Lofton and Rondo lead DSAS in Vegas
Two and half weeks ago, the Louisville based Derek Smith All Stars, led by Rajon Rondo and Chris Lofton, hopped a plane and headed west to Las Vegas for the adidas Big Time Tournament and the Las Vegas Classic sponsored by visionsports.com.
While they finished up the Big Time with a solid 3-3 record last weekend before losing to the New Orleans Jazz in the third round of the playoffs, DSAS Head Coach and Executive Director, Kris Vance, still had his troops going strong at the Vegas Classic late last week. Vance spent a few minutes speaking with ITV about their trip to Vegas Thursday afternoon.
At the Big Time, the DSAS 17-under were led by 6'2 sharp shooter Chris Lofton of Mason County. Lofton, who drained 7 threes in two separate games and 6 more in a third, was named to the All-Tournament team at the prestigious Las Vegas AAU event for his efforts.
"He's by far the best shooter we've ever had in our program," Vance said. He's simply a great kid to be around."
Vance said point guard Rajon Rondo's play has been up and down while in Vegas.
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"He's had some good games and some bad ones," Vance said. Rondo poured in 27 points against the Houston Raptors last Monday in the Las Vegas Classic.
Vance's squad once again took the floor at a major AAU event limited in the paint with it's lack of size. 6'10 University of Louisville commit Terrance Farley was scheduled to play with the DSAS in Vegas but cancelled at the last minute due to the death of his grandfather in California the day before the team was to fly out for the Big Time Tournament. According to Vance, the DSAS most productive interior player was 6'5 Demetrius Guions of North Hardin.
On the recruiting front, Vance noted that University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino was front and center for the DSAS first game of the Big Time Tournament, presumably to look at Rondo.
Leading the way for the 16-under DSAS squad were two Louisville high school juniors-to-be, 6'0 point guard Zach Berry of Trinity and 6'2 guard/forward Maurice Grintner of Fairdale. Both Berry and Grintner averaged 10-11 points per game during the two Vegas tourney's, according to 16-under coach John Berry.
Shelby County sophomore-to-be, 5'11 point guard A.J. Slaugther, perhaps the top guard in the state's class of 2006, led the 16's in scoring against the Vegas based Agosy All Stars at the Las Vegas Classic, chipping in 10 points.
The Derek Smith All Stars returned to Louisville International Airport early last Thursday morning.