MDC: Day 2 Reports

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – <i>Inside Carolina</i> correspondent Eddie Wiscill reports on the second day of action at the Memorial Day Classic with stories on Ra'Sean Dickey, A.J. Price and Josh McRoberts.

South Carolina Ravens center Ra'Sean Dickey had a forgettable Sunday at the Nike Memorial Day Classic.

His first game against Baltimore Blue was canceled after Blue failed to show up. It was the Ravens first win of the tournament after losing two on Saturday.

Dickey's second game against the Charlotte Royals got off to a promising start with seven first-half points, but hit a snag in the second half. Dickey was whistled for a technical foul, which derailed any of the momentum he tried to create. Two air balls, a rebound and lots of bench time summed up Dickey's second half, but he got a second chance in overtime.

Dickey came out aggressive with an offensive rebound and defensive rebound, but he fouled out in the overtime period. Without Dickey, the Ravens won the third place game 59-56.

On the recruiting front, Dickey said he has three favorites.

"I like Maryland, Florida and Kentucky," Dickey said. "I'd like to play in the SEC or ACC but it doesn't really matter where I go.

"North Carolina and Auburn are other schools I'm interested in. UNC hasn't offered a scholarship yet. Coach (Roy) Williams was recruiting me while at Kansas."

The Ravens finished with a 2-2 record and Dickey averaged 16.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds.

"I can take my game to a different level, but I'm playing good," Dickey said. "I want to get better and become an all-around player. I want to work on my down-low post moves, but I have a good drop step.We just need people to step it up."

Dickey said he'll attend the USA Youth Festival, Nike Camp in Indianapolis, Nike Peach Jam and the Super Showcase.

* Price isn't right: Riverside Church's A.J. Price has established himself as one of the elite point guards in the 2004 class, and other than Houston Hoops' Daniel Gibson, there isn't a better point guard at the MDC.

But North Carolina isn't in the picture for the Amityville High School (N.Y.) product, who has been part of three straight high school titles.

"I like Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, St. John's, Virginia and Georgia Tech," Price said. "All six have offered. I've cut down my list a lot. North Carolina tried to recruit me but they did it too late."

Several of Price's schools are in a state of conference flux.

"It makes a difference in knowing what conference they'll be in," Price said. "I feel that all the schools will be in a good conference, when the dust settles."

After getting overshadowed by prep teammate and Villanova big man Jason Fraser early in his high school career, Price has emerged from the shadow.

"I have been able to establish myself at my position," Price said. "Some guys play for fun in AAU, but I expect to win.

"It's fun playing guys like Sebastian Telfair or Darius Washington. I haven't played Daniel Gibson yet."

* Iron man: Indiana sophomore Josh McRoberts has been playing for the Indiana Red 16 and 17-year-old teams this weekend.

The 6-foot-7 combo forward is skilled with both hands and could be a gifted passer in college. Adding strength and becoming more consistent with his jump shot.

"This is my first tourney playing on the 17-and-under team," said McRoberts, who has scholarship offers from Iowa, Indiana and Xavier. "I have to get used to this, but it could be the last time I play with the 17s again. We'll see."

McRoberts' father, Tim, played for Butler University in the early '80s.

"He helps me a lot and got me started when I was young," McRoberts said. "He helps coach the 16-and-under team and knows what he is talking about."

Michigan State, thanks to former UNC assistant Doug Wojcik, has started to recruit McRoberts. The Tar Heels showed interest under the prior regime, but McRoberts hasn't heard from the new coaching staff.

McRoberts is playing with the Indiana Red 16-and-under squad in the quarterfinals today.

* Coming up: D.C. Blue Devils and North Carolina recruiting target Brian Johnson is playing in the semifinals today against Martin Brothers Select of Iowa.

Stay tuned for a full recap of Johnson's games against the St. Louis Eagles in the quarterfinals and against Memphis YOMCA from Sunday, plus today's game.

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