. RECAP: JOHN LUCAS ALL STAR WEEKEND TOURNAMENT !
During the weekend of February 20-22, 2015, The Alario Center in New Oreleans, LA was the place to be! The annual John Lucas All Star Weekend Tournament officially tipped off the non-scholastic season for boys & girls ranging from 3rd to 8th grade.
The state of Texas produced champions in the Boys 4th grade (GCBC 10u), 5th grade (Houston Hoops 11u), 8th grade (Texas Texas 14u), and Girls 8th grade (D1 Shooters Orange).
The Gulf Coast Blue Chips routinely attracted standing room only crowds as many fans got a glimpse of LeBron James Jr aka "Bronney". He is a great passer who doesn't get rattled on the floor. More importantly, "Bronney" is a great teammate who is simply a Toys R Us kid on the floor (just trying to have fun) while kicking plenty of butt in the process. Orlando Horton Jr is this team's pint sized yet gutsy floor general. Jared Harris (a 3rd grader playing up) made several plays on both ends of the floor. However, the best player on this team is without question Wesley Yates III, a strong swagger toting power guard who can get to any place on the court without much hindrance from defenders. In the championship, GCBC overwhelmed B'more Finest while generating a double digit lead, and never looked back. This Baltimore squad featured Samartine Bogues-Christian (the grandson of NBA Hall of Famer, Mugsy Bogues). In case you didn't get the memo, Yates III ate his lunch.
The Houston Hoops 11u lost their first game in pool play (vs NightRydas) then proceed to reel off 5 staight wins including a championship claiming thriller over Dallas based D1 Shooters. Make no mistake about it... D1 Shooters have serious talent such as Austin Nunez, Cruz Davis, and Omari Abor. However, there was not player in the building who could contain Bryce Griggs of the Hoops. Although he must learn to contain his emotions, this young man has a chance to truly be special. Griggs reminds me of a 5th grade version of Tommy Mason Griffin. A couple other players on the Hoops team who caught my eyes were Randy Master and Dylan Glover.
Nike Team Texas won all 5 games by at least 15pts, punctuated by the thrashing of Georgia Stars 85-69 and Louisiana Red Storm 79-58 in the final two rounds. Dallas based Team Texas got some outstanding productivity from Davion Harmon and Chris Harris.
The Girls championship came down to the final possession as the D1 Shooters Orange pulled out the thrilling 47-46 win over South Texas Hoyas.
In addition to the players mentioned above, there were several standouts who highlighted the 71 teams participating in this event. Here are some names to remember...
11u - #25 Jarace Walker 5'8 (Bmore's Finest Class of 2022), #3 Antonio Sellers 5'7 (NightRydas Elite), #25 Knasir "Doug" McDaniel 5'2 (NightRydas Elite)
13u - #30 Jason Harris 6'5 (NightRydas Select 2020), #8 Shermar Morrow 6'3 (NightRydas Select 2020), #3 Trammon Marks (God First), #25 Stacye Thomas (God First)
14u - Chandler Lawson 6'5 (Georgia Stars 2019), #4 Robert McCrae 6'2 (Florida Elite Ballers), #15 Jordyn Adams 6'2 (409 Elite), #5 Jarvis Johnson 5'11 (Texas PRO), #23 Joe Rollins 5'11 (Texas PRO)
Qtrs: Texas PRO / Louisiana Elite def Texas PRO, Red Storm def Elevation Skills, Nike Team Texas def Louisiana Jaguars, Georgia Stars def Miami Elite Ballers
Semis: Red Storm def Louisiana Elite, Nike Team Texas def Georgia Stars
Finals: Nike Team Texas 79 Red Storm LA 58
Qtrs: D1 Shooters def Red Storm, Worldwide Wildcats def AK Jayhawks, NightRydas def Atlanta Playmakers, God's First def Hammond LA
Semis Nightrydas def God's First, Worldwide Wildcats def D1 Shooters
Finals Worldwide Wildcats GA 71 Nightrydas FL 62
Qtrs: Team Takeover def Bmore Finest, Orlando Jayhawks def Game Time, NightRydas def Baton Rouge Blazers, Oakland Soldiers def USA Elite
Semis Takeover def Jayhawks, Oakland Soldiers def Nightrydas
Finals: Oakland Soldiers 60 Team Takeover 30
Qtrs: Houston Hoops def D1 Finest, Bmore Finest def GCBC, NightRydas def Grind Time, D1 Shooters def True Ballers
Semis: Houston Hoops def Bmore Finest (OT), D1 Shooters def Nightrydas (OT)
Finals: Houston Hoops 51 D1 Shooters 48
Semis: GCBC def All Ohio Red, Bmore Finest def D1 Shooters
Finals: GCBC def B'more Finest
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MARCH 20-22: SPRING ICE BREAKER
Reserve your spot for the Rcs Sports Spring Ice Breaker (March 20-22, 2015 in Houston).
Action will start 4pm on Friday and conclude around 4pm Sunday. All teams are guaranteed 3 games.
Last year the SIB had over 225 teams which made it the nation's largest showcase of March.
Click here to RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR THE SIB !