Facing pool opponents like Team Melo, Florida Elite and the D.C. Blue Devils was bad enough without a quarter of the roster unable to attend this weekends games at the King James Classic in Ohio.
Sometimes you just gotta dance with the one your with. The Nashville Celtics held leads in all three of their 17 and under pool games but were unable to close out without their much needed depth at vital positions.
Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) was spectacular over the weekend showing out to all the high major coaches resting in the stands to the tune of over 20 per contest.
Drew Barham (CBHS) and Jon Hood (Kentucky) were both sterling again this tourney finsihing around the high 16 per game mark. Barham drew the undivided attention of several mid-majors who after watching his size and stroke wonder if they may be after a high major shooter. Hood has high major offers and did nothing to soil that reputation at K.J.
In the 16 and under division the Celtics finished up 2-2 advancing to the quarterfinals of the silver bracket. Meiko Lyles (NCA) was splendid over the course of this tourney leading the Celts in scoring over the four game span.
Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central) really showed his poise and leadership skills running the point all weekend and making everyone around him better. His stock is certainly adorned with an up arrow at this point.
Levon Tate (Siegel) was praised for his work on the glass and D.J. Jackson (Alabama) was solid all around with his attacking of the basket in the half-court.