Nike: Hansbrough battles Hendrix again

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Tyler Hansbrough vs. Richard Hendrix rematch part II more than lived up to the billing even if they weren't always in the game at the same time.

Both players probably played about 20 minutes with half of it going head-to-head against each other. When they weren't playing each other, both power forward prospects played against towering centers. Hansbrough used his quickness to go around Florida's Jason Bennett, who is 7-foot-1 and 238 pounds. Hendrix tried to go outside a little bit against New Jersey's Andrew Bynum, who is 6-11 and 280 pounds.

Neither player had it easy against their opponents as Bennett and Bynum limited their usual supply of power moves to the basket. Hansbrough unofficially finished 4 of 5 for eight points and three rebounds, with an offensive rebound putback against Hendrix, who was 5 of 8 for 13 points, plus a blocked shot, a behind the back assist and five rebounds. Bynum was 5 of 6 (including four dunks) for 10 points and a rebound.

Hansbrough said earlier in the week he had two simple goals for the Nike Camp and month of July. He wants to be the No. 1 player in the country and be good enough to be considered for the first round of the NBA draft.

"I watched the draft and they took a lot of high school kids, so that might be a new trend," Hansbrough said. "If they are going to take them young, I might as well try and test and see where I would go.

"It's important to me to be the No. 1 player in the country. I want to be able to improve and get better and maintain that ranking. I've felt the extra pressure this week."

Hansbrough, who maintains a list of North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, was arguably the top player at the Nike Camp, though Georgia-bound guard Louis Williams and Duke-bound power forward Josh McRoberts could easily make the same claim.

Of the three, McRoberts is likely the best down-the-road prospect because of his high skill level and that he already has a NBA position and isn't a combo guard like Williams or small forward-sized like Hansbrough (6-foot-8, 224 pounds). Hendrix, Bynum and Micah Downs also had strong overall weeks in the class of 2005.

Hansbrough and Hendrix could both end up at North Carolina.

"We could easily end up at the same school together and that would be really cool," Hansbrough said. "Me and Richard are pretty cool, but when I played against him, I just treat it as another game and play hard. But I think there is enough room in Chapel Hill for both of us."

Hansbrough, who attends Poplar Bluff High School in Missouri, said he'll probably make a decision this summer in a televised announcement on Fox Sports Net Midwest (which is based in St. Louis). He knew he was a marked man going into the camp by the other players and the media.

"I'm a little surprised about how much attention I'm getting," Hansbrough said. "I didn't get this much attention last year."

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