adidas Super 64
The Atlanta Celtics and Pump N' Run Elite met in pool play at the adidas Super 64, with the squad from California coming out on top by double-digits. The two met up again, this time in the championship and the roles were reversed.
Behind strong efforts from Delwan Graham, Chris Singleton and Derrick Favors the Atlanta Celtics beat Pump N' Rune Elite by double-digits and got their first win over the west coast powerhouse in five tries.
Although Singleton (15 points and 6 rebounds) was named MVP, Graham proved to be the biggest factor. He scored 19 points in the semi-finals to help the Celtics escape Indiana Elite and then backed that performance up with a 20 point, 9 rebound effort in the championship.
While Graham and Singleton did majority of the scoring for the Celtics, it was Favors who controlled the paint by blocking shots and snagging rebounds. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound rising junior finished with 17 points and at least a half dozen blocks.
Pump N' Run Elite, who dominated the Celtics in their first meeting because of guard play, didn't get the same effort from their highly touted guards. Larry Drew was their high scorer with 16 points.
Kevin Dillard, PG, Meanstreets – His first half performance in the quarterfinals of the Main Event was fun to watch, as the 5-foot-11 guard sliced his way through the opposition. In the first half he attacked the basket and got easy buckets at the rim or passed the ball off to open teammates. He finished with a team high 15 points. Coming off a rough RBK U camp, Dillard has turned it around and is playing quality ball.
Tyler Zeller, C, Indiana Elite – In the first few minutes of the adidas Super 64 semi-finals against Derrick Favors, Zeller looked overwhelmed. Favors got a few easy buckets in the paint and we thought it was going to be a long game for Indy Elite's big man. That was far from the case. The 6-foot-11 senior fought back and started playing his game. Zeller got his hand on a Favors shot, spotted up for an 18-footer and began running the floor. For the game Zeller went for 13 points and put up a strong effort against Favors and the rest of the Celtics big men.
Walter Offutt, SF, Indiana Elite – There's been a good buzz going around about Offutt lately, so we had high expectations for the 6-foot-3 combo guard. But his play this week certainly lived up to the hype. He makes plays in transition and is a big time athlete that has no problem finishing around the basket. Offutt, who finished with 12 points in the semi's, also hit a floater and a step in jumper from 16 feet.
Brian Oliver, SF, Playaz 16's – In the 16's semi -finals against the Atlanta Celtics it was Oliver's 16 points that helped the Playaz get a 20-point victory. The 6-foot-5 wing stroked threes, hit fadeway jumpers and got after it on the defensive end. Oliver is already picking up quality scholarship offers and they are well deserved, as he's becoming a solid high-major wing prospect.
Terrance Shannon, PF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – This is one of those guys that just goes out and plays. It may not be pretty, but Shannon's game is certainly effective. The 6-foot-6 enforcer scored in the paint at will by using spins and fakes to get around defenders. Shannon finished with 22 points in the semi-finals against the Playaz.
Noah Cottrill, SG, Ohio Basketball Club 15's --- It looks like West Virginia got a good one in Cottrill. Although he's just a sophomore, Cottrill plays a very smart game and it's clear that he knows how to score. The Poca (W.V.) High standout hit deep threes, mid-range jumpers and slashed to the basket on his way to 20 points against DC Assault in the 15's championship.
Thursday was a rough day on the circuit. The basketball community not only lost a great coach, but an unbelievable person in Skip Prosser. Our condolences go out to Prosser's family, friends and the entire Wake Forest community.
Brian Oliver claims scholarship offers from Rutgers, Xavier, Miami, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. He's also heard from Clemson, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He said the Mountaineers were the first to offer and are his early favorite.
Daniel Orton has a ton of interest. He said he has offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Kansas and Oklahoma State. He's also hearing from Maryland, Kentucky, Arizona, Florida, UCLA, Texas, Texas A&M and Connecticut.