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Undecided prep named McMVP

Tyreke Evans has double-double in all-star game

March 27, 2008

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— Tyreke Evans relishes the spotlight as the nation's top uncommitted recruit even if he hinted he's already made up his mind.

Still, he did plenty to elevate his profile among the four teams considered still in the running - Memphis, Connecticut, Villanova and Texas.

"I'm making my decision on April 16," said Evans, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the East to a 107-102 victory over the West in the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball boys game on Wednesday night.

There were no Kansas University signees in the annual all-star showcase.

Is Evans making his decision or announcing his decision?

"I'm announcing my decision," Evans said with a chuckle and without elaborating on his choice.

Evans, a 6-foot-6 guard who won the Most Valuable Player award, took over late in the second half after the East closed the West's lead to 82-80.

He had a series of slashing drives to the basket to open a 95-88 lead, none more impressive than when he faked out a defender and forced his way through Demar DeRozen, drawing a foul.

"I knew it was going to be tough coming out going against the top guys I was going against," Evans said. "So I know all the hard work I put in at the gym it paid off."

Evans, who went 9-of-15 from the field, missed the ensuing free throw, but the East stretched the lead back to 99-88 with 3:29 left, and the West never got closer than the final margin.

Willie Warren, headed to Oklahoma, scored 10 straight points for the West on a 10-2 run that made it 82-80 with about nine minutes left before Evans took over. Warren finished with 23 points and three steals.

The East also got strong performances from Michael Rosario (18 points and five steals), Kemba Walker (13 points), Ed Davis (11 points), and Elliot Williams (10 points). For the West, DeRozen and Scotty Hopson, the other uncommitted player, scored 10 each, while B.J. Mullens added 12 points.

Drew Jennings, who plans to play for Arizona, had 12 points and nine assists for the West.

"I was trying to get the assist record," joked Jennings, who fell short of Jacque Vaughn's record mark of 13 set in 1993.

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