USA Basketball: More Friday Night Notes

More big performances from Rush, Hendrix and Blatche. Plus, a little more on the relatively quiet performance thusfar of C.J. Miles.

Friday Evening News and Notes

After delivering a fine performance in the morning session, the heat was on Brandon Rush to play another big game. No problem, the 6-7 Rush went out and had himself another magnificent game going for 24 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals as his North squad took out the East 104-93..

Once again, he found his way to the basket with ease thanks to his length, handle and quickness. More importantly, he continued to hit pull up jumpers and finish with either hand. Perhaps the best development has been Rush’s attitude, he’s been enthusiastic, he’s hustled and he has impressed everybody in the building.

Not to be outdone, Richard Hendrix followed up his morning performance with another dominating outing as he led his South team to a 158-125 shellacking of a West team that flat out gave up. Like a moth to the fire, he gravitates towards the rim where he inflicts all kinds of destruction and mayhem. He had 20 points and six boards, and is shooting over 80% from the field through two games.

It was nice to see Vernon “the big ticket” Macklin a talented 6-9 BF from Portsmouth (VA) Norcom doing what he does best for the East. Instead of roaming the perimeter, the potential top 10 player in 2006 stuck to playing in the paint and using his quickness and athleticism to cause problems. Macklin’s teammate Marcus Ginyard has been playing very well. North Carolina fans should be extremely happy to know that they have the tough and versatile wing locked up. At 6-5 he defends and scores and makes good decisions.

OK, Andray Blatche managed to put 17 points and nine rebounds in the books for the East tonight. Not a bad night for the super talented 6-10 BF, but when you consider that he did his damage in only 13 minutes you have to wonder why he wouldn’t play more. Speaking of not playing, the North’s 2006 point guard Demond Carter looks to be getting jerked around pretty good. He may be a little over his head, but there isn’t any excuse for a player to only get five minutes a game in a setting like USA Basketball.

The South’s C.J. Miles continues has continued his quiet play from NBA camp through two games in Colorado Springs. The 6-5 WG from Dallas (TX) Skyline looks like he is happy to defer to his talented teammates. He’s made some nice passes and isn’t playing poorly, but it is getting to be time for him to step up. He’s been very popular with a few campers who would like to try and influence his college choice.


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