BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- D-1 Texas Ambassadors prevailed 69-65 in a tight game winning the 17-Under championship of the Crush Main Event behind the inspired play of Cody Doolin and Paul Garnica. LeAntwan Luckett led the second place Mississippi Ballerz.
Cody Doolin (2010 D-1 Texas Ambassadors) is the type of player all coaches want on their team. Through his vision and savvy, Doolin makes all players on his team better. His ability to attack the basket and finish along with his ability to make the midrange and three-point shoot sets him apart from most guards his size. He contributed 14 points, five assists and six rebounds in the title game. Doolin has high major prospect potential.
Paul Garnica (2010 D-1 Texas Ambassadors) was probably the most consistent point guard in the entire tournament. His change of pace, hesitation dribble, and ability to knock down the 3pt shoot consistently made him clear cut choice for top point guard in the tournament. Behind 20 points and six assists, Garnica led D-1 to the tournament title.
LeAntwan Luckett (2011, Mississippi Ballerz) is a big bodied shooting guard who led his team to the championship game by putting up over 20 points in three consecutive games in bracket play. His ability to attack the basket with his athleticism and shoot the midrange jumper makes him a quality prospect. Luckett's high flying dunk in the semifinal game got the crowd out of their seats as the Mississippi Ballers moved into the title game. Luckett scored 20 points, five assists and seven rebounds as the Ballerz fell short in the title game. We expect big things from this high major prospect the rest of this summer.
16-Under Title Game
The 16-Under Championship game was projected to be a high energy, fast paced game between the Memphis Select and the Jackson Celtics. As it turned out, the pace of the game was dictated by the post play of the Jarnell Stokes and Octavious Ellis as they led Memphis Select to a 77-60 win.
Jarnell Stokes (2012 Memphis Select) may have been the top overall prospect in the entire tournament. The 6-foot-7, 230-pounds prospect wears a size 20 shoe and has an advance skill level for a player his age. His soft hands around the basket gave him the ability to finish and make midrange shoots. Tennessee is his leader. He is also interested in Memphis, UNC, Georgetown, Clemson, Duke and Syracuse.
Octavious Ellis (2011 Memphis Select) is a long rangy high major prospect. At 6-foot-8, his shot blocking and ability to attack and finish at the basket are his strengths..
15-Under Title Game
The Opelousas Rocket survived a gritty performance by the Alabama Terriors with a 67-54 win in the championship game. With both teams giving a maximum effort the game went back and forth until Cody Jones took over down the stretch to lead his team to the title. The future division one point guard went for 31 points and five assists. Howard Wilson and Cleveland Thomas chipped in 10 and eight points respectively.
Terrence Durham (2010 Memphis Select)- The 6-foot-2 combo guard came to the tournament on a mission to establish himself as a high major prospect, and he was successful. Durham has the ability to score in bunches from the outside and attacks the basket well. His college interests are from Missouri, Ole Miss, and Memphis among others.
Luke Cothron (2010 Alabama Terriors)- The top ten prospect lived up to the billing with strong play in both the low post and midrange area.
Teraes Clemmons (2010 Team Nashville)- The 6-foot-5 small forward has the ability to score from the perimeter but is most effect when he is attacking the basket. With a strong July, Clemmons could turn his high major interest into high major offers.
Shavon Coleman (2010 Louisiana Future)- The future Rivals150 prospect was one of the top prospects in the tournament. Coleman scored with ease at the rim and showed the ability to guard multiple positions. Look for Coleman's recruiting to heat up in July. Texas, Auburn, Oregon, Ole Miss, Minnesota, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State already are showing serious interest.
DeAundray Robinson (2010 Louisiana Future)- The 6-foot-4 small forward will be reclassifying and attending Patterson Prep. Currently he is receiving interest from Arkansas State, Stephen F Austin and SE Louisiana. An extra year to work on his jump shot and ball handling skills should place him on the mid-major radar.
Tarius Johnson (2010 Mid-state Ballers)- The 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard averaged 31 points per game throughout the tournament. Johnson has the ability to score at all three levels. His strength and quickness makes him extremely hard to guard.
Andre Brown (2011 Team Nashville)- The 6-foot-5, 185-pound athletic shooting guard shot the ball really well over the course of the tournament. Improving his ball handling could raise his stock to high major status.
Cedrick McAfee (2011 Memphis Select)- The 6-foot-2 ultra-athletic combo guard does a great job of attacking basket and creating for his teammates. An above average shooter, McAfee needs work on his ball handling to play at the highest level. Missouri and Ole Miss have been for visits. Oregon, Memphis, SE Missouri and Northern Illinois are also showing interest.
Morris Wright (2012 Louisiana Future)- The 5-foot-10, 150-pound point guard has a quick first step and sees the floor well while running the show. His athleticism allows him to be a high level defender. Wright has high major written all over him.
AJ Lynch (2012 Crush Elite)- The 6-foot-2, 160-pound combo guard shoots the ball extremely well from the outside and the midrange. Lynch has the ability to defend both guard positions. As he gets bigger and stronger, he could develop into a big time prospect. He will be attend Alabama and Ole Miss elite camps this summer.
Reggie Ragland (2012 Southeast Elite)- The 6-foot-4 forward plays with a high motor and plays with great leverage. Ragland has the ability to finish at the rim while taking contact and is in the process of expanding his game away from the basket.