Monday, April 30, 2012

King James Shooting Stars Classic-Day Three Report


Cincinnati Lakers vs Team Lima Black (8th Grade)

I started my day of watching Ed Lyshe’s 6th grade Buckeye Prep team notch another win in the Bronze division against a scrappy and rugged Elite Sports Center (ESC) out of West Virginia. Although Buckeye Prep would never trail in the game, ESC would mount several runs, including a 5-0 run to start the 4th quarter that cut the lead to 1 point (28-27). Despite ESC, s last minute push, Buckeye Prep would hang on to advance to the final four with a 40-32 victory. He did not lead the team in scoring, but Westerville’s Malique Lyshe sparked Buckeye Prep with back-to-back-to-back defensive plays that preserved momentum. It should also be noted that Lyshe showed a lot of improvement over the weekend, clearly logging in his best performance of the season.

AJ White-4'11 PG Indanapolis, IN

While waiting for the Buckeye Prep final four game, I got the chance to watch a very entertaining 5th grade semi-final game between Demarco Bradley’s All-Ohio Purple squad from Cincinnati and the Indiana Hoosiers from Indianapolis. According to a fan in the stands, the Hoosiers were seeking revenge for a 2 point loss to All-Ohio in Indianapolis a few weeks earlier. When I walked in at half-time, Purple was up 23-19. By the end of the third quarter, Indiana had seized momentum and cut the lead to 1 point (33-34). After scoring on their first 3 possessions to start the final period, the Hoosiers were up 40-34. An Indiana 11-0 run in the 4th quarter broke All-Ohio’s back, as the Hoosiers advanced to the championship game where they defeated the Metrolina Havoc to claim the 5th grade title. Indiana’s AJ White, a 4’11 point guard from Indianapolis, was dynamite at the point as he displayed an impressive floor game and led his team with poise. Also, Keion Brooks, a 5’7 center from Ft. Wayne, has the makings of a star player. He is a bit slender right now, but he has good length, is still very young, and has the body type that usually suggests continued growth. All-Ohio Purple had a nice pair of guards in Demarco Bradley Jr. and Greg Tribble. These two little guys can go. Both guys attack the cup consistently and both bring extreme pressure on the ball. I intend to keep an eye on these two guys going foward. It's also important to note that the Hoosiers defeated All-Ohio Red, the defending AAU national Champions, to adavnce to the semi-final game.

DeMarco Bradley Jr. & Greg Tribble Jr.

In the final four matchup with KYWA out of Lexington, KY, it was clear from the tip that Buckeye Prep was going to have its hands full with the KYWA bigs. I wish I could tell you Buckeye Prep was in this one, but that was not the case. KYWA’s front line featured 5’11 center Kyle Rode who was surprisingly skilled for his age and size, and 5’9 Jefferson Harkless, who was a monster in the paint. Harkless inflicted most of his damage near the basket, while Rode was taking the Buckeye Prep bigs off the bounce and finishing. Harkless was way too physical for Prep’s post guys and he did a great job of finishing plays. Suffering from too many turnovers and an inability to rebound the ball, Buckeye Prep was bounced from the tournament after a 56-27 loss.

Tyree Harrs-6'2 PF Cleveland

For the second day in a row, I checked out Murphy AC Elite’s 6th grade team as the battled it out with Arizona’s Powerhouse in the quarter-finals of the silver division. Not only did Murphy AC Elite get the easy 40-25 win over Powerhouse, they went on the championship game after downing the Dayton Nets. In Friday’s report I highlighted the play of Cory Rice and Jerry Higgens, but the other stud on that team is Tyree Harris, an athletic post from Maple Heights, Ohio. Earlier in the month Harris logged in an impressive performance at my Buckeye Prep Invitation tournament, and really impressed many people who were watching his games. Harris already has the length; size and mobility that will draw people to get an early look at the kid. Powerhouse’s Bryson Mewhinney (5’5 PG) and Paul Bingaman (6’2 C), both paced their team to a quarter-final finish.

Quam Dosumu, Chase Adams & Zion Young

In 6th grade Gold division action, I walked in on a quarterfinal game between crosstown rivals, Chicago Select and Ferrari. As you would expect, these teams and their fans were hungry for Chi Town bragging rights, so you know the crowd was rabid. Ferrari would go on to get the 34-40 win and advance to the semi-finals. Although I had seen Chicago Select the night before, this was the first chance I had to check out Ferrari. From what little I saw of this game, I was most impressed with Ferrsri’s Quam  Dosumu, a dynamic 5’4 PG. Chicago has long since been known for its guard, and from what I saw of his game, Dosunmu has a chance to be special. He is crafty, aggressive, and he has a pocket full of dribble moves he employs to separate from his defender. Dosunmu’s handle is among the most mature I’ve seen from a kid his age. This kid is a gamer! Ferrari also had a pair of quality bigs. I was most impressed with Stephen Harris, a 6’0 center who was strong and physical. Although a lot of big kids this age are just big, Harris fully understands how to use his physical gifts. When he gets the rock form one of the talented Ferrari guards, he immediately attacks the basket. Ferrari would later defeat 916 Select to advance to the championship game.

