Super 64: Youth Served In Vegas

<b>LAS VEGAS –</b> EBO/EA Sports will have a good chance of repeating as Super 64 champs considering the roster is comprised of underclassmen. Speaking of underclassmen, D.C. Assault steam rolled through the Elite 36 field.

It's no secret that overall strength of high school basketball lies in young kids. Over at Reebok, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Edwin Rios and Daequan Cook were the rage. Here at adidas, the youth movement yielded champs in both tournaments.

EBO/EA Sports defeated the Atlanta Celtics 66-57 to capture the first ever adidas Super 64 championship. A pair of twins – Brook and Robin Lopez – combined for 24 points in the win. Robin Lopez was awarded the MVP of the event and get this: he'll be back next year as the Lopez Twins are just rising juniors. Another junior, guard Travon Willis, was the leading scorer for EBO in the championship game as he went for 15 points.

The Celtics did well for themselves considering that their run to the Big Time championship last year was aided by a trio of McDonald's All-Americans. Though the reloading process isn't complete, they too boast a solid stable of good young players. Senario Hillman was the Celtics' leading scorer in the championship game with 10 points and he's a member of the Class of 2006.

The Elite 36 champions, D.C.'s Assault, didn't have a senior on the roster but they did have stars. Assault absolutely dominated Seattle Rotary Select II in the championship game 96-63. The Elite 36 is the sister tournament of the Super 64.

The three-headed monster of freshman Michael Beasley, sophomore Nolan Smith and sophomore Chris Wright combined for 59 points in the championship game. Wright hit 5 3-pointers in the title game and he didn't even start.

Smith went for 45 points in a previous playoff game and finished with 13 in the championship while Beasley led all scorers with 26.

These young kids that Assault has on the roster, in particular Beasley and Smith, are among the elite players in America. Herb Pope joined the team for this event and he was a big interior spark in the championship that helped kickstart Assault.

Folks, the Classes of 2006 and 2007 were the story of the tournament at the inaugural adidas Super 64.

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