Jayhawk Invitational: Day 3 Rundown

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Conner Teahan and Tyrel Reed delivered the goods as K.C. Pump and run captured the Jayhawk Invitational. Verdell Jones and Ft. Sooy made the title game an interesting affair.

K.C. Pump ‘n Run, the hosts of the Jayhawk Invitational double-dipped on Sunday winning both the 17 and 16 and under age groups.

Tyrel Reed and Conner Teahan, both all-tournament performers, scored 20 and 15 points, respectively, to fuel the 61-57 victory over a hard charging bunch from Ft. Sooy No Limit.

Teahan was the main man in the first half before Reed got it going offensively. Reed, the MVP of the event, hit on 8 of 15 shots, including a trio of 3-pointers. When Pump ‘n Run made its final push, it was the steady play of Reed that propelled them to the victory.

Justin Bocot led Ft. Sooy with 22 points in the championship game as no limit nearly got the victory despite a lukewarm shooting performance from the perimeter.

Pump ‘n Run 16s were led by MVP Marcus Denmon (right), the team's top scorer. Denmon's ability to put the ball in the hole was on display the entire weekend.

The 15 year old bracket was captured by K.C. Select, the upset winner over a powerful Athletes First contingent. Vondrae Tostenson scored 15 for the winners and Xavier Henry tallied 19 on the Athletes First ledger.

Tyrel Reed, G, KC Pump – He's the guy who steadies the ship for this squad. He played mainly as a shooting guard at this event but he certainly possesses combo guard qualities. A tough competitor, Reed is a Top 100 prospect.

Justin Bocot, SG, Ft. Sooy – The best pure scorer on his club, Bocot as the green light. He's a good wing athlete who can play above the rim. He'll be a summer long evaluation who will be coveted by strong mid-majors and evaluated by the guys at a higher level.

Quincy Owens, PF, Compton Magic – Different guys grabbed the spotlight for this team throughout the event but it was the overall steady play of Owens that earned him all-tourney honors. Of the times we've seen him this spring this was his most aggressive weekend long outing and he appeared to be comfortable in his expanded role as the primary post presence.

Jon Leuer, PF, Minn. Magic Elite – With Cole Aldrich sidelined with a serious of nagging injuries it was his 7-for-10 morning effort that put the Magic in the semifinals. He fouled out in his last game before he ever had a chance to get into the flow. Our assessment on him rates high marks. He's a totally under the radar player who, if he can build on this event, will be one of the first guys the big dogs look at in July. A skilled perimeter four man, Leuer could wind up being one of those late bloomers who emerges throughout the remainder of the AAU calendar. If you're looking for a stock booster from the Jayhawk this is your man.

Verdell Jones (left), PG, Ft. Sooy – He grew up watching Shaun Livingston and somehow his body is along the lines of the Clipper star and he's clearly stolen elements from Livingston's game. A slender guard who can whip passes, he's a good elbow marksman. His overall perimeter game wasn't there on Sunday but Ft. Sooy is dead in the water without him handling the basketball and trying to create offense. Jones dropped 29 in an upset victory over Rocktown.

Rotnei Clarke, SG, Team Texas – Honestly, he doesn't shoot it from the 3-point line; that serves only as a guide by which he launches Archie Miller-like missiles with accuracy. He had 20 before bowing out in the playoffs.

Cole Aldrich needs an ice bath and a firm mattress. He bruised his ribs Saturday before jamming his digits on the rim leaving him with two nasty marks on the tips of his fingers. His ankle was banged up before play began on Friday night.

It's way early in the game to begin talking schools with Verdell Jones but we'll throw out a list of programs he's interested in. Kansas, Louisville, Illinois, Florida, Texas A&M and UCLA are a few he'd like to continue hearing from. …

"I saw this kid in Orono and nobody in the state knew about him. In 3 years he's an all-conference type player."

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