17U GO UNBEATEN!
The 17U squad went 8-0 to clinch a berth in the GOLD DIVISION of the ADIDAS GAUNTLET at South Carolina during the first Live Period in July. They won their first seven games by an average of 24 points. Matthew Glaze, Devyn Brewton and Luke Pluymen (2018) provided most of the offense, while Antoine James, Alex Neahusen and Ron Williams Jr. were a force on the defensive end. Meanwhile, Quinton and Brandon Taylor provided some of the highlights with monster dunks, as well as key plays on both offense and defense. Along with Pluymen, Kolbe Littlefield ran the point with precision, while committing only two turnovers in the first seven games and scoring in double figures in four of the games.
It was the eighth and final game that brought home the Championship. ASAK led most of the way by six to 12 points until the final 1:33 when the L.A. Elite team went on a 7-0 run to take a lead by 1 point with six seconds left. It was the first time ASAK trailed the entire game. ASAK called timeout and drew up an inbounds play that found Brock Cunningham (6’7”, 2018) with the ball. L.A. Elite doubled teamed him quickly and Cunningham did his classic step back jump shot from 15 feet and let the ball go. Nothing but net for a 1 point “thriller.” Cunningham was an astonishing 31 of 37 from the 3-point line in the tournament. In the semi-finals Cunningham had 16 rebounds and 26 points. In the finals he had 23 points and 19 rebounds, while earning MVP honors. Cunningham had double/doubles in all but 1 game. He also received high marks from Pangos Top 100 Camp officials. He looks like a lock for next year’s camp.
16U SHINES, GOING 6-1
The 16U team went 6-1, losing in the semifinals to Under Armor Earl Watson’s Team. This team also qualified for the GOLD DIVISION in the ADIDAS GAUNTLET for South Carolina. Keonte Kennedy (2018) and Will Baker (2019) continue to be the offensive leaders, scoring in double figures in most of the games. Baker is a beast on the boards and an intimidating “Rim Protector.” The 6’3” Kennedy uses his athletic body and 7’0” wingspan to score and defend with the best. James Curtis (2019) continues to be a leader, which is obvious at both ends of the court and in his support of all his teammates. DJ Kane, Bryant Burton and Elijah Molean also looked strong both on offense and defense. Baker’s performance earned him high praise from the Pangos Top 100 Camp officials. The 6’10” freshman is blowing up nationally and is a certain top 10 for the class of 2019 in the State of Texas and top 100 nationally.
15U UPHOLDS REPUTATION AS BEST IN TEXAS
The 15U squad continues to show why they are the Best in Texas and a Top Ten National Team. They went 5-1 beating five very good Adidas, Under Armor and Nike-sponsored teams. They lost to California’s top 15U team, Dream Vision in the semi-finals. They performed this feat without the services of Kylin Robinson (2019 and a top 20 lock for the State of Texas). That allowed Tyrone “Big Daddy” Perry (2019), Brian Batts (2019) and Melijah Wesley (2019) to step up and all three put on a show. Big Daddy and Batts were an unstoppable duo at the guard scoring at will inside and outside. Melijah, along with Eddie Burgess, controlled the boards. Burgess, a 6’8” post, is coming on strong both offensively and defensively and with his continued improvement. He also is looking to crack the top 25 for the Class of 2019 for the State of Texas.