While Evans didn't quite make it to 50, he was sensational throughout his 46-point outing. His teammate Lamont "MoMo" Jones wasn't bad either, as he put up 34 points in a 114-88 win.
The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln versus Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier game lacked excitement with Stephenson on the bench, however we did get a nice look at 2009 prospect James Padgett in Lincoln's 56-36 win.
Tyreke Evans, SG, American Christian – There's not much we can write here that hasn't already been written about this big time talent. Evans, who is pushing 6-foot-6, scored his 46 points on 18 of 27 shooting, including 3 of 8 from three-point line. Most of his buckets came off of smooth drives, where he either over powered defenders or made adjustments at the rim. His best move of the day was a cross over, into a spin move where he pulled up from 15-feet.
Kenny Kadji, C, IMG Academy – Unfortunately Kadji didn't start or get all that much playing time against American Christian. His coach, Vince Walden, said he's been working on class room issues lately and that played a role in his limited action. When Kadji was on the court he managed to get at least 5 blocked shots, but only mustered 4points.
Lamont Jones, SG/PG, American Christian – MoMo turned in a heck of an effort in front of his future fans. The 6-foot junior put up 34 points on 12-for-23 shooting that included five three-pointers. Jones went through a stretch at the end of the first half where he nailed jumpers on four straight positions with three of them being threes. He's also quicker than we remembered and got into the lane quite a bit. In our eyes he's not a true PG, but is certainly improving his skills.
James Padgett, PF, Lincoln – With Stephenson on the bench, we searched for a prospect in the Lincoln/St. Xavier game and we found one in James Padgett. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man has a nice build, is strong around the hoop and moves very well. His 8 point, 12 rebound effort was relatively quiet, but we liked the potential we saw in Padgett, as he's long and capable of making spot up jumpers.
Lance Stephenson didn't play due to his an ankle injury he re-aggravated in a game last night. The talented 2009 wing tried to give it a go and even participated in warm ups, but was held out.
Although Stephenson, Scout.com's 5th ranked prospect, didn't play he did speak to the media. When asked for a list of schools he rattled off Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina, USC, Kansas and Duke. Stephenson is planning to visit Louisville while he's in town.
"He had that kid in the spin cycle," – another recruiting analyst said after Tyreke Evans hit an IMG defender with a sick spin move.
Louisville had three-fourths of their staff in the building, as Rick Pitino, Walter McCarty and Steve Masiello watched both games from the stands.
Indiana was present for the Lincoln vs St. Xavier games, as Ray McCallum was present to see Lance Stephenson. The 2009 prospect has already taken an unofficial visit to Indiana.