MDC: UNC Targets, Day Two

NASHVILLE, TN--It was hard to find many North Carolina targets at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, as majority of them were playing at the TOC in North Carolina. But there were a few Tar Heel prospects in Nashville that put up solid performances all weekend.

Tyreke Evans, SG, Team Final – When Evans is going to the basket then he's at his best. He is one of the best in high school basketball at finishing around the rim. It doesn't matter how hard the foul, majority of the time Evans will hit the shot and then the following free throw. In Team Final's game against Team Melo, a defender taunted Evans by telling him he couldn't shoot jumpers. Evans proceeded to give him a heavy dose of pull ups and drives to shut the helpless defender up.

Ed Davis, PF, Boo Williams – This 2008 five-star prospect showed off a solid skill set this weekend. The lefty displays a good jump hook, blocks shots and is a good rebounder. Davis stands 6-8 and is a slender 190-pounds. He's a face up type guy and could likely develop into a small forward when he gets to the college level. Davis said that his recruitment has just begun, but he likes Georgetown and Virginia the most right now. He also mentioned that majority of the Big East and ACC have shown interest in him.

Samardo Samuels, PF, Metro Hawks – At 6-8, 240-pound Samuels is expected to rebound and patrol the paint. However, Samuels is extremely mobile and patents his game after Elton Brand. Samuels made his case as the top big man in the 08 class this weekend. He is a load for post defenders because he has developed post moves, loves to dunk and his strength inside is unmatched by most kids his age. Samuels didn't bother to give a list of schools at the Nike Memorial Day Classic - however he did confirm that North Carolina has been showing him interest.

Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – At his 6-6 (at best) size, Gary Johnson gets the most out of his body and the athletic ability that he has been blessed with. He maneuvers well in the paint performs well in the spotlight. He had a game winner on day one and he had some big baskets in the Hoops' triple overtime loss to The Family. His biggest basket of the game gave the Hoops a four point lead in the first overtime. With a defender on his back, Johnson backed him down, turned and dunked it. The main question about Johnson is his size as he had a tough time handling 6-10 Greg Monroe on day one of the MDC.

Xavier Gibson, PF/C, Georgia Blazers - He hasn't put it all together yet, but one of these days he's going to and it'll be fun to watch. Gibson's main issue is that he is inconsistent. One game he'll show off his athleticism, blocks shots and have some nice finishes in the paint. Then he'll take a game off and shoot a bunch of long jumpers. Don't me wrong though Gibson is a great prospect and will make a college coach very happy some day. Speaking of college Gibson said Florida State, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Mississippi State have been showing the most interest. But he said his favorite schools are North Carolina, Duke and Georgia Tech.


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