All Ohio Red sent three teams to the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Virginia, this past weekend and one – the U-17 team – captured a team title. Led by Northland’s Jared Sullinger, who eanred MVP awards, the U-17 squad was able to excel despite losing Princeton star Jordan Sibert to a leg injury. The U-16 team made the Final Four, while the U-15 team had a winning record.
All Ohio Red picked up where it left off last season by winning the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Virginia. All Ohio is coming off a 69-1 campaign a year ago when it won the 16 and under AAU Nationals.
However, the story of the weekend was not a high note. Cincinnati Princeton and Ohio State commit junior Jordan Sibert was rushed to the hospital after snapping his left in a scuffle for a rebound.
“Jordan (Sibert) went up for a rebound and when he came down his leg got caught in the scuffle,” All Ohio Red coach Victor Dandridge said. “We could all hear it snap. They will be taking him back to Ohio today where he will see physicians at Ohio State and Cincinnati to see if he needs surgery. He broke his tibia and fibula and will certainly need rehab.”
On a brighter note, the Red’s 17 and under were victorious by taking down Team STAT in the semifinals (63-60) behind Columbus Northland’s Jared Sullinger’s 22 points and knocking off Team Final (75-72) in the championship. Sullinger was a monster all weekend and more so in the finals with 22 points and 18 rebounds.
“Jared (Sullinger) was unstoppable against some of the country’s top players,” Dandridge commented. “He just overpowered everyone and ended up taking home the gold division MVP award.”
All Ohio Red overcame 27 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists from Mike Gilchrist to earn the title over Team Final. Gilchrist, who favors Kentucky, was helped by his running mate Dion Waiters with 17 points. Waiters has committed to Syracuse.
Findlay Liberty-Benton’s Aaron Craft also rose to the occasion.
“Aaron guarded some of the top tier guards in the country in Austin Rivers and Mike Gilchrist,” Dandridge relayed. “He invited the challenge and stepped up every time.”
Austin Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers. Rivers (2011) has committed to Florida. Rivers had to carry the load after 2010 five-star Brandon Knight left the game early with a hip injury.
All Ohio Red’s 16 and under squad also enjoyed quite a bit of success especially Columbus Northland point guard Trey Burke. The 16 and under outfit lost to the eventual champion (The Playaz Basketball Club) in the semifinals.
“I would like to say a special note for Trey Burke,” Dandridge lamented. “The kid was just outstanding all weekend. He was averaging 35 points per game up until the final four against some of the best guards in the country.”
Burke scored 40 points against one of the top five players in the country in the 2011 Class going 9-of-9 from the field in the first half.
The run by the 16 and under team was even more amazing considering they were playing shorthanded with a roster of seven and Ralphael Carter-Nowling of Olentangy High School suffered an injury during the weekend. Traevon Jackson of Westerville South, who is the son of Jimmy Jackson, was unable to make the trip this weekend.
The 15 and under contingent finished a strong (2-1), but its opening game loss kept them out of tournament play.
“We had to play a squad called Hoop Dreams as soon as we got there on Friday, and lost,” said the All Ohio boss. “We bounced back and beat Mean Streets and Virginia Beach Heat, but they only took the undefeated teams so we didn’t make tournament play. This team was also shorthanded.”
Leroy Alexander of Toledo Springfield and Malik London of Chillicothe were unable to attend.
According to Dandridge, All Ohio Red 15 and under may be without star Kenny Kaminski (Medina) for good. The 6-foot-6 Kaminski averaged close to 10 points a game as freshman for Medina, which returns its whole starting line up for next year.
“Kenny played for another Nike sponsored team last year, and it doesn’t look they are going to let him go under the Nike rules,” Dandridge said. “It appears at this time he will not be to continue with us against his wishes.”
All Ohio Red 17 and under will be back in action this weekend at the Real Deal in the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, while the 16’s and 15’s will be at the Pitt JamFest.