The 2010 King James Classic concluded yesterday, but not before hundreds
of the country’s top round ballers graced Northeast Ohio with their
It was a successful weekend for several Ohio teams, but none matched the
weekend enjoyed by the Ohio Basketball Club. Here’s a complete look at who did what…
AKRON – The 2010 King James Classic concluded yesterday, but not before hundreds of the country’s top round ballers graced Northeast Ohio with their unbelievable talent.
It was a successful weekend for several Ohio teams, but none matched the weekend enjoyed by the Ohio Basketball Club. The Adidas sponsored 17-and-under unit captured the highly-regarded King James Gold Bracket championship, while 16U reached the Final Four and 15U advanced to the Elite Eight before being defeated by the eventual champion (Texas Titans).
Here is a recap of the top 17-AND-UNDER teams and players:
Note at the King James, tournament director Dru Joyce, made seven pools “super pools” meaning each team in those seven pools were all top-notch units which created several tournament-like games in pool play. All 21 of those teams, regardless of record in pool play, made the Gold Bracket tournament.
Ohio Basketball Club (7-0)
Pool Play (2-0):
55-50- King James Shooting Stars
85-70- Hurricane Running Rebels
Gold Bracket Tournament:
69-52- All-Ohio Force
69-56- NC Athletics
67-60 – Team Takeover
84-79- CP3 All-Stars
77-66- The Family (Championship)
Analysis: We were able to see the Ohio Basketball Club three times this weekend. On Friday night, OBC met King James Shooting Stars in somewhat of a heated rivalry game. Head coach Ken Taylor’s bunch was able to hold off King James for a 60-55 triumph. OBC was able to overcome King James despite playing without the services of inside stud Chane Behanan (6’7/2011) of Bowling Green High School (KY).
The next time we watched OBC was in the Final Four on Sunday morning. They played very well in an 84-79 victory over CP3 All-Stars out of North Carolina. Behanan recorded 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. The 6-foot-7 four-man was able to do whatever he wanted on the interior against the elite level talent. Big Chane muscled his way to inside baskets on offensive rebounds and a series of spin moves on the block. He even showed his ability to knock down the triple.
Unsigned senior Nick Harney of Cleveland Benedictine scored 18 points and yanked down nine boards. The 6-foot-7 Harney scored on several two-handed dunks off quality penetrations from guards P.J. Boutte and Jehvon Clarke. Harney ran the floor very well and showed his ability to finish above the cup. He plays with tons of energy, which lets him make up for an absent perimeter game.
5-foot-8 junior Boutte was brilliant against CP3. From all accounts, it was his best game of the tournament. He scored 19 points, handed out more than 10 assists, and grabbed three rebounds. Though, we didn’t chart his steals it had to be a high number. The little guy, who is committed to the University of Detroit, was seemingly everywhere. He did a great job of running the team and leading the break.
6-foot-1 junior Clarke was able to slash into the paint and beat his man off the dribble almost the entire game. Clarke, who attends Canton Timken, tallied 14 points and pulled down four rebounds along with setting Behanan and Harney up on several occassions for easy buckets. He can overhandle the basketball at times and settle for three-point shots on occassion, but the kid is tremendous when going north-and-south.
6-foot-8 junior Aaron White of Strongsville was solid as well, but struggled a little bit with the shot. He showed us his ability to knock down the mid-range jumper, a very nice spin move on the block ending with a left-hand baby-hook, and a two-handed stuff. White runs very well for his size and can handle it a little bit. We know he can knock down the three-ball, so we weren’t too concerned about him being a little off. White scored six points, but only managed two rebounds.
Athletic junior Bishop Daniels (6’2) led CP3 with 23 points, followed by 18 from North Carolina commit P.J. Hairston including four three-point goals. Hairston plays within the realm of the game and owns a wet stroke. Point guard Chris Wilson added 11 points on several nice drives to the basket. The lefty can get in the paint.
6-foot-4 freshman Rodney Pervis is a name to keep a close watch on. Pervis played outstanding with 17U squad scoring 13 points against OBC showing he can knock down the triple and get to the basket finishing against older and stronger players. The frosh from Upper Room Christian Academy puts you in mind of a young John Wall.
In the championship game, we missed the first half due to the drawn out end of the 15-and-under championship but the final 16 minutes was enough action and then some. OBC was facing a team in The Family (Michigan) which previously knocked out Ohio teams the Running Rebels, All-Ohio Red, and King James Shooting Stars.
