Waiters tallied 27 points in the finale. He's a big-bodied scoring guard who finds himself equally comfortable behind the arc as he is attacking the basket. Flashy sneakers, flashy game, MVP trophy. The list of TOC MVP's is a distinguished one from Greg Oden and Dwight Howard to Derrick Favors, you can add Waiters name to the trophy.
Gilchrist, soon to be Scout.com's top rated sophomore, is arguably the best young prospect in high school basketball. Against CP3 he was a matchup problem no matter who checked him. Able to stride by defenders and use his athleticism at the rim, Gilchrist is a consistent mid-range jumper away from being devastating. His court demeanor and competitive edge were sharp on Sunday. Gilchrist ended on a high note and scored 22 points.
Reggie Bullock, SG, CP3: His 27 points in the semifinals was classic Bullock. Steady and unselfish, he knocked down 3s and led a big win. He found it to be a rougher go in the finals and was held in check with five points. Overall, a big weekend for his team and a strong showing for himself.
Emanuel Chapman, PG, CP3: His growth this spring has been noticeable. Mid-majors who need a presence at the point position and value passers with court vision will be lining up in July to check him out.
J.J. Moore, SF, NY Panthers: Who knew? Tucked away on strong Island is this big small forward with range and game. Good a few weeks ago in Providence, it's hard to imagine a sleeper out of New York but this guy qualifies. He tossed in a LeBron-style half courter in his final playoff game and has the look of a high-major wing.
Ryan Harrow, PG, Atl. Celtics: He's the guy you wouldn't want to engage in a game of horse. Scored it at will and with creativity in the morning game to put the Celts into the semis. He was the shake and bake with Trae Golden raining jumpers early. CP3 did a good job on him as the Celtics ran out of gas and he had 17 in his final game.
Danny Lawhorn, PG, NY Panthers: He played in crunch time for the Panthers and showed well. A classic point, he's not big but he excels as a passer. He changed the pace and tempo of the offense. As usual, Boston College with the great evaluation and early find.
Stevie Taylor, PG, OVC 16: For a guy who we'll list at 5-foot-9, he's a big time competitor. Collegiately, size usually becomes an issue but if this guy is good with the mid-major route, he'll have a helluva career. He drew up the game-tying play in his huddle against D.C. Assault and basically carried them into overtime. The biggest compliment one can pay him is that he is in command of his team.
Myles Mack, SG, Playaz 16: He's not the biggest guy but so far it hasn't slowed down his ability to get buckets with his jump shot. Naturally Mack is looking to slide over to full time point guard but for now he's able to generate offense from the two and pushed his team to wins at the TOC. Named MVP of the 16s.
Dezmine Wells, SF, CP3: Every team has an energy guy who fuels the competitive spirit of the squad. Wells, the youngest member of the team, knows his role and excels at it. He's an attacker of the basket who puts himself in position to look strong by playing to his strengths. A slasher who tries to dunk everything, he brings a rugged, athletic identity to himself and his team.
Jordan Goodman, PF, D.C. Assault: Make it two in a row for the young power forward. At the Southern Invitational he showed well and it carried over. Good looking prospect with size and range on his jumper. By stringing together back-to-back strong outings we're beginning to notice his more focused approach.
Reggie Dillard, SG/SF, CP3 15's: Between Dillard and 2013 guard Rodney Purvis, this club had enough firepower to win the silver bracket. Dillard is the slasher, Purvis the pure scorer.
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision: Let's just throw out the obvious: this young man was one of the best prospects at the event regardless of class. In the championship of his age bracket, Muhammad gave it to Indiana Elite to the tune of 35 points. He gets his shot off so quickly and since he's left-handed he's even more difficult to anticipate and guard. A pure small forward who plays from different areas on the floor, the sky is the limit.
Trae Golden is hard-wired to score. He's a guy that is undersized for the off guard spot but that's his position and his stroke is legit. … The NY Panthers big man Brian Wilson is a solid, productive mid-level big. … OVC's Aaron White is a 2011 mid level big touch and skill. He's a shade undersized but will be a lock mid-level guy for sure. … Quinn Cook's team fell to OVC but he made a play down the stretch where he properly read the pick and roll and gave his team a chance to win. …
The Jackson Tigers were a surprise semifinalist but not for a lack of talent. This was the first event the squad seemed to be on the same page. Andre Stringer's offense carried them into the semis. … We didn't have a chance to watch Showtyme Ballers young prospect Shane Larkin. However, the son of the former major league shortstop averaged 26 for the tournament. …
Stacey Poole led Jacksonville to the championship of the silver division and was the team's leading scorer all weekend long. He was the MVP of the silver division. …
J.J. Moore has offers from Rutgers and Stony Brook. … Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Southern Cal, South Florida and Central Florida are looking. … Aaron White has interest from the MAC, Horizon and Wisconsin. … Stevie Taylor sports offers from Akron, James Madison and Ohio. …