BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Led by four-star point guard Deville Smith, MBA Elite took home the championship of the Future 150 Memorial Day Event.
MBA ELITE TAKES TITLE
The 17 Under final featured one of the most talented teams in the country MBA Elite versus Georgia Impact. As the game started the heavy hitters from Mississippi, LaQuinton Ross, Deville Smith and Rodney Hood came out running. The game was paced by good defense and the score was close as Adam Smith kept Georgia Impact in the game as the half closed 30-24. The second half was no different as MBA Elite pulled out a close overtime win 63-57 to take home the championship. Ross had 23 points, Smith added 20 points and Hood with 12 points of which all came in the first half. The Georgia Impact was led by Smith who had 21 points in a tough loss.
Deville Smith -(2011-MBA Elite) the Mississippi State commit is the catalyst which makes the engine run for MBA Elite. He has an explosive first step and get past his man at anytime. Smith is an elite ball handler and can score on all three levels.
LaQuinton Ross- (2011-MBA Elite) the 6-foot-9 small forward shot the ball really well this weekend. Coming off an ankle injury last summer, Ross looks more mobile this summer. He showed a mid range post up game as he took advantage of his size and height. Look for him to have a big July.
Rodney Hood- (2011-MBA Elite) scored from all three levels this past weekend. He shoots the one dribble pull up and the 3 point shot with ease. Hood usually guarded the opponent's best player regardless of position.
Adam Smith-(2011-Georgia Impact) the 6-foot-1 combo guard was a scoring machine this weekend. He moves without the ball extremely well and likes the mid range shot. Smith has great handles and shoots the 3 point shot well. Smith has offers from Northern Florida, Jacksonville, Murray State and is hearing from Louisville, Tennessee, Memphis and Alabama.
Wayan Siverand-(2010-Houston Elite) is a long rangy player who can score inside and out. He runs the floor extremely well and is a good on ball defender. He has offers from Texas State and receiving interest from Pepperdine, Michigan, University of Chicago.
Cedrick McAfee-(2011-Memphis Select) attacked the rim the entire weekend and did a good job of finishing with both hands. A streaking shooter but when he gets it going can make 4-5 three point shots in a row. McAfee has a top 6 of Cincinnati, Miami, Arkansas, Stanford, Auburn and Memphis.
Octavious Ellis-(2011-Memphis Select) the long rangy power forward had a very productive weekend. He is starting to play stronger in the low post and his footwork has come a long way over the past year. Ellis is a very intriguing prospect and has high major written all over him. Expect a big July.
Cannen Cunningham-(2011-Brandon Bass Elite) is blessed with a ton of upside. He can score the basketball from inside and out. Cunningham is very skilled and athletic power forward with a lot of untapped potential. He has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Santa Clara, SMU and Wichita State and receiving strong interest from Kansas State, Purdue, Texas, and Ohio State.
Jordan Tolbert- (2011-Brandon Bass Elite) the active power forward has a great motor. He is a relentless rebounder on both ends of the floor. Tolbert runs the floor well and finishes at the rim really well. He has offers from Texas A&M, Arizona State, SMU and Rutgers.
Terrence Durham-(2011-Memphis Elite) the one-time 2010 recruit will be reclassifying and will be attending North Carolina Prep. Durham has offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Wichita State and is also receiving interest from Tennessee and Kansas State.
Ronald Martin-(2011-Team Hope) had a great weekend leading his team to the Final Four. He is a big bodied combo guard that can score on all three levels. He handles the ball and rebounds really well from the guard position.
DeVon Cambell- (2011-Brandon Bass Elite) helped his stock as much as anybody this weekend with his play. He made great decisions off the high screen and roll. Cambell shot the ball well all weekend and ran his team well. He has the canning ability to make his teammates better. Cambell has the look of a high major point guard.
Andrew Wilson-(2011-Tulsa Ballerz) is an athletic power forward with a lot of bounce. He rebound's the ball well on both end of the floor. Wilson can finish around the rim with either hand. He has the look of a good mid major prospect.
New Orleans Elite takes 16U Crown
The 16 under championship game featured New Orleans Elite versus Georgia Prospects. The game got off to a slow start as both team were trying to figure each other out. The half ended in a low scoring affair 17-14. As the second half started Eric Weary and Malik Morgan got it going to pull away from the Prospects and took the title 44-30. Weary led the Elite in scoring with 23 points and Morgan adding 11 in the win. Rufus Brown scored 13 points for the Prospects in the loss.
Michael Lewis-(2012-New Orleans Elite) the 6-foot-9 inch power forward is extremely long and athletic. He had the ability to change the game on the defensive end. Lewis is a bit raw offensively but has good hands and can finish around the rim. He has the look of a high major prospect.
Malik Morgan-(2012-New Orleans Elite) the 6-foot-4 shooting guard was very productive all weekend long. He can shoot the ball from deep and has the body to absorb contact and finish at the rim. High majors need to keep close tabs during July.
Rufus Brown-(2012- Georgia Prospects) the 6-foot-4 inch small forward was the team energy man. He is extremely athletic player who rebounds well on both ends. Brown can put it on the floor and can finish at the rim with contact. He blocks a lot of shots for a forward his size.
D'Mari Hill-(2012-Future Elite) the 6-foot-2 inch combo guard shot the ball extremely well from the 3 point line all weekend long. He is an active player on both ends of the floor. Hills showed a fundamental game and has the look of a DI prospect.
Jalen Lacy-(2012-Arkansas All-Stars) is a 6-foot-5 inch shooting guard and can score on all three levels. He handles the ball well and can put it on the floor when attacking the basket. Lacy rebounds well from the guard position. He has the look of a DI prospect.
Iyad Assad-(2012-Wisconsin Gators) at 6-foot-10 inch 235 pounds Assad takes up a lot of space in the middle. He has soft hands and good foot work around the basket. He needs to get a little more athletic to be recruited at the highest level. He is receiving interest from Baylor and Penn State.
Preston Herring-(2012-Alabama Celtics) the 6-foot-7 inch combo forward played well all weekend long. He rebounds on both ends well and can finish at the rim with both hands. Herring handles the ball and blocks shots extremely well for a forward his size. He has the look of a potential high major. He is receiving interest from Georgia, Ole Miss, Belmont and Alabama.
Jeffery Moss- (2012-Alabama Celtics) the 6-foot-4 inch combo guard was the most consistent player on both ends of the floor. He can run the team and score from all three levels. Moss rebounds really well for a guard and can guard both guard positions on the floor. He is receiving interest from Alabama, UAB, Georgia, Belmont, and Auburn.
Drew Charles-(2012-Team Texas Swoosh) the 6-foot-2 combo guard plays with a ton of energy. He is a very good ball handler and rebounds well for a guard his size. He shot the ball from mid range really well all weekend long. Charles has the look of a solid mid major prospect. He is receiving interest from Stanford, Vanderbilt, UT Arlington and Rice among others.
Capel Henshaw-(2012-Illinois Blue Demons) the 6-foot-2 shoot guard was stroking it from long range all weekend long. He handles the ball well and was a good on ball defender. He showed the ability to shoot the ball of the bounce as well as catch and shoot. Henshaw is a solid DI prospect.
JJ Frazier-(2013-South GA Kings) the 5-foot-9 inch 145 pound point guard led his team to the 15 under championship game win over Monroe Elite. He is very electric with the ball in his hands. He has tremendous quickness which allows him to get anywhere on the floor. Frazier shoots the ball well in transition and in the mid range.
Alabama Celtics Won 14 Under Title- led by dynamic point guard Justin Coleman and 6-foot-10 inch center Trayvon Reed.