ToC Updates 2017

 

 

ToC NOTES AND TIDBITS- DECEMBER 1, 2017

The 12th Annual ToC has come and gone, but there were several big time memories created by the teams and players involved in this year’s event!

10 Best Performers:

Kendric Davis, Sam Houston MSTC- 28 ppg, 9 apg, 5 spg

E.J. Liddell, Belleville West- 27 ppg- 10 rpg- 6 bpg

Quentin Grimes, College Park- 23 ppg- 9 rpg- 7 apg

Ignas Brazdeikis, Orangeville Prep- 29 ppg- 10 rpg

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro Smith- 24 ppg- 8 rpg

Antavion Collum, Tennessee Prep- 25 ppg- 10 rpg

Jaykwon Walton, Montgomery Carver- 24 ppg- 6 rpg

George Conditt, Chicago Corliss- 19 pts, 18 rbs- 9 blks

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep- 23 ppg- 3 apg

Brandon Fredrick, St. Louis Confluence- 27 ppg- 3 spg

10 Players you have never heard of- but now you know who they are!

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro Smith- Overall the most underrated player in the event.  Huge potential- will play at the highest levels.

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep- Blow by speed with the dribble!

Brandon Fredrick, St. Louis Confluence- Quick on quick with a deep range jumper.

Avan Nava, The Rise Centre Academy:  Sweet stroke from deep!

Adam Cash, Pekin- Only a freshman!  Played very well throughout the event.

Lawrence Brazil, Belleville West- Came to play every day, excellent defender.

Camren Hayes, Greensboro Smith- An elite PG in the 2020 national recruiting class.

Leon Perry, St. Louis Confluence- An explosive wing who has great court sense.

Adam Francolini, The Rise Centre Academy- A pure shooter from deep range.

Chris Green, Sam Houston MSTC- Athletic wing who can get to the basket off the drive.

10+ Best Dunkers!

Silas Mason, Greensboro Smith

Quentin Grimes, College Park

Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, Orangeville Prep

Marlon Jackson, Sam Houston MSTC

Markese Jacobs, Chicago Uplift

E.J. Liddell, Belleville West

Mike Flenory, Chicago Uplift

Jaykwon Walton, Montgomery Carver

Raekwon Drake, Chicago Orr

Gaven Pinkley and Michael Brewer, Hillsboro

10 Best Perimeter Shooters!

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro Smith

Jaykwon Walton, Montgomery Carver

Chaz Gwyn, Winston-Salem Prep

Brandon Fredrick, St. Louis Confluence

Tyler Herro, Whitnall

Fred Cleveland, Chicago Leo

Quentin Grimes, College Park

Jalen Gaston, Montgomery Carver

Corez Anderson, Urbana

Brian Hernandez, Chicago Orr

10 Best Scorers

Quentin Grimes, College Park

E.J. Liddell, Belleville West

Ignas Brazdeikis, Orangeville Prep

Kendric Davis, Sam Houston MSTC

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro Smith

Jaykwon Walton, Montgomery Carver

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep

Brandon Fredrick, St. Louis Confluence

Antavion Collum, Tennessee Prep

Tyler Herro, Whitnall

10 Best Backcourt Distributors!

Quentin Grimes, College Park

Kendric Davis, Sam Houston MSTC

Chase Adams, Chicago Orr

Antavion Collum, Tennesee Prep

Camren Hayes, Greensboro Smith

Avan Nava, The Rise Centre Academy

Fred Cleveland, Chicago Leo

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep

Malachi Smith, Belleville West

Henry Hampton, Sam Houston MSTC

10 Best Contributors in the Paint:  (Scoring/ Defense/ Rebounding/ Blocking Shots)

E.J. Liddell, Belleville West

George Conditt, Chicago Corliss

Adong Makuoi, The Rise Centre Academy

Toraze Dobbs, Chicago Uplift

Raekwon Drake, Chicago Orr

Leon Perry, St. Louis Confluence

Jaylan Gainey, Greensboro Smith

Joe Jones, Orangeville Prep

Keith Randolph, Belleville West

Dannie Smith, Chicago Orr

November 8, 2017

The ToC is less than 2 weeks away!  Here are a few things to watch for in this year’s event!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st GAME DAY BREAKDOWN

Illini Bluffs returns 4 starters from last season’s team as they prepare for one of the elite small school teams in Indiana- Indy Howe.  Howe is led by 6’5″ Sr. Tony Hopkins (New Orleans).

Chicago Corliss and St. Louis Whitfield School will be a great matchup as Corliss’ 6’11” Sr. George Conditt will look to stop the slashing guard play of Whitfield and their Star-Guard Torrence Watson.

