The 17-Under Illinois Wolves team began their run through this tournament with a 77-72 win over Spiece Indy Heat in pool play. Evan Turner and Demetri McCamey were exceptional in leading the Wolves to their first victory. DePaul has pursued both Turner and McCamey, who are also teammates on the St. Joseph's High varsity team in Westchester, Illinois.
The Illinois Wolves 17-U team continued their winning ways on Saturday with a 66-47 win over the Wisconsin Playmakers team, which was later followed by a 59-52 win over a very sound Florida Elite team led by Dominique Jones.
The Wolves began Sunday with a tough matchup against The Family from Detroit which features three future high-major players in Corperryale Harris, Kalin Lucas, and Durrell Summers. The Wolves surprisingly had little difficulty with the Family as they ran out to a 73-58 win. The irony of this tournament was that the Wolves lost in the Championship game to the same Spiece Indy Heat team that they beat in the Friday night opener.
Evan Turner, a 6-6 wing player, displayed solid fundamentals, the ability to post-up despite his thin frame. He repeatedly slashed to the basket and knocked down a few outside jumpers. It's no wonder why so many schools have offered him scholarships. If Turner can add some more muscle to that frame, he'll begin to realize his potential.
Demetri McCamey, a 6-3 combo guard, wouldn't back down from anyone as he drove the lane repeatedly with reckless abandon. McCamey does need to work on his perimeter shooting skills. Built like a running back, he does control the inside with his big body. Demetri displayed the ability to control the tempo of the game and was in complete control whether the pace was fast or slow.
We also watched the 15-U Illinois Stars to gauge future Blue Demon and Class of 2009 prospect Cully Payne's performance. In the tournament opener, the point guard led the Stars in a 63-54 win over Bloomington Red with 19 points and 3 assists. Payne was perfect from the free throw line going seven for seven. Cully went two for four from three point range and finished with five of 10 from the field overall. The young man proved to be a clutch shooter.
Payne scored 16 in a win over The Family (from Michigan) while resting the whole 4th quarter in the 78-36 victory.
The performance of the day on Saturday went to class of 2008 small forward prospect Matt Humphrey from Meanstreets 16-U team and Hales Franciscan High. Humphrey must have hit at least six from three point range and was phenomenal. He scored at will both inside and outside. Meanstreets defeated the All-Iowa Attack team 68-44, but was eliminated in a very intense and tight game to Team Indiana Elite - 49-47.
A few players were affected by the injury bug. Josh Southern, a 6-9 230 lb. power forward of the Michigan Mustangs, rested his sore knees in an easy victory over the Cincinnati Royals. When he did play, Southern displayed very good passing skills and agility for a big man.
This was WeAreDePaul.com's first trip to Fort Wayne for this tournament and we certainly look forward to returning.
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