Tiki must still pass test

At a very young age, Emanuel Mayben was regarded as one of the best guards on the high school level. With such high standards to maintain in each contest he played, at times, this would be stressful to any young athlete.

"I try to work on all parts of my game everytime I practice," said Mayben, who will compete this Saturday in the Michael Jordan Classic to be held inside Madison Square Garden (5:30 PM ET).

Mayben spent much of his practice time this week listening to his coaches, Jack Alesi of Xaverian High School (Brooklyn, New York) and Jack O'Brien (Charlestown High School in Massachusetts). Mayben was smooth in running the break and seemed at ease with his new teammates.

The next couple of months are big too in Tiki Mayben's life. "I am still taking the test," said Mayben, a 6-foot-3 guard who can take the ball strongly to the basket. "If I get the score I will be at Syracuse next season. If I don't I will probably go to prep school."

Mayben said he was excited about the possibility of playing for the Orange in the Big East next season. "I hope I can be there," he said. "I am working hard in trying to do that right now."

It's likely that Tiki will have support from family, friends and the Syracuse staff come Saturday evening when Mayben competes in the Jordan Classic. Then his biggest challenge awaits him in the form of a test.

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