Washington kicks off their season with a tough matchup, St. Louis Confluence Prep.  The Panthers will look to push the ball against the Titans, while attempting to stop Confluence’s super scorer, Leon Perry.  The 6’7″ Sr. Perry averaged 28 points a game last season.

Belleville West will be playing in their first ToC game against pesky Pekin.  The Maroons are led by 6’7″ Jr. E.J. Liddell and 6’4″ Sr. Malachi Smith.  Pekin has several heady ball players who can score the ball from deep range.  Keep an eye on 6’4″ Sr. Jace Link and 6’5″ So. Justin Taphorn for the Dragons.

ToC Collegiate Commitments for the Fall

From the ToC Shootout Series:  

George Conditt, Chicago Corliss, 6’11” C – committed to Iowa State

Torrence Watson, St. Louis Whitfield School, 6’5″ SG- committed to Missouri

Tyronn Mosley, Chicago Orr, 6’5″ CG- committed to UW-Milwaukee

Tony Hopkins, Indianapolis Howe  6’5″ SF- committed to New Orleans

From the Washington Invitational:

Kendric Davis, Sam Houston MSTC, 5’10” PG- committed to TCU

Isaiah Bigelow, Greensboro  Smith, 6’6″ SF- committed to Charlotte

Daivien Williamson, Winston-Salem Prep, 6’1″ PG- committed to East Tennessee State

Malachi Smith, Belleville West, 6’4″ PG- committed to Wright State

Jaylan Gainey, Greensboro Smith, 6’10” C- committed to Brown

Jacob Crutchfield (6’0″ PG) and Jaylin Gamble (6’8″ PF), Greensboro Smith- committed to Fayetteville State (DII)

Shannon Scott, College Park- committed to Labette Community College

From the National Classic:  USA v. CANADA

Ignas Brazdeikis, Orangeville Prep, 6’8″ SF- committed to Michigan

Liam Courtney, The Rise Centre Academy, 7’0″ C- committed to Colgate

 

ToC NOTES AND TIDBITS- AUGUST 29, 2017

The 12th Annual Tournament of Champions is excited to announce a new format to this year’s tremendous field.  The National Classic has been changed to an “International Classic” as two teams from the United States challenge two of the top teams from Canada!  

The Orangeville Prep Bears and the Rise Centre Academy Wolfpack will feature elite talent that includes numerous future Division I stars, including Orangeville’s 6’8″ Sr. Ignas Brazdeikis and 6’7″ So. Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe who are both Top 50 players in their respective national recruiting classes.  TRC Academy will feature one of the elite dunkers in North America- 6’9″ Sr. Adong Makuoi.

Tennessee Prep and St. Louis Christian from the World Prep Association will tangle with these two mega-powers from Canada.  TPA’s 6’8″ Jr. Antavion Collum is one of the most versatile players in America.  Collum will run the point for a team that will feature a boat-load of DI talent.  The SLCA Cougars return to the ToC and will feature several young, budding stars including 6’9″ 8th grader Teke Musaka!

The WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL will feature 12 outstanding high school teams from around the nation.  

The #1 seed in the event is the Sam Houston Math & Science Tigers who finished 34-3, last season.  The Tigers are led by 5’10” Sr. Kendric Davis who has already committed to TCU for next season.  Davis led the Tigers in scoring, assists and steals last season.  A second Texas team to watch is the College Park Cavaliers who features Top 10 talent- 6’5″ Sr. Quentin Grimes.  The Cavs High-Major PG Grimes averaged 28 points a game last season for College Park.

Two teams from North Carolina will also be vying for  the WI crown.  Greensboro Smith and Winston-Salem Prep will feature several future DI performers.  The Smith Golden Eagles will feature 6’7″ So. Silas Mason (Top 50) and 6’6″ Sr. Isaiah Bigelow.  The W-S Prep Phoenix will feature a super quick backcourt led by 6’1″ Sr. Daivien Williamson, 6’1″ Sr. Justice Goodloe and 6’2″ Jr. Chaz Gwyn.

The Montgomery Carver Wolverines make a return visit to the ToC.  The Wolverines were the 2014 WI Champions when they defeated Chicago Kenwood.  Carver is led by 6’6″ Jr. Jaykwon Walton and 6’4″ So. Antwan Burnett, who are both rated as the top players in the Alabama 2019 and 2020 classes.  St. Louis Confluence Prep Academy makes their first appearance in the ToC.  The Titans are led by 6’7″ Sr. Leon Perry (28 ppg) and 5’10” Sr. Brandon Fredrick.

