NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam Recap
SYF Players, Sports U Team IZOD and Ray Allen Select leave Wisconsin with titles
With all its muster and might, Nike Peach Jam was missing three important names on its collective roster of elite prospects:
This triangle of talent spent spent last week with their respective teams in Mequon, Wisconsin, for the 2011 Under Armour Summer Jam, which lived up to its billing as one of the summer circuit's premier events.
While Muhammad and Austin put on a show, it was Mitch McGary who shined the brightest, leading his unranked SYF Players squad to the 'Chip.
17U Championship -- Vision Blurred
Excuse the cliche, but the third time was a charm for Mitch McGary and the Indiana-based SYF Players.
After dropping their two previous meetings with Dream Vision, McGary went off for 25 points and 15 boards in their third match-up of the summer en route to a 72-67 victory in the 2011 UA Summer Jam title game.
Despite the loss, Shabazz Muhammad reminded the world why he's widely considered one of the best overall players in America. The 2012 dynamo recorded a monstrous 42-point, 11-rebound double-double for Dream Vision, further cementing his Five-Star status.
16U Championship -- Revenge on the Rankings
Sports U Team IZOD entered the Milwaukee tournament with a chip on their shoulder.
Unranked, but mentioned on the Five-Star Top 25 Watch List, the boys from New Jersey made a statement by claiming the tournament's 16U title, downing the Illinois Wolves, 51-48, in the championship game. Team IZOD also toppled No. 16 Dream Vision in pool play.
When asked if they had proven that they belong, "No doubt!" was the consensus response of four members of the squad. "We should've been in it [Five-Star Top 25] like a month ago," continued Joshua Brown, a 6-3 two-guard from St. Anthony and the team's leading scorer throughout the event.
15U Championship -- Badger State Showdown
Ray Allen Select upended the Wisconsin Scholars, 53-46, in an all-host state final.
This undersized, unassuming group exhibited patience, crisp passing and solid ball movement from tip-off to the final buzzer and even knocked off a highly regarded D. Rose All-Stars' team that boasts a frontline of 6-6, 6-9 and 6-10.
News and Notes:
- Four teams considered to be 'cream of the crop' heading into the tournament, lived up to their hype. No. 9 Dream Vision, No. 20 Texas Pro, SYF Players and MoKan Elite all advanced to the 17U semifinals.
- Frank Martin (Kansas State), Ben Braun (Rice), James Dickey (Houston) and Mark Phelps (Drake) were among the many Division I head coaches in attendance.
- Assistant coaches from North Carolina, Indiana, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Texas Tech, Purdue, DePaul, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Southern Illinois, Stanford, Illinois State, BYU, Fresno State, UNLV, UTEP, Buffalo, UMKC, Toledo, Evansville, Western Michigan, Tennessee State, St Louis, and Tulane were all in the house.
- The 17U title game meant vindication for Glenn Robinson Jr., A 6-6, Michigan-commit, Robinson Jr. is touted as one of the most promising recruits entering the Big Ten next year, After posting only four points in a pool play loss to Dream Vision, Robinson Jr. hit for 18 points in the semifinals and notched 13 points and seven rebounds in the title game.
- Isaiah Austin poured in 31 points and thoroughly dominated the game on both ends in Texas Pro's 79-75 quarterfinal win over Team Loaded. He also dropped 20 in a 65-57 win over the St. Louis Eagles, and 18 in a 57-54 comeback win over No. 23 Kansas Pray and Play.