Real Deal, Old School

MVP Kenny Boynton leads Team Breakdown to the Real Deal on the Hill AAU tournament title on Sunday while the Arkansas Hawks and Arkansas Wings organizations both show off a bevy of talent in the aforementioned event in Fayetteville and the Old School Super Regional in Conway.

There were three big-time AAU basketball tournaments going on in the country this weekend – two of them in Arkansas that drew virtually all of the nation's top colleges to the Natural State.

But as far as he is concerned, Bill Ingram's Real Deal on the Hill – an event that took place in Northwest Arkansas - takes a back seat to no one.

"This was the absolute best tournament we have had, the best one going on this weekend and no one was even close to it," Ingram said. "That's the bottom line and the proof is the amount of coaches we had here to see the big-time talent.

Kenny Boynton, a 6-2 shooting guard from Florida ranked as the seventh-best 2009 prospect in the country by Scout.com, was named the MVP Sunday after leading his Team Breakdown squad to a 17-and-under championship game win over the Illinois Warriors.

Team Breakdown ousted the New York Gauchos and the Warriors – who knocked the host Arkansas Hawks out Saturday night – bested the Atlanta Celtics in semifinal games on Sunday morning.

"This team was loaded with great teams and Kenny Boynton had one heck of a tournament," Ingram said. "He was the man this weekend."

Memphis' John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Duke's Mike Krzyewski, Arkansas' John Pelphrey, UCLA's Ben Howland, Louisville's Rick Pitinio, Kentucky's Billy Gillispie, Missouri's Mike Anderson, Baylor's Scott Drew and Oklahoma State's Travis Ford were just a few of the over 300 coaches who showed up.

The Arkansas Hawks finished the event 4-1, taking all three of their pool games and winning their opening bracket play game before falling to the Illinois Warriors.

"For the most part I thought we played pretty good," Ingram said. "We played three really good teams this weekend and beat two of them. We started to come together and we just start building on that."

The Hawks – like many other AAU clubs – will head to the Next Level Ballers tournament in Dallas next weekend.

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The state's other big AAU tournament this weekend was the Old School Super Regional in Conway, an event which some of the same aforementioned coaching names.

Pelphrey was on hand to watch talents such as Arkansas Wings Gold point guard A.J. Walton of Little Rock Hall and 2011 UA commit Aaron Ross (6-7, 205).

Memphis YOMCA dropped Walton's Wings 65-63 Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the 17-and-under division.

That followed a stirring Saturday night game in which the Wings rallied from a 20-point second half deficit to whip Oklahoma's Athletes First 68-65.

Athletes First came back to win the 17-and-under division with a 63-57 win over Memphis YOMCA on Sunday afternoon.

Ross, who was named to the all-tournament team, showed why he is considered one of the nation's top 10 talents in the 2011 class.

He had one 23-point, 16-rebound game, another 20-plus rebound game and 17 points in the 15-and-under championship game.

Memphis YOMCA scored the last seven points of the game to down Ross' Wings 63-58 in the title tilt.


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