May 28, 2008

MDC top performers

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A number of top prospects were in action at the Nike Memorial Day Classic last weekend.

Here is a rundown of the top 2009 performers that caught Jerry Meyer's eye.

Memorial Day Classic Top Performers
Xavier Henry, SG, Athletes First
Henry's squad won the championship and he was the main reason for their success. The top prospect in the tournament, Henry put up big scoring numbers throughout the event.

Most impressive from a scouting perspective was the way Henry attacked the basket off the dribble rather than settling for long-range jumpers. He looks bigger and stronger every time we see him, and Henry is getting more mileage out of his impressive physique.

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Birmingham Storm
Cousins had a terrific outing at the Memorial Day Classic. He kept his emotions in check and was the most dominant physical force in the event.

When Cousins went to work down low, something good always seemed to happen. And when he attacked the basket with his right hand from the perimeter, he was nearly impossible to stop. And to top it all off, his passing was superb.

Durand Scott, SG, New York Gauchos
A great competitor, Scott led a depleted Gauchos squad within two points of a championship. Throughout the event he was the Gauchos' top scorer while also contributing in so many other ways.

As the top defender on his team, Scott did a terrific job defending Tommy Mason-Griffin in the semifinals. Offensively, Scott made a living in the midrange area.

Keith Gallon, C, Houston Hoops
Blessed with an enormous amount of natural ability, Gallon was simply unstoppable at times at the Memorial Day Classic. His conditioning is still a big question mark, but Gallon's effort was fairly consistent throughout event.

Gallon can score against size as he did against Team Florida's Kyryl Natyazchko. And not only can Gallon score the ball, but he is also a top-notch handler and passer for a player his size.

Jordan Hamilton, SF, Team Odom
Hamilton might not always keep his emotions in check, but his game is as mature a game as you'll find in a young player.

A physical load, Hamilton bullies his way into scoring position practically at will. He has tremendous poise as a ball handler, and can find the open man at any moment off the dribble. Like Henry, Hamilton has been in attack mode this spring rather than settling for long jumpers.

Glen Rice, SG, Georgia Stars
With Kenny Hall hampered by an injured leg, Rice stepped up his effort over the weekend and in fact took over the game against Cousins' Birmingham Raptors.

Along with making his share of three-pointers, Rice was even more impressive with his deft ball handling. When the Georgia Stars spread the floor and let Rice operate with the ball, he consistently broke down his man to create scoring opportunities. And when Rice let his runner fly in the lane, it was a thing of beauty.

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