Sheriff Kenny & Dimarco Baucum-DC Assault

In another 6th grade gold division quarterfinal game, I watched a little of the DC Assault and Showtime Select game. Though it was another close game, DC Assault out lasted Showtime Select and advanced with a 44-40 win. The top guys for Assault were Sherif Kenny, a 5’10 PF, and Dimarco Baucum, a 6’2 center. For Showtime Select, Mark Watts, a 5’1 PG was the man. DC Assault would later punch their ticket to the championship game with a win over Indiana’s George Hill Rising Stars.

DC Assault-6th Grade Gold Division Champions

The 6th grade gold division championship game featured a battle of AAU program heavy weights with Ferrari and DC Assault. Right from the tip, Ferrarri’s superior backcourt of Quam Dosumu, Zion Young and Chase Adams went to work, when Young, a 5’5 SG, drained a trey to start the game. Ferrari would start the game on a 6-0 run. DC Assault would finally respond at the 2:49 mark with back-to-back scores to close the lead to 2 points (6-4). Ferrari would counter with another 6-0 run to finish the first half up 12-4. Early in the second quarter DC Assault mounted their own run and was able to trim the lead to just 2 points (16-18) with about 2:51 left in the half. DC Assault tied the game at 18 at the 2:12 mark on a layup by Dimarco Baucum, and completed the comeback with 2 free throws and a 2 point lead to close the first half (18-20). Assault would begin the second half by knocking down 2 free throws, then mount a 5-2 run midway through the quarter (20-25).Ferrari would make a run of their own and retake the lead (26-25) with 1:28 left in the third quarter. Assault went back in front at the 1:00 minute mark on another Baucum layup (27-26). Assault would close the third period with 3 consecutive buckets to run their lead to 31-26. Though Ferrari would score first to start the 4th quarter, Assault’s final run propelled them to a 44-32 victory and the championship trophy. Dimarco Baucum was big for Assault. Though Ferrari’s 2 bigs were nice, I really loved the Chicago guards. He may be small, but Chase Adams is one of the most exciting players I’ve seen in this class. He is an absolute blur with the ball and has an insane handle. Also, the kid is not afraid to mix it up with the big boys, which is a must for smaller guards. I already told you about Dosumu; the kid has a polished game. If I’m not reading about this kid a few years, something is seriously wrong. Zion Young, the third piece of the puzzle, has an athletic body, is strong, and can shoot the 3-ball.

Team Lima Black-8th Grade Gold Division Champions

Last but not least, there were a few significant observations associated with the 8th grade gold championship game. First of all, the fact that there were 3 Ohio-based teams (Team Lima Black, Cincinnati Lakers & All-Ohio Elite), in the final four of this major tournament was a statement about Buckeye basketball! In terms of story lines, AAU basketball at the highest levels is often about respect for individual performances, matchups and team supremacy. Along those same lines, we may have seen a “changing of the guards” of sorts in Ohio’s class of 2016. The Cincinnati Lakers have been the standard by which this class was defined for many years. With that said, the Elite Cavilers (now All-Ohio Elite) have occasionally challenged the Lakers for “top dog” honors. Although there is still a great deal of debate about who the top team has been in the class over the years (I’m not picking between the 2 in this piece), there should be no doubt that Quincy Simpson’s Team Lima Black went a long way in gaining some respect and a seat at the 2016 table with his convincing 56-36 win in the championship game on Sunday.

Jaylen Thomas, Xavier Simpson, Ruben Flowers & Rico Stafford

In terms of individual matchups, the championship game featured 3 of Ohio’s top 3 guards in Xavier Simpson, Rodrick Caldwell and Ashon Riggens. I have seen all three of these guys for many years and in many settings, and all-three elite guards have been consistently selected as all-stars at my Buckeye Prep Elite showcases. Since I did not get an opportunity to watch much of the 8th grade division this past weekend, and only caught half of the championship game, I’m not going to claim a winner in the “top PG in Ohio sweepstakes” at this point. However, if there were ever a gap between the elite floor generals in the state, the gap has surely narrowed. For my out-of-state readers, there are a number of other quality 8th grade teams in the state including the Cincinnati Bulldogs, Hills Sports, King James, All-Ohio Red, VCC Ohio Warriors, All-Ohio Purple, Nova Village, Dayton Heat, DB Hoops and others. Simply put, the 2016 class may be one of the best Ohio classes in many years. For Team Lima Black, the top performers for the weekend were Xavier Simpson (Unofficial MVP), Ruben Flowers (6’3 PF), Jaylen Thomas (6’0 SF) and Rico Stafford (6’4 SF). The Lakers’ Rodrick Caldwell (5’10 PG), Ashon Riggins (6’0 PG/SG) and Jeremy Larkin (5’9 SG/WF) were the standouts. It should be noted that Larkin did not play in the championship game due to a jaw injury he sustained in the semi-final game.

All-in-all it was a great weekend of basketball. Once again, the King James Shooting Star Classic has proven to be one of the most competitive tournaments in the country. Congratulations to Drew Joyce and his staff for putting on an outstanding event. For the final results in all of the divisions, visit the tournament website at: www.neobasketball.com.

