MDC: UNC Targets, Day One

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--While many of Reebok and Adidas' finest were working through the playoff rounds at the TOC in the triangle area, Nike's top players were going to work in Nashville. The first day of action in the Memorial Day Classic at Ensworth High School featured plenty of standout performers.

Tyreke Evans- One of the top two performers in the gym on Saturday, the 6-5 stud from the class of 2008 did it all. As he's been doing all spring, Evans ran the point, attacked the basket and made plays off the dribble. He pulls up quickly to find teammates, can create space for his shots with a crossover and he isn't afraid of contact. He'll give you just as much on the defensive end where he was sliding his feet well and using quick hands to poke away balls. Maybe the most impressive thing about Evans performance was the way he rebounded the ball and he had to have been in double digits in that category in both of his Saturday games. If he didn't have a triple double in his first game of the day, he was awfully close.

Gary Johnson- After not listing the Tar Heels for a while, Gary Johnson mentioned North Carolina along with Duke, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky and some others. A rugged 6-6 power player, he's among the most relentless post players in the country. He and the rest of the Houston Hoops struggled with magnificent sophomore Greg Monroe, but he came up with the biggest play of the game on a driving layup with under three seconds left that broke a tie and gave the Hoops a win.

Ed Davis- Another terrific looking prospect in the class of 2008, Davis is a smooth lefty who has a very nice face up game. Boo Williams is so loaded with high flying big man that he sometimes gets lost in the dunkathon shuffle, but he's always there on the glass and drilling 12 foot jumpers. He's still going to grow some more and with another inch and a filled out frame the 6-8 Davis is going to be among the premier big men in his class.

Samardo Samuels- Unlike the slender Davis, Samuels has the body of a power lifter. Not surprisingly, the 6-9 forward was using that strength to his advantage all day as he bulldozed his way around the paint. Some worry that he may be leveling out but he hit a few jump hooks, short jumpers and made some spin moves that weren't previously in his repertoire. If he ever gets as comfortable turning to his right shoulder as he is turning to his left, dude will be unstoppable. As it is, he's pretty close.

OTHER NOTABLES AT THE MDC

Kyle Singler- Probably the only person who could make a claim to having a better day than Evans on Saturday. Standing almost 6-9, there should be a position classification of player to describe him. Sometimes a three, sometimes a four, he's always making plays no matter where you put him. Hit up All-Ohio Red for 27 and looked extremely impressive in doing it. Did not mention North Carolina in his school list.

Greg Monroe- It's pretty tough to believe that this broad shouldered stud won't turn 16 for another week. The 6-9 class of 2008 big man gives it to you on both ends and is a crafty scorer with his back to and facing the basket. Dominated everybody who tried to stop him and there's no way he isn't one of the top five prospects in 2008.

Nate Miles- Recently reclassified to the class of 2008 after moving from his native Toledo to San Antonio (TX) Cornerstone Christian, the 6-6 wing straight put in work. He hit deep threes, attacked the rim and willingly subjected his rail thin frame to abuse in order to get to the free throw line. If he plays like this all summer, his stock will skyrocket quickly.


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