July 8, 2006

Rose vs. Mayo will have to wait

Teaneck, N.J. -- The marquee matchup that was supposed to happen -- O.J. Mayo vs. Derrick Rose -- never materialized Friday night at Reebok ABCD Camp.

Instead, Rose sat on the sidelines in a gray Reebok t-shirt and his injured ankle taped. About 1:20 before tip-off, the announcement came that Rose would not be particpating in the evening session. He injured his ankle in morning drills and did not participate all day.

Will Rose, the No. 2 point guard in the 2007 class according to Rivals.com, have his shot against the top-ranked Mayo? If it happens, it will have to wait until Sunday afternoon in the All-Star Game. That's if Rose's ankle heals in time.

"Playing against O.J. was one of the reasons I came to ABCD," Rose said. "Now I feel like I'l have to wait forever to play against him. I'm just trying to compete. I don't really care where I'm ranked, I just want to compete against the best."

Mayo is the best in his class and he continued to be one of the top players in camp with a solid showing in the evening session. Bill Walker scored a game-high 19 points and added four assists and Mayo finished with 18 points, three rebounds and two steals in the 89-77 win to improve to 4-0.

Alex Legion led the losing team with 17 points and Taylor King had a strong second day after a disappointing start to camp. King finished with 12 points and nine boards in the second session. In the afternoon, he had nine points and 11 rebounds (six on the offensive end). Teammate DeAndre Jordan continues to be productive at camp as he had 25 points and 16 rebounds in two games.

"Derrick and I are on the same page, just trying to be the best players we can be," Mayo said. "I wish nothing but the best for him."

Love continues dominance

Is it possible to lead the camp in scoring and rebounding for the second-straight day and still not leave the Rothman Center Friday night with a smile on your face? It is if you are Kevin Love, who cares about winning these games more than putting up big statistics.

Love is averaging 18.8 points per game (3.8 points more than Walker, who is in second place) and 8.5 rebounds, but his team has fallen to 1-3 after day two. The Lake Oswego (Ore.) prospect opened camp with a 29-point performance and he has not slowed down.

Love is getting help from 2008 point guard Brandon Jennings, who finished with seven points and six assists in the evening game and 11 points and four assists earlier in the day against Mayo's team. At any time, Jennings can make magic happen with the basketball.

Drew Gordon, who had 15 points and nine boards in the evening session, continues to play well, but the wins just are not piling up for Love's team.

"I'm not used to losing," Love said. "I'm a winner. I'm a competitive guy. I just like winning every single game. I'm fine with the way I'm playing. I could be doing some things better but I'm happy. We just need to win."

A look at the top performers

Love and Walker are one and two in scoring and Durham (N.C.) Mount Zion forward Tracy Smith is holding firm in the third spot with an average of 14.8 points per game. Alex Tyus had another solid showing and is scoring 14.5 points. Wendell McKines (14.0), William Buford (14.0), Mayo (13.8), Zach Graham (13.5) and 2009 prospects Kenny Boynton (13.5) and Terrell Vincent (12.8) round out the top 10 in scoring.

Love is the rebounding leader followed by King who shot up the charts and is averaging 7.8 rebounds after four games. D'walyn Roberts (7.0), Carlton Fay (6.8) and McKines (6.5) round out the top five rebounders.

Alabama commit Rico Pickett (4.8) is leading camp for the second-straight day in assists. Eli Holman (3.5) is the back-to-back leader in blocked shots.


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