Here are a few random notes in my travels for the day in Las Vegas, at the adidas Super 64, Reebok Summer Championship and Main Event Tournaments.
Best Performances, Reebok
Aaron Fuller scored 16 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, propelling his Arizona Magic Blue team to a 20-point blowout win over the Middlesex Magic.
Ray Turner had an amazing off-the-bench effort, scoring 12 points and pulling down a whopping 19 boards in a losing cause. The NM Force Gold lost to the Donyell Marshall I team.
Karron Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 12 boards, leading the Squires Richmond team to a win over the Dallas Mustangs.
Elston Turner scored 26 for Play Hard, Play Smart in a win over the Mokan Players.
Brennan Cougill had 19 points, 16 rebounds for the Iowa Barnstormers.
Malik Story dropped in 5-8 from three point range helping his So. Cal Elite team in a win over the Arkansas Hawks. Story finished with 26. Romero Osby had 21 pts, 9 rbs in a losing effort as the Southeast Elite team too it on the chin at the hands of the Illinois Wolves.
Drew Wiley scored almost half of the points for the Oregon Rebels, which bested the Houston Elite 71-67. Wiley finished with 34.
Brandon Jennings dropped 30 on Darius Miller and the D1 Greyhounds. Jennings' Belmont Shore team won a tight, entertaining game. Darius Miller had 13 for the Hounds. William Buford led the way with 24 in the losing effort.
Brandon Moore could not get untracked today, playing only 11 minutes, collecting three fouls and going scoreless in a Texas Blueships loss. UK target Quincy Acy scored 13 in a losing effort.
2010 Kentucky signee K.C. Ross-Miller manned the point for Team Texas and looked good doing it. It was hard to imagine Ross-Miller as a youngster that has just completed 9th grade. He has some work to do, but this is a young man that could play point for a lot of college programs now and do pretty well. I can only imagine what he will be like when he is ready to suit up for Kentucky.
Willie Warren was a little off today. Bu even off, the guy is pretty spectacular, receiving passes from Rotnei Clarke and K.C. Ross-Miller for dunks and finishing on the break. He and Clarke have a radar around each other, each knowing where the other is and what his next move will be. Those two on the same college team would win a few conference championships… at the least.
J'Mison Morgan, C, Urban DFW Elite is a LOAD at 6-foot-9, 265 lbs. The big man from Dallas was having it his way down low today against weaker competition. He was a man among boys. It reminded me of Gulliver's Travels. I would love to see him going up against Michael Dunigan one on one.
During Team Texas warm-ups, Kentucky assistant Jeremy Cox, walked over to within about 10 feet of where Rotnei Clarke was shooting warmup shots and dialed a call on his cell phone and began speaking in fairly loud tones. I wonder what that was about?
In the coaches section of one game today I saw Travis Ford in a UMass shirt, Rick Pitino and Walter McCarty in UL garb, Sean Finney in a Marshall shirt and Saul Smith in a Minnesota hat. That was just flat out wrong.
BEST AUU TEAM NAME
There is an AAU team in town called the Chinese Chickens. They are from Las Vegas. I am sure there is a story behind it but who cares?
Tyler Zeller did not look nearly as good as I thought he would. He was playing against a good player in Derrick Favors but this wasn't even close. Favors just flat out outplayed the big Indiana power player. And he had the who's who list of coaches watching him. I intend to see him at least twice more. Maybe my impression will change. But if I had a choice based on today only, I'd take J'Mison Morgan in a minute. We'll see how the week unfolds. You can't tell anything from one game. I remember the first time I saw Shagari Alleyne. I thought he was awful. Wait… he WAS awful. Bad example.
Romero Osby is a good one. Coach Rick Stansbury did alright for himself with that one.
I saw former UK target Markeif Morris and his Huntington Warriors team on an elevator and he remembered me from the interview I had with him last year. I asked him if his team was playing in the Main Event Tournament. He said, "We ARE the main event," then smiled.