Nike Memorial Day Classic: Notebook

Louisville recruit Tyreke Evans was one of the brightest stars on the first day of action at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, TN. Another Louisville target, Greg Monroe, wasn't too bad, either.

For the past four years, InsideTheVille.com has travelled to North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. This year, however, we made a strategic – and economical – decision to hit the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville.

There were three big reasons why. Tyreke Evans. Samardo Samuels. Greg Monroe. All three players rank among the nation's Top 10 prospect and each a prime Louisville recruiting targets. There's one snag, though, Samuels, a 6-8, 240 pound power forward from New Jersey, isn't in Tennessee this weekend.

Instead, the big man who lists Louisville on his list of five favorites, is at home nursing a leg injury (hamstring).

Still, Evans and Monroe make the trip worthwhile.

Evans made a strong case for Player of the Day, scoring 44 points in two games while leading his team to a big win over Boo Williams in pool play.

Monroe was impressive, too. Though he started slowly Saturday morning, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Harvey, Louisiana scored 16 second half points to lead his team to a come back win over Charlotte Royals. He finished with 21 points and double-figure rebounds. He also blocked four or five shots.

Monroe struggled, however, in an afternoon game against the Georgia Stars big and athletic frontcourt. In a lopsided loss, Monroe had just 11 points and four rebounds, while 6-foot-8 Al-Faroog Amino and 6-foot-9 Ralph Sampson combined for 25 points for the Georgia Stars.

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Top 2009 prospect Xavier Henry might be the best guard in the nation regardless of class. The 6-foot-6 Oklahoma City star scored 27 points in an afternoon win over the Tennessee Travelers and did it about every way possible. He's a pure shooter with outstanding range and has big-time athletic ability that allows him to create his own shot and get to the basket virtually at will.

Henry, who many believe will eventually land at Kansas, listed the Jayhawks, Louisville, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, and Ohio State. Henry told InsideTheVille.com that he plans to make an unofficial visit to Louisville before making his decision.


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