Corey Fisher, 60, PG, Villanova
12 points, 10 assists, 4 turnovers, 4-14 FG, 4-6 FT, 0-4 3PT
Fishers three-point shot wasnt falling here, but he converted on a decent amount of them in the practices and scrimmages leading up to the feature game, and his form is adequate. Aside from some of his fancier drives, Fisher also efficiently got to the rim on a few other drives to draw fouls and score some easy lay-ups in the halfcourt.
In terms of passing the ball, Fisher looked very good here, especially in transition, where all of the point guards seemed to thrive in this up-tempo, defense-optional setting. Fisher dished out an assortment of assists on the break, including dump offs and passes ahead for open lay-ups. In the halfcourt, he made a few nice dump offs, but looked at his best running the pick-and-roll, showing a good understanding of how to read the defense and dishing off some perfect passes to his teammates on the roll.
Fisher was definitely one of the more underrated players heading into this game, but he managed to stand out here, and Villanova should have a nice addition next season to their guard-heavy offense.
Derrick Rose, 63, PG, Memphis
12 points, 5 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, 5-8 FG, 2-2 FT
Rose made the most of all his touches in this game, dishing out plenty of nice passes in the halfcourt and fullcourt, while also making some very crafty drives to the hoop in the halfcourt, and finishing on some lay-ups in transition. Two of Roses most impressive skills are his headiness in the lane and his court vision, which when coupled together, are an extremely dangerous combination for his opponents. Rose did an excellent job here of getting into the lane, stopping and going, pivoting, and using hesitation to wait for the opening in the defense, at which point hed dish off the perfect pass to a teammate or proceed to the hoop for a lay-up he makes look easy. Rose drove right and left in this game, drawing contact, getting to the free-throw line, scoring off the glass, and making dump offs low or kick-outs to the perimeter to find the open man. His body control and use of fakes in the lane are outstanding, and he did a good job using those assets to his advantage here. In terms of finding the open man in the halfcourt, Rose passed off for quite a few open three-pointers that werent converted, so his assist totals in the statline could have been higher.
Rose also did a good job in transition of reading the defense and not forcing the issue, pulling the ball out when necessary, but also scoring on his own, converting on two transition lay-ups in the game. Rose also missed on a very impressive and athletic baseline drive in which he tried to reverse the ball off the glass, but wasnt able to finish.
Defensively, Rose made a few nice plays, drawing a charge on a drive early in the game, and making a clutch steal late in the game when his team had the lead with about two minutes to go. They had just went into a full-court press, and Rose used his length and athleticism to anticipate a pass just over halfcourt, which he stole and then made the pass ahead for an open jam.
Eric Gordon, 64, SG, Indiana
16 points, 3 rebounds, 5-10 FG, 5-8 FT, 1-4 3PT
Gordon started off the game with a nice up-and-under move in the lane, drawing a foul but missing on his lay-up attempt. Next he drove left and laid the ball up with his right hand off the glass, scoring and also drawing the foul for the and-1. He made a few nice putback lay-ups around the hoop as the game went on, one of which he went up strong with and also drew the foul on. He drew another foul on a spin drive later in the game, and missed on a strong lay-up attempt over two big defenders at the hoop on another occasion, but also converted on a transition lay-up.
In terms of point guard skills, Gordon didnt show much here, only making one nice drive-and-dish on the game, but thats not something hes expected to do much at this stage of his development. He also played solid defense considering the setting, making one impressive man-to-man steal against Jerryd Bayless early in the game, locking him down and forcing him to dribble into a turnover.
Kyle Singler, 68, SF, Duke
16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 3 steals, 6-12 FG, 3-3 FT, 1-3 3PT
Singler spent most of the rest of his game scoring off the creation of his teammates, not getting many opportunities to create his own offense. He made two easy lay-ups around the hoop off guard penetration in the halfcourt, and also made a spot-up three in transition. He did get one more opportunity to show off his own driving ability late in the game, though, where he drove the ball left and switched hands near the hoop, laying up a right-handed finger-roll off the glass and drawing a foul in the process for the and-1. Singler also showed off some nice dribbling abilities in the fullcourt, being able to handle some of those duties to assist his teams guards.
Defensviely, Singler made a few nice plays, making a nice block in transition from behind that was excellently timed, and making one nice steal in the halfcourt where he used his length and anticipation to cut off the passing lane.
Jeff Robinson, 65, SG/SF, Memphis
17 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks, 7-10 FG, 3-5 3PT
Robinson scored all seven of his baskets off assists by his teammates, and he may not have put a single dribble down prior to any of those scores. He hit three spot-up three-pointers, mostly in halfcourt sets, where he exhibits pretty good form, though he tends to push forward a bit on his release with some of his deeper shots. He also scored four times in transition, twice on lay-ups and twice on jams, most of which were on uncontested breakaways.
Robinson should do a good job providing scoring for Memphis next season, doing so on finishes at the hoop and with his spot-up outside shot, both of which are more than serviceable weapons. Hed do himself well to work on his ball-handling and mid-range game, though, so he could become a more complete scorer and step out of the complementary role.
Austin Freeman, 64, SG, Georgetown
16 points, 3 rebounds, 7-16 FG, 1-3 3PT, 1-1 FT
In the second half, Freeman went on a tear late, scoring on a bunch of right-handed drives, mostly by getting separation through screens and having a straight-line to the hoop, but occasionally creating separation for himself and faking to get his man off balance for the shot attempt. He also converted on a back-door lay-up off a pass down low, and hit a fade-away jumper from eight feet off a stray rebound. Freeman missed on a few contested and off-balanced mid and long-range shots throughout the game, and his shot selection is something he might want to pay closer attention to when he isnt very hot. Freeman went on some really hot streaks shooting the long ball in shootarounds during the practices in the days before the games, but wasnt able to show off much of his outside shooting ability in the main event.
Chris Wright, 67, SF/PF, Dayton
10 points, 10 rebounds, 5-7 FG
Blake Griffin, 69, PF/C, Oklahoma
8 points, 8 rebounds, 4-8 FG