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Tyreke Evans stars in Portland
Tyreke Evans left no doubt at the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Oregon that he's one of the best basketball players in America. At present, only UCLA-bound Jrue Holliday and Arizona-bound Brandon Jennings are rated higher nationally in the Scout.com national Top 100 at the guard position. Holiday checks in at No. 3, Jennings No. 7. Neither has been more impressive than the 6-foot-5 Evans this summer. In Portland, Evans looked like the best prospect in America. He was consistently dominant against some of the best competition in the world. Offensively, Evans was unstoppable, averaging 31 points in four games to lead the tournament in scoring. There's no question Evans can put the ball in the hole as he had games of 43, 40, 29 and 25. Overall, Evans ranked fourth in the tournament in free throw attempts per game (7.3), first in free throws made (5), first in points (31.3), fourth in rebounding (9.3), fourth in assists (3.0), and first in minutes played (36.7). Based on those numbers, it's hard to imagine there's a better overall guard in the country. And it's not like Evans just had a few outstanding days in Oregon, either. Last week, Evans led his AAU team to the title at the Super Showcase in Orlando, pumping in 22 points in the championship game. On the recruiting front, Louisville and Villanova appear to lead for Evans' services, with Texas, Memphis and Connecticut still being considered. Obviously, Rick Pitino and Jay Wright are eagerly waiting for Evans to make his decision. Tyreke Evans led the NGC in scoring. Evans led his team to the championship game of the Nike Global Challenge. His team faced Greg Monroe's team late Tuesday night for the title. In the semifinals, Evans scored 43 points and 8 assists. Note: Samardo Samuels had a perfect game Tuesday against Greg Monroe's team, making all 11 field goals attempts, while also going 4-of-4 from the line. Samuels scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds in a 119-92 loss. AAU NATIONALS Top Louisville recruits Kenny Boynton and Eloy Vargas led their AAU team, Team Breakdown, to the championship of the AAU Nationals in Florida. Boynton had a big game in the semifinals against Al-Farouq Aminu and the Georgia Stars, scoring 18 points, including 4-7 three's. Vargas scored 16 points in the semifinals and is averaging about 10 points per game in the tournament. Boynton and Vargas led Team Breakdown to the championship game of the Reebok Summer Nationals last week in Las Vegas. In a losing effort, Boynton and Vargas both scored 21 points in the title game, while Vargas also had 17 rebounds. Boynton and Vargas will face Ohio-based King of the Court in the championship game on Wednesday. King of the court is led by Michigan State commit Delvon Roe.
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