean Mosley, SG, Team Melo – The Saint Francis (Md.) wing was active in getting to the basket and also did a terrific job on the boards – especially for his size (6-3). Mosley also shot the ball well in the second half, making a couple of trifectas and also knocking down a nice pull-up jumper. He'll need to work on his ballhandling, but Mosley was impressive on Thursday afternoon.
Xavier Gibson, PF, Georgia Blazers – He doesn't have much of a supporting cast and he's playing up in the 17's, so it's unfair to be too critical of the big man out of ‘Bama. We'd like to see him be more aggressive. He's got terrific potential, but he's got to work on his production. Only finished with 5 points in one Thursday performance.
Angelo Johnson, PG, Howard Pulley – He's quick with the ball and difficult to stop from getting into the lane or pulling up from long distance. Really can cause havoc with his speed and fiery play. Re-classified guy who will likely become a hot commodity among Big Ten coaches.
Tommy Mason-Griffin, PG – Griffin was doing it all on the offensive end, attacking the basket and finishing with his strong body – and also hitting shots from long range with frequency. Griffin doesn't play with a lot of emotion, but he gets a lot done. The only knock is whether he'll grow any more.
According to a couple sources, Kentucky is making a strong push to land the duo of Patrick Patterson and Jai Lucas – who have become recent friends. Patterson is also considering Florida, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia. … Sean Mosley listed Syracuse and Georgetown as his co-favorites – and also Maryland, Marist, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Illinois, Villanova and Indiana. … Kyle Singler said the Peach Jam will be his last tournament of the summer. Singler said he plans to take official visits in the fall to Duke, Arizona and Kansas and is still deciding whether to visit UCLA and Washington. … Greg Monroe's teammate on the New Orleans Panthers, Brandon Moore, listed Tennessee, Baylor and Illinois. … Georgia rising junior forward Al' Farouq Aminu, the younger brother of Georgia Tech sophomore big man Alade Aminu, lists UConn, Georgia Tech, Florida, Clemson, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Here's a hint: The Florida assistant coach who said he'd go with the Mohawk if the Gators defend their national crown was NOT Donnie Jones or Lewis Preston. … One great sighting in the gym is Tennessee Tech coach Mike Sutton, who is recruiting. Sutton is one of the most courageous people in the country, still battling the effects of Guillain Barre Syndrome, a disorder that attacks the immune system. Sutton is actively recruiting while in a wheelchair. … Metro Hawks big man Christian Morris broke his second backboard in a month when the glass shattered in the first half of the late game on Thursday. FYI - Morris missed the dunk. … Eric Gordon leads the event in scoring (27.3) followed by Chandler Parsons (26), Willie Warren (25.8), Nick Calathes (23.3), Tyreke Evans (22.5) and Kyle Singler (19.8)