Friday, January 16, 2009

January 16th Recruit Update

Last night LeFlore wasn't intimidated by Derrick Favors. A 20-0 run in the second half guided the Rattlers to a 78-66 victory. Favors did get his, as he put up 36 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block, and 5 turnovers. DeMarcus Cousins utterly impressed us here with his versatility and balanced play. He had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks, and only one turnover. It seemed to us that South Atlanta was completely dependent on Favors for their offensive production. LeFlore didn't completely depend upon Cousins ability to put points on the board because he makes his team better in so many other ways beyond scoring. His selfless and intelligent play showed us a maturity and basketball IQ beyond his years. He was able to shoot the three, create off the dribble, run the fast break like a point guard, and block any shot that was put up. Favors didn't find much success when he went one-on-one against Cousins in the post. What was encouraging was the fact that Cousins let the game come to him and didn't selfishly try to make things happen.

Last night Word of God won in the first round of the Bass Pro Shop's Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri. They improved to 10-7 on the year by defeating Glendale 82-79. C.J. Leslie was literally unstoppable as he scored 28 points (12-18 FG) in only three quarters of play due to the fact that he got elbowed in the face. John Wall also crossed the 20+ point barrier as he completed a double-double with 24 points and 11 assists. WOG will move on to play White Station tonight at 8pm.

LaQuinton Ross and his Murrah boys seem to have turned their season around and are playing like the squad that received preseason hype. On Tuesday night Murrah won its third straight by defeating Forest Hill 75-73. LaQuinton Ross dropped an atom bomb on the box score. He had 25 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 blocks. In some news that Wolfpack Nation would rather not here, Ross said in an interview the other day that Syracuse was probably his #1 choice at this point in the process. We shouldn't make too much of this statement, as he is only a sophomore, and their is still plenty of time to woo the sophomore sensation.


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