Henderson Shines In MDAA Action

Day two of the McDonald's All-American game brought another excellent round of practices for both the East and West squad. It was also dunk, three point and team ball championship time.


Gerald Henderson- We wrote about him yesterday, but he was even more impressive in practice than he was during the dunk contest where his windmill off of a bounce earned him a dunk championship over hometown hero Chase Budinger. He was elevating over Thaddeus Young for deep threes, dunking with authority in traffic and playing extremely tough defense. He makes in impact on both ends of the court as soon as he arrives in Durham.

Greg Oden- After a very quiet Sunday (he won a state title before arriving), Oden got things warmed up on Monday. He beasted his way past defenders in the post, altered shots defensively and kept the glass plenty clean. It looks like he's got things warmed up to about 80% speed now and he should be at a 100% of his usually dominant self by game time Wednesday.

Tywon Lawson- Although he struggled at times with Javaris Crittenton's strength and bulk on both ends, Lawson proved what he's all about. He hits timely threes when he gets space, but it is his assortment of floaters, runners and flip shots in the lane that really helps him stand out.


Sherron Collins- An argument could be made that Collins has been the most impressive looking PG for either squad. Nobody on the West has been able to keep him out of the lane and he's been finding teammates with regularity. About midway through practice he started to look for his scoring even more and put Daequan Cook on his heels with a series of quick crossovers.

Demond Carter- He fell just short of Wayne Ellington in the three point contest when Ellington drained a money ball at the buzzer to seal a victory, but otherwise Carter had a nice day. He drained several deep jumpers, made some plays off the bounce and also threw some impressive passes in transition.

James Keefe- He drew the unenviable task of trying to stop Kevin Durant from scoring and struggled with that, but it shouldn't be held against him because nobody is stopping Durant. However, Keefe looked terrific offensively banking home 12 footers, getting on the offensive glass and finding his niche on the West squad. He's a perfect fit for UCLA and was part of the winning team ball duo.


  • Spencer Hawes has put on some noticeable bulk in his upper body and it is helping him around the hoop.
  • Neither Lopez twin has really gotten rolling offensively just yet, but both Robin and Brook have been very impressive defensively.
  • Although Collins crossed him up a few times, Daequan Cook was very efficient on the offensive end. His mid range game is effortless and he's got the bounce to explode out of nowhere for a big jam at unexpected times.
  • Chase Budinger and Kevin Durant have been the two best performers in practice, by far. It will be interesting to see if they can continue their offensive dominance once they match up with the East.
  • Javaris Crittenton has the ability to defend three positions and he uses his strength and athleticism to do a terrific job on the glass. He's very effective in the lane but has struggled to find his stroke from deep.
  • Scottie Reynolds is working hard to prove he is capable of running the point on the next level. He's had one of the best attitudes of anybody in attendance and seems to be soaking in the entire experience.

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