Next Level: Day Three

Three players that carried their teams on their backs got trips to the semifinals: Chris Wright, Hasheem Thabeet and Nick Calathes. In the end, it was Wright who got his team a title.

DALLAS – Despite being without its starting forward tandem of Patrick Patterson and Ed Davis, Boo Williams cruised to the title at the Next Level Ballers Tournament in Dallas.

Chris Wright, the once-committed point guard who has really stepped up his game this spring, led Boo Williams to the crown with a convincing 68-44 win against Nick Calathes and Nike Team Florida in the championship game.

Wright, who has opened up his recruitment after Herb Sendek left N.C. State, scored 19 points despite being off from long distance early – and Frank Hassell, Darrion Pellum and Mike Scott all added double-figures in the win.

The Florida-bound Calathes and his teammates couldn't buy a basket in their fourth game of the day.

``Tired isn't the word," Wright said after the game. "That team (Team Florida) is so fundamentally sound and we couldn't be as aggressive defensively as we usually are. We have a great team from top to bottom."

Patterson and Chris Early both had to catch an earlier flight while Davis watched with an ankle injury.

Michael Sanchez, F, Arkansas Hawks – The game we caught the Arkansas big man he cramped up in the first half and didn't do much after the break when he came back in the game. He's got a terrific body, but he needs to go to the right system to be successful.

Isaiah Thomas, G, Friends of Hoop – He still needs to work on becoming more of a point guard because of his size, but the Washington-bound scoring machine played more under control than in the past and didn't force as much.

James Anderson, SG, Arkansas Wings – He's smooth and can score from virtually all over the court. He's a kid who should become a household name before long. Went from 20-plus in the game we caught him.

Jamelle McMillan, G, Friends of Hoop – There is no one in the country who takes more pride in playing perimeter defense than McMillan. He gave Nick Calathes all he could handle, but FOH came up short against Team Florida. McMillan needs to work on his outside shot to become a complete player.

Nick Calathes, G, Team Florida – After dropping 33 in the semifinals against the Houston Jr. Hardballers, the Florida-bound Calathes wore down in the championship game and was unable to get anything going – especially from the perimeter.

Chris Wright, PG, Boo Williams – We're not sure if it was official, but the junior point guard was our MVP for the tournament. He did everything – scored the ball from the perimeter, took it to the basket and also found his teammates for open looks.

Nick Williams, SF, Alabama Challenge – He forced a few too many bad shots from the perimeter for our liking, but the 6-foot-4 wing, who played a bunch in the paint in high school this past season, is talented enough to warrant high-major interest down the road.

Lashay Page, G, South Carolina Ravens – He hails from the same high school, Latta High, that produced Raymond Felton so the comparisons are inevitable. Page has a similar body as Felton and possesses a nice mid-range game. Definitely someone to keep an eye on for high-majors.

Korey Lucious, PG, Wisconsin DTA – The quick guard from Wisconsin spent the majority of his time playing off the ball. He shot it well from the perimeter, but needs to get to the basket a little more.

Rotnei Clarke, G, Team Texas – If you find a better perimeter shooter, let me know. This kid can really fill it up from long distance. Easily has NBA range and makes them with consistency.

Antwaine Wiggins is a 6-foot-7, 170-pound junior from the Tennessee Travelers who averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds last season at Greeneville High. He said that he's received interest from Michigan, Miami, Illinois, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Creighton, Charlotte and Appalachian State. … Unsigned 7-foot-3 senior Hasheem Thabeet was terrific for much of the weekend in leading the Houston Jr. Hardballers deep into the playoffs. Thabeet, who came to Houston about a year ago from Tanzania, mentioned UConn, Cincinnati, Texas, Miami and Oklahoma State. He said playing time will be the biggest factor. … James Anderson missed all of last July with a broken bone in his foot, but he's made up for lost time and has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor – and interest from LSU and Alabama.

Coaches In The Gym – Paul Hewitt, Stan Heath, Dave Dickerson, Tubby Smith, Anthony Grant.

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