Evans is MVP at McDonald's showcase

MILWAUKEE - Tyreke Evans relishes the spotlight as the nation's top uncommitted recruit even if the American Christian star hinted he already has 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 game last night.

Is Evans making his decision or announcing his decision?

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

Evans, a 6-6 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 as he made the basket.

"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-for-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 9 minutes left before Evans took over. Warren finished with 23 points and three steals.

Georgetown-bound forward Greg Monroe, considered the nation's top player by recruiting sites Rivals.com and Scout.com, had a tough game for the West, committing five turnovers and scoring one point after an 0-for-2 performance from the field. *