Boo Williams: Davis Has His Day

HAMPTON, Va. – Three years in a row Boo Williams Select has won its own tournament. Scottie Reynolds took home and MVP award then Chris Wright followed him a year later. This time around it was Ed Davis, a forward, earning top billing after an impressive Sunday.

Meanstreets and Boo Williams waged an instant classic at Hampton University on Easter Sunday.

With 2.9 seconds remaining, power forward Ed Davis used Reggie Johnson as a shield and scored off an acrobatic lay-up via an in-bounds play. Game, set and title for BWSL as it defeated Meanstreets 49-48.

Davis scored 15 points, pulled down 7 boards and blocked 5 shots. His game-ending play came as no surprise given the impact he had on his team during the playoff run.

16-And-Under: BABC reeled off an excellent win over the Playaz 64-58. Speedy point guard Phil Pressey, the son of a former NBA player, scored 12 points and proved hard to guard. Help came in the form of Jamaal Coombs and Alex Oriakhi who combined for 27 points.

15-And-Under: The Albany City Rocks crushed Team Melo in the finals. Freshman guard Taran Buie, Talor Battle's younger brother, provided the backcourt offense. Melo showcased freshman wing Roscoe Smith, a look-the-part perimeter standout.

Monroe Scores 21
Greg Monroe (No. 1) vs. Ed Davis (No. 2) – The ascension of Davis as a prospect reached its peak Sunday morning when two of the elite players in 2008 collided in a semifinal game. BWSL handled Monroe's team in a contest that showed the makeup of both players. In the end, Monroe didn't have the troops to make it happen.

Davis was the main man in the contest as he tallied 19 points and 6 rebounds while going 9-for-12 from the field with 3 blocks. Among his highlight reel plays was a dunk with Monroe in the vicinity of the rim. The most impressive part of his game was how he was able to finish strong, with contact, through traffic. "If Greg Monroe is the No. 1 player in the country, then Ed Davis has to be No. 2," Boo Williams said afterwards.

Davis Has Big Game
Monroe scored 21 (9-for-21 FG) and snatched 12 rebounds. Boo's supporting cast was deeper and more talented. Storm Warren did his best to helpo weather the Boo onslaught with Monroe. However, Warren had to deal with Ty Walker (6 blocks, 7 points) and Reggie Johnson. Monroe cranked it up strong in the second half before Select ran out of gas. He put Louisiana Select on his very broad shoulders and took them a long way before bowing out to the eventual champs.

Reggie Johnson, C, BWSL – He was surprised when his name was announced for the all-tournament squad but he shouldn't have been. As the event advanced, Johnson's runs got longer and his production increased. It wasn't all about points. In fact, one sequence summed up his progression: he forced a turnover and the coach sent a sub to the table for him. What does he do? He sprints down the floor, blocks a shot and then changes ends only to come up with another hustle play and get himself to the line. This kid is trimming the pounds off his body and there's a player inside that frame.

Cheek, 2009 Wing
Dominic Cheek, SG, Playaz – The primary scoring threat for the Playaz is an ascending high-major wing prospect. Rail thin, Cheek can score the basketball.

A pair of his game-high 22 points in the finals came on a one-handed acrobatic reverse finish through traffic. He's a handful of cheeseburgers shy of 150 pounds.

The grassroots basketball community is mourning the loss of Alabama Lasers architect William "Wig" Pearson. The veteran grassroots coach died suddenly Saturday night. He collapsed after shaking hands at an AAU tournament. Our condolences to the family and friends of one of the most influential basketball figures in the state of Alabama.

2007 Boo Williams All-Tournament Team – Xavier Henry, Athletes First; Samardo Samuels, Metro Hawks; Matthew Humphrey, Meanstreets; Reggie Johnson, BWSL; Sean Mosley, Team Melo; Michael Dunigan, Meanstreets; Draymond Green, The Family; Greg Monroe, La. Select; Delvon Roe, King of the Court; Dexter Strickland, Metro Hawks.

Reggie Johnson has offers from Fairfield, VCU and UNC-Wilmington. Virginia has been in recent contact and Virginia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest have reached out to him. …

Speed merchant Kevin Dillard was a vital part in Meanstreets trip to the title game. Big man Michael Dunigan also had his moments inside on Sunday. … Meanstreets 16 and under standout Jordan Walker, a wing player, has the look of a very promising player. … Josh Crittle, another Meanstreets interior prospect, flashed an improved game. With the success of Joevan Catron at Oregon from the Windy City off the same AAU team, Crittle might be mirroring him. …

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