Derby Classic player evaluations

Player evaluations from the Derek Anderson Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

With big men in short supply and a loaded deck of point guards, we've got some evaluations of players of interest to Louisville fans from the Derek Anderson Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

Of course, we've broken down both Louisville signees Lorenzo Wade and Terrance Farley. We surely wouldn't forget Odia, either. And for your enjoyment, we've also included evaluations of some players who will surely see action against the Cardinals next season and beyond.

With that in mind, here's how we saw things.

Churchill Odia, Undecided, PG - Oozing with ability wrapped in an athletic 6'6 frame. Plays under control and doesn't force the action. Can score with the jump shot or by slicing to the basket. Has good vision and has a knack throwing the inbounds pass from under the basket with three such passes leading to easy buckets. Has a nice handle and knocked down a triple. With additional strength, he'll become a major contributor at the highest level.

Lorenzo Wade, Louisville, SG - Simply, Wade understands how to play the game. He's effiecient and has a certain smoothness to his game. Uses his long arms to his advantage on defense, making two great steals in transition, one of which stopped a three-on-one fast break. Uses ball to create his own shot and drained a baseline jumper going to his right. Excels in transition and knows how to make the proper play with the pass or the finish. Showed three point range, hitting a wing triple.

Terrance Farley, Louisville, C - Held his own against more physical players like Mohamed Tangara and C.J. Giles. Known as a defender and rebounder, Farley continues to show rapid development with his low post scoring moves, converting on two such occasions. Has a nice touch, converting a soft banker off the glass and made most of his free throw attempts. Does a nice job on the defensive glass. Once he gains additional lower body strength, he'll be able to hold his position against physical opponents.

Ramel Bradley, Kentucky, PG - Yet another point guard for Tubby Smith's crowded rotation. He's a nice player who gets in the lane and makes things happen with his ability to pass the ball. Needs to become more consistent with jump shot to be effective at the next level.

Richard Dorsey, Memphis, PF - Athletic and powerful. You've got to like this kid but he's of the one dimensional variety. His game is predicated on one thing. Dunking. He'll get you some boards but doesn't put it on the floor or pass the ball particularly well.

Kyle Lowery, Villanova, PG - Lowery's a tough kid who can get to the basket and has enough strength to finish once there. With his size, 6'0, he has the ability to slip in the lane and get some offensive boards. Has good scoring ability and draws lots of fouls in the lane.

Mohamed Tangara, Arizona, PF - Tangara's performance, particularly on the offensive end was surprising to say the least. He scored with his jumper on several occasions, which marks the first time I've seen him do that. The physical tools are present and he'll get his share of boards. Hustles and mixes it up. Can he score at the highest level?

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