Star gazing is usually reserved for the
astronomy geeks who enjoy watching the show from the night sky. Thursday will offer
basketball connoisseurs there chance to watch some of the states best talent before they move on to college.
The Atlantic Shores Tip-off tournament is one of the premier pre-season tournaments in
the Commonwealth and it takes place over three days beginning Thursday at Atlantic
Shores Christian School.
What makes the tournament so inviting is the
teams and athletes that will make their way down to Chesapeake. Unlike some
tournaments where the host team invites a bunch of creampuffs to beat up on, the
ASCS Tipoff features four teams that played in the private schools state semi-finals last
season. Atlantic Shores coach Bruce Croxton said he wanted a tournament
format similar to the pre-season NIT.
The host school Atlantic Shores
has a two-headed monster in their lineup with Duke committee Andre Dawkins, and
Oklahoma recruit Steven Pledger. The dynamic duo are both
capable of 30 points outings every night and they will try to give the Seahawks their
third straight ACSC Tipoff title.
The Miller School was the
tournament runner-up in 2007 and they return 6-foot-7 forward Marshawn Powell who has
already signed to play in the SEC with Arkansas. Powell is exciting to watch
because he has a variety of low post moves. He's joined by Mychal Parker, a smooth 6-foot-6 swingman who is rated the #15 forward in the
2010 class by Rivals.Com. He will be tough to defend no matter who matches up
Perhaps the biggest star (at
least according to the Rivals.Com ratings) is 5-star prospect James McAdoo who could possibly be a McDonald's All-American by the time he graduates from Norfolk Christian in 2011. McAdoo could be the best big man to come
out of the Hampton Roads area in more than a decade. McAdoo and Powell will go head-to-head in the first game of the tournament.
Cape Henry lost to Miller School in the VIS
semi-finals and they would welcome a shot at the Mavericks in the finals
on Saturday. The Dolphins are led by 6-foot-6 forward Terrell Allen who opened the season with a 27-point, 19 rebound effort against
Calvary Christian. Allen may be the most underrated star on the court this
weekend but he is a quiet assassin.
Michael Gbinije (6-foot-5), from Christchurch, doesn't have a Rivals ranking yet but that's because Rivals.Com only released the nation's top 10 (a list McAdoo was on). Gbinije was the D-3 VIS Player of the Year after leading
Evangel Christian to a State championship as a freshman. Also, with a championship ring is
James Ford who was the starting point guard for Evangel as an
Other players of note are Coron Williams
of Christchurch, Jared Jernigan of Tallwood, and Dylan Shiftlett and Chris
Astorga of Cape Henry. Shiftlett, Astorga, and Williams were on the VirginiaPreps.Com Top 100 Private School players list.
Thursday, December 4 Game 1: Miller vs. Norfolk
Christian 3:30pm Game 2: Christchurch vs. Hanover High School 5:15pm Game
3: Cox High School vs. Atlantic Shores 7pm Game 4: Tallwood High School vs.
Cape Henry Collegiate 8:45pm
Friday, December 5 Game 5: Loser of Game
1 vs. Game 2, 3:15pm Game 6: Loser of Game 3 vs. Game 4, 5pm Game 7:
Winner of Game 1 vs. Game 2, 6:45pm Game 8: Winner of Game 3 vs. Game 4,
Saturday, December 6 Game 9: Loser of Game 5 vs. Game 6,
10am Game 10: Winner of Game 5 vs. Game 6, 11:45am Game 11: Loser of Game
7 vs. Game 8, 1:30pm Game 12: Championship 3:15pm