Beating The Family was going to be a daunting task thanks to juniors Carlton Brundidge and Amir Williams. Brundidge, a 6-foot-1 junior out of Southfield (MI), was balling all weekend. If we were to name an MVP, without hesistation, the University of Michigan commit would have enjoyed the hardware.
Brundidge, who earlier in the day dropped 37 points on All-Ohio Red, erupted for 22 points in the 2nd half against OBC. Judging by his play throughout the weekend, it is likely he was well over 30 points for the game. Despite his efforts, it wasn’t enough to overcome a powerful OBC squad who is enjoying a great spring thus far.
OBC, in its 77-66 triumph, got 10 points and six rebounds from Behanan in the 2nd half along with a like amount out of Clarke. Harney contributed nine and four boards with White adding five counters. The 2nd half also was the debut of sophomore Shaheed Davis (6’7/2012) of Warren Harding.
Davis added some length and energy on the interior scoring six points and grabbing three caroms in limited action. Davis played the rest of the weekend with the 16U team.
OBC did a nice job on 6-foot-10 center Amir Williams. The high-major recruit was limited to just two points in the 2nd half.
King James Shooting Stars
Pool Play (1-1):
50-55- Ohio Basketball Club
67-66- Hurricane Running Rebels
Gold Bracket Tournament:
55-38- Humungous Columbus Force
69-56- NC Athletics
63-34- Team Detroit
46-38- BSA Nike
Lost- The Family
Analysis: We were able to witness King James three times. In the opening night loss to OBC, King James battled but could never get over the hump.
Though, King James bounced back in tournament play with nice wins over NC Athletics, Team Detroit, and BSA Nike before dropping a decision to The Family.
Jakarr Sampson, a 6-foot-8 wing forward of Akron SVSM, proved to us he was the top 2011 in Ohio. Sampson can do a little bit of everything. He showed his ability to knock down the pull-up off the dribble and spot-up jumper. He handles the ball very well for his size almost like a guard, but at times can put it on the deck too much. Sampson finishes really well around the basket including on the drive with his high-level athleticism. He is very good now, but his potential may be even greater.
Zach Price, a 6-foot-9 center of Lakewood St. Edward’s, showed signs of his potential against The Family matched up with Amir Williams. Price is getting stronger, which is allowing him to move weaker players off the blocks. He is pretty good going to left shoulder, but at times can go soft and miss the shot or get it blocked against a lengthy defender like Williams. The big lefty showed a strong post move against The Family knocking the defender off the block with his shoulder and finishing with an emphatic two-handed stuff. We were pleasantly surprised with his play.
Nyles Evans, a 5-foot-11 point guard of North Canton Hoover, does a nice job of leading the team. He isn’t going to wow you with quickness or his athleticism, but he is very efficient. Evans is asked to lead his high school by running a very precise system, so it’s not ironic he is able to do the same thing in a more opener setting with King James. He showed us the ability to be sneaky quick and get to the basket and the ability to knock down open shots. His weight in gold is the ability to lead.
Pool Play (1-1):
66-70- CP3 All-Stars
59-55- Rising Stars Gold
Gold Bracket Tournament:
70-58- NEO Ballers
78-59- Milwaukee Spartans
53-46- West Virginia Wildcats
70-74- The Family
Analysis: We were able to see All-Ohio Red five times over the weekend. Of course, as usual, they were involved in some classics. In the opening game of the tournament, AOR fell to CP3 All-Stars in a terrific 70-66 double-overtime encounter.
Losing the game to CP3 was costly to All-Ohio forcing them to play four games on Saturday with the last concluding around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night. AOR had to bounce right back and play The Family at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday.
Stevie Taylor (Gahanna Lincoln) and Trey Burke (Columbus Northland) were sensational against CP3, but it wasn’t enough. Inside stud, George Fant of Warren Central High School (KY), arrived to the game after halftime due to the long drive. It certainly hurt Red on the interior.
On Saturday afternoon, after defeating Rising Stars Gold in pool play, Red got by a scrappy NEO Ballers team featuring Cleveland Heights’ Cody Martin, Akron Buchtel’s Jazelle Garrett and senior Jason Pitts, and Chris Cromity of Solon.
After running by the Milwaukee Spartans (78-59), thanks to terrific guard play from Stevie Taylor, All-Ohio met up with the West Virginia Wildcats in a heated late night tilt.
