Nike MDC: Day Three

NASHVILLE, TN – The final day of the Nike Memorial Day Classic was full of excitement. The Georgia Blazers were able to take the 17's championship and bunch of underclassmen proved themselves as top notch prospects.

Fresh off their championship win at the Wallace Prather Classic, the Georgia Blazers got another one. They beat Seattle FOH in the semi's and barely escaped the New York Gauchos in the championship to win the Nike MDC.

Although the Blazers were down much of the championship game they found themselves up one with 30 seconds left in the game. Then things got a little crazy. Following a questionable foul call one of the Gauchos assistant coaches slammed his folder to the ground and was called for a technical. Not to take anything away from the Blazers, as they deserved the win, but it's a shame that the referee took the game out of the player's hands and put it into his own.

The Blazers played team basketball and flat out got after it all weekend. In the championship game the Blazers got big efforts from Andre Young and Kelvin Martin, as they finished with 15 and 13 points respectively.


Martin leads Blazers
Kelvin Martin, SF, Georgia Blazers – When the Blazers looked like they were going to let the game get away Martin rose to the occasion. When they needed a bucket he made it happen usually by going to the basket. He's athletic, goes hard to the rim and just seemed to make plays in the championship game. His tip-in and plus one with under a minute to go changed the game.

Andre Young, PG, Georgia Blazers – Young was one of the primary reasons the Blazers made it to the championship. The 5-foot-9 guard was deadly all tournament from deep and that continued in the championship game. He's quick, handles the ball well and somehow is able to get off his shot against bigger defenders. Mid-majors should check in on this one.

Kyle Hardrick, PF, Athletes First – One of the main reasons Athletes First made it to the semi's was due to the consistent play of Hardrick inside. He's active, plays hard and the lefty just flat out gets work done inside. The 6-foot-9 big man isn't flashy, but is efficient. You'll always see him use the glass and he's developed a solid mid-range game that allows him to step out and knock down 12-foot jumpers.


Hill leads Boo to championship
Donte Hill, SF, Boo Williams 16's – In the 16's semi-finals Hill went off for 20 points and led his squad to a victory over a talented BABC team. He's a talent especially when he's going to the basket and he handles the ball very well. At 6-foot-3 he could potentially be a combo guard at the next level. Hill is planning on attending a few Elite camps soon including possibly Kentucky's and Clemson's.

Terrence Boyd, SF, Athletes First – This past season Boyd did his damage at Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill, but that won't be the case next year. Boyd, who stands 6-foot-5, plans to head back to Oklahoma for his junior season. Whichever school he decides on will be getting an athletic prospect that is at his best slashing to the basket.

Daniel Broughton, PF, Arkansas Hawks 15's – This 6-foot-8 forward impressed us with his ability to play in the paint, but also to step out and knock down mid-range jumpers. He's a great offensive rebounder, has a nice jump hook and doesn't force the issue inside. As just a sophomore-to-be, Broughton has a ton of potential and projects as a high-major prospect.


McKie looks like a high-major
Travis McKie, PF/SF, Boo Williams 15's – A younger Delvon Roe comes to mind when watching McKie. He's long, athletic and gets after it on both ends. He's already skilled and is capable of busting out jump hooks and mid-range jump shots. He's 6-foot-6 now and just 14 years old so we expect him to do some more growing as well. High-majors look out, McKie can play!

Andrew Dawkins, SG, Boo Williams 15's – The final day of the Nike MDC wasn't filled with many knock down shooters, but Dawkins certainly fills that roll. He stands 6-foot-4 and has a stroke that extends well past the three-point line. Majority of his 19 points in the semi's came off of curls or straight catches. He can put it on the floor a little too and looks to be a potential high-major stroker.

Although the Boo Williams 17's squad was knocked out in the first round of the tournament against the Georgia Stars, the Boo Williams program won the tournament in the 16's and 15's division.

Be sure to check out Willie Warren's dunk from yesterday. HoopTV caught it on video and have already loaded it up on YouTube.com. You'd be hard pressed to find a better dunk this year.

"I told you guys I wanted an album and you got me my album." - Herman Porter, who is a coach with the Georgia Blazers, said after his team won the championship. Porter was referring to the gold record disc that was presented to the winning team.


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