AAU Nationals: Day Four Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It's fitting that this event is being held on Disney's campus because a mighty mouse, 5-foot-7 Jerome Randle, is taking charge. His Ferrari team plays the Chicago Jaguars Monday night for the AAU title.

The finals are set at the AAU Nationals. Two teams from the Windy City – quite the unlikely pairing – will battle it out Monday night for the national championship. Ferrari knocked off a feisty Mid-State Ballerz 75-66 squad to earn a berth while the Chicago Jaguars beat Houston No Limit 53-44.

Jerome Randle, PG, Ferrari – Not since the summer of 2002 when Andrew Lavender took his team to the AAU finals (a game he lost to Chris Paul and Co.) has Disney's Wide World of Sports seen such a dynamic 5-foot-7 guard. In helping Ferrari to a win, the quickster put together one of the best stat lines of the summer: 27 points, 9-for-11 FG, 3-for-5 3s, 6-for-6 FTs, 5 steals and 5 assists. The guy is a winner, has poise and he's had one heckuva second half of the summer.

Mac Koshwal (right of Thijin Moses in photo), C, Chicago Jaguars – It was his turn to get it done for the Jaguars and he did just that. Houston No Limit had no size up front and Koshwal powered his way to the rim. He finished with 15 points on 7-for-13 from the field to go with 8 boards. He'll meet up with Brian Carlwell of Ferrari in the finals and that should be a solid clash.

Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mid-State Ballerz – He's had quite a July run himself. Poised to crack our Top 100 the next time around, this 6-foot-8, 190 pounder carried his club to the semis of the AAU's. After a sluggish first half, Varnado mustered up 26 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a handful of blocks. His big 3rd quarter was the only reason why Mid-State didn't get run over by Ferrari. Few guys in the class of 2006 (and maybe no one) have made the strides he's made with his game since the spring.

Barry Stewart, SG, Mid-State – A big first half against Ferrari should be enough to get him the mid-major level looks he deserves. Stewart did it from the perimeter where he was wearing it out from mid-range.

Cleveland Richard, SG, Houston No Limit – You have to give these guys a lot of credit for reaching the Final Four. From our perspective, Richard seemed to be their top prospect. These guys were a sum is greater than the individual parts bunch and they fought hard over the course of the event to get into the 3rd place game.

James Dews had a hot hand in a game for All-Ohio. After stripping the nets for 19 in the first half, he would finish with 30 in a consolation bracket tussle. … Underclassman John Roberson of Team Florida 16 went for 32 points in a Sunday win. …

Tyler Roche of the New Hampshire Playerz had 32 points in a loss. A well-conceived play gave him a great look from behind the arc to tie the game but the shot rimmed out and the Playerz run ended. …

Dayton assistant Billy Schmidt and Tulsa's three-man contingent watched Jerome Randle of Ferrari in the semis. … Chattanooga and Murray State were there for Mid-State's Brandon Evans. … The open period ends July 31st and collegiate attendance at the AAU's was down on the final day (other programs were here watching prospects but Scout.com only saw the two semifinal games in person). …

You would think that a late July Carlwell vs. Varnado matchup would be quite the enticing matchup. Well, the competition failed to materialize. Ferrari often goes stretches without playing Carlwell and against Mid-State he was a spectator much of the time. Varnado was terrific but by no means was it a big-timer vs. big-timer, head-to-head matchup. …

This concludes our coverage from the AAU Nationals. We're headed home but will report back on the winner once the tourney ends. With that said, this also concludes our July 2005 event coverage. In the coming weeks we'll revamp our Top 100 in 2006 and update our underclassman rankings plus wrap up the summer!

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