adidas Invitational Final Thoughts



Things have wound down from a hectic weekend of hoops in the great state of Indiana.

The adidas Invitational turned out to be a sterling event and Saturday saw some outstanding action.


Memphis Magic Elite (Super Pool Winners)

The Memphis Magic Elite won their pool including a big victory over the Atlanta Celtics put couldn't get past the Minnesota Pump-n- Run in bracket action. The Magic fell in triple overtime in the contest.

K.C. Godwin (Melrose) made a huge difference for the Magic with his ability to penetrate and knock down shots.


Chattanooga Raging Storm (Pool Winners)

The Chattanooga Raging Storm had a masterful showing at the adidas winning their pool then securing a victory over a talented Houston Hoop Stars squad before falling to Team Nashville in the round of 32.

Reggie Upshaw (Baylor) was a man scoring 19 points and snatching 20 boards in the loss. D.J. Prather (Georgia) finished with 13 in the contest.


Memphis Phenoms (Pool Winners/Sweet 16)

The Phenoms made some serious noise in Indy winning their pool with ease then knocking off a Shining Stars squad and then a very good ‘Ville team before a double overtime loss to the deep and talented Dallas Mustangs.

Tadarius Neely (Trezevant) and Terry Winn (Louisiana) were the workhorses on the interior providing most of the scoring and board work while Donovan Spralls (Braircrest) had a nice event scoring from the outside and providing leadership for the squad.


Team Thad (Pool Winners/Final 8)

Scrappy and determined Team Thad made believers of everyone in the Hoosier state with their performance this past weekend. Jonathan Starks (Munford), Demetrius Dyson (Melrose), Mike Matlock (Melrose) and Peyton Husley (Southwind) played outstanding in leading Team Thad to a final eight appearance before a loss to New Heights. Ryhan Townes (Arlington) was outstanding in his contributions.


Team Nashville (Pool Winners/Final 8)

It was another great showing for the boys from the Music City as they finish in the final eight of the adidas Invitational. Corn Elder (Ensworth) was awesome as is always the case but Darius Thompson (Blackman) really raised the bar with his performance over the weekend. Asa Duvall (Brentwood) was hitting shots and Jamonte Davis (Hillsboro) is starting to get his confidence back. Elder was nearly flawless in the overtime win over Garner Road in the quarter-finals. The rising star stuck a big three in the corner to tie things up and hit a dagger from the elbow to put the game on ice in the overtime period.


Top 20 Players from the adidas Invitational 17's (Alphabetical Order)

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland)-Chattanooga Raging Storm

Jamonte Davis (Hillsboro)-Team Nashville

Asa Duvall (Brentwood)-Team Nashville

Demetrius Dyson (Melrose)-Team Thad

Corn Elder (Ensworth)-Team Nashville

Steadman Ford (Notre Dame)-Chattanooga Raging Storm

K.C. Godwin (Melrose)-Memphis Magic Elite

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County)-Tennessee Tigers

Mike Matlock (Melrose)-Team Thad

A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside)-Nashville Celtics

Tadarious Neely (Trezevant)-Memphis Phenoms

Devin Schmidt (Sevier County)-Tennessee Chosen Few

Donovan Spralls (Braircrest)-Memphis Phenoms

Jonathan Starks (Munford)-Team Thad

Darius Thompson (Blackman)-Team Nashville

Ryhan Townes (Arlington)-Team Thad

Reggie Upshaw (Baylor)-Chattanooga Raging Storm

Lavonte Waldon (Oakhaven)-Memphis Magic Elite

Josh Williams (Mississippi)-Nashville Celtics

Terry Winn (Louisiana)-Memphis Phenoms