Brandon Jennings Under Armour Recap, 1/7/2011 From Milwaukee
The 1 day invitational that Brandon Jennings and Under Armour hosted was a collection of 10 of the best high school teams in the country. Teams from as west as L.A. and Utah and as east as Baltimore and New York City and many schools in between all came to Milwaukee, home of Bucks guard Brandon Jennings for the festivities.
It was unfortunate that Jennings wasn’t able to attend the tournament as it was announced before the NBA lockout ended and NBA schedules had been put together. Jennings was playing in LA versus the Clippers on the night of the tournament. A lot of premier players showcasing their skills throughout the day. Aquille Carr was the guy everyone wanted to see. Everyone from the mid west was only familiar with him because of his legendary collection of youtube highlights. Many people at the tournament were excited to see him play in person for the first time. High school basketball phanatic John Cialdini, who lives in Chicago made the 2 hour (each way) road trip to come have the opportunity to see him pay live. “I’ve seen close to 15 hours of footage of this guy online and was lucky enough to find someone to sell me the DVD of when he scored 65 last winter, but to see him in person, WOW, he’s as good as advertised. His ability to control the game while standing only 5’6” is amazing. And he’s playing with some big boys out there”. Another youtube mega-star was UNC commit JP Tokoto who many say has “the most bounce” of anyone playing high school basketball today. Tokoto rose above the rim and added even more youtube highlights to his already solidified collection.
Perhaps the upset of the tournament came when Lone Peak of Highland, Utah throttled Lincoln High School out of Brooklyn; a team that has sent Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair to the league. Lone Peak simply couldn’t miss on Saturday. They connected on 16 triples and only 9 two point field goals. Junior sensation Nick Emory went for 31 including 8 triples. They held Lincoln in check who featured Isaiah Whitehead, one of the top Sophomores in the country.
Aside from Carr and Tokoto the other feature attraction was Glenn Robinson III of Lake Central HS in St. John, Indiana. Robinson who is committed to Michigan had the dunk of the day, a facial that had the crowd on their feet giving a standing ovation. Robinson had high points on the day, 33 in total ,including 11-12 on free throws.
The best game of the day happened to be Marquette University High School, the host school of the tournament who hit a buzzer beater to defeat Roman Catholic of Philadelphia.
The featured game of the night was the final game on the slate. Aquille Carr, who had tweeted just hours before the game that he plans on attending Seton Hall was matched up against Price, a small private school from Los Angeles. Price’s Skylar Spencer proved he’s the real deal as was the rest of his team. They got on to an early lead but Patterson had too much fire power. Patterson had 4 players in double figures including Carr who finished with 19 points and 4 assists, and their two big men who both transferred in, Shakir Brown who went for 21 and 11 and Nyme Manns who had 18 points and 16 rebounds. The only other returning starter besides Carr from last year’s regional championship team was junior Myrek Lee-Fowlkes who added 15 points.
In the showcase’s first game St. Frances of Baltimore downed Melrose of Nashville, Tennessee 63-55. Tevon Saddler was named MVP.
It was a great tournament; lots of markee players, lots of markee teams, parity, close games. The only thing missing was Mr. Brandon Jennings himself.