Dre's Road Trip (Part 5): D1 Elite Young Guns

GoBlueWolverine.com's Andre Barthwell checks in after day five of his basketball road trip with more from the D-1 Elite Hoops tournament in Elhurst, IL. Monte Morris leads his team to the crown, plus he profiles a number of up and coming youngsters that have made their way onto Michigan's radar.

Prior Road Trip Stories
Dre's Road Trip: Adidas & Reebok Round Up
Dre's Road Trip (Part 2): Adidas Invitational
Top '14 MI hoopster close to decision, or Not?
Dre's Road Trip (Part 3): Adidas & LeBron
Dre's Road Trip (Part 4): D-1 Elite

Monday was the last day of the tournament here in Elmhurst, IL and we had a chance to see a champion crowned and a few young pups put their talents on display.

Monte Morris, Dorian's Pride 16's – Morris had a very solid outing in the morning dropping 16 points and seven assists. Once again his court vision was extremely impressive, as he routinely got his teammates easy buckets. In the championship game Morris came up big and propelled his team to the title.  Some have questioned his size (6'2 180), but his toughness, ability to score, and run his team outweighs any of those concerns.

Darius Austin, Southwest Illinois Jets 15's - At 6'6 Austin is a kid that is all over the place. He handles the press, rebounds it to start the break, and is a long armed defender. His ability to drive to the basket is tough for any team to handle. When the game is on the line he will certainly be there to handle any pressure that comes his way.

Darreon Reddick, 6'3 Southwest Illinois Jets 15's – Reddick is a big-bodied guard that understands how and when to use his size. Against smaller guards he gets down in the post and goes to work. Out on the perimeter when he has a bigger defender he goes by them off the dribble. There is already a lot to like about this youngster's game.

C.J. Rivers, 6'2, Southwest Illinois Jets 15's- Yes, Rivers is yet another target from a loaded Southwest Illinois Jets squad.  Rivers is a lefty point guard that is a pass first, shoot second floor leader. His coach stresses defense and that is where it starts for him. Rivers does have some more developing to do when it comes to his jumper but he still has plenty of time to develop that.

Justin Tillman, 6'7 R.E.A.C.H. Legends 15's - I have watched Justin play since 7th grade and his game has not really changed much. He plays hard all the time, he runs the floor for put-backs on offense, he blocks shots, and rebounds with desire. Don't let his laid back demeanor fool you… there is a lot of toughness going on with him. He continues to be one to watch.

DeShawn Sanders, 6'1 R.E.A.C.H. Legends 15's- Sanders is a tough competitor that played solidly in a highly contested game. He scored at the rim when his team really needed it, and dropped a few outside shots as well. On the defensive end he picked up a few steals and just really played hard for his team.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for coverage of these and many more targets in the hours and days to come

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