Nathan Parker (Bearden) is a baller.
True statement literally and figuratively as the 6'4 rising senior dropped 18 points to lead the Mid-State Ballerz past the Memphis YOMCA 55-46 in the 17 and under AAU state tournament.
Mid-State coming off a great showing at the Bob Gibbon's Tournament of Champions may not have played with the same fervor as the money tourney's but turned up the intensity when the 'ship was on the line.
The Ballerz had a big struggle in the semis just slipping past the Franklin Rage 65-62.
The Y, playing without Leslie McDonald (Braircrest Christian), were led by Ian Clark (Germantown), Johnny Williams (Braircrest Christian), and Ferrakohn Hall (White Station).
Joining Parker in the scoring column for the Ballerz, Travai Pryor (Austin East) and high school teammate Chase Jones (Austin East) both with 9 points. Pryor continues to play at a level we all hoped he would ascend to. His maturation is obvious and his future is limitless if he continues down this path.
Parke finished as the Ballerz leading scorer for the event but was closely followed by Skylar McBee (Grainger), who averaged double figures and Deonte Alexander (Glencliff), also finished with double digit outputs for the tourney. Special mention for the efforts of Davell Lloyd (Westview) and Chance Jones (Austin East).
In the third place game the Nashville Gators took advantage of the Franklin Rage's expenditure of energy against the Ballerz and decively won the third place game. Brenden Connolly (Father Ryan) showed he was a player to reckon with scoring a bundle of inside hoops and causing havoc on the defensive end. His stock is certainly on the rise.
Other players who shined over the three day tourney include:
Michael Young (Franklin)
Steady is his moniker and heady is his game. Young scored huge buckets at crucial times and proved to be a match-up problem when he moves well without the ball. He is in for a big summer if his play stays at this high level.
Austin Pace (Franklin)
Bundle of energy and high intensity make him a contributor. Pace proved steady all weekend scoring when the opportunity was there and giving his opponent fits on the defensive end of the floor.
Marquis Rudolph (Clarksville Northwest)
Smooth operator continues to keep his summer running along just fine. Scored well including 30 against the Rage in a pool play game.