Nike: Day 1 Notes

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2004 Nike Camp kicked off Wednesday night and the much-anticipated showdown between Tyler Hansbrough and Richard Hendrix highlighted the evening games.

Hansbrough dominated the matchup thanks to his incredible leaping ability, improved strength and fierce desire. The rising senior from Poplar Bluff (Mo.) High School finished with 10 points, all of which came near the rim. He unofficially finished 5-for-6 with four rebounds and an assist.

The 6-foot-8, 257-pound Hendrix had trouble finishing around the pogo-stick Hansbrough, who checked in at 6-8, 224 pounds. Hendrix finished with 0 points on 0-for-3 shooting, one rebound and one blocked shot.

The undercard to Hansbrough vs. Hendrix, was Andrew Bynum vs. Jason Bennett when the substitutes came in. Bynum dominated the battle of huge centers. He finished with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting and one rebound and one blocked shot.

Bynum, who wasn't officially measured, is close to 6-11 and in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. The rising senior from St. Joseph High School in Plainsboro, N.J., was aggressive around the basket showcased the talent that will have high majors scrambling for.

Uchechukwu ("Uche") Echefu was impressive in his Nike Camp debut. He dominated in the early going of his game, finishing with 13 points, including a 3-pointer.

Echefu was active on both ends and only increased strength and a little more offensive polish awaits a bright future. The 6-7, 204-pounder went 6-for-11 with three rebounds and a blocked shot.

The Texas duo of C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers went in different directions. Miles never got into the flow of the game and only showed a glimmer of the talent that have some ranking him in the top 25. Miles finished with six points, coming alive for two baskets off of offensive rebounds, and adding a nice baseline jumper.

The left-handed Rogers was much more active and featured a potentially potent game from the wing. Rogers' knack for slithering his way to the basket and drawing contact led to 14 points.

Rogers could have just as easily scored over 20 as he missed a few easy ones and let some passes slip through his hands. He finished 7-for-14 with one rebound. However, Miles, Brown and their "North Carolina" team were drubbed 82-65. Rising sophomore point guard Jerryd Bayless of Phoenix put on a show to lead Florida State to the win.

Other first day standouts included Kansas' commitment Micah Downs, rising junior wing Jarod Leonard from St. Louis and rising freshman guard Cordell Passley from Indianapolis, more than held his own.


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