Jayhawk Invitational: Day Three Rundown

LAWRENCE, Kans. – Championship day at the Jayhawk Invitational was a family affair as the host teams made the championship game in each division. Harrison Barnes also stepped up and proved himself as an elite prospect.

L.J. Goolsby's program had a good day on Sunday, as KC Pump N' Run managed to get a team in the title game in each division. Although they didn't win all three divisions, they did get two out of three.

In the 17's championship KC Pump N' Run defeated High Intensity, who made it to the championship by hitting a wild three-pointer against Indiana Elite to send the game into overtime. Justin Clark picked up MVP for KC Pump N' Run.

In the 16's division KC Pump N' Run defeated Harrison Barnes and All-Iowa Attack. Trevor Releford was named MVP. All-Iowa Attack did, however, win the 15's division.

Josh O'Neill, SG, High Intensity – Despite an unorthodox looking shot, O'Neill went for 29 points in the semi's and hit an amazing 25-foot three-pointer as time expired to force overtime with Indy Elite. He hit for seven treys in that game.

Carrington Tankston, SG/PG, Howard Pulley – Much like O'Neill, Tankston went on a hot streak in the Howard Pulley's semi-final match up with KC Pump N' Run. Tankston scored 11 straight points, including a pair of pull-up threes in a stretch of a minute and a half. By half time he tallied five three-pointers and a 18-footer. He's more of a two-guard right now, if he wants to transition to point he'll need to continue to tighten up his handle.

Jordan Hulls, PG, Indiana Elite – The 5-foot-11 lead man was named to the All-Tournament team and deservedly so. He's a tough hardnosed guard that plays hard. He hit a bunch of key three-pointers throughout Indy Elite's run to the semi-finals. Against the Atlanta Celtics in the quarterfinals he went for six three-pointers and also dropped in a pair of floaters.

Mason Plumlee, PF, Indiana Elite – The future Blue Devil played well in both of his games on Sunday. Against the Atlanta Celtics, Plumlee stepped up in the second half and defended Favors pretty well. The 6-foot-11 big man also put his passing skills on full display as he made great passes out of the high post and off of offensive rebounds. He's getting tougher and is finishing plays that this time last year he wouldn't have.

Royce White, PF, Howard Pulley – The best way to describe White right now is consistent. Every time out you know what you're going to get. We've touted his impressive face up game on a number of occasions, but he's also good around the rim, as he knows how to use his body and score inside.

Justin Clark, SG, KC Pump N' Run – This 6-foot-4 guard continued his great play on Sunday. The talented guard is a terrific three-point shooter shooter and has legit range. He'll need to improve his handle, but he's a shooter and they're becoming more and more important these days.

Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack 16's – Despite losing in the 16's championship game, Barnes was clearly the best player on the court and likely in the entire 16's division. The 6-foot-6 wing is smooth, athletic and a pretty good shooter from deep. He's also got terrific body control and a high basketball IQ. Thus far Barnes has flown under the radar, but that will likely change this summer. After this weekend it's safe to say he's one of the elite wings in the 2010 class.

Trevor Releford, PG, KC Pump N' Run 16's – The brother of Travis Releford had a pretty solid day on Sunday. He's quick, has a good handle and knows how to get in the lane. Going forward he'll need to develop his jumper, but he's a guy to keep an eye one because of his speed and ability to run the show.

Manny Atkins said he's hearing from Florida State, Clemson, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Alabama, LSU, Georgia State, Providence, Xavier, Auburn, ECU and Utah.


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