|Burton Reigns as 15 and Under MVP|
|Written by Andre Whitehead|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2007|
The unofficial all-tournament squad is announced.
A fun weekend with some outstanding games and some big time future talent.
Several coaches were asked to submit a ballot to choose an all-tournament squad. The only stipulation was not voting for your own players. As part of the process I detailed scoring information from the book and recorded all double-digit scoring efforts. Three double-digit games were required for scoring averages and those were factored into the team; as well as, how the teams finished in the event.
Julian Burton-Memphis YOMCA (MVP)
The White Station flash was instrumental in leading his troops to the title game and two hard fought victories over the equally as talented Tennessee Travelers. He ran the show and put the ball in scorers hands as both inside players for the Y had double-digit scoring games for all five tourney clashes. He knocked down the open jumper when left alone and made pay after play to give his team the victory.
Emmanuel Andrews-Tennessee Travelers
Fierce competitor who almost willed his squad to the championship. His combination of ball-handling and quick mid-range scoring helps him at his size. He had one of the best blocks of the tourney coming from the backside to elimate a Memphis shot in a critcal part of the championship game. As he grows in stature his game will grow as well. He averaged 15.3 points for the event.
Cody Clarke-Tennessee Thunder
New to area but not to fans of the 15 and under set. The athletic wing scored numerous buckets of the high post feed and his offensive rebounding resulted in numerous putbacks. His aggressive style resulted in some foul problems but he was able to overcome that with intelligent defense. Cody will attend Antioch. He averaged 20.3 for the event with a high of 28 in the 5th place game.
Kerry Hammonds-Tennessee Flames
Good player who showed scoring prowess with 21 ina win against the Thunder and 18 in a huge victory over the Celtics. He was able to make a run at the bucket and converted from the foul line; as well as, shooting a nice outside shot. He ended the event averaging 17.3 points despite sitting out most of the 3rd place game with knee trouble.
Tyler Hood-Tennessee Thunder
The leading scorer of the entire event with 23.3 points per game. The Lenoir City product had a big 31 markers in a close loss to the Celtics and showed he belonged among the state's elite in this class. His combination of length and crafty lefty moves will be deadly when his strength catches up.
Tarius Johnson-Mid-State Ballerz
Maybe the cupboard will not be so bare at two-time defending AA champions Liberty Tech with the athletic Johnson on hand. An extreme athletic force who had numerous offensive putbacks and filled the lanes like a young Shawn Marion. He wil only get better whith continued court time. He finished the event averaging 18.3 points per game.
Christian Little-Tennessee Flames
A big surprise at the event with his outside shooting touch. The McGavock product averaged a hefty 15.0 points per game and undoubtedly led the event in three's made. His touch from deep was outstanding and his court sense was solid as well, finding open cutters when defenders rushed his outside attempts.
Meiko Lyles-Nashville Celtics
Finally got the opportunity to see him in action and was very pleased. He has a sweet mid-range game and a wonderful court sense for a player who has seen limited action. He finished the event averaging 17.7 points per game leading the Celtics to a 3rd place finish. His future is limitless with more court time.
Casey Prather-Nashville Celtics
Very impressive with his own age group. The athletic Jackson Northside product finished the event averaging 19.8 points per game with a high of 30. His ability to slash to the bucket and finish with contact will serve him well as his strength and insight develop. He has a decent outside shot but will develop that to become an unstoppable force. Very impressive.
DeMarius Smith-Mid State Ballerz
Unofficial dunk champion of the event throwing them down in transition or off the backspin. Athletic skills abound, tough on the offensive boards and relentless on the defensive end. A future star in the making in the Clarksville area. Finished the event averaging 18.3 points per game.
Jalen Steele-Tennessee Travelers
Smooth as silk, the Fulton shooter was at his best over the weekend dropping 14.3 per game including a game high 21 in pool play. "Silk" drained countless off balance leaners and sic mid-range jumpers off the dribble to account for his buckets. He plays hard defense and has a very bright future.
Tyler Stone-Memphis YOMCA
Big Slick finished with double-digits every game which accounted for his 12.0 per game average. The memphis Central sophomore was a beast on the boards, keeping numerous possessions alive and finishing often. His back to the basket skills need gym work but will be the diffence in the level he end up at.
Mardracus Wade-Memphis YOMCA
The Mitchell product has an above average basketball IQ and makes sound decisions with the basketball. His game winner against the Travelers in pool play propelled the squad to a rematch in the finals. Wade finished the event averaging 15.0 per game and was instrumental in both the huge comebacks the Y had to overcome. A future star in Memphis.
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