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USA Day 2 Results: Kansas Targets

Malik Hairston led his squad to their first win; Kalen Grimes battled with Dayshawn Wright. <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

Malik Hairston - Hairston continued to get a lot done for his North squad on Saturday. In the morning session he was good for 18 points and five boards. His three point bombs weren't dropping with regularity during the morning, but Hairston showed a lot of creativity off of the bounce and found ways to score around the bucket.

During the evening session Hairston was sizzling from the field scoring 27 points on 13-19 shooting as he led the North to their first victory of the Festival. More impressively, Hairston grabbed 10 rebounds and played some tough defense against Russell Robinson and Isaiah Swann. There's little doubt that he has improved his stock as much, if not more, than any other prospect in the class of 2004 over the last few months.

Kalen Grimes - Chalk up another good day for the Beast of St. Louis. He set up camp on the low blocks and tried to tear the rim down pretty much every time he touched the ball. He's a back to the basket scorer and when he gets his feet set and establishes position he is a bull who overpowers defenders.

Grimes will benefit once he develops a true go to move, but at 6-8 and 260 pounds he has an incredibly quick spin move that is tough to stop. For the second day in a row Grimes waged an entertaining and physical war with the East's Dayshawn Wright. On the day he was good for 11 points in the morning session and 16 points in the nightcap. He could have done a little more work on the boards only grabbing seven rebounds in his two games.

Russell Robinson - The real Russell Robinson made an appearance during the morning session. The 6-2 guard hit some mid range jumpers, crashed the boards and got to the free throw line for easy points during a 15 point and six assist effort.

Word is that Robinson was struggling with the altitude and he looked fatigued in the evening session where he only managed six points. After naming UConn and Georgia Tech his leaders recently, Robinson was more tight lipped and claimed that he is still open.

Maarty Leunen - After a rough start on day one, the 6-8 forward from Oregon deserves credit for his day two effort. He rolled up his sleeves, got into the lane and did some physical work on the boards snatching eight rebounds in the morning session (scored eight points) and going for a double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. His game is somewhere in between that of a wing and big forward, but he is at his best as a face up player in the high post.

Marcus Monk - It was another quiet day for the 6-5 wing from Arkansas. It didn't look like he had reached a comfort level with his teammates and he struggled to create his own shot. The morning session was Monk's best outing so far as he scored 12 points and picked up eight rebounds. He scored in transition, played more tough defense and was active on both ends.

When the evening session rolled around, the activity level seemed to be gone as Monk played only nine minutes and scored four points.


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