'Big Baby' Puts On Show At AAU Nationals

Dave Telep continues his month-long series of reports on top basketball prospects.

Tasmin Mitchell and Glen Davis Orlando, Fla.--Tasmin Mitchell and Glen Davis (pictured) had it rolling at the AAU Nationals, but they won‚t play for the national title. Memphis upended them in overtime and they'll meet a game Martin Bros. team in the finale.

AAU Nationals, Day Three

Semifinals: Memphis YOMCA 76, Sports Academy 73 (OT); Martin Bros. def. Team Richmond.

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Glen Davis, C, Sports Academy: "Big Baby" had it going all day long. In fact, he posted 31 in the national semis before fouling out in overtime. In what proved to be a pivotal play in the game, Davis appeared to have picked Corey Brewer clean at midcourt but was whistled for his final fouled.

Brewer would later admit the call could have gone either way. Regardless, the train was derailed but not before the nimble one won over more admirers. It was quite ironic that Davis, a noted football stud, was getting all this work done as the Tampa Bay Bucs were holding training camp on the same premises.

Shawne Williams, SF, Memphis YOMCA: His 29 points in the semis led the way for Memphis. He made some key threes and of course he was his usual high-wire act above the rim, catching alley oops and running the floor with reckless abandon. He's been big time down here.

Sam Perry, F, North Greenville: He took a group of would be underdogs and put them under his wing for four days. This talented and ultra athletic forward kicks tail and gets things done. He says he's comfortable being recruited at the Southern Conference level and the league would be doing well for itself to get him into it.

Tyree Evans, SG, Team Richmond:

This guard version of instant offense led a valiant and surprising run by Team Richmond. The guy can flat out stroke it with the best in his class from behind the three-point line.

Ron Steele, PG, Alabama Challenge: He put together a pair of 25-plus point efforts on da three, but it wasn't just his scoring that was impressive. He's got good pace to his game and great feel at the spot. He's a hard guy not to like and a definite Top 100 player whose stock is on the rise. He rarely forces the action and he's going to be a player early for the Crimson Tide.

Jimmy Binnie, SF, Martin Bros: Really their success is a total team effort as the sum is definitely greater than the individual parts, but Binnie was their leading scorer in two games on Wednesday. He converted some key athletic drives and for a team that isn't going to run you out of the building, he turned the numbers on the scoreboard. With Binnie, Alex Thompson, Trent Meacham, Brian Lillis and Dylan Grimsley playing at a high level like they are, they're ready to give a charged up Memphis bunch a run for their money.

Brian Johnson, PF, DC Blue Devils: The matchup with Sports Academy and Glen Davis was an exciting one on paper, but it was a no contest on the court. Sports Academy rolled the Blue Devils in a big way and Davis was dominant inside as Johnson and Co. couldn't stop the freight train. When it was all over, Big Baby had 19 and 10 and Johnson was only able to muster four points and one board.

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Tasmin Mitchell, F, Sports Academy: He was awesome on Wednesday. This athletic specimen did work on the offensive glass, was a reliable scorer and pounded it inside when he needed to. In both games we saw him he showcased the total package. Who knows what would have happened if he didn't foul out in regulation against Memphis.

Bobby Frasor, PG-SG, Illinois Wolves 16s: What this team did here is amazing and Frasor has been the big gun as far as we can tell. This guy is going to have high-major interest and offers. You just can't help but to be impressed with his game more each time out.

News & Notes

*Sam Perry is going to be a popular guy to call in the next few days, but everyone recruiting him knows who they are chasing: the College of Charleston. Perry's a loyal young man and C of C has been there for a while.

*Brad Brownell of UNC-W and Brian Gregory of Dayton were at all of Trent Meacham's games today. Dayton could be tough to beat here.

*Tyler Hansbrough, go figure, drew another nice crowd today. Assistants from Michigan State, Missouri, Kansas, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois and Iowa were on hand.

*Southern Illinois was in the building watching Matt Shaw, as was Stanford.

*John Brady of LSU was one of the few remaining head coaches in Orlando on day three. He was front and center for Tasmin Mitchell and Glen Davis all day long.

*Albany City Rocks forward Will Daniels has offers from St. Bonaventure and Rutgers. Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and St. John's round out his top five but none of those three have offered.

Scout's Seat

*We told you that Rudy Gay

was upset that he didn't get a chance for a game-winning shot attempt on Tuesday. Well, on Wednesday in a pair of game-winning situations he got two looks but neither jumper would go down for him.

*One of the impressive things about Tasmin Mitchell is the way he uses his athleticism. On one play, he caught the ball and went immediately to his spin move ala Antawn Jamison. The guy can really score inside and out.

*We've noted before how well Williams and Brewer have co-existed together. Brewer, following the game in which Williams really stepped up, assured us that one of them was going to do what it took to win. Turns out they were both very good and again, we admire how they've shared the spotlight at different times.

*Andre Allen, against Sports Academy, did what he does best: push the tempo. In some crucial late game situations he was able to go coast to coast and make himself tough to guard in open spaces.

*2003 American U. commitment Andre Ingram is young enough to participate here with Team Richmond and he's been super. His stroke looks nice and AU got itself an A+ steal.

*It's worth noting. James Gist's hook shot is starting to become his go to offensive weapon and we like it!

Our extensive summer hoops tour concludes with the AAU National Championship coverage. Hope you enjoyed the 22 days of coverage from five of America's top summer events!


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