Day Three Standouts

Day One & Two Standouts

Day Three Pictures

21 comments:

  1. What about tre cobbs from Team Lima and Bubenhoffer #23 from the lakers

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  2. seve stavroff showed out this weekend. this kid could be special

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  3. Watch out for Chicago select #27 messiah Jones that kid has a lot more to show us

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  4. There are three elite teams in the 8th grade all Ohio elite,lakers,team Lima...then there is a bunch of really good teams fighting to get in class with those three including the Dayton nets formerly all Ohio red...they beat hill sports handily, beat AOP BY 20, just beat nova on Sunday at king James, and lost to tbna by 2 in the silver bracket championship game but because they dnt have one kid that stands out they get no love

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  5. BEAT AOP BY 20??? Sounds Personal! Look instead of getting on here crying get back in the lab and get better. We are a 1st year program, while you guys have been together about 4. You beat us Congrats and you have a good team, but remember it was a 4 point game with 3 minutes left. Also our boys were playing off 5 hours of sleep. Remember we didnt have byes like yall. We played until midnight the day before and at 8:00 am before we played yall at 10.

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  6. Who is crying I just gave facts...you sat in the stands just like me during the game unless you are a coach and seen how that game went...AOP has some nice players and never once did I knock them so maybe it's you that are taking it personal.

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  7. While I can't disagree with you that Team Lima, All-Ohio Elite and the Cincy Lakers are three of the top 14U/8th grade teams you can't leave DBHOOPS out of that group and need to make it the top four. Why? Well, they only lost to Team Lima by 2 in the Nike Cup after Team Lima got a bye and DBHOOPS played an hour before despite both winning their pools handily. DBHOOPS lost to Cincinnati Lakers in the King James quarterfinals by 6 after the Cincinnati Lakers like Team Lima had a bye. DBHOOPS was the only team, in the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, to be within 8 points of DC Assault (2012 Pitt Jam Fest Champion). The schedulers put DBHOOPS and DC Assault in same pool; big mistake because that was the "championship game" and only one team made it out of pool play. If the schedulers stop putting DBHOOPS in disadvantageous conditions and let them play Team Lima, Cincy Hoops and All-Ohio Elite heads up (No team having a bye) they will be a very very tough out!

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    1. Completely agree db hoops is one of the top 4 teams...not sure the cincy lakers bye had anything to do with them losing since they played the following day. DB hoops has really good height and real good PG. They struggle shooting from the outside, but are tough inside the paint.

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    2. Both teams did play the day before the quarterfinals but Cincy only played two games while DB hoops played three games.

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  8. Chicago Select looked like a really good team.I was impressed with there bigs #27 & #21 as they cruised to the elite 8. They were solid with a crafty point guard#32 but those two big guys are going to be special. Lookout for Chicago Select this year !!!

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  9. There are other teams that I may not have mentioned when talking about the nets in my previous post and I have never seen dbhoops play but they were mentioned in the article so by no means am I downplaying any team that was mentioned just stating the fact that two of the teams we beat handily and nova village we just beat on sunday

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  10. The 2 bigs for Chicago Select. #21 and #27 were holding there own throughout the tournament. They also have the guards to break down the defense. I can't believed them guys are only in 6th grade. Chicago Select are going to make some noise is the up coming tournaments

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  11. Rob - I've seen the Lakers 14U play before and have been impressed with the two big kids and the little white guard #23 other than than Larkin, Riggins, and Caldwell. How did they do? I believe all three have been on your all star list from previous Buckeye events.

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  12. Chicago Select has out standing Bigs and four quick guards. #25 has an all around game. #1 is a great defender that finishes around the basket.#32 is top five pg in the country along with # 23,21,27 being to 100 in the Nation. Very discipline team.

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  13. Billy Thomas class of 2016 dominated The king James shooting stars classic. He averaged 22 points but they lost in the quaterfinals in the silver bracket.

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  14. I no I'm 3 days late but Ohio 2016 class is loaded, probably the best class Ohio seen in a while. Seeing the debate about these 14u AAU teams an no doubt Lima has the title right now, and we all no about the lakers and AOE but the 2 teams from Cleveland DB Hoops and TNBA doesn't get any love outside of cleveland, I don't understand how the 2 best players (HANDS DOWN ) Trevell Beck an Willie Jackson doesn't get respect let along the 2 best point guards Brandon Peters and Keith Griffin yes I'm a Cleveland guy but there are more kids in our state then just Dayton and Columbus kids

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    1. What about murphy ac who has beaten tnba twice...they from ctown too

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    2. Both Trevell Beck and Willie Jackson are great players but they are both 15, not 14u.

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  15. I will catch up to both teams and their players before the end of the summer. Also, it helps when I can get good, credible information from coaches. Coaches should contact me and let me know what their teams and players are doing. I'm only one guy trying to cover the entire state in multiple age groups. It's tough!!!!

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  16. y'all need to head to dublin to see these kids they got something real special seve stavroff , mason baich , luke vargo , colton irion , elyjah nelson

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