Livingston, Price Star at Roundball Classic
It's a well-known fact that all-star hoop games are usually dominated by guards. Wednesday night's EA Sports Roundball Classic at the United Center in Chicago did nothing to disprove that.
Peoria Central High (Ill.) point guard Shaun Livingston and Amityville High (N.Y.) point guard A.J. Price earned co-MVP honors for the West team in a 124-110 victory over the East squad. Livingston (who has signed with Duke) finished the game with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Price (UConn) set a new event record with 15 assists — one more than T.J. Ford dished out in the 2001 game.
St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) swingman J.R. Smith (UNC) was named MVP of the East after finishing with 16 points, five steals and four assists. South Kent Prep (Conn.) small forward Dorell Wright (DePaul) led the East with 17 points.
The West controlled the game throughout, jumping out to a 14-2 advantage and leading by as many as 26. Johnson High (Texas) small forward Marshall Brown (Missouri) was the game's leading scorer with 19 points for the West.
NBA scouts were out in full force to see players like Livingston, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Ga.) center Dwight Howard and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) small forward Josh Smith. Howard (uncommitted) finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, while Smith (Indiana) scored 15 points.
Howard and Smith are both expected to declare for the NBA Draft and be lottery picks. Livingston has signed with Duke but is being projected as a lottery pick if he does declare.
Another potential preps-to-pros player, Lincoln High (N.Y.) point guard Sebastian Telfair (Louisville), didn't get to showcase his skills at the Roundball Classic. Although Telfair was on the East roster and had committed to play in the game, he stayed home because Lincoln will be playing in the state tournament finals this weekend.