GBOA Challenge of Champions: Day Two

The GBOA Challenge of Champions came to a close today, as the D-1 Greyhounds managed to get a pair of victories to win the championship. Although a few of the normal studs played well, Varez Ward and Darius Morris proved that they can play a little too.

William Buford, SG, D-1 Greyhounds – If Buford gets his feet set it's virtually an automatic bucket, at least it was today. The 6-foot-4 wing was feeling it from deep, as he drained four trifectas in the semi-finals. The Ohio State commit followed his 20-point effort in the semi's with 19 in the championship.

Olu Ashaolu, PF, Grassroots Canada – Although his team lost to the D-1 Greyhounds in the semi-finals, Ashaolu did all he could to try and keep his squad in the game. The 6-foot-7 forward is a high-level athlete that can maneuver in the paint and is capable of taking a rebound coast-to-coast. Ashaolu was able to block some shots and hit the boards as well.

Courtney Fortson, PG, Southeast Elite – In the past we've seen Fortson get a little out of control, but he seems to have settled down. Against Belmont Shore he created for teammates, found the open man and finished at the rim. In the semi's he finished with 20 points, including a pair of spot up three-pointers.

Varez Ward, SG, Southeast Elite – This athletic two-guard surprised us with his hops. At 6-foot-2, Ward had no problem throwing down an oop in traffic. Although he didn't show a jump shot, he did attack the basket and finished once he got there. Mid-majors should give this kid a glance.

Darius Morris, PG, Belmont Shore – Two days in a row Morris showed that he can play both on and off the ball. Clearly his position is running the point, but he and Jennings are sharing the load this week. Morris also has a good-looking stroke, as he nailed a handful of threes and a pull-up jumper from 15 feet.

The D-1 Greyhounds beat Southeast Elite 65 - 56 to win the inaugural GBOA Challenge of Champions. Darius Miller and William Buford led the Greyhounds in scoring throughout the three day tournament. Kenny Frease sat out the games today, but is expected to play in the Reebok Summer Championship.

Olu Ashaolu recently de-committed from Rutgers, however the 6-foot-7 forward said they are still his number one school. He didn't mention any other schools when asked for a list.

Courtney Fortson said his recruitment is wide open. The 6-foot lead man mentioned Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Florida State and Kansas. He said he hopes to have a decision by January.


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