Las Vegas: Tuesday Roundup

The Pac-10 was represented well when Jrue Holiday and Jerime Anderson played on Tuesday. Lute Olson, Ben Howland, Lorenzo Romar and other head men from the conference were front and center when the duo played - and played well. That's just some of the action we saw on the next-to-last day in Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – While Brandon Jennings and Larry Drew seem to soak up most of the headlines out west as far as Class of 2008 point guards are concerned, Jerime Anderson is a guy that's taken a different path.

It wasn't all that long ago that Anderson was sitting down at the end of the bench.

``The coach would put me in for the last 30 seconds and I'd go in mad," Anderson said. "I was really short. I was 5-foot-4 back in the eighth grade."

``I can understand the last person on the bench, because that was me," he added.

Now Anderson has become a hot commodity on the west coast and his name belongs in the same realm as Jennings and Drew. He has a terrific feel for the game, is unselfish – but can also score when needed – whether it be knifing his way to the basket or knocking down shots from the perimeter.

The 6-foot-2, 165-piund Anderson still needs to get stronger, but his court vision and decision-making makes up for his lack of strength right now.


Anderson and teammate Jrue Holiday played well, but it was the other Pump ‘N Run team that advanced to the title game and will face D.C. Assault on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Larry Drew, Austin Daye & Co. will face off against a loaded D.C. Assault squad, which is expected to have Michael Beasley back on the court after he sat out Tuesday night's semifinal win because of a knee injury.


The semifinals have been set for the Nike Main Event and Kosta Koufus, Delvon Roe and the King James Shooting Stars will go up against Jamelle McMillan and Friends of Hoop in one semi and Gary Johnson and the Houston Hoops will face Team STAT in the other semifinals.

The Main Event finals will be played at 1:30 at Cox and then the winners of the Super 64 and Main Event will play at 7 p.m. at Cox.

Joey Rodriguez, PG, Florida Rams – Size is a question, but the kid's heart is big. He played well in a loss to the Pump ‘N Run team, especially in the first half when the Rams were close to running away with the game. He makes good decisions, picks his spots and makes timely shots.

Austin Freeman, SG, D.C. Assault – It can't be said enough how important the pickup of Freeman is for the Georgetown Hoyas. This kid just continues to improve and is one of the most deadly shooters in America. It's hard to imagine, but he remains one of the most underrated players in the class. Went for 33 in the semifinal victory.

Edwin Rios, PG, Team Breakdown – Rios continued his stellar play with another impressive outing on Tuesday. He's become much more of a setup guy and will have a good career for Frank Haith at Miami. Rarely forces the action. Makes quality decisions. Finished with only 11 points, but controlled the tempo.

Alvin Mitchell, SG, Team Breakdown – Here's a guy whose stock has risen just about as much as anyone's in the last week or so. He went for 19 points and one coach compared him to former UConn scorer Denham Brown because of his body and ability to put the ball in the basket.

James Hickson, PF/C, World Wide Renegades – Despite the fact that his team bowed out against Team Breakdown, it wasn't because of Hickson – who really brought it against the Boys from the Sunshine State. Hickson was aggressive and scored at will when he got the ball in the paint. Sometimes he just needs to try and keep things simple, though.

Chris Allen, SG, World Wide Renegades – When you talk about underrated players, the Georgia native, who is headed to Michigan State, has to be on the list. Can put up points in a hurry and he's nearly impossible to stop because of his versatility. Went for 21 points and also gets his teammates involved from the two-guard spot.

Kenneth Kajji, PF, Florida Rams – The native of Cameroon still needs to learn how to get after it on every possession, but he's got a terrific body – and showed glimpses of a guy who can really change the game on the defensive end. Was strong on the glass at times, finished around the basket and gets up and down the court well with his athleticism. At 6-foot-10, the Pendleton School (Fla.) big man will be a high-major prospect.

Jrue Holiday, SG, Double Pump Elite – He was solid in the first half, but then turned it on after the break and helped lead his team back from a hefty deficit to a victory against the Florida Rams. Finished with 24 points – including a trio of trifectas. Can really score the ball from all over the floor – is strong enough to get to the basket and finish, can knock down outside shots and also plays unselfish. One of the elite players in the class for certain.

Jerime Anderson, PG, Double Pump Elite – He and Holiday have chemistry and it's apparent when you watch the duo that they enjoy playing with one another. What's not to enjoy playing with Anderson, whose a pass-first guy that slices through the lane and can also finish despite his lack of bulk. Anderson is smart and smooth and he showed it against the Florida Rams.

Steve Tchieugang, PF, Houston Jr. Hardballers – College coaches love the way this guy plays. He gets after it on both ends of the court and is also skilled. He finished with 19 points in a morning game, but still needs to work on his decision-making.

Jrue Holiday said that his top five are UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and Texas. UCLA, Arizona and ASU have all offered. Both of his parents, Toya and Shawn, played basketball for the Sun Devils. … Jerime Anderson said he likes UCLA, Arizona, UConn and Louisville.

Michael Beasley sat out D.C. Assault's semifinal game with an injury. … Florida Rams point guard Joey Rodriguez is back on the board after de-committing from UMass. … Positive Image's Bradley Wannamaker scored 23 points in a win against Blessed IJN. … Courtney Fortson always seems to produce. The Southeast Elite stock floor leader finished with 18 against Spiece Central Stars. … Eric Gordon erupted for 30 for the Meanstreets in a win against the Oregon Rebels. Derrick Rose added 8 points and 11 assists. … Tracy Smith continues his resurgence with 27 points and 10 boards in a 78-77 loss to Team Detroit.

Coaches In The Gym – Lute Olson and Ben Howland were both in the gym to watch Jrue Holiday in the morning. Other head coaches still spotted in Vegas include Lorenzo Romar, Mark Fox, Jay Wright, Frank Haith, Roy Williams, Herb Sendek, Jay John, Tim Floyd, Bruce Weber, John Thompson III and Matt Doherty.

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