AAU Nationals: Final Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Here's a shocker: Team Breakdown wins another title. Behind one of the best backcourts the circuit has seen in a decade, the boys from Florida claimed consecutive AAU national championships.

Just when it seemed like injuries and fatigue might finally rip apart Team Breakdown's summer championship run, Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight dug down deep one final time.

Breakdown, winners of the Reebok Summer Championship, won their back-to-back AAU National crown on Friday. Breakdown made short work of the Gauchos, beating the NYC crew 77-60.

"I think we basically did it because we did a lot of praying," Knight said. "We were mentally prepared and had this goal before the summer. It was a goal setting thing and we were able to succeed."

The duo of Knight and Boynton will go down as one of the best we've seen paired together in a while. While fighting off Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy multiple times in July, they wrote themselves into traveling team lore because of the championships they've captured and big shots they hit.

Scott Wood, SG, SYF – The Players were surprise entrants into the final foursome and they made on the strength of the right arm of their shooter. Wood went for 41 early and 36 later in the event. For that team to win, he had to make 3s and he did. The run stopped when Durand Scott put the clamps on him and held him in check (3 points thru three quarters) until he made a few late. Get him an open look and he'll put it down.

Blake Smith, SG, Charlotte Royals – His stock has been on the rise the past few weeks. On Thursday, he was on the rise literally. Out of nowhere, a kid known for his stroke, rose up and hammered down a dunk that caught the entire gym off guard. A mid-level wing, Smith made his final event of the summer count.

Ralston Turner was the big scoring threat for the Alabama Challenge during the AAU's. He had 12 in his final game and fellow junior forward Neiko Hunter pumped in 25. … Thomas Tankelewicz's hot shooting was the lone reason Garner Road was in the game against the Royals. His steady play this summer is going to earn him a lot of Division I looks. … Marcus Jordan's confidence is higher than we've ever seen it and his shot making and ability to be a jumbo combo guard is getting him higher level attention. …

Junior Lenzelle Smith has offers from Illinois, Virginia, Northwestern, DePaul, Indiana, Indiana State and Miami. Kentucky, Florida and Southern Cal are looking. … Keith Clanton of Breakdown has offers from South Florida, Central Florida and South Carolina. … Marcus Jordan's AAU coach indicated offers from a lot of schools including Michigan (strong), LSU, Nebraska and Iowa State, Penn State, Iowa, VCU, Wright State and interest from Florida State and Michigan State. …

Phil Pressey has been tight-lipped about his list until now. Texas is in good shape. Vanderbilt, Baylor, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Louisville and Minnesota are worth mentioning. Here are a few nuggets of interest. He considers the Dallas-area his home base. His dream school was once North Carolina. He's pals with Harrison Barnes and they've discussed playing together. …

"It's the last day of the period and we don't need to be here. My only job is to get to the court, stick on my (school) shirt and ask the officials to foul my recruit out."

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