Las Vegas: Thursday, Part I

LAS VEGAS – Title games at the Main Event and Reebok Summer Championship were dampened by the loss of Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. The 56-year old Prosser died Thursday in Winston-Salem after suffering a heart attack.


The New York Gauchos completed an impressive undefeated run of June and July and capped their summer with another championship. After winning the Peach Jam a week and a half ago, Emanuel Richardson's club got it done at the Main Event as it defeated Team Texas 101-86.

The Gauchos tremendous backcourt – Chris Fouch, Kemba Walker, Jordan Theodore and Darryl Bryant – put the screws to a game squad from the Lonestar State and had to rally after falling behind 50-43 at the break.

Fouch, AAU's answer to Robert Horry, continued to stroke big shots. After canning the event winner at the Peach Jam, Fouch's heroics followed him to Vegas as he finished with 23 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc during a pivotal second half surge. The turning moment of the game was when he stroked a 3 to give the Gauchos their first lead at 59-56; they would never trail again.

Walker Wins Again
While Fouch dialed it in from deep, Walker applied constant pressure on Texas' defense. He slashed, shot and toughed his was to 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Willie Warren played a tremendous game for the runners-up. In fact, his willingness to post up the smaller Gaucho guards led to hits for himself and opened things up for his teammates. Warren finished with 27 points and we had him 11-for-12 from the charity stripe.

RBK Summer Championship

It was like no one started believing until it was nearly too late. Brandon Jennings' end of regulation heroics keyed a 78-73 overtime victory by Belmont Shore as it defeated Team Breakdown for the Reebok Summer Championship.

Jennings didn't have it at all early and actually finished just 5-for-18 for the game. However, he scored 10 of Belmont Shore's final 12 points to end regulation. Three of the 12 came courtesy of one of the summer of 2007's signature shots.

As time wound down, Jennings dribbled before settling in on a spot at least 25 feet from the rim. He rose up, off balance and launched a 3-pointer that swished as the buzzer sounded. Belmont Shore had overcome a 9-poiint halftime deficit and took control in overtime.

Team Breakdown seemingly had things under control as Eloy Vargas was in the midst of his best game of the summer. Plus, Jeff Withey was injured during the second half for Belmont. Vargas continued working and finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Teammate Kenny Boynton, who like Jennings struggled to dial it in (6-18 FG) also had 21 points.

Dufault Emerges
Austin Dufault, PF, ECI West Gold – This 6-foot-8 standout made his way to center court as his team lost to the Oklahoma Magic in the "A" bracket title game. However, the loss for ECI yielded a positive: Dufault is now firmly on the national radar. A face-up power forward, only a handful of schools were actually in the gym to see him and no doubt will have a leg up on the competition. In his final two games of the event, the competitive Dufault stroked 9 3-pointers.

Dorvell Carter, SF, Gauchos – He probably wasn't a big part of the Meanstreets scouting report. Well, 24 points later he inserted himself into the consciousness of everyone in the gym. Carter's what July is supposed to be about: opportunity. He had schools on his entering the event which is great and now he's proven himself more than worthy.

Glen Rice, SF/SG, Ga. Stars 16s – The son of the former Wolverine star is a blossoming player in his own right. After a sleepy first half in the semis, Rice flashed a live body and remnants of the family genes.

Dee Giger, SG, Carolina Raptors – A legit shooter from deep range, Giger pumped in 20 versus Marcus Jordan's Rising Stars team. Also a strong student, Giger is on the high-major radar and what level he shakes out at will depend a lot on his physical development. He's probably a good 15 pounds from becoming effective going to the rim.

There's simply no way to quantify the loss college basketball suffered on Thursday. Skip Prosser, one of the most well-liked, respected and humble personas in the game died of a heart attack suffered on Wake Forest's campus. News of the tragedy quickly spread throughout gyms in Las Vegas and it was a tough day for the college basketball community. ….

Dorvell Carter has Iona, Albany, Binghamton, Manhattan, Fordham, Siena, George Mason, LIU, St. Peter's, Penn and Columbia on his list. …

Dufault has an offer from North Dakota State and Montana State. Arizona State, Gonzaga, Evansville and Montana showed interest. Colorado, Washington State and Air Force were in the gym for his final game of the event. Everyone else will have to wait until the fall to see him. …

Georgia coach Dennis Felton was up early to see Kenny Hall and the 16 and under Stars. … New Mexico is committed to re-committing Chris Babb. Two assistants trailed him right through the title game. … Willie Warren's final crowd: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State's head coach. …

Portland head coach Eric Reveno is unofficially the most technologically advanced man we've met in college basketball. His new I-Phone is wired up to the point where he's got his recruiting database, clips of his offense, directions to gyms in Vegas AND his favorite Johnny Cash songs all in one. …

"Everyone who met Skip Prosser will feel as though they lost a friend today."

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