Since it was all about team play on Saturday…Here is a wrap up by team which includes some KU prospects.
New York Gauchos
New York Gauchos began the day more focused than the previous evening
dispatching of their third opponent in pool play. The thing you always
admire the most about the Gauchos is how hard they play. Once again
Doron Lamb took over for stretches of the game with his offensive
explosiveness and his deadly passing skills. Lamb is a terrific
transition player and that is how the Gauchos really get it going.
The curiosity continues over 6-6 Shane Southwell. Could he be a combo
guard at the next level? Currently he plays like a point-forward. I
have seen him do a little of everything the last couple of days
including run the point. His size gives him a great advantage
especially passing over the top of a 2-3 zone like he did successfully
in a few games this week. He is big enough to secure a rebound and get
it and go. His ball-handling skills in the open floor make him an
intriguing prospect. He wants to play defense too like much of his
Gaucho teammates who can get up in your grill and really force tempo.
The Gauchos have started out slow in two of the last three games but
for whatever reason they really turn things up in quarter number three
with solid defense, dominant rebounding, and a killer transition game.
Lamb is the one who really leads the pack in that area.
KU definitely has an eye on him. Joe Dooley and Bill Self were in the
crowd for the morning action while Dooley watched the night game.
St. Louis Eagles 16's
If you wanted to see 2011 sharp shooter Brad Beal you had to work for
it on Saturday. Beal played off site and even the stop-and-go I-4
traffic didn't keep KU head coach Bill Self away.
This was another tight contest for the Eagles who got careless with the
basketball late in the game. Beal turned it over late but had the
chance at redemption. With time winding down Beal had two solid looks
to win this one in regulation but missed them both.
He and his Eagle teammates picked it up in OT where Beal streaked in
for a high-flying dunk and forced a key steal delivering a money pass
to a teammate for a layup.
Beal moves well without the ball and I'm still impressed with his
ability to handle it with both hands and drive it with equal success
both ways. He is the type of guy you just enjoy watching on offense. On
the defensive end his wing span makes him a tough defender to get
around and nearly impossible to jump over. He drew the ooohs and aahhhs
swatting away a drive in this one – it was a block with a strong
Florida, Missouri, KU among the coaches watching.
In the night session, Beal's offensive game started out strong and he
really had the jumper flowing. Love the way he can take it to the hoop
with such control seemingly hanging in the air forever and able to
deliver a soft kiss or smooth finish. His offensive game appears
effortless but powerful. He had a swooping one handed flush that got
quite a rise out of the crowd at the Milkhouse.
Carolina, Duke, and head coach Bill Self among those in the stands.
All Ohio Red
It was a rough day for the most successful AAU team of 2008. Ohio Red
looked sluggish and lacked energy in both games today. In the morning
they were outworked and out shot by the New Jersey Celtics and major
talent Kyrie Irving. Irving is so athletic and explosive and his hoop
and harm late in this one really helped seal the deal. The Celtics
played terrific team ball and won 57-53
In the night game, the Ohio AAU team lost to the Rising Stars Gold
team, 68-63. Another sluggish performance from the Red who just simply
could not get it going. Jared Sullinger still put up 20 but really
never seemed to get into his usual flow. Aaron Craft did not shoot it
as well as usual and the Ohio State-bound guard dropped just nine. For
Adriean Payne, he was not involved in the offense very much and had
just five points. A disappointing day for the Red who were obviously
Much like Ohio Red, Team Final had a tough time getting it going. In
one of the games of the day, the New Jersey Celtics took down the
Philadelphia-area based AAU team 87-84 in overtime. It was an
incredible performance for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Boyle, Jr. Irving
again wowed the crowd with his athletic drives and Team Final simply
had no answer for his 37 points – 20 of them coming from the free throw
line. Irving was outstanding and didn't miss a free throw. As one coach
joked, "yeah, I think he's going to make somebody's team". If he wasn't
scoring he was creating opportunities for teammates and he is a major
impact player. His teammate, Kevin Boyle, Jr was lights out from three
and with Team Final up three in the waning seconds, he was allowed to
cross halfcourt and pop a three from the top to tie it. Boyle was on
fire from long range nailing six for the game and finished with 28
points, which is amazing considering he had just two at the half. Boyle
and Irving were the only two Celtics in double-figures but they
dominated the game scoring 65 of the 87 points by New Jersey. Two of
the best back-to-back AAU wins by a team I've seen in awhile.
For Team Final you have to give some love to Trevor Cooney who can
really stroke it. Love watching this kid who just plays hard and you
can't give him an inch or he will nail a three in your face. Cooney
scored 21 while a lot of his teammates struggled including Michael Gilchrist. Gilchrist is 6-7 and can shoot it, pull up, or finish at the
rim but didn't really have it going in this one notching 13 points and
four fouls. Rakeem Christmas looked involved early but scored eight of
his 11 in the first half and was really not a factor while the Celtics
were coming back from a 14-point halftime deficit.
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