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June 23, 2007

USA Basketball: Round Two

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Delvon Roe had a monster outing in the second round of action at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, scoring 37 points, but it wasn't enough as his Blue squad fell 137-121 to the strong team effort of the undefeated Red squad.

Lance Stephenson and Willie Warren led the way in scoring for the Red squad with 24 and 23 points respectively. But they weren't the only members of the Red squad who took advantage of a poor defensive effort by the Blue squad. For the game, the Red squad shot 57 percent from the field and out rebounded their opposition 60-49.

Red squad

Lance Stephenson- 24 points on 11-17 shooting, 2-2 from three, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists, 6 turnovers in 31 minutes

Stephenson gave Jamil Wilson and Scotty Hopson with his physical drives into the lane and Stephenson's jumper was clicking from the outside. Played very well as a scorer and rebounder, but Stephenson does need to value the ball a little more and cut down on the turnovers.

Willie Warren- 23 points on 8-11 shooting, 5-6 from three, 2-4 from the line, zero rebounds, 1 block outs, zero assists, zero turnovers in 27 minutes

Warren fed on some nice passes from Erving Walker and shot the ball with accuracy from three. As his stat line indicates, he didn't do much in the other areas of the game.

Devin Ebanks- 18 points on 7-15 shooting, 2-5 from three, 2-4 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists, 4 turnovers in 25 minutes

Ebanks didn't go off like he did in the first game, but he played well offensively.

Al-Farouq Aminu- 16 points on 8-9 shooting, 0-1 from three, 0-1 from the line, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 3 assists, 2 turnovers in 25 minutes

Aminu quietly went about his business and contributed in a lot of ways to his team's win.

Drew Gordon- 14 points on 6-10 shooting, 2-8 from the line, 13 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 5 assists, 4 turnovers in 29 minutes

The hustle of Gordon set the tone for his team and matched the energy of Delvon Roe on the other side. Gordon isn't the smoothest offensive player, but he lives off the glass and attacks the rim in transition.

Erving Walker- 13 points on 4-12 shooting, 3-7 from the arc, 2-2 from the line, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 9 assists, 2 turnovers in 28 minutes

Walker played a strong game, finding Warren as he dribbled off the high ball screen and making threes off the same play.

Ed Davis- 8 points on 4-8 shooting, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 25 minutes

Davis got more minutes than he did in the first game and racked up on some rebounds, but he isn't playing with the energy that he usually brings to the court.

Jordan Theodore- 6 points on 1-6 shooting, 1-2 from three, 3-4 from the line, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 turnovers in 17 minutes

Theodore had to leave the game early with a minor wrist injury and wasn't much of a factor before he departed.

Tony Woods- 3 points on 1-1 shooting, 1-2 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 12 minutes

Woods was also an early departure when he lost his temper and was ejected from the game.

Blue squad

Delvon Roe- 37 points on 17-23 shooting, 2-3 from the arc, 1-3 from the line, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, zero assists, 3 turnovers in 37 minutes

Roe consistently beat his man down the court in transition for buckets and also knocked down a couple threes. He has been one of the most explosive players off the floor during the event and is automatic with his quick release left handed jump hook.

Jrue Holiday- 20 points on 8-19 shooting, 1-3 from three, 3-4 from the line, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 10 assists, 4 turnovers in 42 minutes

20 points and 10 assists isn't a bad effort, but Holiday's team might need him to take over the action on the last couple days. His defense has been superb on whoever he has guarded, but he needs to find a way to bring his team together offensively. Simplifying his game instead of seeking the difficult play might be a good start.

Scotty Hopson- 20 points on 9-14 shooting, 2-5 from three, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, zero turnovers in 24 minutes

Speaking off quick and explosive off the floor, Hopson has been just that. He looks great in transition and when he is attacking the basket off the bounce. His defense and intensity on the boards needs work.

Jerime Anderson- 12 points on 4-12 shooting, 3-9 from the arc, 1-2 from the line, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 9 assists, 2 turnovers in 31 minutes

Anderson slugged it out with Erving Walker as they played each other to a draw at the point guard position. A strong on the ball defender, Anderson did have some trouble fighting through screens in this game.

Malcolm Lee- 11 points on 5-15 shooting, 0-4 from three, 1-4 from the arc, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 5 assists, 2 turnovers in 21 minutes

Lee wasn't dialed in from the three-point line but played a solid game otherwise.

Storm Warren- 6 points on 3-7 shooting, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, zero assists, 3 turnovers in 15 minutes

J.T. Thompson- 6 points on 3-4 shooting, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 17 minutes

Demarcus Cousins- 5 points on 2-12 shooting, 0-2 from three, 1-5 from the line, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists, 1 turnover in 22 minutes

Jamil Wilson- 2 points on 1-3 shooting, 0-2 from three, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 assist, 2 turnovers in 12 minutes

Brennan Cougill- 2 points on 1-2 shooting, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 19 minutes

USA White 99, Brazil 70

Brazil hung with the White squad through one quarter, but the athleticism and size of the White squad eventually overwhelmed the Brazilians. Greg Monroe had an outstanding showing with a game high 21 points on 10-17 shooting to go along with a game high 15 rebounds. He also had four blocks, two steals and two assists without a turnover.

Tyreke Evans was the second leading scorer for the White squad with 16 points, but he only shot 5-14 from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds.

The ever active Deshawn Painter grabbed 11 rebounds as did Andy Poling.

School lists

Reeves Nelson has been out of action with an ankle sprain but is expected to play Saturday. He told Rivals.com he has recently received offers from UCLA, North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse and Duke.

Arizona and Louisville are working themselves into a strong position with Willie Warren. Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Connecticut and Syracuse are also in a good position with Warren.

Ed Davis enjoyed his visit to Connecticut. One more trip to North Carolina, and Davis said he will be ready to make a decision between Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia.

Jordan Theodore's travel team coach Emmanuel Richardson of the New York Gauchos said that Seton Hall has jumped into the lead for his point guard.

"Jordan had a great visit on Monday," said Richardson. "They have jumped into the lead. Gonzo (Coach Gonzalez) did a great job. Jordan is a Jersey kid, and I think he would be the toast of the town if he went to Seton Hall."



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