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July 23rd, 2008
By Nick Prevenas
Day 1 of Sin City’s AAU extravaganza opened with a bang. Some of the America’s best high school talent -- from John Wall to Kenny Boynton to everyone in between -- took to the floor with fire and intensity. The level of play exceeded expectations, setting the stage for what could possibly develop into a special week of basketball.
Was Day 2 able to match the standard set by the opening games? In a word, no.
[img_assist|nid=1563|title=Josh Childress|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=429] By now, you might have heard that Brandon Jennings has elected to spend a post-graduate year in Europe prior to embarking on an NBA career.
While the short-term ramifications of such a decision hold some interest to casual basketball fans, the genuinely intriguing aspect will be how recruiters handle a new batch of competitors.
Aaron Brooks 16.8 pts/ 7 ast/ 2 rebs
Displaying the quickness and mentality necessary to run an NBA team, Brooks was impressive throughout the summer league. His size has always been an issue, but an explosive 1st step combined with his ability to effectively attack pick and roll situations could be more than enough to make up for it. What may end up being a determining factor for his future is his ability to keep the defense honest by consistently knocking down outside shots.
Ramon Sessions 15.3pts/ 7.3 ast/ 5.3 rebs
By Nick Prevenas
Typically, a trip to Las Vegas begins with dreams of wealth beyond comprehension and ends with empty wallets.
This week, more than 6,000 high school hoops stars hope to see the opposite happen.
Nearly every major AAU team is in Sin City this week, along with representatives from every college basketball program and the holy trinity of shoe companies (Reebok, adidas, Nike) to form the summer's biggest amateur basketball event.
Top 10 Rookies
Bobcats 103 Knicks 71
You know you're bad when you get blown out by a Bobcats team missing their floor general (DJ Augustin). The Knicks got run off the floor behind a balanced Bobcats attack.
Wilson Chandler struggled to perform to the level he had in previous games, and the Knicks were lacking in talent and cohesiveness. Chandler went for 10 on 5-13 shooting.
Brandon Jennings’ decision to sign with a European club rather than go to college has been a hot topic in basketball circles, the same question being pondered over and over: Will high school stars follow in his footsteps, or will he become another cautionary tale for young basketball players eager to turn pro too soon?
Knicks 85 Suns 80
The Knicks outlasted the Suns behind 31 points from forward Wilson Chandler. Chandler used his excellent quickness to get by his man and score on a number of occasions.
Anthony Roberson and Mardy Collins each chipped in 13 for the victors.