King James: Day 3 Rundown

AKRON, Ohio – Led by young point guard Phil Pressey and senior center Alex Oriakhi, BABC persevered and captured the King James Shootout championship.

If the NBA playoffs go as planned in the East, LeBron James may meet the Boston Celtics. On Sunday in Akron, another crew from Beantown won a championship in James' backyard.

Using almost everyone on his bench, Leo Papile received contributions from a wide swath of players and captured the King James Shootout in Akron.


Pressey Steps Up
Phil Pressey, a sophomore guard, didn't have much left in the tank but the sub-six-footer mustered up the energy to hammer down a dunk in the game's closing minutes as BABC outlasted the Rising Stars in the championship game.

Pressey was exception and the high-major guard's speed was an issue for the Chicago-based rising stars. Pressey split defenders and as the game wore on slithered his way into the paint at will.

As important as Pressey's contributions were – and they were large – the play of Alex Oriakhi was pivotal. Frustrated with the pace and lack of chances to score, Oriakhi hunkered down and went about the business of blocking shots. His impact was felt defensively and in the second half his chances on offense

Nik Garcia, SG, Rising Stars – With the collegiate line moving back, kids who can legitimately shoot become bigger ticket items. Garcia, over the past two seasons, has proven during AAU season that he can bust 3s. With room to add more off the dribble and from mid-range, he's already on the high-major radar as a sniper with size.

Carl Jones, PG, OBC – It seemed like Jones and Orlando Williams took turns getting it dunk for the surprise semifinalists from Ohio. Both should be mid level players – Jones the point, Williams as the scorer. Mix in power forward Mario Hines and the recipe for the run was complete.

Jared Sullinger, C, All-Ohio – The Ohio State pledge spent the morning punishing whatever able body was thrown his way, especially in the semis. He's bigger, more polished and still as nasty as last year. This kid is so unique out here because he's a dominant low post scoring presence in era where those kids are dinosaurs.


Sullinger Is Punishing

Jarell Eddie, SF, United Celtics – With a bevy of coaches checking him out, Eddie picked a good time to have it smoking behind the arc. His first half against All-Ohio was as strong as we've seen him in a long time.

Jordan Sibert, SG, All-Ohio – His personal stock can only improve as coaches warm up to his balanced game. Mid level offers as a rising junior and bigger things to come following events like this. He's a utility wing player who brings a diverse set of attributes to the table.

Gerald Coleman, SG, BABC – He'll have the attention of the mid-majors and interest from bigger schools after showing a left-handed scoring touch in Akron. His contributions on offense were key to the title run.

Julian Royal, PF, King James – Against the youngsters from Peoria, K.J. fell behind early. However, a few possessions of Royal fixed that. Pushing 6-foot-8, Royal can score. He's not the lone prospect on that squad Dai-Jon Parker, Brandan Hayman and Shannon Scott. Peoria freshman Andrew Jordan has a chance at being a higher level small forward.

The overall fit matters to Nik Garcia. Southern Illinois is on him the hardest with Iowa, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Minnesota and Marquette interested. … Jordan Sibert has offers from Miami and Bowling Green from the MAC. …

Dennis Felton was up bright and early for Royal and Co. … UNC sent an assistant to see Shannon Scott, the son of all-time great Charlie Scott. … Jarell Eddie had Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia's Dennis Felton, Kentucky and Auburn in the gym. Coaches also got a look at wing Ian Miller. … Xavier and Akron dispatched head coaches to see Sibert early in the morning. … Thad Matta got comfortable and followed Sullinger all day. … John Beilein Southern Illinois Chris Lowery and an Iowa assistant were in attendance. …


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