Tyreke Evans, SG – Not too long ago, Evans held the top spot in the rankings, but last July Greg Monroe snatched it from him. If today's play was any indication of what's to come, Evans is attempting to get it back. The 6-foot-5 wing went to work off the dribble, draining jumper after jumper with defenders draped in his face. In the 3-on-3 competition Evans, who was teamed with Devin Ebanks and Brennan Cougil, man handled defenders, including super sophomore Lance Stephenson.
During the scrimmage session, Evans put on a show scoring on four consecutive possessions. He started it off by hitting a step back three, before making three strong moves to the hoop. His body control is great, especially around the basket and he's capable of changing his shot on the way to the rim. Although his shot selection is questionable at times, he's one of the most talented members of the 2008 class, and he looks to be making a push at just the right time.
Drew Gordon, PF – When a guy comes out and strokes a pair of right hand jump-hooks and then a few possessions later turns to his left and drains it as well, you take notice. The 6-foot-9, 237-pounder is still a tad raw offensively, but he's made drastic improvements and has added some post moves to his resume. With a reputation of just being a defensive presence, his improved offensive game certainly enhances his player's card and should result in a push in the rankings.
Korie Lucious, PG – Playing with the slick FIBA basketballs didn't have any affect on Lucious' jump shot. The 5-foot-11 lead man was money from deep during the 3-on-3 competition. During the scrimmage, Lucious showed a quick first step and got around Jerime Anderson at will. The Michigan State commit doesn't get enough credit these days; he's playing good basketball and is a quality point guard.
Jamil Wilson, PF/SF – Coming off an impressive spring that launched him into the recruiting world and to the top of the 2009 class, Wilson played the part of a top 10 prospect on Thursday. Sprinkle in a few three-pointers, with an ability to run the floor and make athletic moves around the basket, and we have ourselves quite a player. While he seems to be playing on the wing some, he's still not ready to defend one, as Evans gave him the business on four straight possessions during the evening scrimmages.
Dexter Strickland, SG – Normally the Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick standout plays off the ball, but today he clocked some minutes at the point and he handled himself well. While we aren't ready to call him a legit combo guard yet, he does have some combo skills and is capable of getting a team in an offense. During the scrimmages he had his jumper flowing, as he hit a few threes and an off the dribble pull-up from 15-feet.
The U.S. players have been split up into three teams (Red, White and Blue). The fourth team is made of international players from Brazil. Friday and Saturday each team will play each other. Saturday evening the four team tournament will begin and will conclude Sunday morning. The U.S. teams are listed below.