Clyde Wade, PG, Memphis This little guy bound for Winchendon next season rallied his team to a huge upset win over Athletes First. He did it with amazing quickness and speed. His jumper was on and he was determined to get the win. Great effort!
Rashad McCants, SG/SF, Charlotte Royals McCants has this whole AAU tournament deal figured out. He's mastered the craft of getting nearly 20 points a game in the early rounds, winning and saving himself for the stretch run. That's how he approaches these deals and no one is arguing with the results. In the evening session, Illinois didn't have anyone who could guard him and he took his man to the blocks and down right was a terror in the post. He's so competitive and skilled it's really shouldn't come as a surprise that his teams are generally always in the mix.
JJ Redick, SG, Boo Williams He proved that he's the best in the business when it comes to making jumpers. Off screens, curls or step backs, he is the man. Redick was pumped up all day long and when it came time to win, he was answering the call.
Shelden Williams, PF, Athletes First He scored over 25 in both playoff games today and did his best to lead his team. His offense was diverse and his jumper was on target.
Rashad Anderson, SG, Tallahassee Wildcats He's summer just got better once he arrived in Orlando. He's one of the best at his position and there's no reason to think his rise won't continue. He hit as many "money" shots as anyone in this tournament.
Justin Gray, PG/SG, Charlotte Royals This kid has been in some big ballgames so it comes a no real surprise that he's playing well during the Royals stretch run. He averaged 14.5 points today and steadied the ship and was able to get everyone involved for Charlotte.
Mario Boggan, C, NC Gaters The biggest compliment we can pay to Boggan is that the other kids in the tournament fear him. Everyone respects his game, his size and what he gets done. In a loss to the Illinois Wildcats he hit for 33 and darn near drained a lenghty buzzer beater to win it.
Anthony King, PF, NC Red Storm He's gotten a lot stronger and better since the close of his high school season. He's more confident, has more moves and picked up an inch to get him to 6-8. He's looking like a young man with a bright future.
Brian Randle, SF, St. Louis Eagles He looks a lot like current Illini forward Brian Cook. His offense is coming around, he's athletic and his swooping move in the lane was quite impressive. He's a big-timer on the rise.
2004: One To Watch
Cornelius Ingram, SF/SG, Tallahassee Wildcats He's not a main weapon on the Wildcats but he sure passes the look test and we're willing to be bet he's going to be a big-time scorer/athlete.
Jeremy Hunt, CG, Memphis He had a big week in Orlando and it's not over yet. He simply made shots all week long and he's a huge reason why Memphis is in the semis.
Isaiah Hunter, PG, Charlotte Royals A lot of college recruiters are inquiring about him. He's made a little name for himself scoring and handling the ball in Orlando and he's been a regular standout on a team with two bonafide Top 100 players. He was clutch with four straight free-throws down the stretch to help the Royals stave off the Wildcats.
Analyzing The Azubuike Situation
While everyone wonders why Kelenna Azubuike switched AAU teams, one thing is becoming more and more clear: Athletes First misses him. Pegged as a team that could win a number of summer events, Athletes First came up short in each and there has to be some correlation to the fact that they are playing without Kelenna. There are a lot of doubters out there, mainly because he's clouded the recruiting picture with premature talk of the NBA, but I'll say this. He's no worse than a Top 30 talent and the Athletes sure could have used him this summer or at least it looks that way.
News and Notes …
Jason Forte of the Jackson Panthers is a combo guard and third cousin of Boston Celtics guard Joe Forte. That should clear up the talk of what his relationship to Joe is. However, he hasn't spoken with the former UNC guard since he was 14 years old. That's about to change. Forte is going to make an official visit to Boston College and plans on spending a week with Joe in Boston. He also likes Miami, Arkansas, Virginia and Illinois. Cincinnati, Mississippi, Southern Miss and Kansas State are also on his list. He didn't play much today since he suffered a severe ankle sprain and thigh bruise the day before.
Illinois Wolverines swingman Joe Chapman is a Big Ten fan. "I'm a Big Ten guy," Chapman said. His list includes Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois. Marquette and Xavier have offered; Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Bradley and a bevy of MAAC programs are also chasing him.
Clyde Wade will be at Winchendon next year and that's a perfect fit for his up-tempo style. He is hoping to attract interest from Arkansas and Tennessee.
Guard Terrance Whiters likes Baylor, Miami, Mississippi, Georgia, Georgia State and Youngstown. He indicated that Baylor might be the team to beat.