Spring Into Springfield
Top teams descend on birthplace of basketball for 7th Annual Hall of Fame Spring Classic
Day 1 of the BasketBull Hall of Fame Spring Classic in Springfield, Massachusettshest level was chock-full of action.
CBC Strikes Gold
No. 12 Connecticut Basketball Club cruised into the Gold Bracket after a pair of convincing wins by a combined 35-point margin. Super talented junior, Kris Dunn, was his usual self. The long and strong 6-3 guard from New London High School slashed his way to basket at will and hit several deep shots, showing off improved range.
When asked about a recent scholarship offer from UConn, Dunn calmly replied, “They are one of a few that have come into the mix, I’m blessed.” Northfield Mount Herman big-man Ethan O’Day was also impressive as he controlled the glass and displayed a tremendous motor.
Hawks Fly into Gold Bracket
New York City’s Riverside Church Hawks also advanced into the Gold Championship bracket. Junior point guard Shaq Mosley of Uniondale High School ran the show and registered 32 points, including five triples in a win over Positive Image (PA).
Jordan Parks proved to be a force for the Hawks, slicing through the defense routinely from the wing. The 6-6 senior from Campus Magnet School in Queens has been on the radar of several mid-major programs. During a break in the action, Parks put on a dunk show for the fans and threw down a reverse windmill dunk and followed it up with two-handed jam over three teenagers from the crowd.
Parks’ teammate, 6-4 junior guard Emile Blackman of Half Hollow Hill West, then added another crowd participant to the hurdle line and dunked over four kids with one hand. The entire gym surrounded the court and loved every minute of it. When asked about his future, Parks told Five-Star: “I recently gave a verbal commitment to St. Peters. It seems like a great fit for me.”
Ledo the Way
Expressions Elite (MA) was also impressive as Five-Star rated junior Ricardo Ledo controlled the entire game. Showing off some point guard skills, Ledo got his teammates involved at every opportunity and scored when necessary. The 6-5 combo guard from Providence, Rhode Island, who attends Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts showed everyone on attendance why he is considered one the best players in the country.
Canada’s Brookwood Elite rolled into the championship bracket with wins over Metro Boston and New England Storm. They were led by junior swingman, Kenny Jean Louis. At 6-5 with long arms, Jean Louis scored in a variety ways as he averaged 17 tallies per game for the day.
Selected to Advance
Syracuse Select advanced to the Championship bracket as well, with wins over LOX and the New England Storm. Leading the way was junior Marquies Young of Henninger High School in Syracuse and Matt Welch of New York Mills High School. Young, a 6-5 forward averaged over 20 points on the day while Welch, a 6-9 center, averaged a double-double and controlled the paint all afternoon.
Showdown in the Cards?
The potential for a No. 12 Connecticut Basketball Club and Expressions Elite match-up in the semi-finals exists, which would feature two of the best guards in New England in Kris Dunn and Five-Star rated Ricardo Ledo. CBC was without Five-Star rated center Andre Drummond yesterday as the heralded junior stayed behind in Connecticut to complete schoolwork.
Stay tuned for more details later in the day.