Johnson, Harvey lead West to win in Roundball

Chicago's United Center was the home of Sonny Vaccaro's 41st EA Sports Roundball Classic Tuesday night. Two University of Louisville signees, 6-10 Amir Johnson and 6-5 Bryan Harvey, helped lead the West to a 136-119 victory over the East all-stars.

The West All-Stars led by Brandon Rush, Eric Devendorf, and Amir Johnson sprinted to a big lead Tuesday night in the 41st annual Roundball Classic and never looked back.

With the leading a full-court assualt, the West led 69-46 at the break, and didn't let up in the second half, claiming a 136-119 victory.

Louisville had two signees in the game and both played well. Johnson, who is considering by-passing college for the NBA, only improved his stock with a 17 point, 4, rebounds, 4 block, 3 steals performance, that included an asortment of transition dunks and a few nice moves around the basket.

In the first half, the 6-9, 220-pound Johnson put together a trio of dunks, inclucing one over top of 6-10 NBA prospect Andray Blatche of South Kent(CT) prep.

The Cardinals other signee, Harvey, had a solid game himself. Harvey's stroke from deep was on the mark early and often. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, draining 3-6 trey's, including an impressive fadeaway three from the corner.

Stars Gerald Green (Oklahoma State), Brandon Rush (undecided), and Andray Blatche (NBA) had extra motives for the Reebok sponsored Roundball Classic. All three have been vocal at some point during their careers about possibly making the prep to pros leap. All three were solid but providing nothing ecstatically breathtaking - excepting several highlight reel dunks in transition.


Louisville-bound Bryan Harvey
scored 13 points, and made 3-8
three-point attempts.

Rush finished with a game high 21 points going 10 of 14 from the field. Most of his points came off fast break dunks and assists from Devendorf, including two gifts the Syracuse-bound guard threw off the backboard for Rush to slam home on the break.

Green finished with 17, while Blatche, who matched up with Johnson most of the night, recorded a double-double, grabbing 14 boards and scoring 13 points.

Devendorf, the West's co-MVP, looked great as he hit 6 of 11 shots from the field, including 4 of 4 from three point range. Devendorf ran the point for the winners and dished out 7 assists to go with his 17 points.

LSU signee Tasmin Mitchell had 13 points and eight rebounds, while UCONN signee Marcus Johnson had 8 points. Duke-bound Josh McRoberts hit 3-4 three's to finish with 11, and 6-8 Depaul signee Wilson Chandler pitched in 13. Byron Eaton (Oklahoma State) had 10 assists for the West.

For the East, North Carolina-bound guards Danny Green and Bobby Frasor finished with 15 and 8, respectively. Nate Minnoy (Purdue), East co-MVP with Green, had 16 points, while Marquette signee Jerel McNeal was impressive with 12 points and seven boards. Davon Jefferson (UNLV) also contributed 12 points.

96 tickets for the Roundball Classic were sold to personnel from NBA teams.

"The threat of a 20-year old age limit for the NBA is making a lot more kids aware of it," Vaccaro told the Chicago Sun Times. "These games are very important because they're now being scrutinized."

ROUNDBALL CLASSIC MVP'S

EAST
Nate Minnoy Danny Green

WEST
Eric Devendorf Brandon Rush


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