BABC dominates weekend in Boston
Five-Star 17U No. 2 BABC hold down the fort in the Bean
BABC, the No. 2 team in the Five-Star Basketball Top 25, dominated the Boston Shootout this past weekend. With so much of their schedule taking them around the nation to showcase their talent, this was an opportunity for the locals to see their prized program in action against quality competition.
Junior Bracket Championship
BABC 72 Albany City Rocks 56
In a match-up of two of the best teams in the northeast, new stars emerged among those already discovered. Everyone in the grassroots game knows the names Nerlens Noel and Georges Niang, but remember the names Jake Layman and Jaylen Brantley. Layman was the breakout star of Sunday’s semifinals and finals. He averaged 22 for the day and did it with spectacular dunks and long-range bombs. The game was close early, but BABC used the absence of some of Albany’s stars, including Five-Star rated center DaJuan Coleman who took the SATs this weekend, to pound the ball inside and control the glass as they pulled away late.
Along with Layman, BABC was paced by the hardworking forward Niang. The Iowa State-commit posted his typical stellar performance with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The other breakout star of the day was Brantley, who poured in 16 points and five assists for the day, including an eye-popping 6-8 from three point range over the course of two games.
Albany relied heavily on the outside shot, and was led by Tyler Cavanaugh’s 15 points and eight rebounds, as well as Chinoso Obokoh’s 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough.
Freshman Bracket Championship
BABC 99 CT Select 31
BABC possess some of the best young talent in the country, and it was on full display Sunday in the Freshman Bracket Championship, as CT Select’s talent was no match. BABC's Wayne Selden, who holds an offer from Kentucky as a freshman at The Tilton School, was unstoppable. He pumped in 19 points, including 13 in the first half. The other standout for BABC was Bonzi Colson Jr. The big man scored 24 points and showed flashes of some serious ability.
Other Notes from the Boston Shootout:
- Brantley told Five-Star that he is receiving a lot of interest from the SEC, ACC and Big East as the open period draws closer. “I’ll know more [about] who is really interested, but Florida has been in contact, Providence, and Maryland among others,” said the sharpshooting guard from Springfield, Massachusetts.
- Niang is happy with his decision to commit to Iowa State, telling Five-Star, “I liked it there. It’s the Big 12 and I think I’ll have a shot to get minutes early, so I am excited.”
- The 2013 PF/C Chinoso Okoboh is a raw talent who has high-major potential if he puts it together. He has length and a strong basketball body. With some refinement on the offensive end and some experience, he could be an imposing force in the paint. “He already has some big schools calling us about him,” coach Marcus Snipes said.
- Cavanaugh has a nice all around game. He made shots from all angles and distances and showed why he is considered an all-around player and a consummate winner. He led his shorthanded City Rocks team and kept the game with BABC close throughout, despite missing some of his star teammates. “Tyler is a winner. Plain and simple,” Snipes said. “He gets it done.”
- CT Select was without 2013 5-Star Rated forward Kuran Iverson, who has decided to play the rest of the summer with the Long Island Lightning. Select still features some serious talent, including Torin Child-Harris and Rohan Brown, who are each Division I talents for coach Wayne Simone.
- Middlesex Magic once again showed why they are a team on the rise. Coach Mike Crotty has an impressive lineup with Joe Glynn, Anthony Barry and Pete Miller, who each played well on Saturday and the previous week at the GymRat Challenge.
- New England Storm guard/forward Zach Karalis was solid again this weekend and is starting to make a name for himself on the grassroots circuit after a strong weekend in Albany at the GymRat Challenge.