Down in Orlando some action got kicked off last weekend with the start of the Super Showcases and once again the Volunteer State had nothing to be ashamed of as we represented quite well in Mickey's house.
The Tennessee Tigers 17 and under group posted a slick 3-0 record in pool play and advanced to the Gold Bracket but fell in the opening game. Outstanding once again was point guard and leader JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County). Coaches were also quick to point out the significant contributions of Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy), C.J. McEwen (Mt. Juliet), Austin Howard (Giles County), Kessler Bell (FRA), Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy), Justin Coleman (Beech) and Tyler Spicer (Dickson County).
The Tennessee Chosen Few-Black squad also made their stay in Florida memorable finishing as the runner-up in the Silver Bracket tournament. TCF finished 2-1 in pool play but proceeded to win 5 games before falling in the final to E1T1 South 52-49. Balanced scoring was the mantra for the Chosen Few with a different player leading the team in scoring in most games.
Daijon McGill (Austin East) played his best basketball of the summer scoring 24 markers in the semi-final victory while Brandon Walters (Howard) was a virtual beast the entire weekend. He had a 28 point, 16 rebound game in the quarter-finals and played consistently the entire event.
Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) was reining shots all over the Sunshine state, Hunter Leaveau (Prep School) played well as did Chance Bouldin (FRA), Devin Schmidt (Sevier County), Xavier Howard (South Doyle), Will Adams (Science Hill) and Jaylen Allen (North Carolina).
The Tennessee Chosen Few-Red took their lumps in pool play but put together a nice run finishing in the final four of the bronze bracket.
Micah Goss (Fulton) was marvelous averaging almost 22 per game for the Red squad. Inside Jacob Elliott (South Doyle) and Lucas Ledbetter (Cookeville) kept things alive on the glass while on the perimeter Mat Case (Cookeville), Nigel Bethel (Knoxville West) and Lee Holden (PJPII) helped the Red advance to final four.