In what will go down as one of the best AAU finishes ever, Team Final knocked off Boo Williams in one semi-finals, while All-Ohio's machine kept on rolling as they took down E1T1 and Austin Rivers.
Down three with just four seconds to go Team Final entered the ball to Tyrek Duren at half court, who promptly tossed the ball towards the basket escaping a Boo Williams defender who was trying to foul. Miraculously enough the ball went in.
But then it got plain weird. With 1.3 seconds on the clock Boo Williams entered the ball to Luke Cothron, who was standing at half court. The big man bobbled the ball and sophomore sensation Michael Gilchrist picked up the loose ball and tossed a half court game winner as the time expired.
In the championship game All-Ohio Red out lasted Team Final for a 75-72 win. Jared Sullinger took home the MVP trophy. The Playaz took down the St. Louis Eagles 71-59 in the 16-under championship, while the Houston Defenders took home the 15-under crown.
Andre Dawkins, SG, Boo Williams – Word is Dawkins, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, started off the tournament with a rough game. Well, he more than made up for his slow start with a performance in the semi-finals that nearly carried the hometown team to the title game.
Whether it was off the catch, curl or dribble, Dawkins buried three after three in the semi's and appeared to be in a zone that was nearly unstoppable. A solid athlete, Dawkins has great lift on his shot and nearly perfect form matched with a quick release. The book had him for 24 points, but we had him for a few more.
Travis McKie, SF, Boo Williams – Finishing with 12 points in the semi-finals loss to Team Final, McKie, a 6-foot-6 wing, did majority of his damage from mid-range. He started with a 10-footer from the baseline, then buried a spot up 16-footer from the top of the key. He also tossed in a floater and a right hook on the block. Active and aggressive on the glass, McKie will get after on both ends and has improved his overall skill set.
Tyreek Duren, PG, Team Final – Team Final made a run to the championship game and they wouldn't have made it that far without this 5-foot-11 lead guard. Quick and elusive, Duren got teammates open looks, knocked in jumpers and showed a strong handle of the ball. He's got a tough presence about him and when the game was on the line he drained a half court shot to help Team Final knock off Boo Williams.
Markus Kennedy, C, Team Final – Over the course of Saturday and Sunday we got a great feel for this 6-foot-8, 235-pound big man. He takes up a lot of space inside, and has a pair or hands that seemingly catch everything. His teammates found him inside on a number of occasions, and although he lacks lift, he used his size, frame and soft touch, to score around the rim. He's crafty inside and even showed a sweet right jump hook on the block.
Dion Waiters, SG, Team Final – There's no other way to put it than; he's wired up to score. As the tournament wore on Sunday, you could tell Waiters, a 6-foot-3 guard, appeared tired and worn out, but he kept going. He's equipped with a nice pull-up jumper that has range, but he's also a guy that can get to the rim and loves contact once there. Waiters had a great overall tournament and made a lasting impression on those watching.
Brad Beal, SG, St. Louis Eagles 16's – When it was said and done, Beal, a 6-foot-3 well built two-guard, needed a little more help in the championship. A standout at St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade, Beal really had it working from behind the arc and tossed in six three-pointers in the championship. When he's not drilling deep jumpers, Beal can get to the rim and because of his size, strength and athleticism has no problem finishing.
Desmond Hubert & Derrick Randall, PF, Playaz 16's – The Playaz run would not have been possible without these two big men prospects manning the paint. Hubert, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound post prospect, has a long, lean frame that'll he need to add strength to, but he's still capable of swatting shots, corralling rebounds and scoring close to the rim. Randall, who is an inch shorter but at least 10 pounds heavier, appeared to be the more athletic of the two. He was active inside and had a handful of left-handed finishes at the tin.
Myles Mack, PG, Playaz 16's – Despite his size, Mack, a product of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, gets a considerable amount of things done on the court. Very effective from long range, Mack can dial it in from deep and that's what he did in the semi-finals and championship of the 16's tournament. Quick with his first step, he's tough to stay in front of and if he's attacking the rim he's likely looking to draw a defender to free up teammates.
James McAdoo, PF, Boo Williams – Last year at this event McAdoo, a 6-foot-8 sophomore power forward, announced his presence to the recruiting scene. Now having built a reputation, McAdoo has to live up to expectations and he did that, especially in the semi-finals. He scored in transition, with his back to the basket and even attacked some off the bounce. He went for 11 points in the loss to Team Final.
Trevor Cooney, SG, Team Final – Make no bones about it, Cooney, 6-foot-4 two-guard, can really shoot it from long range. Majority of his three balls were off the catch or curl, but he managed to knock down a few off the dribble jumpers, and displayed a quick release. He's an above average athlete that can get to the rim, once there he had trouble finishing, but adding strength to his frame will help that as his career marches on. High majors should be all over this shooter from Wilmington (Del.) Sanford.
Michael Gilchrist, SF, Team Final – With the game on the line Gilchrist drained a big time shot, leading Team Final to the championship game. With 1.3 seconds left in the game the 6-foot-7 wing picked up a fumbled ball and tossed in a game winner from half court. The sophomore went for 15 points in the semi-finals win.
Kyle Anderson, SF, Playaz 16's – Size, versatility and skill are three areas that Anderson, a 6-foot-7 wing, excels at. A freshman at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, Anderson led the Playaz through the playoffs and to the 16's crown. Obviously he had help from Hubert and Randall, but this lean prospect was the primary reason the Playaz won the championship. He spent some time playing on the ball, showed off his touch in the lane and has terrific vision.
It was a tough finish for Jordan Sibert, of Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton. The talented Ohio State commit messed up his ankle pretty bad in the championship Sunday afternoon. The injury was so bad an ambulance was called to take him out.