’BAM’ HELPS LIFT Boo Williams TO TITLEWith Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo leading the charge, the Boo Williams Summer League team ran through the field at the 11th Grade AAU Super Showcase in Louisville. BWSL beat Alabama Challenge 63-50 in the title game in Freedom Hall.
Adebayo, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound five-star prospect, led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds in the title game.
”We wanted to win this bad after falling short in Peach Jam,” Adebayo said. “This makes up for it. We really played well.”
Adebayo said his summer has been a “big success,” but needs to improve on a few things, including “my jump shot and post moves,” before next spring.
On the recruiting front, Adebayo said he leaves the calls “up to my mentor,” but knows that his list of schools “just keeps growing.”
Adebayo has offers from North Carolina, Kansas, Wake Forest, Memphis, Iowa State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and East Carolina among others with plenty of other schools showing interest.
”It’s fun, but I have time,” said Adebayo, ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2016.
WILLIAMS SEES RECURITMENT TAKE OFF
After a strong spring and summer, Chesterfield, Va., Bird High School guard Kenny Williams has seen his recruitment take off.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound senior guard for Boo Williams Summer League only had nine points in the championship game but was solid throughout the AAU Super Showcase for the championship team.
”Everybody wants to win in their final AAU game,” Williams said. “Going out on top sure is a nice feeling.”
Williams said he plans on taking some unofficial visits in early August and then cutting down his list “at some point” in a few weeks. He’s hearing the most from VCU and has drawn a lot of interest from Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana and others.
”I’ve had a few new schools coming in, N.C. State reached out,” he said. “But mostly just he same ones who have offered me. It’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying it and I know it will be a tough decision.”
SMALL GUARD PLAYS BIG FOR BALTIMORE ELITE
Baltimore St. Frances point guard Daquan Bracey is only listed at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds but he came up much larger for Baltimore Elite.
Bracey was the best player on the floor and finished with 15 points, six assists and three rebounds to lead Baltimore Elite to a 10-point victory over All-Ohio Red in the 10th Grade AAU Super Showcase on Saturday at Freedom Hall.
”It’s a nice ending,” Bracey said. “We had it a little rocky in the first few tournaments where we would lose in the Elite Eight and Final Four. But this is our family and we needed to come here and play as a team.”
Mount St. Mary’s is the only offer Bracey has at this point but he said after his solid play this week that he “feels like more are coming.”
”A lot of the coaches that have been calling me were here all week and watched,” said Bracey, a member of the Class of 2016.
BIG MAN SHOULD GET MORE LOOKS
Baltimore Elite big man Mike Tertsea, a member of the Class of 2016, currently only has two scholarship offers but that should change soon.
The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Tertsea has offers from UMBC and Binghamton but played solid in several games in front of a bunch of college coaches in helping Baltimore Elite to the 10th Grade AAU Super Showcase title.
Tertsea had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in a win over All-Ohio Red in the final game with Ohio State, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Dayton and many others colleges watching.
”It’s improving,” Tertsea said of his interest. “It’s really been improving. I’ve talked to a lot of schools since (early July).”
”I have improved on my offensive moves,” he said. “I feel like sometimes it’s difficult for me to finish around the rim. But I have improved.”
And his stock is rising.
INTEREST PICKING UP FOR ’16 FORWARD Tyler Cook
St. Louis Chaminade Prep ’16 forward Tyler Cook is now up to 13 scholarship offers after landing one this week from Florida.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Cook helped his St. Louis Eagles team to the Copper Bracket Championship in the 11th grade Super Showcase and said his phone has been ringing off the hook in recent weeks.
”I get text and calls from all (13) of the schools every day,” he said. “It’s been fun and I enjoy the process. But I’m not ready to really start thinking about (a decision) just yet. I have enough time.”
But even with the offers, Cook says he found out playing with the St. Louis Eagles this summer that he “still has plenty of work to do.”
”It’s been a great summer,” he said. “But I still need some work, trying to get in better shape still and being more physical around the rim. If I am stronger and in better shape and last longer. So, that will be big for me.”