Grassroots Canada Elite outlasted Compton Magic to capture the adidas Super 64 event. The squad needed double OT to secure the 88-79 win. This one would have been over earlier but Compton Magic Top 100 prospect Roberto Nelson stuck a 3-pointer late to force extra time. Nelson finished with 26 points and center Joe Burton muscled his way to 23.
Canada was paced by tournament MVP Jason Calieste. The shooting guard dropped 29 points and in turn caught the attention of plenty programs in search of perimeter aid.
Tristan Thompson, Scout.com's No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010, had a major hand in the victory. The wiry Thompson hit for 19 and finished 15-for-22 from the charity stripe.
Without the consistent play of the ever-improving point guard Junior Cadougan, Grassroots Canada would have been in trouble. Cadougan, a Marquette pledge, was on top of his game the entire event as he continued to distinguish himself from his peers and shoot up the charts.
Cadougan's jump shot proved to be a reliable weapon for Grassroots. Mix in his outside success with his ability to drive and finish through contact and you've got a guy that is going to help Marquette. In short, our spring evaluation was categorically off the mark. This week, Cadougan earned his stripes for good.
John Wall, PG, D-One – There's not much more to be said. On the final day as the other 9 guys tracked up and down the floor in cement boots, Wall was on roller skates. Where he mustered up the energy and ability to sustain a high level of play is beyond us. When others struggled to lay the ball in, he pounded down dunks.
Kenny Boynton, SG, Breakdown – Because he takes so many jump shots, for some reason his speed and quickness is underestimated. With great guards on the floor (Gaddy & Bradley) Boynton demonstrated that he's got the gear needed to kick it into overdrive. His game is also bolstered by a competitive gene that makes him drive it right at defenders and leaves them with little choice but to foul.
Erik Green, PG, Triple Threat – There was a stretch during the summer where he was clearly struggling and his confidence appeared rattled. To his immense credit, he's righted the ship and played a big role in Triple Threat's run. When his jumper goes down as it did in Vegas it lends confidence to his entire game.
Mfon Udofia, PG, WW Renegades Orange – A noted competitor, Udofia threw the book at Wall in their matchup. He tried funneling him away from the lane and cutting off his weak hand. Wall scored 26 anyway. Udofia rallied his crew as much as he could as he and Ari Stewart split 42 points right down the middle.
Tim Frazier, PG, Houston Elite – If he came into the event with a point to prove then he made it. Until he ran into Wall, his defensive intensity and leadership abilities served him well in front of the college recruiters.
Brandon Knight, PG, Breakdown – This time around (Round III) it was Knight who was the best prospect on the floor against the Northwest Panthers. His ability to finish at the rim from either side is unique. In the quarters, Knight hit them up for 25 points and shot 9-15 from the floor.
J.T. Terrell, SG, D-One – This has been his best event of the summer. After making the pledge to Wake Forest, the shooter's had a clear mind and for the most part he's remained dialed in. Here's a superb semifinal stat line: 29 points, 11-11 FT, 4-7 3s and a pair of assists. Doesn't get much better than that and when he lifts those weights and gets stronger, he'll be able to use his athleticism going to the rim.
Jeremiah Davis, CG, Team Indiana 15 – Already feeling heat from high-majors, Davis played more of a scoring role than point man. Made a bevy of 3s and has different shots in his bag. Davis had a look to win it that wouldn't go down. He finished with 20 points. Teammate Deng Leek, a 6-foot-11 center, is another prospect of note on the club.
Deuce Bello, SG, D-One – Take note because this young man is improving and doing so at a rapid pace. He entered the spring with a reputation as a high-flier (which he's fulfilled). After Vegas, his jump shot and overall talent level are new topics for conversation. Him improvement is what happens when talent meets physical maturity and opportunity knocks.
Playaz shooter Charles Oliver helped the 15s in the quarters with five 3-pointers. Dubbed "The Rifleman" by Playaz GM Jimmy Salmon, Oliver was putting them dead center against Team Indiana. The Playaz captured the 15 and under championship behind 16 points from MVP Myles Davis, one of the team's consistent scoring threats. … D.C. Assault continued its excellence in the 16-and-unders. It captured yet another championship by taking out New Heights. ...
This is the definition of a tough day. Abdul Gaddy (5-16 FG) and Avery Bradley (3-18) struggled as Team Breakdown ended their title chase. … Playaz young center Desmond Hubert is a name to remember. He shows the potential in flashes and he nips 6-9 right now as a Class of 2011 member. … Arizona Metro Elite was led by Michael Topercer's 20 points in its final playoff game.
The month long standoff for John Wall continues. We've seen Oklahoma State's Travis Ford and Baylor's Scott Drew at every Wall game we can remember. They showed up again today and were joined by John Calipari, another extremely frequent attendee. …
They'll never admit to it but they all do it with great frequency. College coaches sit in the stands and smile. Inside they're secretly hoping (they'd use voodoo if they could) that the teams their recruits are playing for lose early in the playoffs. Who can blame them? At this point in the event, a loss likely means the coach can get on an earlier flight and see the family. …