Sunday in New Orleans

The Nike MDC has moved along and the final four teams are set. Monday morning Seattle Friends of Hoop will face off with the New York Gauchos in one 17 U division semifinal while The Family will face Memphis YOMCA in another. <p>Once again, several Kansas targets were on display.</p>

KANSAS TARGETS AT THE MDC

Micah Downs - He still didn’t put up huge numbers, but Downs was much more effective on Sunday afternoon against Team Texas and Team Florida. Against Team Texas, Downs hung with C.J. Miles and used his length to work Miles hard and make sure that Miles didn’t get any easy points.

The 6-7 Downs knocked home some deep three’s, made a few nice dribble drives for finishes with either hand and even got loose for a few dunks. He’s surprisingly quick laterally and doesn’t have to score a ton of points to prove that he is worthy of all the hype he has gotten this spring.

Tyler Hansbrough - Three words, that was all it took for Tyler Hansbrough to draw the first of two technical fouls yesterday. Those words, “Come on man”. Yep, that along with a terrible hanging on the rim call is the reason that the 6-9 BF from Poplar Bluff had to sit out his anticipated match up with the Alabama Lasers Richard Hendrix.

After his one game suspension, Hansbrough took out his anger on the Tennessee Travelers to the tune of 24 points and 15 rebounds in his final MDC performance. He’s still on for his unofficial visit to North Carolina in early June but other than that he is in complete lockdown mode when it comes to dropping any information on where he might be leaning.

Hansbrough is a genuine kid who was really hurt by having to sit out the Hendrix game and explained how he felt afterward.

“Honestly, it kind of hurts me emotionally and makes me feel bad,” said Hansbrough. “It’s embarrassing to get thrown out of the game. It’s not like I’m a thug or something and I really thought there was somebody under me when I got called for hanging.”

Jon Brockman - Once again Brockman was a man among boys on Sunday. The 6-7 Snohomish (WA) High product just beats the snot out of those trying to guard him in the post. He loves to get the ball under his chin with his elbows out as he makes quick spins through the lane for explosive dunks or short jump hooks. He might be the MVP of the entire tournament at this point.

C.J. Miles, Kevin Rogers and Terrel Harris- After surviving a difficult pool to advance into the playoff round of 16, the Team Texas trio’s run ended when Friends of Hoop beat them in a hotly contested ball game.

The 6-5 Miles was their top performer on Sunday and made a series of tough hanging jump shots with Micah Downs draped all over him. He also spent quite a bit of time running the point and actually did a pretty good job of it.

Rogers on the other hand struggled to find his rhythm and other than a few late baskets was largely ineffective in the round of 16. Everybody is entitled to an off game now and then and Rogers has been plenty good on the club circuit and has proved his worth as a prospect.

Perhaps still sore from yesterday’s turned ankle, Harris wasn’t his usual self. He picked up eight second half points, but didn’t look to attack near as much as usual.

Maybe the most impressive part of the day was how Miles and Rogers reacted to the loss. They were upset and made it clear how badly they wanted to win the game but didn’t make excuses. If those guys care that much about a club tournament game, imagine how much winning will mean to them on the next level.

Chris Douglas-Roberts - CDR is a flat out stud. He’s all about winning and it was very clear when he went out and stomped a 28 point mud hole in the collective arses of the club circuit’s hottest team, the Georgia Stars.

At 6-5, he is a complete PG who is well schooled in every aspect of the game. He drives and dishes, pulls up for effortless mid range jumpers, defends and finishes with flair on fast break opportunities. The scary thing is that he seems to get a little bit better and a little more confident each time he takes the court and he is arguably the premier PG prospect in the country.

It is also worthy to note that he’s looking for immediate playing time on the next level and that he doesn’t want to come in with another PG which isn’t good news for Kansas fans. He still has interest in the Jayhawks, but unless something changes it will be awfully tough for them to land CDR now that Mario Chalmers is in the fold.


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