Peach Jam: Wed. PM Notes & Quotes

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Wednesday evening at the 2004 Peach Jam produced a number of impressive performances. Here are the session's game reports and postgame quotes on Andrew Bynum, Marcus Ginyard, Jon Brockman, Richard Hendrix, and Tyler Hansbrough.

* Andrew Bynum -- The New Jersey All-Stars' center totaled 7 points (2-7 FG, 3-7 FT), 4 rebounds and a block in his evening effort, as the All-Stars came up short against Houston Hoops. The two head coaches from the national championship game -- UConn's Jim Calhoun and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt -- were watching from the sidelines. The Brendan Haywood comparisons are dead-on target. He's a little smaller than Haywood was and has a little more lift at the same stage, but they could pass for brothers. His offense is VERY limited (mostly point-blank shots). He has a big body that he knows how to use to get position, and he presents a good target, but once the ball comes to him he no longer seems fluid. On defense, his wing span immediately makes a difference; however when he has to adjust to a moving offense he sometimes can't get back into good position in time. The potential is there. He's not an immediate NBA candidate. He's got a lot of work to do, but the coach who invests the time and effort can expect to reap major dividends – as he has the potential to be even better than Haywood down the road.

Bynum said he has scholarship offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Georgetown, Georgia and Georgia Tech. As for North Carolina? "They haven't offered me yet," he responded.

"They are there in my top four -- UConn, North Carolina, Georgia, and Rutgers," Bynum added.

He said he plans on visiting Chapel Hill in August or September -- "They told me to visit, but I'm not exactly sure what dates," he noted -- and aims to have a decision made before his senior season begins.

On an interesting note, he was particularly chummy with Tyler Hansbrough after the morning session, and cited him as a good friend. "We just talked a lot at the Nike Camp," Bynum said, and added that the two have "seriously" discussed the possibility of playing college basketball together.

* Marcus Ginyard -- To evaluate a player as "versatile" has pretty much become cliché in the scouting world. With that said, check out this versatility – running the point and directing the team on offense, while guarding 6-8 All-American Micah Downs on defense (and holding him to 7 points). That does a good job describing his all-around talents.

But then throw in that he's someone not known for his offensive skills, yet he was the game's high scorer in the Boo Williams team's shocking 92-64 route of Friends of Hoop (featuring Downs and Jon Brockman). They opened up a 30-7 lead and that was that. Ginyard posted 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 3pt) on drives, spin moves, mid-range jumpers and even three-pointers, to go with 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks (including a big-time swat of a Brockman lay-in [pictured]).

It was as impressive a performance as we've seen from Ginyard on the AAU circuit, and Roy Williams, sitting courtside, was likely working hard to hide a smile.

Ginyard is shaping up to quickly become a Tar Heel fan favorite. He's a work horse, runs the team, plays defense, rebounds, scores … and today he showed that he can also shoot.

Jon Brockman -- After a morning double-double, his evening showing was pretty disappointing. We've seen enough of Brockman to know how good he is, but he didn't have his "A" game tonight (and part of that can be credited to Vernon Macklin). The Friends of Hoop power forward had 7 points (2-8 FG, 3-3 FT) and 8 rebounds.

Spotted on the sidelines were Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and Ben Holland (UCLA), among others.

Gonzaga, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Duke and North Carolina comprise the school list, as he recited them in that order postgame. There was a buzz that Duke had offered him a scholarship since Nike Camp, but he refuted that. No school apparently carries more weight with him, and he noted "I'm not far enough along in the process to have a first, second, third, etc."

In other words, Brockman's recruitment is just getting started.

"I'm just trying to have some fun this summer and I'll figure all that out afterwards," he said.

Not the best performance today, but you can see the appeal. He battles, he rebounds, he scores — and he'll do it for four years in college.

* Richard Hendrix -- His team came up short Wednesday evening, losing by a dozen to the Illinois Warriors, but to no fault of his own. Hendrix's 28 points (11-14 FG, 6-8 FT) and 10 rebounds were not enough to overcome Julian Wright and the Illinois Warriors. Most of his offense came around the hoop, including a couple of nice 12-foot bank shots that would have made Tim Duncan proud. His defense was lacking tonight, though he made up for it with four straight baskets in the closing minutes as the Lasers almost pulled off a big comeback.

Sitting at center court was Roy Williams, and right next to him was Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried and two of his assistants [pictured].

* Tyler Hansbrough -- As mentioned this morning, guard play is a major reason why Hansbrough isn't putting up bigger numbers here, and why his team is losing. That applied in the evening game as well, as the St. Louis Eagles couldn't overtake The Family, losing 65-56. The other big reason was fatigue.

Hansbrough arrived in North Augusta at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday night (because of a death in the family), which left little time before the Wednesday morning tip-off.

"I only got about 2-3 hours of sleep," he said.

But fatigue also was a result of being endlessly hacked all day – the defense's only solution to stopping the aggressive power forward.

"Yeah, it does [wear me out]," Hansbrough said. "I don't like it, but I can't do anything about it. Sometimes it gets so bad and I wish they'd play straight up.

"My strategy is to put the ball in the hole, but a lot of times they foul me."

And as a result, he spends much of the game on the free throw line. His stat line Wednesday evening was mind-boggling. To get 15 points and 15 rebounds is a quality outing, but he shot only 2-for-5 from the field and was 11-for-17 from the free throw line. The No. 1 player in the country only scored two field goals (and both were off offensive rebounds). That speaks to how infrequently the guards got him the ball in the post, and when they did, he was fouled hard at each drive to the hoop.

The rebounding deserves special mention, though, especially the fact that he had his first five rebounds within the first 150 seconds of the game.

Head coaches from all four schools left in his recruitment were present on the sidelines – Roy Williams, Tubby Smith (Kentucky), Bill Self (Kansas) and Quin Snyder (Missouri).

"You can't help but notice the coaches," Hansbrough said.

While fellow elite recruit Richard Hendrix has said he's not thinking about his decision at all until after the summer, Hansbrough said that's been impossible for him.

"You can't really forget about it, because they've got to make moves, so you have to think about what's best for your situation and decide," he said.

Which is what he'll do next month, though it'll likely be later than the previously stated August 1 press conference, Hansbrough said, as it could be as late as the middle of next month.

But for now his focus is on recharging his batteries, in preparation for more two more games – and many more fouls – tomorrow.

"I'll be ready," he affirmed.

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