Hensley Memorial: Day 3 Rundown

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mac Irvin's Fire, led by the sharp-shooting of Tony Nixon, captured the championship at the Hensley Memorial tournament.

Mac's Boys Win 17s

Scott Phillips contributed to this report

Mac Irvin's Fire won the Hensley Memorial championship, outlasting host Spiece 74-71. Tony Nixon (13 points) and Terry Johnson (13 points) were co-MVPs but it was a team effort all event long.

DeShaun Thomas had a look to tie the game that didn't go down and he finished with 15.

Tony Nixon, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – During the spring period, this kid has stepped up and accepted his team's calling to take big shots. He's taken them and smoked jumpers the last 3 weeks. An excellent 3-point shooter, he'll bang them off curls, screens and contested. One of the top marksmen we've encountered this spring.

Jared Sullinger, C, All-Ohio – The dominance continues. This kid, every weekend, punishes whoever he plays against. He goes about his business with a smile and he's big time into ball. When he's not sealing and scoring he's out watching other good players. Tremendous spring for the big fella. We've got a tip for him. He's got a body that isn't where it needs to be just yet. He's a strong rebounder and he could save himself trips down the floor if he adds the length of the court outlet pass to his game. He'll do it on occasion which is great but he'd conserve even more energy if he went to it more often.

Reggie Smith, G, Mac Irvin Fire – We aren't quite sure how to categorize this ultra-athletic wing. Speed is his friend and he's a utility guard right now until he establishes a firm identity at one of the guard slots. Usually brings the energy and tempo to a game.

Will Spradling, PG/SG, Spiece Mo-Kan – Each time out we see him we like him a little more. With the stroke he's got it comes as no surprise to learn he's got a halfcourt set up in his back yard. Takes the big shots, has feel for the game and a hoops IQ.

Harris Is A Prospect
Darnell Harris, PF/SF, Milw. Rebels --This kid is raw and talented. He's getting things done via effort and once he picks a position – or grows into one – he's got a chance to be a player. Tracking a power forward in time, he busted a few 3s and got you thinking.

Wayne Blackshear, SG, Mac Irvin – He's got the mannerisms and natural smoothness of a Wayne Ellington. Love his mid-range game and where he could be down the road. Comes off the bench and fires away for a good team.

Chane Behanan, PF, OVC – It's easy to see why he gets numbers. He's got a motor and gets after it. Against the Rebels he wasn't himself for 3 quarters then kicked it into overdrive to close out the game. Needs to develop into a threat from mid-range and continue adding to his post game. Turned in a tremendous freshman campaign with his high school unit and his AAU team is a national power.

Briefly watched Nino Williams from the young Spiece Mo-Kan team. He's got a chance. … It seems like every class has a smallish floor general who knows how to command a team. In 2010 it's Daryl Traynham. In 2011, Stevie Taylor is that guy. … One of the best hoops IQs we saw here belonged to Zach Bohannon of Martin Bros. … Kannon Burrage of the Iowa Barnstormers is wired to score. …

Ivo Baltic has an offer from St. Louis. Missouri State, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State, UMKC and Wichita State are watching. … Howard is the school presently chasing Tony Nixon the hardest. …

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