Illinois schools- Washington, Urbana, Chicago Leo, Belleville West, Pekin and defending Washington Invitational Champion Chicago Uplift will battle for the title in this year’s event.  Belleville West is the #1 Illinois seed in the tournament and are led by Top 100 talent 6’7″ Jr. E.J. Liddell and 6’4″ Sr. Malachi Smith.  Five-six Jr. Fred Cleveland (Leo), 5’11” Sr. Adrian Ware (Washington) and 6’5″ Sr. Toraze Dobbs (Uplift) return for another ToC appearance.

The ToC will also feature four exciting shootout games which will include:

Illini Bluffs challenging Indianapolis Howe on Tuesday, November 21st.  Howe is led by the slick combo of 5’11” Jr. Kycia Washington and 6’5″ Sr. Tony Hopkins.  St. Louis Whitfield School, MO will tangle with Chicago Corliss on the same night.  Whitfield School is led by 6’5″ Sr. All-America Torrence Watson (28 ppg).  Corliss is led by 6’11” Sr. George Conditt.

On Wednesday, November 22nd- De Pue H.S. will meet a big challenge when they face the Hillsboro Hawks of Missouri.  De Pue has an enrollment of 114 students while Hillsboro comes in with an enrollment of 1,100.  This is the David v. Goliath matchup!  De Pue returns all five starters from last season’s 26-4 campaign.  The Hawks are led by the strong duo of 6’8″ Sr. Gaven Pinkley and 6’5″ Jr. Michael Brewer.

THEE top Shootout game will be played on Friday, November 24th, when Whitnall, WI faces defending Illinois 2A champions, Chicago Orr.  The Falcons are led by 6’5″ Sr. All-America Tyler Herro who averaged 28 points per game last season.  Orr is led by four DI seniors: 6’5″ Tyronn Mosley, 6’5″ Dannie Smith, 6’6″ Raekwon Drake and 5’4″ Chase Adams.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The ToC Pre-Season All-Collegiate Team has been announced:  You can go to the NEWS Section and click on Where are they NOW? to find out more information about the top ToC collegiate players of the upcoming season.

Top players to watch in 2017-2018

6’6″ Sr. Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

6’10” Jr.  Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

6’11” So.  Austin Wiley, Auburn

6’2″  Sr.  Jevon Carter, West Virginia

6’7″  Jr.  Jordan Caroline, Nevada

7’0″  Fr.  Mohamed Bamba, Texas

7’0″  So.  Udoka Azubuike, Kansas

6’6″  So.  Charles Matthews, Michigan

6’6″  Sr.  Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State

6’6″ Jr. Chris Clarke, Virginia Tech

6’7″  Sr.  Vic Law, Northwestern

6’8″  Fr.  Kezie Okpala, Stanford

6’7″  Fr.  Brian Bowen, Louisville

6’5″  So.  Xavier Sneed, Kansas State

6’10” Jr.  James Thompson, Eastern Michigan

6’6″  Fr.  Nickeill Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech

 

ToC NOTES AND TIDBITS

The 2017 Tournament of Champions is right around the corner!  This year’s event will feature the Washington Invitational, National Classic and ToC Shootout Series.  The 24-team field will be announced on July 15th with all games being held at Washington Community High School.

NBA DRAFT

The 2017 NBA Draft was held last week and four former ToC performers were amongst the group of 60 hoops stars selected.   D.J. Wilson of the University of Michigan was chosen in the first round of the draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.  Wilson played in the 2013 ToC for Sacramento Capital Christian and earned MVP honors after leading his team to the Super Showdown championship crown.

Sterling Brown of SMU and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga were both taken in the 2nd round of the draft.  Brown was an All-ToC performer for Proviso East in 2011.  Williams-Goss was the starting PG for Findlay Prep in 2010.  Brown was taken by the Philadelphia 76’ers, but was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, at the conclusion, of the draft.  Williams-Goss was selected by the Utah Jazz.

The fourth and final player selected in the NBA Draft was a special talent that graced the floor of Washington Community High School from 2009 through 2013.  ALEC PETERS was the best player in the 2012 ToC, and now that he has been drafted by the Phoenix Suns, he is an authentic Basketball Legend of Tazewell County.

Another former ToC star was also signed by a NBA team moments after the draft.  JeQuan Lewis of VCU was signed to a free agent contract by the Milwaukee Bucks.  Lewis was MVP of the 2012 Super Showdown event after scoring 50 points in a single game for Dickson County, TN against Grandview, Missouri.  Lewis becomes the 38th NBA player from the ToC!

