USA: Telep's Saturday PM Report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Josh McRoberts, Brandon Rush and Eric Devendorf advanced to take on the undefeated South. In Saturday night's semifinals, the South put a festival record 171 points on the West.

USA Basketball, Day Three (semifinals)

Semifinal Scoreboard

South 171, West 122 
North 103, 87

2005 Checklist

Josh McRoberts, PF/C, North: Ok, his stock has gone way up this weekend. On Saturday night, McRoberts showed out. Forget the 20 points and 12 rebounds those are just the stats. This guy had two impressive dunks off drives, a nifty touch pass and was dominant inside against the East. On one play, McRoberts drove under the rim and exploded for a big time reverse jam. He looks healthy, he's confident and he's wiping the glass.

A.J. Abrams, SG/PG, South: He wasn't happy with his playing time through the first three games so the coaching staff challenged him. How did he respond? Well, he shot 6-for-12 from behind the arc. His hot hand helped the South absolutely dismantle a completely listless West team.

Brandon Rush, SF, North: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this has been Rush's best event of the summer. The Rush on display here is the one that will contemplate heading straight to the league. This guy is getting it. The easiest way for a small forward to pump up his stats is to hit the offensive glass (he had 7 Saturday night) and he's getting tip dunks and athletic finishes. He's interested in playing hard here and Colorado Springs has been his playground.

Richard Hendrix, PF/C, South: At this point, he's got it in cruise control for the gold medal game. Must be nice to throw it in cruise and get 20 and 16! He's the best big man here and he was so good early that 20 and 16 is almost a letdown, relatively speaking of course. By the way, the most underrated part of his game is his shot blocking. He had five swats in the first quarter against the West.

C.J. Miles, SF/SG, South: He had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the semis. Miles is a big time talent. The game, at times, comes very easy for him. His personality is not to take over, but rather to defer and blend in and be part of the team. His talent level lends to high expectations and frankly, he can be a bonafide star or another Top 25 player. Either choice is fine, but let's be clear: he's good enough to decide his own fate.

2006 Checklist

Brandan Wright, PF, South: He's the best 6th man at the festival. His 20-point and 10-rebound effort were his best numbers here. They keep shorting him in the blocks category on the stat sheet. Folks, this kid is the real deal. He's long, athletic, versatile and plays hard.

Curtis Kelly, PF, East: He had just 6 points and 5 boards so it wasn't like he had a huge game. However, he makes the report because he's a stud. Kelly has a legit low post game, long frame and plenty of talent. He can score via a face up move and is big time with his back to the basket.

News & Notes

The South's record fell to 1-3 at the festival. Andre McGee led them with 31 points, but the score, even though they lost by 49, did not even begin to indicate how badly they got waxed. … Pierre Niles sat on the South bench but did not play. No injuries were reported but rumblings are that he's unhappy with his court time. … K.C. Rivers continued to look good. He's coming around offensively. …

It's not like we didn't already know that Jon Brockman is a gamer and big time hustler. But, with his team down 91-67 he proved his worth when he dove for loose balls on back to back possessions. …

Sunday Outlook

With the gold medal up for grabs, the South will look to become the first team in the history of the festival to go undefeated. Williams and Hendrix will have their hands full with a resilient bunch from the North. Rush and Eric Devendorf have been quite the duo and they'll provide all kinds of firepower to run with the South.

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