Monday, April 18, 2011

Real Deal In The Rock

Little Rock, Ar. -- The Real Deal In the Rock, has completed its seventh successful year as one of the Springs most coveted events when it comes to AAU club teams. Over the course of this three day tournament, the staff here at were fortunate enough to witness some high profile and up and coming players from all over the United States and we were not disappointed.

The first night of the tournament was kicked off with two players ranked in the top 5 of the 2012 class in a match-up between Dream Vision, led by 6'6 Shabazz Muhammad and the Connecticut Basketball Club, led by the overall number 1 player in the 2012 class, 6'10 Andre Drummond. Muhammad led his squad to a 71-59 victory over Drummonds Connecticut Basketball Club and showed why he could possibly overtake Drummond for the number 1 overall ranked player in the class of 2012 by the end of the Summer circuit.

Top Performers......

Isaiah Austin, (Mansfield, TX., Grace Prep)
2012, C, 6'11, 200 lbs -- Team: Compton Magic
Austin is ranked #3 in 2012 class and he showed why with his ability to clear the ball off of the glass, hit the mid-range jumper, and from time to time he brought the ball up the floor. With some added weight, this Baylor commit is set for stardom.

William "Shaq" Goodwin (Decatur, Ga., Southwest Dekalb)
2012, PF, 6'8, 215 lbs -- Team: Atlanta Celtics
Goodwin was a difficult guard for his opponents the whole weekend, he constantly roamed the painted area of the floor on both ends and provided the energy and ability that his Celtic team needed each time out. He is tough, physical, and will rise up and come down with a thunderous dunk once his team is able to fast break.

J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee, WI., Menomnee Falls)
2012, SF, 6'6, 190 lbs -- Team: Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Tokoto's team jumped out to early leads in a couple of games and the big fella was taking it easy as his team cruised to victory. He is long, athletic and has a smooth touch from the outside. UNC will get a good player once he arrives on campus for the 2012 season.

Players On the Rise......

Gabe York (Orange, Calif., Orange Lutheran)
2012, SG/PG, 6'1, 155 lbs. -- Team: Compton Magic
York was ruthless on the offensive end of the floor, often taking the big shot that his team needed. He has a tight handle on the pill and he shots the ball with range beyond the college three point line.

Jordan Adams
(Lawrenceville, Ga./Oak Hill Academy)
2012, SF., 6'5, 210 lbs. -- Team: Atlanta Celtics
Adams' middle name should be "buckets", he can flat out score the ball on the offense end. He moves well without the ball in his hands, and he has excellent body control on plays where penetration is needed.

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