Yogi Ferrell, 5’11” PG Park Tudor 2012-The Indiana University commit went 12/14 from 3-point range on the day. There was a large IU fan turnout for Indiana Elite-Team Indiana since they have 5 IU verbal commits on the roster and Yogi helped put on a show. Ferrell, also, dished out a handful of alley-opp passes to Hanner Perea that wowed the crowd.
Gary Harris, 6’4” SG Hamilton Southeast 2012-With his D3 Pride team down at halftime after losing their first game of the tournament, Harris dominated the second half. He had a monster dunk in the half-court set along with multiple tip-dunks and drop-step dunks. I had him for 17 points in the second half and 23 points for the game.
J.T. Yoho, 6’4” SG Eastern Greene 2012- Yoho played really well in both games. He showed the ability to get to the basket against good, quick defenders (D3 Pride and Next Level). Yoho is not a great athlete by any stretch, but he can get past defenders. I’m still not sold on his lateral quickness, but he is very good in every other aspect of the game.
James Blackmon, Jr., 6’2 SG Luers 2014, the Indiana commit had a great game against Mean Streets towards the end of the night. He shot it really well from distance and got to the rim a few times. Blackmon also displayed more athleticism than I had previously seen. It also seemed like he had grown since I saw him in January. HM prospect.
I wasn’t able to see many close games. I saw many more games decided by 50+ than 10 or fewer. That isn’t rare in pool play games, but usually there are a good amount of close games. That is one reason why I love super pools although early in the year it would be hard to justify.
One of the best though was the game between Indiana Select 2012 and Next Level. Next Level beat D3 Pride in the opening pool game. Then D3 Pride beat Indiana Select. So, not only did Indiana Select need to win to get into the “gold bracket” they had to win by 8 or more points.
With the game tied and under 30 seconds to play, Indiana Select head coach Tyler Wilson knew the only way they could play in the “gold bracket” was to go to overtime. In overtime, there was a chance that they could beat Next Level by the needed points.
Unfortunately for Wilson and Indiana Select, they ended up losing in double overtime. It was the right move, but it didn’t end up working. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes though.
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