March 26, 2008

Evans steals the show at McDonald's game

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MILWAUKEE Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the East to a 107-102 victory over the West in the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball boys game on Wednesday night.

Evans, one of the two uncommitted players participating in the game featuring the top high school talent, took over late in the second half after the East had closed the West's lead to 82-80.

Evans is still considering Memphis, Connecticut, Villanova and Texas and says he'll make a decision on April 16. He had a series of slashing drives to the basket to open a 95-88 lead, none more impressive than when he faked out a defender and forced his way through Demar DeRozan, drawing a foul as he made the basket.

Evans, who went 9-of-15 from the field, missed the ensuing free throw, but the East stretched the lead back to 99-88 with 3:29 left and the West never got closer than the final margin.

Willie Warren, headed to Oklahoma, scored 10 straight points for the West on a 10-2 run that made it 82-80 with about nine minutes left before Evans took over. Warren finished with 23 points and three steals, including when he picked Sylven Landesberg cleanly off the dribble and sent up an outlet pass which was returned to him for a layup.

The game, which has showcased future NBA stars as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan, played out in typical fashion with lots of offense, acrobatic dunks and a lack of consistent defense.

The East also got strong performances from Michael Rosario (18 points and five steals), Kemba Walker (13 points), Ed Davis (11 points), and Elliot Williams (10 points). For the West, DeRozen and Scotty Hopson, the other uncommitted player, scored 10 each, while B.J. Mullens added 12 points.

Brandon Jennings, one of the fastest guards in the nation and a top point guard prospect who plans to play for Arizona, had 12 points and nine assists for the West. He flashed his speed when he missed a 3 but ran down a lazy outlet pass for a steal.

Jennings saved his best play of the night for moments later, when he flipped an alley-oop pass off the backboard across the rim to Jrue Holiday for the dunk. Holiday, who will play for UCLA, finished with 14 points.

Greg Monroe, considered the nation's top player by recruiting sites Rivals.com and Scout.com, had a tough game for the West, committing five turnovers and scoring one point after an 0-for-2 performance from the field. He had six rebounds.



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