In the title game, Indiana Elite got up big early in the second half against Pump ‘n Run and never let up. The well-schooled machine from the Midwest used 11 points from do-it-all winger DeAndre Liggins in the first half to maintain a slight advantage before turning it over to the capable hands of Tyler Zeller and Lewis Jackson. Zeller, who was impressive off the bench, finished with 21 points. Jackson dropped 9 dimes. Mix in 15 points from energizer forward Emmanuel Negudu and it was lights out for a winded Pump ‘n Run crew.
Indiana Elite scored a landslide victory in the title and blew out the Pumpers. Sensing that his team might be struggling and out of gas, elite guard Jrue Holiday laid it on the line in the first half but he and the Wear Twins couldn't muster up the energy needed to swing with Elite. Plus, Walter Offutt seemed to have fresh legs and he sliced his way to 14 for the victors.
Indiana Elite has plenty of good players but they won this event because as a team, no one was able to match them.
DeAndre Liggins, SF, Indiana Elite – He's going to move up the charts because he's a talented wing who is beginning to display versatility to his game. Again, as good as he it, he won't be for everyone and that's because many won't have a clear vision how to use his skills. However, the program that puts together the proper plan of how to unleash him will be thrilled with the results. We'd project him as an uptempo wizard because he can go end to end, handle it and defend multiple positions.
Carter McMasters, PF, Smyrna Stars – As if the jump shot and the 6-foot-10 weren't enough, McMasters pays homage to Dirk Nowitzki by sporting No. 41. His size and perimeter game are what's attracting the big boys. He'll play on the perimeter but will need to add strength to guard four men. Has high-major interest.
Emmanuel Negedu, PF, Indiana Elite – The energy, powerful dunks and commitment to playing his area inside are impressive. As he climbs the college basketball ladder he'll want to expand his game to give you different looks. He's got a face and attack mode in his bag of tricks and the commitment to dunking ala Ousmane Cisse. The guy seemingly never runs out of energy.
Anthony Tucker, PG, 43 Hoops BC – Tucked away on a lesser-profiled AAU team was one of the gems of the tournament. Tucker stuck 3s when he was open but it was his feel, poise and ability to move the basketball to the proper places that caught our eye. Systematic big schools will look and the mids will fawn over him.
Royce White, F, Howard Pulley – Liked him on Saturday, loved him on Sunday. Was able to showcase a versatile offensive game that included mid-range perimeter hits and the ability to face and attack. Sure, we'd like him to be an inch or two taller but the bottom line is the kid is a player.
Jeremy Tyler, C, California Supreme – His team trailed by 17 at the half before he led the charge back. Eventually, Supreme succumbed but not before one of the elite big men in the nation gave you a taste of his talent at both ends. Most rising senior Top 25 big men can't match him in terms of moves and counters inside.
The early morning crowd for Jrue Holiday: Ben Howland, Roy Williams, Lute Olson. … Colorado is going to enter the fray for winger Brad Tinsley. … Willie Warren's crew for his final game: Bill Self, Billy Gillispie. The new UK coach also saw J'Covan Brown's last game. … Mike Krzyzewski was front and center Sunday morning, along with a ton of elite high-major head coaches. The prevailing thought was Reeves Nelson was his target. …
Carter McMasters has Wake Forest, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Clemson and Virginia Tech on him. Chattanooga would love to have him as well. … Anthony Tucker has offers from Utah State, Western Michigan and Wisconson-Green Bay. Boston College, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin are looking. Tubby Smith watched him on Sunday. …
Jerime Anderson was outstanding for Pump ‘n Run until the title game. He's more aggressive this season and economical with his drives. There's a fire in him as well and he was outstanding in the first game Sunday morning. … Larry Drew injured his ankle Sunday morning and missed the final two playoff games. …
Another guy we liked from the California Supreme team was SG Tyler Lamb. Just a freshman he's already a strong perimeter shooter. … Willie Warren had three major guards to deal with from the Pump team. He caught fire late but it wasn't enough in a Sunday playoff exit. …