City of Palms: UNC Target Evals

FT. MYERS, Fla. --- It's the holiday season and in the world of high school basketball that means big time basketball. High profile events around the country will compete over the next few weeks to draw the best and brighest prep ballers, but few will be able to match the starpower offered during Wednesday's session of the City of Palms.

The floor of Bishop Verot High was crowded with high level guys on Wednesday and more than a handful of them were either claiming or reportedly receiving interest of varying levels from North Carolina.

Given that, it wasn't a surprise to see UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson in the house and the action had to have kept him pretty interested.


Greg Monroe - The potential to be a truly great one, both on and off the court, is there with this gifted 6-10 lefty. As impressive as his dribble drives to his natural left side where he'll suddenly cut back and finish with a soft right handed jumper off the glass are, just how grounded he is as a person may be more impressive. Here's a kid who truly wants to be known for being somebody away from hoops as much as he is for his ability to swat shots, dominate the glass and dazzle with his all-around game. 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocks (all in the second half) and four assists don't even begin to tell the story about how dominant he was in a 20-point win. Stay tuned for more on what's up with Monroe on and off the court with an IC profile later today.

Tyreke Evans - Even the best players are allowed to have an off outing and that was certainly the case for Evans. After looking like his usual smooth scoring machine self on Tuesday, the 6-4 junior wing had a rough go of it on Wednesday. Just like the rest of his teammates, the lanky scorer looked out of sync as American Christian suffered a surprising loss. More than likely it was his early foul trouble that limited his minutes and ability to get into the flow of the game that cost him, but Evans still showed flashes during a 12-point and one-assist effort. Most encouragingly, those flashes came on the defensive end -- a much criticized area of his game -- where he recorded three steals and three blocked shots during 21 minutes of action.

David Wear, Travis Wear - From the sounds and looks of it, the tremendously talented 6-9 forwards will be a package deal on the next level. That's fine, because the class of 2009 talents are both versatile and can play all over the floor. Not only does Travis look to be slightly taller, he's also the more fluid athlete and he looks like he could one day be a legitimate big wing. He's got a pretty stroke, and his left handed two dribble drives to a pull-up eight footer off the glass were impressive. Brother David is no slouch either. Armed with the same pretty stroke, he's just a little less aggressive offensively and seems to be a little more content to bang in the lane. The bottom line is that they probably won't put up terribly huge numbers during their sophomore years, but they are huge talents and the debate over which is better, bigger, and more skilled could be a fun one to discuss over the next few years.


Terrelle Pryor - Consider for a moment what the dual sport star for Jeannette (Pa.) High has been through during the past few days. Saturday night he played quarterback during a heartbreaking state championship loss. Sunday he got up early to fly to Florida and then on Monday he and his teammates got blasted in their first game together. Wednesday, the tough and athletic 6-6 combo forward -- he's not yet skilled enough on the perimeter to be considered a full time wing -- fought through some tough times to finish with 24 points and seven rebounds. He elevates for big jams around the hoop, looks confident sticking pull-up 15 footers, plays hard but is a bit shaky off the bounce and with his decision making. According to Pryor, he's looking for a place to play both football and hoops in college and he didn't mention UNC as one of his suitors when questioned about the schools recruiting him the most vigorously.

Lance Stephenson - Good luck getting a few minutes of time with the 6-4 sophomore to confirm which schools he's interested in, because more than likely it isn't happening. Regardless, he's a very fine looking talent who put up equally good looking numbers while going for 28 points and eight boards. He's already well known despite his youth and it will be interesting to see how he develops, but he's certainly a player. Not surprisingly, he is strong off the dribble and relentless in attacking the hoop just like you'd expect a phenom from NYC to be.

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