The ToC would like to wish continued success to these five young men and the best of luck to six other ToC alums who are fighting for NBA roster spots as free agents.  The list of former ToC players who will be playing in the NBA Summer League include:

*Malcolm Hill, University of Illinois/ Belleville East HS, 2011

Oklahoma City Thunder

*Mangok Mathiang, University of Louisville/ Brehm Prep Academy, 2010

Charlotte Hornets

*Landen Lucas, Kansas University/ Findlay Prep, 2010

Boston Celtics

*Naz Mitrou-Long, Iowa State University/ Findlay Prep, 2010

Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers

*Dylan Ennis, University of Oregon/ Lake Forest Academy, 2009

Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder

*Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State University/ Huntington Prep, 2011

New York Knicks

WATCH OUT FOR CAMERON CLARK

There are several free agent ball players who have great chances of finding a NBA roster spot for the upcoming season.  Former ToC star Cameron Clark of Oklahoma University and Sherman, TX (2009) put up huge numbers in France this past season.  2007 ToC stars D.J. Cooper (Hales Franciscan) and Xavier Gibson (Dothan Northview) both had super seasons abroad as well.

Three NBDL (now referred to as the G-League) players will continue chasing their NBA dreams this Summer and Fall.   Patrick Miller (Hales Franciscan- 2008), Roosevelt Jones (O’Fallon- 2010) and Stefan Jankovic (Huntington Prep- 2011) look to find a spot with a NBA franchise.

MALCOLM BROGDON was named the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year!  Brogdon was the first 2nd round draft choice to ever be named Rookie of the Year.  Brogdon was an All-Tournament performer in the Tournament of Champions in 2008.

Madness in March- ToC

Madness in MarchIt has been quite the year for former ToC teams and players! State Championships, All-Americans and NBA All-Stars have been all the rage this past winter. Let’s start on the High School level STATE CHAMPIONS

  • Five 2016 ToC teams have won post-season championships!  Anaheim Esperanza (30-3) won the California Division II state championship with a 72-65 victory over Moreau Catholic.  Kezie Okpala had a sensational season for the Aztecs!  Okpala averaged 30 points and 11 rebounds per game.  A shout-out goes to Coach Mark Hill and his squad for a tremendous season.  Travis Kettering, Brendan Harrick, Jared Obermeier, Brandon Alpern and the Geiger Brothers were amazing every step of the way.
  • The Spartanburg Day School Griffins (30-6) finished as State Champions in South Carolina.  6’7″ Jr. Zion Williamson averaged 37 points and 15 rebounds per game and was a viral sensation with his thunderous dunks and highlight reel performances.  Junior guard Chandler Lindsey also got into the highlight groove with some incredible dunks of his own!  Congrats, Griffins and Coach Lee Sartor!
  • Faith Christian School played a rigorous schedule which helped lead them to another Virginia State Championship!   The Warriors were led by 7’2″ Sr. Brendan Newton (20 ppg- 14 rpg) and Noah Barnhart (15 ppg).
  • Wesley Christian School, KY and Redemption Christian Academy, NY both won National Championships within their school’s federation affiliations.  RCA’s Chris Duarte was unstoppable in the post-season averaging 33 points an outing.

HIGH SCORERS

  • Several ToC performers lit up the scoreboard this past season!
  • Cooper Neese of Cloverdale averaged nearly 30 points per game and became Indiana’s 7th All-Time leading scorer with 2,496 points!  Neese will participate in the National 3-point competition in Phoenix on April 2nd.  He will attend Butler University next season.
  • Other top scorers included: Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day 37 ppg; Taylor Bruninga, Illini Bluffs 33 ppg; Kezie Okpala, Esperanza 30 ppg; Parker Stewart, Union City 29 ppg; Courvoisier Mc Cauley 28 ppg and Jalen Moore, Cloverdale 27 ppg.

SPECIAL ITEMS OF INTEREST

  • The Washington Panthers had another tremendous season finishing, 24-6.  Devin Whitelow collected several awards throughout the season and will be attending Winona State University in the Fall.
  • Several ToC teams finished the season with over 20 victories: Wesley Christian (33), Esperanza (30), Spartanburg Day (30), Redemption Christian (24), Washington (24), Legacy Charter (24), Harvest Christian (24), Illini Bluffs (24), Faith Christian (23), Chicago Uplift (23),  Sunrise Christian (23), Union City (20), Chicago Kenwood (20) and St. Louis Miller Career (20).
  • Former ToC stars Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School) and Brian Bowen (La Lumiere School) were named to the McDonald’s All-America Team.  Bamba recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the game.

