adidas Super 64 All-Tournament Team
Smart, Muhammad and Drummond headline Vegas' best
The eighth annual adidas Super 64 tournament took place July 22-26 in Las Vegas, Nev. and featured the top adidas grassroots squads from around the country, with a total of 160 teams setting out to win the prestigious 17U crown. When it was all said and done, it was Texas Assault of the Dallas-Fort Worth area claiming the prize in the Championship bracket.
This year, Five-Star Basketball was on-site in Vegas, taking in all the action. We are announcing a set of awards to conclude another great Super 64 and to recognize the outstanding individual performances of deserving players. The voting for the awards was conducted by the Five-Star staff and a small group anonymous adidas Super 64 coaches. Votes for individual awards were given to players in the 17U division who:
- Demonstrated consistent, outstanding production throughout adidas Super 64
- Made a winning impact on their team
Most Outstanding Player: Marcus Smart, Texas Assault
What more can be said about Smart's individual showing in Vegas? Last year, he guided his unheralded Texas team to the 16U championship. This year, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard/wing went out and did it all over again in the loaded 17U division, despite his team being snubbed from the Super Pools. His title game stat line against Shabazz Muhammad and No. 4 Dream Vision speaks for itself: 29 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, two steals and no turnovers. He was flat out the toughest, most productive player in Vegas and willed his team to wins everytime he stepped on the floor. That's the reason why North Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma are all in the running for Mr. Smart.
Most Outstanding Coach(es): Rick Roberts & Vonzell Thomas, Texas Assault
This staff made history in Vegas this summer, leading the first team ever to win back-to-back 16U-17U adidas Super 64 titles. No Super Pool, no problem. Roberts and Thomas coached his unranked team out of pool play and through the loaded playoff rounds where only the strong survive. Their team played with confidence, poise and competitive fire…all championship characteristics of a superb coaching staff.
2011 adidas Super 64 All-Tournament First Team:
G Yogi Ferrell, Indiana Elite
Ferrell did what he does best, played the part of the leader as he rallied his Indiana Elite squad back from a poor performance during pool play to a semifinal run in the playoffs. The Indiana University-commit was the facilitator on offense and stepped up with some great defense to really standout in a talented field of guards.
G Marcus Smart, Texas Assault
2011 adidas Super 64 Most Outstanding Performer. See above.
G/F Shabazz Muhammad, Dream Vision
As always, Shabazz stepped up in a big way, propelling his Dream Vision squad into the Championship game against surprise-winner Texas Assault. Shabazz helped Dream Vision secure crucial victories over quality teams in New Heights and Indiana Elite.
F Winston Shepard, Dream Vision
The perfect complement to Muhammad, Shepard’s effervescence served as the catalyst for Dream Vision’s high-powered offensive assault. Shepard provided a strong performance in the championship game, chipping in 19 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.
F/C Andre Drummond, Connecticut Basketball Club
The “man-child” was at it again at Super 64, providing a dominant post-presence and a series of strong individual performances that helped send his CBC team past several tough opponents, including dominant performances against Perry Ellis and the Kansas Pray and Play Players, as well as Kaleb Tarczewski and the New England Playaz.
2011 adidas Super 64 All-Tournament Second Team:
G Javan Felix, New Orleans Elite
New Orleans Elite may have been the surprise of the tournament with a run to the quarterfinals and this was mainly due to the stellar play of Felix. His strong leadership, pure point guard play and ability to take any game over in crunch time made him one of the standouts in Vegas. Rick Barnes and Texas look to be the frontrunner for this DJ Augustine-type and Louisiana native.
G Phillip Forte, Texas Assault
In perhaps the most intriguing story of the entire tournament, Texas Assault surprised the field by taking home the chip over a talent-rich and deep Dream Vision squad. Much of the Assault’s success can be attributed to the gritty, tough-as-nails lead guard, who consistently performed at a high level while being incredibly clutch. Need proof? Check his 20-point outburst in the championship game. Forte entered July with mid-majors like Boise State, San Francisco and San Diego on his list, but after Vegas, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are all in the mix for the 5-11 PG.
F Jordan Adams, Atlanta Celtics
The Celtics were a bit of a disappointment in Vegas, getting ousted by Utah Pump N Run in the playoffs, but Adams came to play. The UCLA-commit showed why he'll be an impact next year in the Pac-10, using his 6-5 frame and diverse skill set to virtually score at will. Check the tape on his 39-point performance against Muhammad and Dream Vision.
F Perry Eliis, Kansas Pray and Play Players
Ellis continued his great summer, showing that he can do it all: score, rebound and defend. He stood out among a quality group of forwards at Super 64 and continued his high level of play this summer.
PF/C Chris Obekpa, New Heights
The long, 6-8, 200-pound big man used his Vegas trip to emerge as one of the elite shot blockers in the country. A native of Nigeria, Obekpa was a game changer on the defensive end of the floor. When he wasn't blocking shots, he was altering them, as he led a rugged, offensively-challenged New Heights team to an appearance in the quarterfinals.
Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Nate Britt, G, D.C. Assault
Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Kris Dunn, G, Connecticut Basketball Club
Shaq Goodwin, F, Atlanta Celtics
Buddy Heild, G, Kansas Pray and Play Players
Joel James, C, Florida Rams
Jordan Loveridge, F, Utah Pump N Run
Hanner Perea, PF/C, Indiana Elite
Robert Upshaw, C, Dream Vision
Gabe York, G, Compton Magic