Taylor and Burke were very good once again, but Fant was the difference in this one. The Wildcats had no answer for the rugged junior. Fant likes to sweep to right in the post and scores with consistency going that direction. He is a physical rebounder with a good motor and little bit of dog in him. Fant finished above the rim with authority on a baseline jam. The only issue with Fant was his decision to settle for the outside shot off the pick-and-pop. We wanted to see him roll to the basket a little more.
The Wildcats, who are playing without star Pierria’ Henry (South Charleston, WV), put up a great fight. Henry will be out at least six months with a thigh contusion.
Sugarcreek Garaway’s Paul Honigford (6’8/2011) scored in the paint, and did what he does best which is knock down mid-range jumpers. He is a heady player that understands the game and his role.
Chase Fischer (6’3/2011) shooting guard of Ripley (WV) had a hard time getting open, but still managed to knock down some shots.
Though, the biggest impact in this game came from Ozi Dilic of Turkey. Dilic, who plays plays for Huntington Prep (WV), is a 6-foot-3 point guard out of the 2010 class. Dilic didn’t play in the 1st half due to seeing double, but checked into the game in the 2nd half and quickly went to work.
It appeared the Wildcats were on the verge of getting blown out when Dilic took the floor. He is a super strong guard that likes to go hard to his left. Dilic has a deceivingly quick first step and his shoulder strength allows him to get the corner on his defender. He had back-to-back plays hitting a step-back 21-footer followed by a strong finish around the basket over 6-foot-8 sophomore Elijah Macon. On the shoulders of Dilic, the Wildcats got within a single points (47-46) but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated (53-46).
Early Sunday morning, Red met up with The Family in a game headlined by Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke. The two guards sent the crowd inside Barberton High School into a frenzy. They were so hot the fire alarm sounded with 18 seconds remaining in the game causing the masses to file outside before entering the gym once again for the final seconds.
Brundidge scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game, but didn’t score again until the 2nd half. Burke tried his best to keep Red in the game with 14 1st half points. Nate Anderson (6’9/2011) of Teay Valley added five 1st half points including a spot-up triple. Anderson was outstanding behind the arc the entire weekend. Stevie Taylor chipped in with six points despite cold shooting.
In the 2nd half, Burke and Brundidge went back-and-forth putting on a scoring clinic. The Michigan commit scored 24 points in the final 16 minutes finishing with a team-high 37 points. He was able to connect on four three-point goals in the half and five for the game.
Burke scored on pull-up threes, euro-steps, and running tear-drop floaters. We have seen thousands of players and nobody at the high school level shoots the runner better than Burke. He was shooting the three right overtop the defender and most were from deep. The Penn State commit tallied 25 2nd half points including six bonus ball and seven in all. He recorded a game-high 39 points to go along with four rebounds.
Taylor found the range in the 2nd half adding 14 points giving him 20 for the game including four three-point goals.
Though, Macon and Fant combine for just four points and 12 rebounds and All-Ohio wasn’t able to overcome The Family (74-70). Amir Williams scored 11 points for the Michigan-based squad.
Other Gold Brackets Teams:
The D-1 Greyhounds are certainly not the team they were with O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker, Keenan Ellis, Alex Tyus, and Damon Butler but they had a good weekend nonetheless. After getting skunked by The Family on Friday night they bounced back to make the Sweet 16 of Gold Bracket play. They eventually fell to Team Takeover, but not before they upset a very talented St. Louis Gameface outfit (38-37) featuring B.J. Taylor and Danteil Daniels. Freshman Austin Grimes (6’4/2013) of Cincinnati Woodward played very well bumping up two divisions for the Greyhounds.
All-Ohio Force finished pool play (2-0), then defeated Tampa Bay Fastbreak in the opening round of Gold Bracket action before losing to OBC in the 2nd round (69-52). Austin Traylor (6’4/2011) of Walnut Ridge, Jake Forrest (5’10/2011) of Hilliard Darby, Rian Burrell (6’2/2011) of Columbus Beechcroft, and Robert Davis (6’2/2011) of Toledo Bowsher enjoyed solid weekends.
All-Ohio Swag also finished pool play (2-0), but lost in the 1st round to And 1 Basketball (73-54). Dominique McDonald led Swag much of the weekend scoring 32 points in one contest and averaging 25 for the weekend. McDonald, who spent time at Word of God which is the same school John Wall attended, could be playing for Columbus Africentric next year.
The Running Rebels continue to impress winning its pool with a (2-0) record then defeating Pittsburgh Elite (81-63) in the 1st round before losing to The Family (59-43). The Rebels, by most accounts, gave The Family all they wanted. Columbus Marion Franklin’s Nate Spears and Jeremy McCoy lead the way.
