The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions has long been one of the most prestigious events on the summer calendar.
Team Thad brought the power and despite nursing some injuries to some very key components managed to finish in the final four before falling to the Kentucky Travelers 69-61. Tyler Harris (Cordova) led the way with 21 followed by high school teammates Rodgerick Brown (Cordova) with 17. Drue Drinnen (Georgia) added 14 despite nursing a sore shoulder all weekend.
Team Thad got off to a rousing start besting the West Coast Magic 74-38 on Friday night then in a match-up that only a guy like me could love Team Thad bested EOTO 79-59. Two Tennessee squads fighting it out, love it. Brown led the charge with 21, Bruce Guy (Houston) added 18 in his final game of the event, Harris managed 13 and D.J. Jefferies (Mississippi) finished with 12 on a hurt leg. Chase Ridenour (Knoxville Webb) led EOTO with 14 markers followed by Jack Sompayrac (Knoxville Catholic) with 12.
Harris, Brown and Ridenour were all selected to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team in the 16U division.
Team Thad closed out Saturday with wins over the South Carolina Raptors (70-68) and the Louisville Magic (92-37).
EOTO had a solid weekend finishing 3-1 losing only to Team Thad besting the Atlanta Xpress Blue (79-49), QCAA Force (68-62) and T.G.M. (71-63). Ridenour had a sterling weekend making the All-Tournament squad. Tykee Ogle (Alcoa) drew a great deal of attention for his size and athleticism, Sompayrac was consistent from deep all weekend and the backcourt duo of Silas Clark (Cumberland County) and KaJuan Hale (Georgia) played solid.
Jordan Starling (McCallie) was quite the bright spot for the Chattanooga Elite Grey squad who finished 1-2 in the Bronze bracket with a win over the North Atlanta Orangemen (80-46). Starling was selected to the All-Tournament squad for his efforts.
Team NLP got off on the wrong foot on Friday night falling to the High Point Havoc 57-51. The loss dropped them into the bronze bracket were they proceeded to win a couple games. The bright spots for NLP was the play of the dynamic duo of K.K. Curry (Cleveland) and Jesse Walker (Brainerd). Curry, who scored a Tennessee offer recently, and Walker were both selected to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions All-Tournament squad.
Keyshawn Davidson (Oakland), a Class of 2019 member, played this weekend with Team Carroll out of Alabama and was named to the 16U All-Tournament squad.
In the 17 and under division much noise was made by Team Corey Brewer who went by WACG in the event. They finished 3-1 including a big time 89-75 win over Game Elite. Grayson Murphy (Independence) was simply spectacular all weekend. He was selected as one of the top six performers in the event by the host Hoop Seen and was named to the All-tournament squad. TCB/WACG started strong with a 76-32 win over the Elite Playmakers followed up by a nice win over the Wellington Wolves with Murphy netting 19 and John Carter (Summit) adding 13.
Carter played well throughout the event as did a host of TCB/WACG guys including Tariq Silver (Northwest) and A.J. Bowers (MLK).
The Chattanooga Elite Gray squad had a fine showing in the Peach State finishing 3-1 with wins over the Tampa Titans (67-64), Georgia Stars Green (48-43) and Team EAT 51-50) a game where Kevin Cameron (Tyner Academy) netted 30 markers including the game winning charity tosses.
Muhammed Abubaker (Hamilton Heights) is showing signs of major improvement. He was selected to the All-Tournament team in the 17 and under division.
Caleb Hadnott (Aaron Academy) continued his productive summer averaging around 21 per game and being named to the 17U All-Tournament squad for his work with the Tennessee Tigers. The Tigers finished 1-2 against some unfortunate pool draws. C.J. Herbert (Home School) and Garrett Sanderson (Alabama) both averaged double digits for the weekend and were lauded for their efforts.
Keyshaun Bradley (Hixson) was the bright spot for the Chattanooga Elite Navy squad securing a spot on the 17U All-Tournament team.
Donovan Sims (Blackman), a MTSU commit, had a sterling weekend playing for Team Carroll out of Alabama. Sims was named to the 17U All-Tournament squad for his big weekend effort.
Moving to the 15 and under division, Team Thad had a solid weekend winning games over the RC Bulldogs (81-51), the New Loveleans Eagles (66-34) and the Georgia Red Storm (64-53). Demarius Boyd (Haywood) and Deovaunta Williams (Middle College) were named to the 15U Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team.
The Middle Tennessee Impact finished 1-2 behind some sterling play from Amari Stoudamire (Eagleville) while BFG Elite, playing without several key players also ended the TOC at 1-2.
The Tennessee Fury advanced to the bronze division finishing 1-2 behind some solid efforts from Brett Newcombe (Stone Memorial), DeShawn Page (Fulton) and Andrew Howell (Farragut).