Saturday's Peak Performers

<b>ATLANTA – What's great about an event like the Atlanta Basketball Classic is that it's a chance to see some AAU and traveling team programs that one might not normally see. Teams like Cincinnati Raw and the MidState Ballerz have good players. Maybe they aren't the Celtics, but they've got some talent.</b>

Playoffs Bring Out Competitors

Cincinnati Raw. Ever heard of this team? Probably not. But, on Saturday, they nearly knocked off the Southeast Raptors. The main reason why RAW—Righteousness Always Wins – almost sprung the upset was because of the play of SG Curtis Cross. The Princeton High School guard hit for 33 points against the Raptors. His team wasn't able to get him the ball for the final shot and they lost by a deuce.

Cross averaged 16 points a game last year at Princeton, though he isn't a blip on anyone's radar screen. On Saturday, he drilled deep 3s and converted athletic drives to the hoop in traffic. He was awesome and he's a big-time competitor. With some academic improvement, he's at least a mid-major player.

Stachitas. It's not a cold treatable with aspirin or a tear of the ligament in your shoulder. Actually, Stachitas goes by Chet and he's a swingman who is playing for the Atlanta Celtics. At first, he didn't play a lot with the first or second team of Celtics, but the coaches are coming around and he's receiving minutes with the starters, as he deserves.

Chet Stachitas attends St. Augustine (FL) Nease. He's a good athlete, fine scorer and super student. He fielded 10 calls from college coaches the first day of the summer period.

Two members of the Alabama Roadrunners had fine days on Saturday. Rising juniors Justin Lee and Gaylen Hayden helped their team hang tough against the Celts. Lee was outstanding from the perimeter and the 6-2 shooter rained 3s in the morning.

The Houston SuperStars don't have Daniel Ewing or TJ Ford, but they do have a Richard Law. The 6-6 small forward hit for 30 points in an opening round playoff win over World Wide Renegades. He's a savvy, yet fairly athletic forward. On Saturday, he proved his versatility with passes, 3s and clutch shots. He'll be a guy a lot of schools evaluate in the early part of July.

The Midstate Ballerz were a thorn in the side of few teams in Atlanta this weekend. The pesky bunch is led by combo guard DeMarco Polk, a six-footer from Stratford High in Nashville. Polk, who isn't afraid to let it fly, hit clutch buckets and did his best to keep the Ballerz alive against Team Reef. The kid has no fear. This summer will determine what level he gets recruited at, but mid-major isn't out of the question.

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