Nike Memorial Day Classic Recap

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This report was provided by www.hoopsreport.com

By: Nathan McCauley

Nashville, TN-Athletes First, led by Xavier Henry and Kyle Hardrick, squeezed out a one point victory over the New York Gauchos to win the 2008 Bobby Hussey- Nike Memorial Day Classic.

17U Championship Game Recap

Kyle Hardrick scored 22 points and Xavier Henry added 17 as Athletes First beat the New York Gauchos, 71-70, to take home the championship trophy in 17U division. 

Athletes First jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game behind a pair of 3-pointers from Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton and a dunk by Terrence Boyd, but in what would become the story of the game, the New York Gauchos fought back with a 13-4 run to take a one point lead late in the opening quarter.

The teams continued to trade baskets before Athletes First forward Kyle Hardrick, an Oklahoma recruit, took the game over.  He scored eight straight points during one span and 16 total in the second quarter and just like that Athletes First had an 18 point lead at 37-19.

Luckily for the New York Gauchos, they had a secret weapon of their own in (rising) senior guard Sean Johnson, who got hot and scored the final 10 points of the half for his team to cut the Athletes First lead to 12 (41-29) at halftime.

Johnson stayed hot and scored a quick seven points to start the second half and by the start of the fourth quarter the he had helped the Gauchos cut the lead to single digits. 

The Gauchos continued to fight back and with just a couple of minutes left in the game, Durand Scott made two straight baskets to make it a one possession game at 67-64.

But Terrence Boyd and Kyle Hardrick scored on back-to-back possessions to put Athletes First back up by seven with less than a minute to go. 

That’s when things got real interesting.

With 50 seconds left, Gauchos guard Russell Smith banked in a 3-pointer to get his team to within four points at 71-67. 

After Athletes First came up empty on their possession, Durand Scott rebounded a teammate’s missed shot and got fouled as he finished an acrobatic shot in the lane with 17 seconds on the clock.  He sunk his free-throw to make it a one point game (71-70).

On the ensuing inbounds play, Terrence Boyd got called with an offensive foul which gave the ball back to the Gauchos with 15 seconds left on the clock and a chance to win the game.

But the Gauchos had trouble finding the look they wanted.  With one second left on the clock, the ball finally made it into the hands of Doron Lamb who calmly sank a 15 foot jumper, but the refs ruled that the ball released his hands after the buzzer had sounded and waived off the shot. 

The final score was Athletes First 71, New York Gauchos 70.

Kyle Hardrick led the winners with 22 points, while Xavier Henry finished with 17 and Terrence Boyd and Daniel Orton combined for 27.

Sean Johnson led all scorers with 24 points while Durand Scott added 17 for the Gauchos. More

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Jeronne Maymon Picks Big East Eagles

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On Tuesday, Jeronne Maymon (Madison Memorial H.S., WI) announced that he will be attending Marquette Golden Eagles to continue his basketball career after high school. Jeronne pick Marquette over Tennessee, USC, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota and Kansas.

Bob Gibbons TOC All-Tournament Team

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Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions
17-U All Tournament Team

National MVP – Derrick Favors – Atlanta Celtics

Select MVP – Donald Williams – New Orleans Jazz

Kenny Boynton – Team Breakdown
Brandon Knight – Team Breakdown
Terrance Shannon – Atlanta Celtics
Trae Golden – Atlanta Celtics
Markel Brown – New Orleans Jazz
D.J. Cooper – Meanstreets
Mason Plumlee – Indiana Elite
D.J. Byrd – Indiana Elite
Roberto Nelson – Compton Magic
Joe Jackson – Compton Magic
Dominic Cheek – Playaz Basketball Club
Brian Oliver – Playaz Basketball Club
Christian Watford – M33M Memphis
John Wall – D-One Sports
Ryan Kelly – D-One Sports
Russell Byrd – Blessed IJN
Milton Jennings – Beach Ball Select
Terrell Vinson – W.P.C. Elite
Tyrone Garland – Cuttino Mobley
Troy Daniels – Carolina Raptors
Naji Hibbert – Team Melo
Eric Bledsoe – Birmingham Ice
Wally Judge – DC Assault
C.J. Harris – CP3 All-Stars
Josh Pittman – CP3 All-Stars
Nolan Dennis – Dallas Mustangs
Marcus Jordan – Rising Stars, IL
Jack Cooley – Rising Stars, IL
Dominique Langston – Connecticut Basketball Club
Maurice Creek – Triple Threat
Keith Appling – R.E.A.C.H. Legends
Dexter Fields – Florida Assault
Garrius Adams – Garner Road Elite
Ben Boggs – East Coast Fusion
Jeronne Maymon – Illinois Bobcats
Maalik Wayns – Team Philly
Richard Howell – Worldwide Renegade- Orange
Omari Lawrence – New York Panthers
Shawn Williams – Texas Select
Cory Jefferson – Texas Select
J.P. Kuhlman – Jacksonville Lee Bulls
Skylar McBee – Mid-State Ballerz
Karron Johnson – Richmond Squires
Javon Farrell – DC Assault
Erik Murphy – New England Playaz
Orlando Williams – Ohio Basketball Club
James Padgett – Juice All-Stars
Jon Hood – Nashville Celtics
Dante Taylor – N.C.A., MD
Tor Anderson – Net Gain Sports
John Jenkins – Tennessee Tigers
Ben Simons – Grand Rapids Storm
K.J. Sherrill – Carolina Phenoms
Khris Middleton – Carolina Celtics
Jarrett Hamilton – Spiece Rising Stars
Antoine Allen – Baltimore Cecil Kirk
E.J. Ross – North Carolina Fire
Keith Manley – North Carolina Gaters
Fred Gulley – Arkansas Hawks

Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions
16-U All Tournament Team

National MVP – Josh Hairston – DC Assault

Select MVP – Travis McKie – Boo Williams

Jelan Kendrick – Hoop Planet
Khyle Marshall – Team Breakdown
Jareal Smith – Team Georgia Elite
Devon Collier – New Heights, NY
Tristan Thompson – Grassroots Canada
Myck Kabongo – Grassroots Canada
Evan Anderson – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Tim Hardaway Jr. – Florida Rams
Michael Gilcrist – Team Final
Langston Galloway – Hollis Price Elite
Isiah Epps – Playaz Basketball Club
Steve Whittingham- Westchester Hawks
Kyrie Irving – NJ Roadrunners
Alex Dragicevich – Illinois Wolves
P.J. Hairston – North Carolina Gaters
Jay Canty – North Carolina Gaters
Noah Cottrell – Ohio Basketball Club
Dakota Euton – Ohio Basketball Club
Tobias Harris – Baltimore Stars
Carl “CJ” Fair – Baltimore Stars
Dadrian Collins – Boo Williams
Brandon Britt – Boo Williams
Jerian Grant – Triple Threat
Victor Olidipo – Triple Threat
Ben Hazel – DC Assault
Eric Atkins – DC Assault
Tyler Thornton – DC Assault
Luke Bryant – Tulsa Bulldogs
Maurice Nash – Elite Stylz Stars
Eric Smith – Team Georgia Elite- Truth
Melvin Tabb – Carolina Raptors Select
Peâ€TMShon Howard – Team Breakdown
Jordan McRae – Atlanta Celtics
Damian Terry – Colorado Chaos
Ish Sanders – Nashville Celtics
Jake McGee – Richmond Squires
Marion Grice – Houston Select
Cordaro Williams – Midstate Ballerz

Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions
15-U All Tournament Team

National MVP: Chane Behanan – Ohio Basketball Club

Select MVP:  Dai-jon Parker – Southern Kings

Spencer Turner – Indiana Elite 1
Chris Martin – DC Assault
LaDontae Helton – Michigan Mustangs
Michael Neal – North Carolina Gaters
Achraf Yacoubou – Rich Soil
Trevor Jorgenson – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Jordan Price – Atlanta Celtics
Joe Lundy – Triple Threat
Myles Davis – Playaz Basketball Club
Jerrel Adams – South Carolina Ravens
Aquil Yonger – Team Kobe
Darrell Luckey – Long Island Lightning
Marquis Rankin – United Celtics
Tony Parker – Southern Kings
Shannon Scott – Southern Kings
Kervin Rameau – New York Gauchos
DeVaughn Reid – New York Gauchos
Bobby Parks – M33M
Adonis Thomas – M33M
Jehvon Clarke – Ohio Basketball Club
Stevie Taylor – Ohio Basketball Club
Darius Lipford – Charlotte Royals
Tyler Poole – Charlotte Royals
Rico Dunn – Birmingham Storm
George Fant – Nashville Celtics
Jaquise Moore – Carolina Raptors
Christian Leach – N.C.A., MD

Bob Gibbons TOC Title Game Results

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On Sunday, afternoon at the Dean Smith Center the championship games were held for the Bob Gibbons TOC. In the 17U title game the Atlanta Celtics (GA) defeated Team Breakdown (FL) 72 to 62 behind a impressive performance from the # 1 player in the class of 2009 Derrick Favors with 20 points. Kenny Boyton of Team Breakdown was the games leading scorer with 29 points in the loss.

In the 16U title game the D.C. Assult (D.C.) defeated Triple Threat (MD) 64 to 61. Then in the 15U title game OBC (OH) defeated M33M (TN) 60 to 45.

Dominique Ferguson (North Lawarence,IN) Picks Kentucky

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Dominique Ferguson  

On Tuesday night Dominique Ferguson verbally committed to University of Kentucky. Dominique is one of the elite prospects from the class of 2010 he plays for powerhouse North Lawarence in Indiana. He is a 6’9 combo forward with a ton of upside to his game. This past season he avgeraged 12 points and 8 rebounds for his high school team.

He picked Kentucky over Indiana, Florida, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan State, Memphis, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Louisville. This is a big time pick up for Kentucky, Ferguson has a tremendous amount of skills already for a player his age.

Coach Gillespie has really been able to turn the heat up on the recruiting scene since arriving at Kentucky. He just a bigtime week landing a handful of players in the past two weeks. The future looks bright for the wildcats to return back into a national power once again.