Future Blue Devil Josh McRoberts and teammate Greg Oden continued to pace the Spiece Indy Heat with a pair of victories. In Pool C's marquee match-up, the Heat faced off against Wisconsin's Stay in the Game. There was little drama as the Heat ran out early before coasting to a 66-41 victory.
With the game out of hand the Duke bound big forward got a chance to rest his legs on the sideline for nearly half the contest. Despite the restricted playing time, McRoberts managed to tally four points, eight rebounds, and numerous alterations as he and soon to be top draft pick Greg Oden took care of the paint on both ends for Indy.
Paulus' shot goes the way of the dodo; Still leads SRAP
New York floor general and Duke commit Greg Paulus' offense just wasn't there on Friday, that is his jump shot wasn't there.
Despite their lead guard going just 7-of-19 from the floor and 1-of-4 from the perimeter, SRAP continued their strong showing in Vegas with a close victory to improve to 2-0 on the week.
While his shot wasn't falling, it didn't take anything away from the cocky lead guard who continued to drive the lane and earn trips to the line where he knocked down 8-of-10 to help his scoring total inch up to a final tally of 24 points. He also converted a charity stripe trip with under a minute to play to secure the win.
Paulus also continued to dish the ball and fed his teammates, finishing with double figure assists.
The performance was taken in by the entire traveling Blue Devil staff.
Brockman and FOH Rally
Halfway through the first half it seemed as though Seattle's Friends of the Hoop squad that features top target Jon Brockman was going to be run out of the gym. Against the Houston Hoops FOH fell behind 20-5 before they knew what happened. However a 31-8 run by the Seattle based squad ended the first half with a 36-28 margin, which would eventually be turned into a comfortable win.
For his part Brockman finished the game with 13 points and six rebounds, but the most impressive part of his game on display today was his passing ability. The 6-foot-7 big forward routinely hit the cutter and made several smart looks to open teammates.
He was once again watched very closely by members of his final six schools, but the word around the gym is that any decision that doesn't include either Duke, UCLA, or Washington will be a big shock.
2006's Henderson Drawing A Crowd
Gerald Henderson is firmly entrenched near the top of the 2006 recruiting wish list for the Blue Devils. On Friday he showed those in attendance just what makes him so special in the eyes of many high major programs.
Henderson led the Playaz to a hard fought victory along with running mate Wayne Ellington having the better of the day. These two high majors continue to push one another to get better each time they step on the court together.
Henderson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds as the Playaz finished pool play unbeaten.
Love A No-Show
For some reason Kevin Love didn't show up for Oregon Select's scheduled contests on Friday.
Thanks to Dave Telep, members of TheInsiders.com, Bill Lidyoff, and Scott Raish for their help in compiling this report.