The CP3 All-Stars got a taste of winning this past weekend and liked it. Reggie Bullock and Co. liked winning so much they beat Boo Williams for the championship of the Southern Invitational at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.
The Mother's Day championship game ended with CP3 rolling Boo. The BWSL squad had beaten D.C. Assault in the semifinals.
As a unit, CP3 looked outstanding. Each guy raised his game and made contributions throughout the weekend. On Sunday, Melvin Tabb's efforts in the playoffs was noticeable. Jay Canty's energy and hustle plus P.J. Hairston, on a bum ankle, chipped in. Emanuel Chapman, whom observers said recorded a double-double, asserted himself as a mid-major prospect this weekend as well.
Reggie Bullock, SG, CP3: Against a tough Cecil Kirk team, Bullock made sure his club got off to a fast start. His jumper was dialed in all weekend and the balanced game he owns was infectious to his teammates. Don't be surprised if he makes another run at the Top 10 in the Class of 2010.
Emanuel Chapman, PG, CP3: The reports on him out of the title game were outstanding. A passer first, Chapman is an opportunistic offensive player with strong court vision. This event should serve as a launching pad for his summer.
Cleveland Melvin, SF/PF, Cecil Kirk: Until the semifinals, he had the train rolling. This is a powerful post-graduate prospect who may be undersized but he's athletic as all get up. He was doing chin-ups all weekend on Boo's rims. One of those hard playing guys who enjoys it when backed into a corner.
Cedrick Lindsay, SG, D.C. Assault: Over the span of the games we caught, Lindsay made winning plays. He's a tough competitor and though his jumper isn't text book, it finds the bottom of the net. He'll be a good mid level player who cranked it up this weekend.
Antonio Jenifer, PF, God's Glory: He's an undersized four man and the best prospect on his team. Liked that he was comfortable in the post and could also play facing the basket. He's going to receive a good share of mid-major attention and earned it.
James McAdoo, PF, Boo: Before running out of gas in the finals, McAdoo was a dominant player in the playoffs. We're written quite a bit about him this spring and he's deserved every bit of ink. The feeling with him is that the bigger the stage, the stronger the effort. He'll be a guy with a long career of winning.
Rakeem Christmas, C/PF, Team Final: Watching him work never gets dull. The eyeball test says he's about 6-8. On the court, he plays more like he's 6-11. Christmas is a study in efficiency. A gifted shot blocker he doesn't leave his feet unless called for. He blocks more shots on the same possession than any kid currently in high school basketball. Not only does he rebound his area, he boxes and chases. When needed, he goes way above the rim. Offensively he's sneaky. If they tossed it to him more he might surprise. In short, the pieces are coming together and this is a kid who makes an impact at the high-major level.
Quinn Cook, PG, DC Assault 16: Point guards who are vocal and demonstrate leadership qualities are always going to command attention from our end. Cook isn't the biggest guy but you always know where he is and he's a leader and passer.
Tyler Lewis, PG, Carolina Flight: If you're small, you might as well have a big ticker and this kid does. He went down with a thigh injury, never thought about coming out and kept getting after it. Knocks down big shots, wants the ball and is willing to do whatever it takes to enact wins.
Tabb's quickness and explosion, two things he has in his bag of tricks, made him look very good this weekend. … Jordan Goodman, a sophomore with Assault, made a bevy of jumpers on Sunday. The coaches were on him about staying focused. He's a talent. … Durrand Johnson, a wing with Cecil Kirk, had a great weekend. Another hard playing, offensive wing with some size. … George Radford of WAVE, knocked down enough 3s against Team Final 16s to be on the Division I radar. He's a 2011 shooter. …
Jenifer's lists Massachusetts as being a school on him strong. West Virginia is also in the mix. … Melvin has Maryland, Virginia, Florida State, Missouri, Cincinnati, Rutgers, St. Joe's, VCU, Towson and George Mason looking at him. … Durrand Johnson has an offer from Delaware and interest from N.C. State and Auburn. …