Favors Dunks East To A Win

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 2009 edition of the McDonald's All-American game was full of run outs, dunks and a late breakdown defensively that led a East team win.

Derrick Favors and Lance Stephenson clearly had a connection going on. Stephenson found the 6-foot-9 power forward on a number of occasions for dunks, but it was the dish with 43 seconds that put the East squad up for good.

"Everybody just forgot about me," Favors said. "I was wide open and he just passed me the ball."

"I've been playing with Derrick since our sophomore year when we played in a national tournament in upstate New York and we had fun," Stephenson said. "I know his game and I know when he wants the ball, so I just gave it to him and he delivered."

To go with scoring the go-ahead bucket, Favors, who is Georgia Tech bound, also secured the games MVP trophy. He went for a team-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Stephenson scored 12 points and tossed out six assists for the East team, while Dante Taylor and Dominic Cheek chipped in 15 points each.

The West squad was paced by Keith Gallon. The Oklahoma commit was 8-for-11 from the field, scoring 20 points and snagging seven rebounds.

John Henson, PF, West – When he's on the court he's a problem for someone. Not many can hang with him defensively, due to his length, timing and ability to swat shots. But it's not just his defense that has impressed us in this game and all week in practice, he's developed a reliable mid-range jumper and some quality post moves. The main concern is his lack of strength, but he doesn't let it bother him. He doesn't back down from bigger defenders and his length levels the playing field. He was 7-for-10 from the field and scored 14 points.

Maalik Wayns, PG, East – When Wayns, a Villanova commit, wants to get to the tin, it's tough to stop him. The opposition struggled to keep him in front and when Wayns attacked he looked for teammates to dish it off too. For the game Wayns dropped seven assists and scored five points.

Keith Gallon, C, West – All week people have raved about the amount of weight he's dropped. Watching the game it's clear that he's more mobile, nimble and simply capable of doing more things than in the past. "Tiny" was clearly motivated and he took that out on the opposition, virtually scoring at will inside on his way to a game-high 20 points.

Peyton Siva, PG, West – In this setting there aren't many guys that are unselfish, but Siva certainly filled that role. The 6-foot lead guard headed to Louisville found teammates on the break and in transition and had a game high nine assists. To go with his assists, he scored six points and had a 360 degree lay up.

Lance Stephenson, SF, East – When Stephenson wants to get to the rim, he's tough to contain. At 6-foot-5, he's got a strong frame that is built for taking contact on the way to the basket. After looking to score early on, he began tossing out assists to Favors. The two hooked up on at least five of Stephenson's assists, using pick and rolls.

Derrick Favors, PF, East – Clearly Favors delivered down the stretch, but nearly all of his points were scored off rolls to the basket or dishes in traffic, which nearly all led to dunks. Favors was an efficient 9-for-13 on his way to 19 points, in just 18 minutes of action.

Avery Bradley, SG, West – Every time we see this kid play he impresses us. Maybe it's his defensive intensity or perhaps it's his developed mid-range game. Either way, Bradley, a 6-foot-2 guard, is going to shape himself into a heck of a college basketball player at Texas. He was 6-for-10 from the field on his way to 15 points six rebounds.

Mason Plumlee, C, West – Over the course of the past few days, Plumlee has certainly had his moments. For a guy that stands 6-foot-10, he's a heck of an athlete. He's picked up his intensity on the glass and uses his length to affect shots. His solid week was capped off with a six point, four rebound, two block effort in the McDonalds game.

Alonzo Mourning was in the UnitedBank Center taking in the action from his courtside seat. Kenny Anderson and Pat Riley were also spotted in the arena.

For a few minutes in the second half Xavier Henry and Lance Stephenson guarded each other and tried to get it going. Stephenson bullied his way to the basket on one possession, then found Favors for a pair of dunks. Henry tossed in a tough double clutching floater, just before Stephenson ran a screen and role to perfection and found Favors for a dunk. <

We felt for Wally Judge. The Kansas State commit had a nasty fall on the first day of practice and was forced to watch all the festivities this week. The dunk contest would have been his to lose had he been able to compete.

The play of the day came from Peyton Siva. The Louisville commit pushed the break and had Avery Bradley trailing on his right. His original plan was to try a 360 dunk, but instead did a 360 and laid it in. Anyway you look at it, it was an impressive display of athletic ability.


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