If the Real Deal On The Hill championship game had been played on Saturday, there's little doubt the D.C. Assault would have brought the title to The District. Well, as the saying goes, on any given Sunday anything is possible and the Illinois Warriors lived it this afternoon.
Justin Dehm got the Warriors jumpstarted with a trio of first half triples and Demond Watt was his usual productive self from close range, accounting for a team-high 16 points. McGee dropped 12 points but maybe more importantly than his scoring was his attacking style that almost set the tone for the Warriors. Robinson, whom Butler said it wouldn't have been possible to win the title without, was the on the court leader for the Warriors.
Assault got 10 first half points from Austin Freeman but the shooting guard couldn't keep the momentum going after the half. He would finish with a dozen. Michael Beasley left a handful of balls on the rim, seemingly a signal of how things would turn out for Assault. Nolan Smith chipped in with 17.
Austin Freeman, SG, Assault – He turned in a huge scoring game of 21 in the semifinals and appeared headed for a big number in the championship until he couldn't find the range in the second half. We've said it before but it bears repeating: there isn't a program in the country this junior wouldn't excel at. He looks more athletic and showed a little burst to the cup. Fine weekend for the future Hoya.
Nolan Smith, CG, Assault – While Beasley and Freeman were sharing the scoring duties, Smith made an important decision to be a strong teammate. Instead of hunting his shots, he picked his spots wisely and was opportunistic with his chances. Unselfish kid, consummate teammate and a strong combo guard.
Martavious Adams, C, Atlanta Celtics – Like a lot of bigs on the circuit, Adams probably wouldn't more a few more touches here and there. In Sunday's quarterfinal game, the big fella was productive when he touched it. He had 13 points, all of which came via good offense. He's a finisher around the rim and a Top 100 prospect headed to Georgia.
Chris Collinsworth, SF, Utah Pump ‘n Run – We've heard a lot about him and to be fair, didn't catch him with fresh legs. He's likely a very good mid-major prospect who will receive attention slightly higher because of his skill set. Collinsworth copped to being completely worn out after his quarterfinal game. Again, skilled small forward who can make 3-pointers.
Ed Nixon, SG, Jax Lee Bulls – We were so intrigued that we went back to see him Sunday morning in a playoff game. Here's our take: one to watch because he can get by defenders and has a few ways to find the bottom of the bucket. Currently, he looks like sure-fire elite mid-major prospect who we'll watch closely throughout the spring and summer because he could be one of those kids who after he realizes he belongs, hits his stride and cranks it up a notch. One of the elements he's missing is consistency and we've seen it once so you know he's capable.
Derrick Favors, PF, ATL Celtics – Our first look at possibly the Peach State's finest freshman. He's a nice prospect and you have like the potential he's got with body, his willingness to board in a traffic and his overall upside. Certainly a guy to take note of nationally as well.
Utah coach Ray Giacoletti was front and center for the Utah Pump ‘n Run Sunday morning. …
Small forward Chris Collinsworth said that Utah, Utah State, Arizona State, BYU, Stanford and Air Force were evaluating him. … G.C. Ballers wing Marvell Waithe begins his four-school visit trip Sunday night. Waithe heads off to Georgia on Monday and Bradley on Tuesday. He's scheduled to visit Iowa the week after and Cincinnati the following week. … Warriors combo guard Justin Dehm is turning into quite the mid-major find. Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, Princeton, Stanford, Marquette and Arizona State are watching him. …
"I'm wasted. Four games yesterday killed me."