AAU Nationals: Thursday Rundown

The final game of the Super Showcase finished with some major drama, while the first set of games in AAU Nationals were solid and set a tone for the rest of the event.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – The SYF Players managed to hold off Team Melo in the finals of the Super Showcase to win their second tournament championship of the season.

The trio of Purdue commits dominated much of the championship game and helped the Players to a 54-50 win over Donte Green's squad. While Robbie Hummell didn't produce much on the offensive end he put together a big time defensive effort on Donte Green. Scott Martin worked the baseline and hit some free throws in the clutch and E'Twaun Moore led the Players with 18 points per game.

After the Showcase championship a number of top players took the court including the always popular O.J. Mayo. The 6-4 basketball prodigy had court one packed to the max and even had Michael Jordan hanging around to watch.

Malcolm Delaney, PG, Team Melo - Playing with a hurt ankle, Delaney nearly helped his squad to a Super Showcase title. The 6-2 guard had the jumper working in the second half. He drained a deep three, knocked down a nice step in pull up and had a strong finish at the hoop.

Donte Green, PF, Team Melo – Green looked out of his game against the SYF Players. Throughout the second half Green constantly looked frustrated and consistently took bad shots. His frustration carried over into a confrontation with a ref with just a few minutes remaining in the game. After a relatively bad call against his team, Green proceeded to get in the refs face and say something we can't repeat in this report. While the game was already decided, the outburst cost Green a technical foul, which was Team Melo's third tech in two minutes.

E'Twaun Moore, SG, SYF Players – The summer has been good to Moore. After his performances at Nike Camp, Peach Jam and now the Super Showcase Moore has establish himself as one of the top two-guards in the country. His jump shot is more consistent and he's tough to stop when he gets into the lane.

Kosta Koufos, PF, All-Ohio Red – Considering he left Vegas last night at 10 and got into Orlando a little after noon, the 7-foot Ohio State had a great performance playing for All-Ohio Red on Thursday. Koufos tipped in a bunch of misses and hit the glass hard for rebounds. To go along with his almost double figure rebounds, Koufos nailed a jump hook and knocked down a jumper or two.

Mac Koshwal, PF, Chicago Jaguars – You won't find many forwards as active as Koshwal on the circuit. This 6-7 big man goes to the rack with force and he constantly attempts to dunk of people. He also hits the glass hard and is a major threat on the offensive glass.

O.J. Mayo, PG, D-1 Greyhounds – I can't tell you anything new about Mayo, but what I can tell you is that he knows how to pack a gym. Even Michael Jordan stuck around to watch Mayo play his first pool play game of AAU Nationals. While Jordan left just after halftime, he had to have walked away impressed with Mayo's 35 point performance. Mayo scored majority of his points off drives to the basket and sweet pull ups off the dribble. However, his team nearly lost as they didn't look focused nor ready to play.

Nate Miles, SG, All-Ohio Red – There's no doubt about it Nate Miles can play! The 6-6 guard was splashing in threes from all over the court in All-Ohio's afternoon game. To go along with at least four threes, Miles mixed in some strong drives and played solid defense on his way to a 20 plus point victory.

A.J. Stewart claims offers from Florida State, Miami and Wake Forest. He also said that Oklahoma State, Clemson and Kansas State are on him pretty hard.

DePaul seems to be the frontrunner for Mac Koshwal. Along with DePaul, Koshwal claimed scholarships offers from Georgetown, Miami and Tennessee. He said that he is also hearing from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.

Scotty Hopson said he has scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Xavier. He also mentioned Clemson, Florida, Memphis, Alabama and Georgia Tech as schools that were showing serious interest.

Delvon Roe drew quite a crowd for a game that he barely played in. The 6-8 PF had Thad Matta, Mick Cronin, Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan at his afternoon game. There were also two North Carolina assistants and one Illinois assistant in the house for Roe's game.

Billy Donovan and Tubby Smith were present for Patrick Patterson's night game. Wake Forest had two assistants watching and North Carolina had a coach on hand for the game as well.


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