Nike Day Three: 3-on-3

INDIANAPOLIS--The morning session featured a 3-on-3 tournament where some of the stars of this camp were allowed to strut their stuff. Three champions were crowned and each "conference" had their own stars emerge.

All the players are grouped into teams and play in a conference to keep things manageable. Each conference had it's own mini-tournament today, playing three-on-three games.

The ACC went first and it was point guard Daniel Gibson's chance to shine. Gibson had the hot hand and hit six straight, including five threes to win the tournament and MVP honors.

Gibson's teammate, 7-3 giant Shagari Alleyene may have had the better game in the final, but it was Gibson who paced them the entire way. The team won 17-10 in the championship.

Corey Gibbs, a 6-6 wing from Listonia, Georgia, was impressive in the loss, but his team just couldn't overcome the play of Alleyene and Gibson.

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In the Big 10 it was the lethal duo of Brandon Bell and Shannon Brown who proved to be too much. Bell took a page out of Gibson's playbook and hit 6 of 7 threes over the last two games, including a 26' buzzer beater to advance to the final.

Brown may not have garnered MVP honors, but he continued to impress. He showcased an amazing ability to penetrate, utilizing dazzling spin moves and a potent cross over. He is a grat finisher who looks equally adept at throwing down the dunk, knocking down a mid-range jumper or draining an NBA three.

In the Pac-10 it was the pair of Ndi Ebi and Dereck Raivio that stood on top. Ebi took MVP honors and had one sequence where he was dominant on both ends of the court. The Arizona recruit blocked a dunk attempt by Oak Hill's Dion Dacons. Ebi then converted an old-fashioned three-point play on the other end. He hustled back on defense and blocked a three point attempt that sealed the win and the MVP award.

Ebi matched up against three of the camps better big men and outplayed them all. In the quarter final he out played Duke recruit Chris Humphries. The two versatile forwards went at each other, but the Houston native getting the upper hand. Then in the semi's he out dueled Chris Richard and came up big against Andrew Lavender for the championship.

The camp continues this afternoon with more five-on-five play.

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