December 7, 2007

All-American Shootout Player Evaluations

Cardinalsports.com was on hand Friday night to see the All-American shootout, where three potential Louisville Cardinals were in action at Freedom Hall. We have scouting reports for all three players from the game. Check out these capsules on target Tyreke Evans, signee Jared Swopshire, and verbal commitment Lamont Jones

Jared Swopshire

33 points, 12 rebounds

The 6-foot-8 prospect has the long, lanky look of a Rick Pitino-type player. While he can certainly stand to add some weight to his frame, Swopshire showed flashes of various talent from inside and outside. He has a good-looking jump shot, and he is able to take the ball inside against smaller players. Swopshire was aggressive on the boards and scored most of his points on interior put-backs.

He showed a solid stroke from the free throw line as well. If a player of his ability can use his quickness to get to the line, it's huge if he can continue to stroke free throws. Swopshire also showed a nice right-handed hook from the post.

Tyreke Evans

46 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

There is a reason why Evans is rated so highly. At 6-foot-5, he is bigger than any other player on the court at his position. But he isn't so big that he can't beat opponents on the dribble. He has a wicked crossover that may be considered a carry most of the time, but it catches opponents leaning almost every time. In addition, Evans can use a spin move off the dribble and shoot a fading jumper that is nearly impossible to stop.

He has good form on his jump shot, shows amazing court vision, and has the ability to change direction on the dribble at any time.

Lamont Jones

34 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds

Simply because we hadn't heard as much about Jones as the other two, it was surprising to see just how talented the 5-foot-11 player was. He is built low to the ground and has a solid body, with more the look of a small running back than a point guard.

He can handle the ball and find open teammates, but his strength is taking his man off the dribble. He has the ability to get into the lane and either take the ball up against bigger opponents. Jones also showed a nice jump shot from the outside, with good rise on the three-point shot and the ability to create his own shot off the dribble.

Jones also showed a flair for the dramatic. With about two minutes to go in the first half, on four possessions down the floor, Jones hit three shots from behind the arc and a baseline jumper off a one-on-one move for 11 straight points. Included in that run were a couple of spirited conversations and looks into the crowd.

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