Humungous Columbus Force won its pool (2-0) and made the 2nd round before losing to King James (55-38). This team is a bit of an unknown featuring plenty of Central Ohio sleepers.
The Ohio Gators- Fletcher enjoyed some success this weekend despite a short bench. The Gators lost in the opening round of Gold Bracket play to a talented Team Detroit squad featuring Bradon Kearney (Michigan State) and Percy Gibson. Gary Cooper (6’8/Monroe, Michigan) stood out to us for the Gators.
It was a bad weekend to say the least for Team CBIZ starting with a rare winless weekend for the 17s. CBIZ had the Michigan Mustangs beat, but faltered down the stretch leaving them with a 74-72 loss. Then, it was 6-foot-9 Quincy Miller and D-1 Sports that took another bite out of CBIZ. Tournament play didn’t last long as they were defeated by the Baltimore Stars (67-56) in their first game. Alex Lalonde (6’5/Wooster) had a good weekend, and Brian Sullivan (5’11/Upper Arlington) and Blake Justice (6’2/Peebles) had their moments.
We were able to see DC Assault against CP3 All-Stars, which was a great game won by the North Carolina-based squad. In the loss, Quinn Cook was tremendous for DC Assault.
In the Silver Bracket, the Nelson Jordan Center cruised to the title with wins over the Dayton Nets (56-32), Central Ohio AAU (87-69), Detroit Showtime (76-61), and the York Ballers (79-70) in the finals.
NJC didn’t posses a lot of size, but they were very athletic and out ran its opponents. The team is comprised of West Virginia kids specifically Wheeling Park players. Junior guard Kelvin “Bubby” Goodwin had an outstanding weekend for the winners. The team owns a bunch of intriguing sophomores including Boo Lathom, who was able to finish above the rim on several occassions.
Other Silver Bracket Teams:
The Queen City Prophets finished (2-2) on the weekend, but 6-foot-4 wing Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati Aiken) was drawing a lot of buzz amongst the scouts. According to some, Thomas scored around 40 points in one game this weekend. When we think of one word to describe Thomas, it has to be attack. The kid constantly attacks the bucket going hard to his right. He has good length and athleticism which allows him to finish around the rim. He can knock down jumpers in a hurry as well. Thomas is a pure scorer and quicly climbing the 2011 list.
The Buckeye Ballers made the 3rd round of the Silver Bracket including a win over MAC Ohio in pool play. The team includes Larry Nance Jr. (6’7/2011) of Richfield Revere and Zach Wasson (6’5/2011) of Orrville.
In the Bronze Bracket, Friends 4 Life overcame a (0-2) start in pool play to capture the crown. F4L defeated MAC Ohio, 64-41 in the finals. 6-foot-8 junior Anton Grady of Cleveland Central Catholic is the prized player on this team along with a host of sleepers including Chaz Rollins of Cleveland John Hay.
Hidden Gems made the Bronze Final Four before losing to MAC Ohio (61-53). Hidden Gems was led this weekend by Marcquise Taylor (Columbus Africentric) and Shakir Dunning (Harvest Prep).
In the 16U division, it was much like the 17s but only six of the pools were “super pools” in the 16-and-unders.
Here is a look at some of the top teams and players:
Ohio Basketball Club
Pool Play: (2-0)
78-52- Rising Stars Gold
70-65- The Family
Gold Bracket Tournament:
63-56- D3 Heat
56-48- Grand Rapids Storm
73-71- King James Shooting Stars
71-78- CP3 All-Stars (Final Four)
Analysis: We were able to see OBC once this weekend in its game against The Family in pool play.
We were very impressed with OBC’s team chemistry especially for a team with a deep bench. OBC has several guards including Desmond Ridenour (6’0/2012) of Cleveland Benedictine, Isiah Rogers (5’9/2012) of Westerville South, Evan Payne (6’1/2012) of Walsh Jesuit, and Winston Grays (5’10/2012) of Cleveland Benedictine.
Ridenour gets better every time we see him. The sophomore had a tremendous state tournament and seems to have continued that play into AAU.
Payne is a tremendous athlete that can finish way above the rim and knock down the triple. He is very good in the open floor using his athleticism to fly to the cup.
Rogers isn’t flashy, but does a good job of leading. Gray is lights out shooter when spotted up.
The aforementioned Shaheed Davis of Warren Harding showed us flashes of brilliance on the interior. He can run the floor, handle the pill, hit the mid-range jumper, and is very active on the boards getting his hands on everything with his length.
