A Basketball "Assembly"
Top teams from all over the Midwest gather at IU's fabled Assembly Hall for the Adidas May Classic
- On Friday night, when the partially injured six-foot-11 Mitch McGary and his SYF team began their game against the Michigan Mustangs, they could do no wrong. Everything was going in the hoop for McGary (15 points) and Michigan-commit Glenn Robinson III (20 points) and they were turning the Mustangs over seemingly at will. When the second half began, though, the teams would flip-flop their identities - SYF couldn't stay in rhythm offensively while the previously frozen squad from Michigan couldn't miss a triple. Marques Mondy (25 points) hit six treys in the second half and was extremely poised with the ball in his hands at all times, rarely forcing the issue. The Mustangs took a brief lead late in the game, but Javonte Hawkins (16 points) missed a runner on the right side at the buzzer and SYF escaped with a 1-point victory.
- The Derrick Rose Uptempo All-Stars 17U squad is a scrappy group. They don't have the most skilled bigs or the most athletic guards, but they clawed out a win over the Fieldhouse Elite Indy Bulls by pressuring the ball, knocking down outside jumpers, and finishing their layups and free throws when they got the chance. 6-6 PF Elijah Ray (12 points) is a bruiser inside and Kendall Waters (16 points) is dangerous on the perimeter with NBA-range.
- Drake Harris of the Meanstreets 15Us can get it going in a hurry, and he had 22 points in a tight 63-60 win over Indiana Elite on Friday night. Harris hit step backs, got into the lane easily, found streaking teammates, and knocked down his free throws to help his team secure the victory. Harris has schools from all over the nation on his list, and, as a just a freshman (class of 2014), you can expect his list to get longer before it gets shorter.
- This morning's 8 AM games were different than one would expect at the crack of dawn. Two games in the 16U division were going on side-by-side, and they didn't disappoint. On the right was Bronson Koenig and his No. 18 Wisconsin Playground Warriors, who played come-from-behind basketball the majority of the morning before rallying to take a 49-48 win over SYF. Koenig (25 points) spaced the floor, controlled the tempo, made outside jumpers, and got his teammates involved.
- On the left was the BA Hoyas and the CAPS All-Stars, which turned out to be one of the better match-ups of the whole day. In a game where nobody led by more than three points in the second half, 6-2 guard Troy Sayton dominated from the perimeter down the stretch and led his team to a hard-earned 2OT victory.
- The 16U Martin's Wolverines fought valiantly, but from the opening tip the No. 7 Eric Gordon All-Stars had too much size and speed on the wing for the Wolverines to handle. EG10 penetrated and got to the rim whenever they pleased en route to a 71-63 victory. The lead rarely dipped under 10 the entire game, and the chemistry between the IU duo of Devin Davis (16 points) and Colin Hartman (17 points), and the rest of the squad was impressive.
- Between Wisconsin-commit Sam Dekker and North Carolina-commit J.P. Tokoto, the Wisconsin Playground Warriors are extremely entertaining to watch. The Warriors are fundamentally sound in almost every aspect, but they enjoy employing a run-and-gun style in addition to their screen-heavy half-court offense. Dekker dropped 23 against Grand Rapids Storm (MI) by scoring in almost every way imaginable, while the versatile Tokoto initiated the offense and had an under control 18.
- No 16 Indiana Elite looked at home on the hardwood at Assembly Hall as they dismantled Dorian's Pride, 82-59. Five-Star rated big man Hanner Parea and C Obij Aget combined for an efficient 35 points on the interior, while Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell operated the point guard position and carved the defense up with regularity. Playing in his first game back from a wrist injury, Jeremy Hollowell scored 9 points in the win on his future home court.
- What's the best way to describe Gary Harris on the basketball court? How about dangerous. Even with an injured left ankle, the normally airborne Harris dropped a cool 28 points on mostly jumpers aginst the Grand Rapids Storm only to follow that with a 35-point encore against Dekker and Tokoto's Warriors (although D3 Pride lost the affair by three).