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Michigan Mustangs, Louisville Magic and Indiana Elite win Adidas Super 64
By: Jeff Meadows
In a tournament that featured all Adidas teams and quite a bit of non shoe sponsored teams from all across the country in three different age divisions (15U, 16U & 17U) Michigan Mustangs 17U, Louisville Magic 16U and Compton Magic 15U win out and are crowned champs at this year's Adidas Super 64.
WILL HEAVILY FAVORED NEW HEIGHTS HANDLE THE MUSTANGS?
The championship game of the 17U division featured two teams who's 2012 season were very different but very solid in the Michigan Mustangs who's had a very good spring and summer season faced off against a team that has either gotten to the championship game or at least the semi's of their last 5 tournaments New Heights out of NYC. This was a very close match up that it is until midway through the second half which is when the Michigan Mustangs led by HoopsReport's #70 rated prospect in the 2013 class 6'1 (PG) Derrick Walters who totally controlled the game from the onset, began their separation as they would go on to hold off a very talented and deep New Heights team in convincing fashion by the score of 84-71. Michigan Mustangs were led by tournament MVP and University of Michigan commit Derrick Walton who scored 23pts & dished out 6 assist while New Heights were led by their top prospect 6'7 (F) Jalen Jenkins the George Mason commit scored a solid 18pts.
WILL LOUISVILLE MAGIC CONTINUE THEIR REIGN OF DOMINANCE?
This highly anticipated game was the battle of the MAGICS, the Louisville Magic led by their dynamic duo of HoopsReport's #9 rated prospect in the 2014 class 6'3 (W) D'Angelo Russell and HoopsReport's #23 rated prospect in the 2014 class and Louisville commit 6'1 (PG) Quinton Snyder while their opponents and one of the most storied programs in aau history the Compton Magic. Both teams met each other earlier in the week with Compton Magic coming out as 8 point victors but would the Compton Magic be able to pull of back to back victories over a championship caliber team such as the Louisville Magic? The answer is NO. Led by their 1-2 combo of D'Angelo Russell and Quinton Snyder the Louisville Magic was able to not only with stand Compton Magic's fury, they were able to put together some key offensive possessions as well as getting some big time defensive stops as they held on and pulled a tough 7 point 65-58 victory. Louisville were led by their top prospects and co-MVP's 6'3 (W) D'Angelo Russell who led the way with 20 pts & 8 rebs and teammate 6'1 (PG) Quinton Snyder scored 17pts and dished 8 assist.
INDIANA ELITE 15U CHAMPS
Indiana Elite 15U led by 15U division MVP Chandler White went on to defeat a game and cagey Minnesota Pump N Run squad by the score of 80-67.
First I would like to start by saying congratulations to the Michigan Mustangs 17U squad for pulling off the upset and also congrats to Derrick Walton who has shown everyone once again that he's a top guy. As far as the young talent goes with Jalen Jenkins, D'Angelo Russell, Quinton Snyder and Chandler White the future keeps getting brighter and brighter which means that for myself and others like me really have our work cut out for us as far as player evaluation. Once again the Adidas Super 64 has proven that it is one of the nation's premier tournaments and shows no signs of letting up, congratulations Adidas on hosting yet another great event and I'm looking forward to next year's Super 64.
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