Next Level: Day 3 Rundown

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. – Boo Williams was the heavy favorite to win Wes Grandstaff's loaded field at the Next Level Ballers National Tournament, but they were knocked in the semi-finals by a hot shooting squad from Kansas.

It took some late game heroics by Jeff Reid in the quarterfinals to keep KC Pump N' Run alive in the Next Level Ballers National Tournament. The Pump N' Run squad rode the momentum to the title as they knocked off Boo Williams in the semi-finals and Team Texas in the championship.

To go with Reid's solid play, Michael Dixon and Justin Clark both stepped up their play in the tournament. Dixon played the role of distributor and attacker, while Clark put his stamp on the game from deep as he got hot from behind the three-point line.

KC Pump N' Run also beat Team Texas in the championship game of the 16's division. The 15's championship was won by the Arkansas Wings.

Ricardo Ratliffe, PF, Boo Williams – Against Spiece Mokan Elite, Boo Williams needed some scoring down the stretch and Ratliffe delivered. The 6-foot-7 post prospect was active all game long, but it was his buckets in the last eight minutes of the game that stood out. He's pretty skilled and makes quick, decisive moves in the paint, but he's also capable of knocking down jumpers out to 18-feet.

Alec Burks SG, Spiece Mo-Kan Elite – Much like Ratliffe was for Boo Williams, Burks was the go-to offensively, especially late in the game. The 6-foot-4 guard played at a high level on Sunday and showed off a deep, pure stroke from three, as he hit jumpers off the catch, dribble and curl. Up to this point he's only received mid-level interest, but that could change if he continues to play like he did against Boo Williams.

Ivo Baltic, SF/PF, Spiece Mo-Kan Elite – When Burks wasn't scoring it was probably Baltic for Mokan. Baltic was active, especially on the offensive glass, and he mixed in a few mid-range jumpers. He spent majority of his time on the perimeter, but did go to the block for a few possessions. The 6-foot-7 forward is a strong mid-major prospect at this point.

Jeff Reid, SF, KC Pump N' Run – With KC Pump N' Run down by nine points with under three minutes to go against Net Gain Sports, Reid stepped up his play. Ultimately his fade away three from the wing tied the game and helped send it to overtime. Once in OT the 6-foot-5 wing made a strong baseline drive for an And 1 at the rim.

Andre Stringer, PG, Jackson Tigers 16's – A few college coaches were raving about this 5-foot-10 guard. While we certainly liked his ability to get to the basket and his pull-up jumpers, he did often times get a little wild and careless with the ball. Regardless, its clear Stringer is a talent and yet another 2010 point guard prospect to keep an eye on.

Preston Purifoy, SG, Arkansas Wings 16's – We watched the wings for a half on Saturday and a half on Sunday and there were two things that stood out about Purifoy when we watched. The first was his high level athleticism, while the second was his ability to shoot the rock. On Sunday he knocked down a few threes and even hit a one-dribble pull up jumper from 18-feet.

Tyler Adams, C, Jackson Tigers 16's – At 6-foot-9 and at least 220-pounds, Adams is a huge, physical specimen. The talented 2011 prospect is active inside and his giant wingspan helps him swat shots and grab rebounds. He also showed that he could score on the block, as he often times backed down his defenders and out muscled them to the bucket. Thus far Adams is among the better big men prospects we've seen in the freshman class.

Nino Williams, SF, Spiece Mo-Kan Elite Red 15's – Although he's just a freshman, Williams already has a strong, built frame. On Sunday, Williams attacked the rim with some aggression and finished above the rim, but also kept defenders honest as he knocked down a few mid-range jumpers. Using his size and strength, he would often times take his defender to the block and go through them for buckets. It's definitely still early, but Williams has the look of an eventual high major prospect.

Wes Grandstaff put on a great event. The main facility (Duncanville High School) was terrific and with seven courts on the main campus, it was certainly easy to navigate and find games.


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