Michigan Mustangs, New Heights stand out at adidas Super 64
Mustangs outlast New Heights for title
The top talent on the adidas circuit collided this past week at the adidas Super 64, producing an action-packed schedule that lived up to all expectations. With six of our Five-Star ranked programs playing in the 17U bracket alone, the competition was tough, pitting some of the best teams in the nation against one another in the early stages of the event.
One such early matchup found No. 3 Florida Elite, led by standout guard Kasey Hill and Florida-commit Chris Walker playing against the No. 10 ranked Michigan Mustangs. Fresh off of bringing home the Best of the South title, Florida Elite had the Super 64 championship in their sights, however the Mustangs had different plans. The Mustangs’ devastating backcourt duo in Iowa State-commit Monte Morris and Michigan-commit Derrick Walton Jr. led the way to an impressive 34-point victory (Final Score: 91-57), leaving the Florida Elite faithful stunned.
The Mustangs picked up steam and powered through the rest of the competition en route to the championship game against New Heights. The boys from New York played well all week, especially in a come-from-behind semifinal victory over Mass Rivals and star player Noah Vonleh (Class of 2014). New Heights looked tired in the championship game but managed to hang tough and nearly erase a 16-point deficit during the second half. Unfortunately, their efforts proved unable to stop the relentless pressure provided by the Mustangs, who went on to win the title with a final score of 84-71. New Heights got great production out of Jordan Washington (14 points and 11 rebounds) and George Mason-commit Jalen Jenkins (10 points and 14 rebounds). Mustang-guard Derrick Walton Jr. was named the MVP of the game after scoring 16 points, dishing out 13 assists and and grabbing seven rebounds.
In the younger divisions, the Louisville Magic brought home the 16U title with an 84-78 victory over the Compton Magic. Co-MVP honors went to highly touted 2014 guard D’Angelo Russell and Louisville-commit Quentin Snider.
The 15U title went to the Indiana Elite, who cruised to victory over Minnesota Pump N Run by a final score of 80-67. Chandler White was named MVP.