Finals: Philly MJC 62, Dajuan Wagner All-Stars 53.
Semifinals: Philly MJC 85, The Family 69; Dajuan Wagner AS 89, DTA Wisconsin 84.
Quarterfinals: Philly MJC 72,
Finals: Spiece Indy Heat 62, The Family 41.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Philly MJC: He was terrific all weekend long. There wasn't a kid in the event that checked him well enough to earn a second assignment. In terms of putting a team on his back and leading them to a championship, this was as good as it gets. Let's be honest, Philly wasn't the deepest or most talented team in the event. Lowry just wouldn't let them lose.
Charron Fisher, PF, Dajuan Wagner All-Stars: Like Lowry, he didn't play on the most talented team in his bracket. Still, Fisher fought his way to 25 in the semis. The Roman Catholic product is basically a power forward with small forward size. He gets on the glass and out-energizes opponents. He just never gives up.
A.J. Ratliff, CG, Spiece Blue Demons: In watching him for the second time, we appreciated what he does. The kid is athletic and plays at both ends. The knock on him coming into the event was that he's not consistent. Well, he plays with such poise and grace that it might only appear that he doesn't play hard. He had a tip dunk at the buzzer to end a half in the game we saw.
Mike Conley, PG, Spiece Indy Heat: The left-hander dealt
The Family 22 points in the championship game. We charted him earlier in the day
when he 18 points in a playoff game. He gets steals, converts lay-ups and plays
under control. He's one of the finest underclassmen in
Romar Smith, SG, The Family: We didn't see a whole lot of teams in this division but his thunderous one-handed dunk in the semis made everyone in the gym look up. He's a legit high-major scorer and has a scary body for a freshman.
Greg Oden, C, Spiece Indy Heat: The talk is that he's
the best frosh in
Off The Dribble
Small forward Tony Passley of the Spiece Blue Demons is a good mid-major target but probably didn't have his best game today. It appears that he's got a nice frame and a penchant for rebounding. … Justin Cerasoli had a game-winner when he stole the ball with 18 seconds left against the Houston Westside AS. He raced to the rim, was fouled and sank the winning free throws. …
Joe Crawford had all 14 of his team's fourth quarter points against the Indy Hoosier Stars. … Derek Drews of the Spiece Top Dogs is a member of the Class of 2005 and a very good player. He's savvy, makes shots and hustles. He could be recruited anywhere from mid to high-major when the time comes. …
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson had a great tournament for the DTA team. He's caught in grade limbo right now. He's got some schools after him this year or he could head to prep school for a 5th season and see what kind of high-major interest he generates. The kid hustles, rebounds and makes athletic plays. …
News & Notes
Mike Conley, the MVP of the 15s, is the son of the
former Olympic Medalist with the same name. Conley's dad was a big time triple
jumper. … Luke Zeller has offers from
Many thanks to the great people who make the Spiece event possible, especially tournament directors Bill Hensley and Gerald Hirschy who do a great job with the event!