McDonald's: News & Notes

CORAL GABLES, Fla.– From Keith Gallon's incredible shrinking waistline to Avery Bradley's defensive prowess, here are some closing thoughts on the McDonald's game.

Derrick Favors, C: The guy did his job. They tossed him the ball and he flushed it on home. For his efforts (9-13 from the field) he took home the MVP award. Favors finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Avery Bradley, SG: There isn't a guy more committed to his reputation than Bradley. The single best defensive guard in 2009 ain't too shabby on the offensive side either. If he becomes as reliable a deep shooter as he is from mid-range it'll be over. 15 points, six rebounds and another stellar effort.

DeMarcus Cousins, C: Already ranked high, he's going nowhere but up. His sheer size, when compared to his peer is significant. The skill set, his ability to go from scorer to passer and all things in between means lots of collegiate success and beyond. 14 points, eight rebounds.

John Henson, PF: There's a fine line between putting too much stock in upside. With Henson, the progress is noticeable and it truly is about beefing up his body. Do not be surprised if a few years from now he's the best of this bunch. He's got room to grow and is headed in the right direction. Even if he can't keep his shorts up because he's so skinny, he's going to be pretty good. 14 points on 7-for-10 from the floor.

Keith Gallon, C: "Tiny" shrinking waistline has expanded his confidence and personality. He's got a tinge of "Big Baby" in him and was the event's biggest cut up. Once they put him in the game, he raised the energy level. We were nervous his first trifecta might lead to some ill-advised shots but Tiny continued to have a big impact on the game and led all scorers with 20 points.

Dominic Cheek, SG: He played loose and confident and the results were excellent. His efficient 15 points came on just eight shots. …

Cousins said he hasn't spoken to new Kentucky coach John Calipari. "I'll worry about that next week." ...

The NCAA had a problem with court logos in last year's tournament and there were many slips on the McDonalds logos. Those things need to be a thing of the past. …

It's the little things that separate guys. Like when Lance Stephenson misses a free throw and John Henson uses his Inspector Gadget arms to snatch a rebound from basically out of the field of vision. … Maalik Wayns physicality is Levance Fields like on the Big East level. …

Saw noticeable physical differences in terms of strength with Abdul Gaddy and Derrick Favors. Xavier Henry's body appears more fluid and less bulky than last summer. He's at a great weight now. … Favors has to tighten the stroke because he's going to spend a lot of time on the line. … Dominic Cheek played loose and confident and his jumper looked pretty strong. …

Peyton Siva's 360 layin was the play of the day. … Lance Stephenson's top moments came when he connected on back to back lobs with Derrick Favors. He had 12 points, 6 assists and 6 turnovers. … He won't get the fanfare, but Michael Snaer is a terrific athlete and strong enough to make an impact in the ACC as a freshman. …

In attendance: Alonzo Mourning, Penny Hardaway, Kenny Anderson. …


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