ABCD: Final Day

We give you a quick rundown of what happened at the ABCD All-Star Games - and also our look at a half-dozen guys whose stock rose, like Kevin Love and Brandon Jennings - and another six whose stock dropped...

TEANECK, N.J. – As usual, the ABCD All-Star games were an up-and-down showcase of individual skills, so it's no surprise that Bill Walker stole the show in the underclass game.

Walker finished with a game-high 22 points, mostly on acrobatic dunks, to lead the white team to a 128-122 victory against a red squad that was paced by Corey Stokes' 18 points.

Kevin Love added 14 points and Olu Ashalou chipped in with 12 points for the white squad while Devin Ebanks had 15 and Thomas Manzano added 14 for the losers.

In the upperclassmen contest, it was Paul Harris who dominated – despite his blue team coming up short, 135-128.

Harris erupted for 34 points (14-22 FG) while teammate Tyler Smith added 18 points and 10 boards. The victorious white team was led by recent UConn commit Will Harris (18 points), Daequan Cook (14), Damian James (14) and Derrick Caracter (12). Greg Oden played sparingly after suffering a minor back injury the night before in his head-to-head matchup against Caracter.

Let's take a quick look at a few of the guys who really brought it this week – and a few guys that just couldn't really get it going: WINNERS

1) Greg Oden, C – This guy is basically always a winner, but he made it so that no debate is necessary as to who is the top player in the nation.

2) Kevin Love, PF/C – An opening-game matchup against Oden turned into somewhat of a disaster, but the big fella from Oregon dominated against everyone else not named Oden.

3) Paul Harris, G – Not only did he completely shut down O.J. Mayo, but he also poured in 34 points in the all-star game. The bottom line is that he's virtually impossible to stop from getting to the bucket – and is also one of the best all-around players in the nation.

4) Alex Tyus, PF – The high-flyer from Missouri, who is headed for a couple of prep years at Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, was all over the place and had college coaches drooling about this newly classified (into the Class of 2007) prospect.

5) Herb Pope, PF – The 6-8 ½ Pennsylvania prospect is off the board as he already committed to Jamie Dixon and the Panthers. The 2007 prospect was rebounding, putting it on the floor and scoring in the paint all week.

6) Brandon Jennings, PG – Along with Mike Conley, he was the best pure point guard in the camp. However, Jennings is two classes behind Conley. This kid gets everyone involved and is as poised as anyone in the Class of 2006.

LOSERS

1) Darrell Arthur, PF – The only time he showed that he was a legitimate elite-level prospect was when North Carolina coach Roy Williams was in the stands. Other than that, he looked like one of those guys who was invited as a favor.

2) Lance Thomas, PF – This guy gives so much effort, that it's unfair to put him in this category – but he just didn't make shots this week. He's trying to show he's a wing when his strength is playing the four.

3) O.J. Mayo, G – We're not putting him in this category because he didn't play well, but what he didn't do was maintain his composure. The kid has high expectations and he got away from what makes him special – which is making his teammates better.

4) Richard Semrau, PF – He had a chance to try and get back some of the momentum he's lost in the past year, but a knee injury limited his play over the week and he basically sat the last few days. Didn't score a single point all week.

5) Willie Warren, G – He's young so we're going to give him a mulligan for his first time around, but he wasn't ever able to get his offensive game going. He's got loads of confidence, so we expect him to come back next year with a vengeance.

6) Eric Wallace, SF: He's just too nice of a kid who needs to become more selfish in this type of environment. Never finished with double-figures in any of his seven games this week. OVERALL PLAYER RATINGS

1. Greg Oden – 29.3

2. Herb Pope – 28.7

3. Kevin Love – 26.0

4. Paul Harris – 25.2

5. Taylor King – 24.8

6. Jerry Davon-Jefferson – 23.6

7. Alex Tyus – 22.2

8. Vernon Teel – 21.6

9. Daniel Hackett – 21.3

10. Drew Gordon – 21.0


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