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USA Basketball Day One (Afternoon Update)

COLORADO SPRINGS,Colo. Shaun Livingstons stock continues to rise as he matched up with Sebastian Telfair. Meanwhile, the West posted their first win of the event. <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">


East (2-0) 129, North (0-2) 119

West (1-1) 137, South (1-1) 134

2004 Checklist

Shaun Livingston, PG, North: In the marquee matchup against Sebastian Telfair, Livingston rose to the occasion. He hit for 19 points (8-10 FG) and used his obvious size advantage in his favor. On offense he was able to get past and over Telfair in the times they checked each other and defensively his height made finishing tough on Sebastian. They guarded each other often and Telfair finished with 10 points and 3 assists on 4-for-13 from the field. Livingstons stock is going through the roof these days.

West Team: They put seven players in double-figures in their win over the North. Cameron Stanley led the way with 20, followed by Isaiah Swanns 17, J.R. Smiths 16, 14 each from Davis Nwankwo and Marquie Cooke, 11 from James Gist and 10 from Telfair. Team effort in the 10-point win.

Malik Hairston, SF, North: Not unlike Carmelo Anthony, Hairston is always at his best when he rebounds the ball. In his first game, he had just one board to go with 9 points. In no coincidence, he had 24 points and 9 rebounds in the nightcap. He went 4-for-7 from downtown and scored just about every way imaginable.

Joe Crawford, SG, North: Theres no denying him a spot in our Top 20 when the rankings come out next week. Hes strong, a super athlete, has a great feel and finishes with forceful dunks often. He had 24 points in a loss to the East.

Mike Williams, PF, South: For the second game in a row, Williams had a double-double at the half. Against the West, he scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds! That means he's averaging 17 boards since getting to Colorado Springs. The lighter air up here on the mountain has him playing way above the rim. He had 10 offensive rebounds tonight.

Darius Washington, G, South: Those who watched thought that his 32 points were pretty impressive. He had a 3-point look from the wing to tie the game but it wouldnt go down at the buzzer. Apparently his one-on-one moves were pretty impressive. Weve always thought of him as a terrific free throw shooter and he was 6-for-6 tonight.

Robert Swift, C, West: He had 23 points as he crashed the boards hes got 20 in two games and apparently converted some really nice skilled moves.

Jordan Farmar, PG, West: After this mornings sub-par performance, he got it rolling to the tune of 19 points and 8 assists. Always a reliable shooter, Farmar went 5-for-6 from downtown and had a big hand in the win.

DeMarcus Nelson, SG, West: After a 29-point morning effort, Nelson hit for 25 in the nightcap on 8-for-18 from the field. He also tied Farmar as the high-assist man of the day with 8 dimes.

Scouts Perspective

Not only is Joe Crawford a terrific offensive player, hes really taking his defense seriously at the camp. Maybe the play of the day came off a Crawford crossover in which he blew by Isaiah Swann for a sweet baseline dunk. As we said before, if you watch Malik Hairston closely, you can gauge the kind of game hes going to have by the way he rebounds. Tonight he even finished a few plays with slams.

J.R. Smith is a rhythm shooter. The less time hes got to get it up, the better the results. . Cameron Stanleys perimeter game was really working tonight. He was an efficient 7-for-10 from the field. Isaiah Swann might be the best offensive rebounding guard in the class.

Inside The Numbers:

Farmar completely turned his assist to turnover ratio over. He had 5 assists and an uncharacteristic 8 turnovers in his first. However, in the nightcap he lost it just twice to go with 8 assists; the mark of a good player. Mike Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break. The West boasted a camp-high 37 assists. Randolph Morris had 11 rebounds in his game. D.J. Whites outstanding play continued as he posted 25 points. The West has jacked up a camp-high 73 3-pointers in two games. Marvin Williams turned it up for a stretch in the evening game. So far his numbers from the event are quiet. He had 5 points and 2 rebounds in the first game and 11 points and 9 boards. Crawford is 19-for-27 through his first two games. Not too shabby.

News & Notes

OK, so theres not a ton of defense being played out here but thats not the lone reason for the high scores. Games consist of four, 12-minute quarters with clock stoppages. The length of the games skews the stats. Also, with the camp coaches having limited knowledge of their personnel, weve seen some strange lineups.

Dorell Wright is ready to list DePaul, Iowa, Florida, Southern Cal and Connecticut. The Norths starting five is pretty good but their bench is not as talented the other teams here and thats costing them.

C-Springs Food Scene

We highly recommend Olde World Bagel for its deli sandwiches, but caution you to avoid the pasta salad. For dinner, try watching a minor league ballgame at Sky Sox Stadium. Its no myth that the ball carries a little further out here.

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