Kentucky was not the only place that showcased hoops during the live weekend. Places like Indianapolis, Atlanta and even Gatlinburg played host to events.
Over in Indy the 16 and under Nashville Celtics did some damage at the Adidas Spring Classic. The Celtics were led in scoring by Tristan Jarrett (Haywood) who finished with a 16 per game average over five games. Jarrett dropped 21 points in the opener and finale for the Nashville crew.
Mike Parker (Maplewood) had another outstanding event scoring in double digits almost every contest and leading the Celtics at almost 9 dimes per contest. Tyree Boykin (Kenwood) provided consistent minutes off the bench including dropping 16 points in each of the first two pool play games.
Geordan Reed (Jackson Southside) proved to be a huge pick-up as he provided quality minutes including a sic 18 point and 18 rebound contest in the semis according to his coaches.
The Blaze duo of David Ivy (Blackman) and Bryce Williams (Blackman) proved to invaluable for the Celtics. Ivy was a monster on the glass and scored inside with consistency while Williams played solid including a breakout contest with 18 markers and 17 caroms.
The Tennessee Panthers ventured down South to the On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16 Session II event finishing 3-1 and winning the consolation side of the bracket.
Chico Plunkett (Creek Wood) got the ball rolling with 16 in the opener, a 84-76 win over North Georgia Elite. Kyree Elder (Cane Ridge) added 15 and Marquis Davis (LaVergne) chipped in with 11 in the win.
Plunkett again took scoring honors with 16 as the Panthers fell in a tough one to Team Marreese Speights 66-59. Elder added 11 while Brandon Dansoh (Cane Ridge) had a big day on the glass with 17 caroms.
The Panthers got back to their winning ways against the Port City Stars 67-55 behind 17 from Christian Bell (Mt. Juliet).
In the consolation game championship the Panthers pulled off the victory over the Birmingham Kings. Bell took scoring honors again with 16 while Plunkett added 12. Dansoh and Jake West (Aaron Academy) battled hard on the interior despite being severely outsized.
Coaches lauded the efforts and contributions of Roderic Scott (Alabama), Austin Kirby (Hendersonville) and Tavares Hailey (MLK).
At one of the most gorgeous facilities you can find, the Big Shots Rocky Top event in Gatlinburg saw the Tennessee Bobcats cruise to a 2-2 finsih in the 17 and under division.
Makale Foreman (Dobyns-Bennett) was one of the top scorers in the event at 22 points per game. He had a team high 24 in a win over the Tennessee Showtime. John Fulkerson (North Carolina) had another fine weekend showing off his improved strength and flying ability.
Coaches applauded the efforts of Seth Battle-Lenard (Sweetwater), Conley Hamilton (Powell), Danny Bates (Jefferson County), Raheem Young (Greeneville) and Peyton Wingate (Science Hill).
In the 16 and under division the Nashville Beat made some sweet music finishing 4-1 in the Silver Bracket. Austin Fisher (Clarksville Academy) led the Beat in scoring majority of the weekend.
Spencer Smith (Goodpasture), Elon Smallwood (Ravenwood) and Garrett Gaines (FRA) were lauded by their coaches for their solid efforts and contributions over the weekend at Rocky Top.