Team Breakdown had a decision to make: play the championship game at the Real Deal on the Hill and risk missing a flight home or concede the title to the Illinois Warriors.
Breakdown didn't flinch, opted to stay and won the championship in overtime as it was powered by Brandon Knight's game-high 25 points in the championship tilt.
Kenny Boynton, SG, Team Breakdown – He's now responsible for the signature moment in AAU ball this spring. In the semis with timing winding down, Breakdown cleared out and he smoked a LONG 3-pointer over Durand Scott for the win. He missed a free throw that would have given his team the lead the possession before but when it came time for the dagger he wanted the ball and left no doubt. There wasn't a person in the building who didn't comment on his toughness and heart. Named MVP of the event.
Derrick Favors, C, Celtics – It's amazing what happens when the big fella gets a chance to touch it. At both ends – in a loss to the Warriors – Favors strutted his stuff and had the look and feel of the nation's top prospect. Who knows how many shots he stuffed on the backboard? Sunday was the day for dominance from the nation's top post. It's not always easy for post men to get 25 in AAU games but that was his final number on Sunday.
D.J. Richardson, SG, Warriors – The shots that weren't falling early Sunday slipped through the net in the semis. He's an able creator with a surprising burst going to the cup. His shot has been sporadic through the first two weeks of the season but was there when he summoned it in the semifinals; scored 27 points. He also started hot in the first half of the time title game.
Darius Smith, SG, Ill. Warriors – Without him the road to the championship game would have ended against Mo-Kan. He came off the bench and had lots of energy and athleticism in attacking the bucket. A mid-major priority, he can score it off the drive and knows his range.
Brandon Knight, CG, Breakdown – By his standards it was a quiet weekend until the final pair of games. In the semis with loads of guards on the floor he proved to be a tough assignment. The jumper was smoking early and he was getting his shoulders past good defensive players. Played his best basketball when the stakes were the highest. His desire is to play the point in college.
Trevor Lacey, SG, SE Elite – We had a hard time believing that this kid was a freshman so we asked him and he confirmed the fact. Big time body, not afraid to let it rip from deep and frankly we'd have liked him if he'd said he was a senior!
Marques Teague, SG, Spiece – His team captured the championship. If the name sounds familiar that's because his brother starred at Wake Forest last year. Trust us, colleges aren't going to overlook Marquis they way they did Jeff until his senior season. Competitive and feisty, he's high-major all the way and there were crowds to see him.
Dai-Jon Parker, SG, King James 15s – This was a pleasant surprise. We hunkered down to watch Julian Royal (who is a big time power forward prospect) and all of the sudden a wing steals the show. Parker goes 6-foot-3 and not only passes the look test but the play test as well. He knocked down 27 points.
Close your eyes and picture this scene: center court Kenny Boynton & Brandon Knight vs. Durand Scott & Duron Lamb. To their left Lance Stephenson and on the far right end Derrick Favors. That's a high-level! …
Glenn Bryant played with energy early for Breakdown and ran the floor. The results were some momentum swinging transition dunks. …
Alec Burks is being recruited by UMKC and Missouri State with others sniffing around after this weekend. … Darius Smith has an offer from Bradley and interest from Dayton and Wisconsin. His resume: 3-year starter for city champs at Marshall. … Manny Atkins has an offer from Auburn and big interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Xavier, Providence and East Carolina. …
Sean Miller was front and center for Durand Scott. … Dennis Felton, Sidney Lowe and Leonard Hamilton took in the action from Derrick Favors. …