LAS VEGAS - The adidas Super 64 supper pools got off to a bang when The Playaz took down Pump N Rum in a come from behind overtime win. Mike Rosario led the strong Playaz attack with 30 points and a huge three pointer in overtime.
Mike Rosario- Displayed a clutch stroke behind the arc from the wing. One of his five three-pointers tied the game at 88-88 to set up the 90-88 win by The Playaz. Competitive and hard working, Rosario has the makings of a scorer on the next level.
Jrue Holiday- Scored 20 points in the loss but had some key miscues down the stretch. Later in the day, Holiday shot well from outside and had his way with an undermanned Indiana Elite squad.
Jiovanny Fontan- He drove the ball fearlessly to the hole and came up with positive results a vast majority of the time. A difference type player at the point guard position, Fontain hit a huge three down the stretch and finished with 13 points.
Travon Woodall- Woodall was solid throughout the game and then stole the ball from Jerime Anderson with the game tied at 88-88 in overtime and then made the game winning free throws with 6.6 seconds when fouled after the steal.
Jerime Anderson- Didn't shoot the ball well from the outside, but he was strong on the fast break. Anderson finished 16 points.
Luke Babbitt- Playing for EBO, Babbitt lost to his old team the Las Vegas Prospects. Babbitt battled hard before fouling out with about a minute to play, scoring a game high 28 points. He pulled a number of shots from well behind the arc, and the lefty also scored on some strong drives with his right hand.
Olek Czyz- Suffered early foul trouble due to the physical play of Babbitt and then saw limited minutes down the stretch of the game. The bouncy athlete finished with nine points on the night.
Phillip McDonald- We only saw the very end of T-Mac's game against the New England Playaz, but it including a buzzer beating three-pointer for a one point win.
Tyler Zeller- Ran the court well and is a terrific weapon popping to the wing after the high ball screen. On the defensive side, however, Zeller was a disappointing presence.
Bud Mackey- Struggled in the first half against the defensive pressure of Jrue Holiday. In the second half, he played the four and drew a favorable match up against both Travis Wear and David Wear where he scored on both deep jumpers and slashes to the rim.
Travis Wear and David Wear- Despite their defensive struggles, the Wear's had impressive moments on offense. They are both getting stronger and made some positive things happen on the boards.
Lewis Jackson- Not only did this jitterbug guard get to the rim, he also knocked down a nice looking jumper off a high ball screen. Didn't look as quick on the defensive side of the ball.
B.J. Mullens- He looked awfully impressive against KC Pump N Run. As athletic as anyone on the court, Mullens pumped in ten points in limited minutes in the first half.
Olek Czyz has recently seen another surge in his recruitment, picking up offers from Florida and Duke. Also with offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona State and Pepperdine, Czyz said he has no favorites and will cut down his list in August. As for what he is looking for in a school. Czyz said, "I'm looking for a great coach, and no one wants to sit on the bench. I'd like to play right away."
Terrell Hollowaysaid Nevada and Oregon State are the newest team to offer him. He also named Houston, Cincinnati, Tennessee, South Florida and St. John's as schools of interest.
Phillip McDonald provided a top five of Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Cincinnati. In regards to the talk of McDonald' travel team coach taking an assistant coaching position, McDonald said it wouldn't necessarily affect his decision and that he planned to take official visits before he makes a decision.
2009 prospect Anthony Marshall UNLV and Colorado State have offered him. Kansas State, Kansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Pepperdine and Gonzaga are all schools of interest.
News and notes
We didn't see the Atlanta Celtics win over a shorthanded Indiana Elite squad, but the word filtering out of the gym was that both Derrick Favors and Delwan Graham had strong games for the Celtics.
Indiana Elite is without Emmanuel Negedu, playing with the Nigerian national team, and DeAndre Liggins, who is injured. Elliot Williams is not here with the M33M Ballers. T-Mac All Stars are without the services of Erik Williams and Will Brown, who are both out with injuries. Still hobbled by a bad ankle, Reeves Nelson didn't play in Pump N Run's loss to The Playaz but did see limited action in the night game.
Billy Gillispie, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan and Herb Sendek took in the Las Vegas Prospects game against EBO.
The Indiana Elite/Pump N Run game drew a high powered coaching crowd. Row Williams along with two assistants, Kelvin Sampson with two assistants, Billy Gillispie, Matt Painter, Bruce Weber and Lorenzo Romar.