USA Festival: Day Three (Evening)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The rematch was set, and the game was similar to this mornings, however USA White couldn't complete the comeback this time around.

The semi-finals match up between the second and third seed teams was eerily similar to this mornings contest. USA Blue got out to an early lead behind Delvon Roe's and Malcolm Lee's strong play and by the third quarter the lead was over 20-points.

As the fourth quarter rolled around USA White got closer and closer. Greg Monroe, Dexter Strickland and Korie Lucious got it going, however it was too late. The closest they got was six, and thats when Jrue Holiday and Roe took over and refused to lose.

Delvon Roe, PF – Not many at this event can say they've averaged a double-double, but the 6-foot-8 junior has. The Michigan State commit is steady, and you always know what you're going to get from him. He hits the glass on both ends, and his quick release and quick dunks help him get buckets in the paint. His ability to shoot jumpers is now legit. He hit a pair of threes and a number of 15 to 18 footers on his way to 33 points. He's made his mark this weekend and you could argue he's been as good as anyone here.


Holiday dished out 8 assists
Jrue Holiday, SG/PG – The control and patience that Holiday shows is something most coaches dream of from their guards. Once again he had a great assist to turnover ratio, as he dished out 8 assists and had just two turnovers. In the semi-final game he was 7 of 14 for 20 points.

Malcolm Lee, PG – In the USA Blue versus USA White game, Lee got it started draining three three-pointers. The 6-foot-4 lead man is extremely quick and is tough to defend. His stroke off the dribble is impressive, as his ability to see the court and find the open man. He went for 23 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds in a semi-final win.

Scotty Hopson, SF – The Kentucky native turned it up a notch today. Coming off a solid performance this morning, the Hopkinsville (Ky.) University Heights standout attacked the basket and dropped in floaters from every angle. He also drilled a trio of threes, as he finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Korie Lucious, PG – He's pinned as a point guard, but he plays more like a shooting guard. Instead of setting up teammates, Lucious would prefer to take deep off balance jumpers. If he's going to be productive for Tom Izzo he has to create for teammates and cut down on his turnovers. He is a good shooter, but he has to pick his spots better. In his semi-final loss he was 9 of 23 for 27 points, including six threes.


Painter shows promise
Deshawn Painter, PF – It's not quite Painter's time to shine, but the 6-foot-9 sophomore has shown signs of being a player. He's long, athletic and will occasionally make a move that will "wow" you. In his night session game he had six points and six rebounds. All of his points came off strong moves on the block, including a nice jump hook.

Reeves Nelson, PF – He played 11 minutes on a bad wheel, but that didn't stop him from getting rebounds and making a few strong moves at the hoop. Schools are already making him a priority because of his athleticism, strong frame and ability to score around the basket.

Nelson said his recruitment has been "crazy." He claims scholarship offers from North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, LSU and Texas.

Painter's recruitment is already in full force as well. He claims scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Ohio State.

USA Red and USA Blue will play at 8:30 tomorrow morning for the Gold Medal. USA Red, who has been led by Devin Ebanks, is undefeated and would be considered the favorite heading into the final. When the two matched up on Friday, USA Red won by double digits.


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