Ridenour, Davis, and Payne each scored 11 points against The Family. Rogers added eight.
Curtis Oakley (6’5/2012) of Lyndhurst Brush, who is an undersized four-man, played very well. He makes up for being undersized with his toughness, being left-handed, and having deceiving length. He rebounds very well with his strength and position.
Eric Truog (6’9/2012) of Chagrin Falls Kenston played well around the basket finishing off guard penetration. Troug has a good IQ for the game with the ability to score around the basket. He isn’t overly athletic and his feet are a bit heavy, but he is young and knows how to play. Truog scored eight points in the game we watched.
Lorenzo Cugini (6’6/2012) of Akron SVSM has the look of a big-time wing forward. He can shoot the three and score in the paint. Cugini is ranked by most as the No. 1 wing forward in the class for Ohio. In the game we saw, Cugini led the way with 17 points.
King James Shooting Stars
Pool Play: (1-1)
49-56- Southern Kings
Gold Bracket Tournament:
Lost to OBC (73-71) in Elite 8
Analysis: We got to see King James for a game in a win over D-Rose. Junior Josh Malone of Berea stood out to us along with 2012 Devin Carter. Malone led the way with 17 points while Carter added 14.
2012 Tyler Scott also played very well in the game we saw. Scott, a 6-foot-5 athletic guard, scored 11 points. Scott, who plays at Gateway High School (PA), already has an offer from Duquesne.
Another Pennsylvania stand out performed well in Beaver Falls’ Sheldon Jeter. The 6-foot-6 Jeter showed us his athleticism in transition by quickly covering the floor and finishing above the rim. Jeter, a 2012 forward, is the cousin of Nebraska starting point guard Lance Jeter.
Pool Play: (2-0)
69-48- New Mexico Force
Gold Bracket Tournament:
Lost to CP3 All-Stars (67-64) in Elite 8.
Analysis: We got to watch All-Ohio Green on Saturday afternoon. There is one common factor to the success of any of the All-Ohio 16U teams, which is Adolphus Washington (6’6/2012) of Cincinnati Taft.
Washington played with All-Ohio Green this weekend instead of his usual team, All-Ohio Purple team. The Purple has three kids from Taft, so they have to rotate each weekend. Though, it is no surprise Green had the better weekend considering “Diesel” was playing with them. What is more, some guys from All-Ohio didn’t even know there was a Green team.
Most people knew about Green after this weekend’s Elite Eight finish. Green got through pool play unbeaten with wins over New Mexico Force (69-48) and the Renegades (61-60).
In the game we saw, Washington dominated the paint scoring at relative ease against NM Force. He was able to create space in the paint with his man’s body to grab offensive rebounds and put the ball back in the cylinder. Washington just knows how to play and he is a kid that is a proven winner. He scores with contact better than any kid in his age group. At first glance, his appearance looks like a college defensive end. The big man went for 35 points in the game we watched with well over 10 rebounds.
Tyler Jordan (6’4/2012) of Cincinnati Withrow added eight points and Allante Foster (6’4/2012) of Cincinnati Princeton contributed six. A kid with the last name Hill and first initial L scored 10 points for Green while running the point spot. We were unable to attain his first name.
AOG eventually lost to the CP3 All-Stars in the round of eight (67-64), but it was a terrific showing for a team most never heard of.
Other Gold Brackets teams:
All-Ohio Red and Purple were both in “super pools” and were both were eliminated in the 2nd round of Gold Bracket action.
We were unable to see Purple this weekend, but did manage to see Red on Saturday as they squandered a big lead to Team Takeover (the eventual champion) and lost 69-68.
Guard play was certainly shaky in the final stages of the game for Red with turnovers occurring one after the next not to mention they went ice-cold from the floor.
Both Purple and Red finished (1-1) in in pool play with Purple losing to Team God’s Chosen Few (81-74) in tournament play and Red falling to Grand Rapids Storm (62-58).
In the game we saw of Red, Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012) of Columbus Northland wasn’t there and Kyle Molock (6’1/2012) point guard of Dublin Coffman is now playing for Team Detroit’s 17-and-under squad.
Two Ohio teams which enjoyed very good weekends were All-Ohio Black and Dayton Metro- Felder. Both teams went (2-0) in pool play and lost in the Sweet 16. Black fell to King James (60-52) and Metro lost to the Southern Kings (63-58).
