The Fisher King: St. Patrick's Star Shines in All-Star Shootout

Villanova commit Corey Fisher scored 28 points and dished six assists in a 170-165 victory

July 9, 2006

By Bryan Armen Graham


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TEANECK, N.J. -- In the waning seconds of the Senior All-Star game that wrapped up the Reebok ABCD Camp on Sunday afternoon, St. Elizabeth's (N.J.) product Corey Fisher recovered a loose ball in his team's backcourt and turned toward his basket.


In one swift motion, the Villanova commit played the ball off the backboard to North College Hill (Ohio) swingman Bill Walker, who grabbed the carom and threw down a ferocious slam-dunk.


Sure, the Black Team would win the contest on paper -- by the outrageous final score of 170-165 -- but it was the Yellow Team which prevailed in the court of public opinion with a series of acrobatic dunks and spectacular scoring plays. And at the head of the class was Walker, whose eight highlight-reel jams accounted for 16 of his 24 points.


The 6-foot-6 swingman would add five rebounds and a pair of assists to secure co-Most Valuable Player honors, becoming the first three-time MVP in the 24-year history of the ABCD Camp.


He wasn't alone in the winner's circle. A game that featured 335 total points -- 144 field goals! -- awarded no less than five co-MVP awards.


Fisher, the Yellow Team's starting point guard, shared the accolade after a 28-point, six-assist, three steal performance behind a spirited and vocal contingent of hometown fans that made the trip across the George Washington Bridge from his hometown of the Bronx. Three Black Team members were also named co-MVPs: Niagara Falls (N.Y.) point guard Jonathan Flynn, Wheeler (Ga.) power forward James Hickson and Lake Oswego (Ore.) center Kevin Love.


Flynn scored a team-high 23 points and dished seven assists, Hickson scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Love notched another double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.


To the curmudgeons, the lack of defense was downright offensive. But purists be damned, this end-of-week showcase is all about entertainment. Besides, any resemblance Sunday's event bore to a competitive basketball game was dissipated when the on-the-fly addition of a fifth period was announced midway through the third quarter. (Perhaps there wasn't enough scoring?)


Fifteen total players logged double figures on the afternoon. Among the other notable lines:


·          Mt. Zion Academy (N.C.) power forward Tracy Smith scored 22 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the Black Team.


·          North College Hill combo guard O.J. Mayo -- playing opposite his high-school and AAU teammate Walker -- finished with 17 points and seven assists.


·          Mater Dei (Calif.) small forward Taylor King recorded a double-double -- 12 points and 10 rebounds -- for the Yellow Team.


·          Brooklynite Tommy Manzano scored 17 points and grabbed three boards for the winners.


Underclassmen All-Star Game: Maroon Team 127, White Team 122 (OT)


Patterson School (N.C.) swingman Devin Ebanks scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Maroon Team edged the White Team in overtime, 127-122.


Ebanks, a 6-foot-7 native of Long Island City, N.Y., shared co-MVP honors with Oak Hill (Va.) point guard Brandon Jennings, who finished with 14 points and 12 assists for the losers.


Dwan McMillan took the prize for most curious stat line of the day. The St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) point guard finished with zero points, two rebounds and a game-high 13 assists in the winning effort.

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