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2012 Peach State Showcase: Championship Sunday
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:56 PM CT, Mon July 23, 2012)
Southeast Elite wins 17U Division at Peach State Showcase
Southeast Elite wins 17U Division at Peach State Showcase
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Augusta, GA (Future150) -- The Peach State Summer Showcase event came to an end on Sunday, but the tournament didn't end quietly. Seab Webster of Southeast Elite saved his team from elimination in the quarter final of the 17U division with a runner off the glass as time expired. Here is a rundown of what else went on and who stood out to Future150 at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center.

In the 15U division, the Birminham Ice Express took home the championship, dominating the game from start to finish. The star of the game was chiseled shooting guard and 15U MVP Gary JohnsonThe 6'2", 210-pound shooting guard starred by scoring at will, whether it was by scoring from mid-range, brusing his way to points in the post, or running the floor for easy transition baskets. 

The 16U division was won by AIM High, who shocked the field by storming their way through the gauntlet of talented teams. The true definition of a team, they played team basketball throughout the tournament and didn't worry about statistics and individually glory, and it paid off in the end.

However, it was plain to see that one player in particular shined brighter than the rest, small forward and 16U MVP Eric LockettThe 6'6", 185-pound swingman has amazingly flown under the radar for a while now, but that no longer is the case. He showed an ability to hit jumpers from anywhere on the floor, solid ball-handling skills on effortless attacks to the rim, and a natural feel for distributing the ball. He also rebounded the played defense with a motor that never stopped. 

The best overall team at the Peach State this year was without a doubt the Southeast Elite, and they showed it in their trouncing of Primetime in the 17U division championship. With a roster stacked with talent which all played to their roles perfectly, they absolutely dismantled the playing field. With such a balanced team of stars, Future150 decided it was only fitting to crown three 17U MVP's. Tyler Madison, Detrick Mostella, and Riley Norris all proved that they were worthy after their championship game performances.

As usual, Madison showed off his diverse game and ended the contest with 19 points and 10 rebounds, including two powerful dunks which ignited the crowd. Mostella continued his domination of the tournament, scoring 15 points on an array of outside shots, running floaters, and acrobatic lay-ups. His spectacular play at the tournament paid off, with offers today from Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Nevada. Norris once again was a model of consistency and owner of a diverse all-around game. He ended the game with 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Here is who else played well on Sunday...

Daniel GiddensPF (2015-Game Elite)

The 6'9" power forward/center showed great post moves for such a young prospect. He also displayed extremely good foot work on the low block, and good touch around the rim. Has the look of a national recruit for the remainder of his high school career.

Jaylen Brown: SG (2015-Game Elite)

An extremely athletic specimen in the 6'5" range, his game is only starting to come together, which is a scary thought for future opponents. He loves to attack the basket and rise up for powerful dunks, which is exactly what he did Sunday.

Avery Patterson: PG (2014-Game Elite

The quick point guard is a dangerous shooter from long range, and was making shots with reguarlity on Sunday. He also has terrific court vision and superb ball-handling skills in his arsenal.  He is a great on ball defender and gets better everytime we see him.

Corey SandersPG (2015-Florida Assault)

Another recruit who will be highly ranked nationally over the next three years, Corey has elite quickness and a powerful burst in his drives to the basket. Future150 couldn't find a player that could stay in front of him at Peach State.

Dan Manzi: PF (2014-Florida Assault)

The 6'9" southpaw is still evolving as a basketball player, and his lack of post moves show just that. However, he is a phenomenal rebounder who hustles more than just about any other player. It's easy to see how hard he works at the game, and he will be a high-level recruit soon enough.

Cuyler MosleySG (2014-Florida Assault)

One of the purest shooters in the entire event, Cuyler absolutely destoryed the competition with his long-range shooting. His shooting is so effortless, it's scary to think about how much better he can become if he puts on muscle weight and continues to improve his ball-handling skills.

Jermohn QueenPG (2013-Primetime)

Only standing 5'7", he used his supreme speed to make his mark on Sunday. He has an extra gear that most point guards don't have, and his diminutive size makes it easy for him to slice through the defense in order to score or find open teammates for high percentage shots.

 

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