We were unable to see AOB, but did get to see Dayton Metro for a contest. Metro was fueled by guard Kendrick Williams (6’0/2012) of Fairborn, Jack Mapes (6’2/2012) of Springboro, Cole French (6’4/2012) of Eaton, Taylor Decker (6’8/2012) of Vandalia Butler, and Marques Green (6’1/2012) of Xenia.
Williams is deceiving. His body structure doesn’t look like a guy that can get you 25 points, but he certainly can. Williams scored 26 points in the opener on Friday night and the game we saw he pretty much did the same. He uses his strength to score in the paint and he is deceptively quick.
Mapes knocked down a bunch of spot-up triples in the game we saw, and Green appears to be a lock-down defender.
The Dayton Nets made the 2nd round of Gold Bracket play, and Dayton Metro- Ank and the Ohio Shooting Stars both lost in the opening round. The Shooting Stars had a pretty weekend starting with an upset of Team CBIZ on Friday night after trailing by 14 points at half. The Shooting Stars were led by Terry Rozier (Shaker Heights) and Cody Dillon (Newton Falls) in the game we saw.
In the Silver Bracket, the Columbus Hawks advanced all the way to the championship game before losing to the Renegades (85-62). The Hawks were (1-1) in pool play, but defeated Team CBIZ, BSA Nike, Franchise Basketball, and Grassroots Canada in tournament play.
Due to schedule conflicts and drive time we were only able to see two 15-and-under contests throughout the weekend. Though, they happened to be the Gold and Silver Bracket championship games.
In the Gold Bracket title game, the powerful Texas Titans matched up with the Cincinnati Lakers. The Lakers are arguably Ohio’s best 15U team.
The Lakers got to the finals after two pool play victories over the Florida Rim Rockers (forfeit) and the Wisconsin Warriors (58-27) then stormed through bracket play with wins over Rochester Franchise Ballers, Team Atlanta, The Family, and the Hurricanes by an average margin of victory of just over 16 points per game.
The Titans beat PA Pride and Team Jordan in pool play and then the Southern Kings, OBC (61-52), and the Atlanta Knicks in tournament action.
In a hard-fought championship game, the Lakers played extremely hard and very well at times but couldn’t overcome the Texas-based team’s talent led by 6-foot-8 freshman Julius Randle.
Randle, who is regarded by many as the top freshman in the country, showed us a little bit of everything. He handles the ball like a guard, and can score inside and out. In the previous game, the big man knocked down three bonus goals while against the Lakers he did most of his damage on the block and from 10-12 feet. He is more comfortable going to his left shoulder so he can use his dominant left hand, but at this point his strength allows him to compensate for not being able to go right. What sets him apart is not only his size and strength, but his ability to put the ball on the deck like a guard. This trait is very rare for a big kid this young.
The Titans are stocked with several future D-1 prospects, so it wasn’t just the Julius Randle show.
For the Lakers, Eric “Trent” Donald of Cincinnati Woodward, Dorian Jordan (Cincinnati Princeton), and Monty Boykins (Lakota West) played ver well. Donald was using his strength to bully his way to baskets in the paint. Jordan did a good job of running the team and knocking down long distance threes. Boykins oozes with potential.
Devin Williams (6’7/2013) of Cincinnati Withrow struggled in this game, but from most accounts, he was absolutely dominant in the semis against The Family.
In the Silver Bracket final, Team Jordan bounced back after a pool play loss to the Titans to capture the title with a win over the Milwaukee Spartans (67-62). Jake Phillis (Bishop Rosecrans), DJ Wingfield (Lockland), Deondray Martin (Lima Senior), and Demetrius Woodley (Lima Senior) all stood out.
Wingfield, at 6-foot-3, has a tremendous frame and can really get to the rack. He struggled with the outside shot, but the stroke looks good.
Martin is a kid to keep a close eye on.
In the Bronze final, the Queen City Prophets beat Team Nelson (51-49). QCP is led by Josh Davenport of Cincinnati Moeller. Davenport is another kid to monitor very closely.
Both OBC and King James made the Gold Bracket Elite Eight as did All-Ohio White. The West Virginia Wildcats made the Sweet 16, and the Ohio Play Makerz, Team CBIZ, and TNBA West lost in the 1st round. CBIZ is played very well this weekend considering its best player, Danny Monteroso of St. Clairsville, is on the shelf for 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle.
Also, a congratulations must go out to the Cincinnati Knights 13-and-under team and the Cincinnati Lakers 12-and-under unit for finishing runner-up in their respective Gold Bracket tournaments. The Knights fell to the Texas Titans (50-46) and the Lakers were defeated by the Georgia Stars Black (54-53).