AKRON, OH -- Another weekend, another major basketball tournament is in the books. The college basketball evaluation period has come to a close at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and there is a new champion crowned in Ohio.
BABC CROWNED KING
Boston continues to rule the sports world. Add the BABC AAU team to the list of champions from Bean Town after the team's tournament title run at the King James Shooting Stars Classic.
BABC stuck to its strengths and relied on the power of Alex Oriakhi, the scoring of Gerald Coleman and the direction of Phil Pressey to knock out the Rising Stars Gold team 63-43 for the tournament title.
April has been a good month for Coleman. He shined at the Boo Williams Invitational last weekend and he's continued his strong play in Akron. The 6-foot-3 lefty from the class of 2010 capped off the evaluation period with a strong run at the King James.
He was the team's best all-around scorer all weekend and put in 15 points in the championship game. Coleman has little to no trouble getting to the rim. The class of 2010 prospect is a pure slasher with great length and bounce for a two guard. His confidence grew and his role became defined over the last three weeks and he was the most consistent player for BABC on championship Sunday.
Oriakhi wasn't flashy but very efficient. The UConn bound power forward worked from block to block and hauled in the rebounds he should get and scored on the easy ones he should score. Oriakhi scored 13 points (6-7 FG), grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Pressey didn't have his best game offensively in terms of being a scorer. His game isn't about the points. The class of 2010 point guard is all about running his team effectively and efficiently. That's his game. Pressey finished with a cool 10 points and five assists.
Jamal Coombs, a Connecticut commitment, dropped nine points in the win.
The Rising Stars struggled offensively as the team's three top scorers combined for just 23 points. Notre Dame commitment Jack Cooley led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Illinois commitment Jereme Richmond scored seven points on three of 12 shooting. Nik Garcia added eight points. He didn't have his usual hot hand on the wing, hitting just two of nine from deep. Marcus Jordan scored eight points in the defeat.
ALL OHIO, LOU WILL WIN YOUNGER DIVISIONS
Jared Sullinger and Greg Gainey combed for 34 points in All-Ohio's win over the Michigan Mustangs to claim the 16 and under division championship.
Sullinger, an Ohio State bound big man, was just too big and too tough to move around in the paint. He's a load at any level in high school and knew how to throw around his huge size to his advantage.
J.D. Weatherspoon was handcuffed with foul trouble early on but still chipped in with 11, capping off a week where he solidified himself as a Big Ten level prospect.
The Michigan Mustangs have a prospect to watch in 2011 player LaDontae Henton. The 6-foot-5 forward finished with 10 points.
The Lou Will Elite won the 15 and under division of the tournament over the Spiece Gym Rats. Power wing Cory Blackwell and point guard Paul Dawson reportedly played well in the title game.
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The Ohio Basketball Club enjoyed a deep run into the tournament bracket thanks to the steady play of 2009 guard Carl Jones.
Jones dropped a cool 29 points on the Mean Streets, scoring at will with an array of moves. The 5-foot-9 guard for the Ohio Basketball Club is a fine jump shooter. He knocked down three triples and got the line time and time again in the quarterfinals.
He was paired against D.J. Cooper, a fine mid-major target at the point guard spot. Jones won the battle and left little doubt about it. Cooper scored six quiet points. Jones is a crafty customer with the ball in his hands and put his staple on a great weekend for the Ohio Basketball Club.
There was a lot of buzz created by the play of Ohio big man Drew McGhee last week at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest. On Sunday morning, he showed why he's become one of the most coveted big men by the mid-level programs. The 6-foot-10 center showed off some crafty work in the paint and scored a handful of times with a nifty left-handed jump hook. Nearly the entire Mid-American Conference was on hand to see him in action on Sunday morning.