USA: Sunday Report/Wrapup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The South squad took down the East for the gold medal on Sunday morning at the USA Basketball Youth Festival. Here are notes, and final stats for the week …

* Brian Johnson had a big final game, in the East's 118-110 defeat, with his active play in the paint – finishing off a number of putback slams. He posted 18 points (9-12 FG), 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. "He's a helluva player," said East coach Gary DeCesare. "Brian just goes out and does his job. He's a monster around the boards. It's amazing he's only 15, and if he keeps working, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with at all levels."

* JamesOn Curry was a non-factor in his South's squad's win. He didn't get into the flow of the game early and saw only spot duty in the second half, totaling nine minutes of playing time and 0 points. By the way, his triple-double last night was the first in the history of the USA Festival.

* By the way, when we arrived at the gym at 7:45 a.m., close to an hour before tipoff, five players were in the gym shooting around. Brian Johnson, JamesOn Curry and Chris Paul were among them. That type of dedication is a telltale sign of a gym rat.

* Final Five-Game Stats for Carolina Targets --

Brian Johnson – 10.0 pts (51% FG), 9.2 reb

JamesOn Curry – 12.0 pts (38% FG, 20% 3pt), 5.2 ast, 6.8 reb

David Padgett – 15.2 pts (63% FG), 7.8 reb, 3.0 blk

Brian Butch – 10.8 pts (42% FG), 7.6 reb

Marcus Williams – 16.4 pts (49% FG, 44% 3pt), 3.6 ast

And, while not a Carolina target anymore, Ndudi Ebi has earned the title of Best Player in 2003 Not Named LeBron James. He led the camp in points (27.8), rebounds (15.0) and blocks (4.0). "And with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft …"

And now we must sign off from Colorado Springs for our flight back to RDU, with a brief stop in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Hope you've enjoyed all the coverage. Your feedback is welcome, so we can continue to learn ways to improve our work.

Thanks to the USA Basketball folks for one of, if not the, best events we've ever attended. Thanks to Enterprise for their inept car rental service. Thanks to La Quinta for the brief hours of sleep. Thanks to Jeff for the late-night house party and drinks in Denver on Saturday. And, most of all, thanks to Arby's for our daily dose of Market Fresh sandwiches.

Lastly, as promised, see below for a photo of the Rockies …

Signing off,

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