When I asked one anonymous coach about a particularly peculiar intentional foul call, he replied "When was the last time you saw a good call at an AAU event?"
Touche, Coach Unknown. Touche.
Ricardo Gathers - PF, Louisiana Select - Easily the most impressive physical specimen at this event (and possibly the class), Gathers was an absolute bull against the Oakland Soldiers. He continuously overpowered defenders on his way to the bucket, getting to the line with ease. He'll have to continue to develop his free throw stroke, because he should live at the line in college. He had the most impressive dunk of the morning after taking a rebound coast-to-coast for a massive tomahawk in traffic.
J-Mychal Reese - PG, Houston Hoops - With Houston already out of the tournament, they didn't look particularly "up" for their early morning game. Reese lacked the energy that he showed in the first two days of play, struggling with his shot and finding himself unable to break down any of the long Georgia Stars defenders.
Tony Parker - C, Georgia Stars - Blessed with a massive set of paws, Parker has been dominant for the Georgia Stars so far this week. He establishes position really well (even though his team struggles to feed him the ball) and uses his long arms to rebound strong in traffic. He's even showing some deft touch on his little hooks and turnarounds.
Brian Bridgewater - PF, Houston Hoops - It sounds like Bridgewater will be trying his hand at football for his upcoming junior year, something we struggle to blame him for. He possesses an outstanding frame and elite athleticism, but at 6'5 it's hard to envision him being a big-time power forward down the road. Even still, Bridgewater gave Parker and Alex Poythress all they could handle this morning, dishing out dunks and blocks with equal fervor.
Stevie Clark - PG, Athlete's First - All week long, Clark has been a rock for the Oklahoma-based squad. He's shooting the ball confidently, handling it well, and even skying with the big boys for rebounds. At one point today, Clark looked on pace to record a triple-double because of that rebounding. Clark is certainly turning a few heads with his play, as he looks to finally be making the transition from shooter to point guard.
The quarterfinals tip off tonight at 6pm (ET), with the semifinals and finals taking place Thursday.