The four will match up Thursday morning in a pair of semi-final games at the Riverview Park Recreation Center.
Dominque Pointer, SF, The Family – For the second day in a row, Pointer was big for The Family in a heated battle. With the clock winding down against Each 1 Teach 1, Pointer tipped in a missed shot as the buzzer sounded to get the win. People have harped on his jumper, and rightfully so, but the kid is tough, athletic and a big time defender. He finished with 18 points and six assists.
Trey McDonald, PF, The Family – Coaches were flipping through their books trying to figure out who No. 44 was during The Family's game this morning. Truth is McDonald, a standout at Battlle Creek (Mich.) Central, has been an intriguing prospect for quite some time.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound post prospect is starting to put it together and become more consistent. Against Each 1 Teach 1 he dropped in jump hooks over each shoulder and even showed a face up jumper to 15-feet. He finished just shy of a double double scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Amir Williams, C, The Family – The rebounds McDonald didn't grab ended up in Williams' hand. The 6-foot-10 highly regarded big man corralled 17 rebounds, scored nine points and swatted at least a half dozen shots in the win. His length is a major factor on the defensive end and when he turns it on and plays an aggressive brand of ball, he's one of the best post prospects in the country.
Trevor Lacey, SG, Each 1 Teach 1 – In a loss to The Family, Lacey, a 6-foot-4 stocky guard, shot the ball well from three knocking down three of five attempts on his way to 17 points. He's a pretty good shooter off the catch and he's pretty consistent pulling up off one or two dribbles.
Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece – Led by Teague, a Kentucky commit, Spiece won their pool and made their way to the quarterfinals of the EYBL League tournament. Against Mean Streets, Teague went 5-for-13 from the field and scoring 20 points and tossing out five assists. He's got terrific speed and has a unique ability to create for others when he attacks the rim.
Tyler Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – Harris turned in a great effort against BABC Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-8 face up four man was 8-for-15 from the filed scoring 22 points and pulling in 14 rebounds. Off the catch, Harris is a pretty good shooter, he runs the floor quite well and he has great touch around the rim.
Brad Beal, SG, St. Louis Eagles – Early on in the playoff match up with the Oakland Soldiers, Beal had it working. He hit three of his first four three-pointers and played a big role in the Eagles first round win. Beal has the entire package. He's a very good shooter from long range and has a great form on his jumper. His mid-range is impressive and he's a quality overall athlete. One college coach even coined him the next Ray Allen.
Ben McLemore, SG, St. Louis Eagles – When it wasn't Beal scoring there was a good chance it was McLemore. In this one he was basically doing chin ups on the rim, as he put on a one-man dunking exhibition. To go with his hops, McLemore has a jumper with range to 21-feet and he's also beginning to develop some consistency from mid-range. He was a big factor in the win over the Soldiers.
Kyle Wiltjer, PF/C, Oakland Soldiers – With the Soldiers guards struggling to get it going, Wiltjer got it done alongside Brandon Ashley inside against the St. Louis Eagles. At one point Wiltjer had scored 14 of the Soldiers first 30 points. He has a great set of hands to go with great touch around the basket. He may not be the quickest prospect, but he plays hard and has an impressive overall skill set.
Carlton Brundage really knows how to score. He was 9-for-16 on his way to 20 points and seven rebounds against Each 1 Teach 1. Austin Rivers scored 28 points in the loss to The Family, but was just 10-for-27 from the field. BABC guard Michael Carter-Williams can really score. The Syracuse commit clicked off 32 points in a loss to Albany City Rocks. Brandon Ashley was good for the Soldier during the evening tournament loss. His mobility, length and touch are things that help him stand out. Howard Pulley's 2014 guard Tyus Jones has a terrific feel for the game. He sees the floor well and puts his passes on the money. Archie Goodwin is a heck of a shooting guard prospect. Apparently he had a monster dunk during the first half of the Wings' playoff game.