Sabes Invitational: Day 1

Minneapolis, MN--The most noteworthy item Friday night is an unfortunate one for those interested in Tyler Hansbrough. He did not travel with the St. Louis Eagles this weekend because he is back home attending the prom. Watching Hansbrough was suppose to have been the highlight of the weekend, but that's AAU basketball.

Leo Criswell update: Criswell gave a list of Marquette, UNC, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Miami, and said he has a visit scheduled to Oklahoma State in two weeks. A visit to Miami is in the works. As Jeff Goodman reported last week, Roy Williams has been unable to see Criswell play, so it's unlikely anything happens until that time. In this writer's opinion, if Williams had seen him on this particular night, he'd still be in "wait and see" mode. Criswell had his moments, but for the most part, it was a quiet game for him as his KC Pump 'N Run team lost to a scrappy, undermanned Eastsidaz team from Minnesota.

Antonio Hanson: Criswell's 6'2" teammate, an Oklahoma State committment looked like a solid floor general. He knocked down several threes and was able to get to the basket and find teammates or finish himself. However, he received a technical foul(which was either his 5th foul or an automatic ejection) in the 4th quarter, and Pump 'N Run was unable to hold the lead from that point.

Brandon Rush: Two years ago at this same event, I thought Brandon Rush showed flashes of being very good. Last year, on only one viewing, I thought he was lackluster. Tonight, even though he wasn't spectacular, he seems to have put it all together. Rush, playing for Howard Pulley Black, dropped about a dozen points against the Madison(WI) Spartans. He showed good touch on midrange jumpers off the bounce, but even more impressive was his passing. Several times, Rush would create off the dribble and find open perimeter shooters or cutting teammates with slick passes. And he certainly hasn't gotten any less athletic in the last two years. I'm sold.

More to come from Minneapolis tomorrow, with a full day of games on tap...

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