Vegas: Saturday UNC Target Report

LAS VEGAS --- And so it begins. After shining with relatively little fanfare up until the last month or so, Greg Monroe has officially blown up. It isn't that nobody knew about the 16 year old from just outside of New Orleans (he's long been considered a potential top five guy in the class of 2008) he just never seemed to get the attention that some of his peers did.

Now after a big Nike Camp and several other strong performances on the club circuit, he's being touted by many as the No. 1 guy in 2008 and the attention has come fast and furious.

So far, he's enjoying the attention.

"I think I'm getting used to it now, it took me a while but I am now and it doesn't bother me," said Monroe. "It's not really weird, it just comes with the territory."

Monroe also likes that he's being talked about as potentially the best prospect in the country. The 6-10 lefty made it clear that he's driven to be the best and that he's also pretty humbled by the way people have been praising him.

"It feels good, everybody wants the chance to be the number one player in the nation," said Monroe. "I don't really know what it is I do, I just play hard and get out there and make things happen for me and my teammates."

Saturday afternoon Monroe did just that as he led his New Orleans Panthers to a runaway victory over an overmatched team from Indiana. With assistants from North Carolina, Duke, LSU and several other major programs on hand, Monroe flashed his skill. He handled the ball on breaks, scored on spins to the hoop, blocked tons of shots and generally made things look easy.

On the recruiting front, he's taking things slowly and says that he's considering everybody and doesn't have any favorites.

"Everybody is recruiting me hard, everybody," said Monroe. "Nobody is a frontrunner right now, I'm just realizing who wants me a lot right now and I'm taking my time with it."

As for the interest from the Tar Heels, Monroe says they are relatively new to the party, but in the mix.

"Yeah, they're involved," said Monroe. "They are kind of new to it, so we'll see."

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Tyrel Reed - You can say this about Reed, he packed the gym on Saturday. Bothered a little bit by sluggishness brought on by a drive from Kansas City to Vegas, Reed eventually got rolling and scored 17 while dropping near double digit assists in KC Pump 'N Run's blowout victory. Among the crowd was the entire Oklahoma staff, Paul Hewitt and an assistant, Skip Prosser, Bob Huggins, Mike Anderson, Steve Alford and assistants from Kansas, Stanford and many other programs. UNC wasn't there, but is expected to catch him on Sunday and according to Reed the Tar Heels are still in the mix.

Travis Releford - Also struggling a little bit with his legs was Releford. After a slow start marred by some silly turnovers, the 6-5 wing used his defense to generate his offense. He didn't draw first blood in the scoring column until just over two minutes left in the first half but still found a way to finish with a game high 18 points.

Tyreke Evans - The 6-4 guard from Philly drew both Steve Robinson and Joe Holladay as Team Final took out the Portland Legends -- minus Kyle Singler. There really isn't much else to say about his game at this point that hasn't been said already.

Jrue Holiday - Word is starting to spread that UNC could be getting involved with the super talented 6-2 guard. UNC was in the house for part of his first game on Saturday -- presumably after watching Derrick Favors from Atlanta in the previous game -- as he sprayed jumpers from all over the place and scored on athletic drives. As good as he was in the first game, he apparently was even better on Saturday night when he reportedly went for 40.

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