COLLEGE NOTES

  • Three former ToC stars were named to the NABC All-America team.  Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep- 2010) of Gonzaga was named to 2nd Team while Valpo’s Alec Peters (Washington- 2012) and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ (Rockridge- 2013) were named to the 3rd team.   Peters became the All-Time leading scorer and rebounder for Valparaiso!  Paris Lee (Proviso East) of Illinois State was named HM All-America.
  • Three former ToC standouts are a part of the NCAA Final Four!  Nigel Wiliams-Goss of Gonzaga, Dylan Ennis (Lake Forest Academy- 2009) of Oregon and Ran Tut (Brehm Prep- 2010) of South Carolina will be in Phoenix for the Final Four.
  • West Virginia’s Jevon Carter (Proviso East) was named the NABC College Defensive Player of the Year!
  • The ToC All-College Team consists of the following players
    • Player of the Year: Alec Peters, 6’9″ Sr. Valparaiso, 23 ppg- 10 rpg
    • Nigel Williams-Goss, 6’3″ Jr.  Gonzaga,  17 ppg- 6 rpg- 5 apg
    • Ethan Happ, 6’10” So.  Wisconsin, 14 ppg- 9 rpg
    • Trevon Bluiett, 6’6″ Jr.  Xavier, 19 ppg- 6 rpg (Indianapolis Park Tudor- 2011)
    • JeQuan Lewis, 6’1″ Sr.  VCU, 15 ppg- 5 apg- 3 spg (Dickson County-2012)
  • You can check out all the other top players on the Where are they Now? link of the NEWS Section!
    • Most Improved Player- D.J. Wilson, 6’10” So. Michigan (Sacramento Capital Christian- 2013)
    • Top Freshmen- Austin Wiley, 6’11” C  Auburn (Spain Park- 2015) and Xavier Sneed, 6’6″ SG Kansas State (Hazelwood Central-2015)
    • Top Small School Players- Lane Mahurin, 6’8″ Sr.  Indiana Wesleyan (Rockville- 2012) and Torren Jones, 6’9″ Sr. William Penn University (Chandler Basha- 2010)
    • Top JUCO Player- James Batemon, 6’1″ So.  North Dakota Science (Milwaukee Riverside- 2012)

NBA NOTES

  • The LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan was named to the NBA All-Star game alongside Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans. Jordan is the 2nd former ToC performer to be named to the NBA All-Star game!  Davis was named MVP of the game, recording 52 points on the night!
  • Buddy Hield (Sunrise Christian- 2011) of the Sacramento Kings and Myles Turner (Trinity- 2013) of the Indiana Pacers star in the NBA Rising Stars All-Star Game.
  • Wayne Selden (Tilton School- 2011) became the 33rd NBA player from the ToC!  Selden is currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies after a short stint with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • Yogi Ferrell (Indianapolis Park Tudor- 2011) signs as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks and scores 32 points in his very first game with the team.

 

 

2016 ToC Recap

Devin Whitelow
Devin Whitelow

The Oglethorpe Tournament of Champions was once again filled with top teams, elite players and super highlights!  The following is a list of the 10 top Highlights from this year’s event!

  1. ZION WILLIAMSON of Spartanburg Day School put on the greatest performance in ToC History when soared to the bucket for a record-tying 50 points and 10 dunks in the Griffins victory over Proviso East.  Williamson finished the tournament with 117 points, 48 rebounds and an astonishing 21 slam dunks!   Williamson was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Washington Invitational and finished as one of the All-Time ToC Greats!
  2. KEZIE OKPALA of Anaheim Esperanza lived up to the hype, scoring a record breaking 133 points in the tournament.   Okpala led his Aztecs to a 2nd place finish in the Washington Invitational with averages of 33.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per outing.  Okpala was named the MVP in the Washington Invitational.
  3. CHICAGO UPLIFT was a high-scoring machine throughout the ToC.  Markese Jacobs, Demarius Jacobs and Toraze Dobbs were all named to the Washington Invitational All-Tournament team.  The Titans scored 106 points in a victory over Marmion Academy and won the Washington Invitational crown by defeating Anaheim Esperanza in the finale.
  4. DEVIN WHITELOW of Washington finished his 4-year career in the ToC by becoming the event’s career leader in assists and steals.  Whitelow was named to his 3rd consecutive ToC All-Tournament team and finished his career as the event’s 4th all-time leading scorer.
  5. COOPER NEESE v.  TAYLOR BRUNINGA was a tremendous small-school shootout matchup that more than lived up to the hype!  Cloverdale’s Neese hit jumpers from 35 feet and scored 30 points as he led his Clovers to a 76-68 victory over Illini Bluffs.  The Tigers were led by Bruninga who finished his game with 37 points and 17 boards.
  6. FRED CLEVELAND of Chicago Urban-Prep Englewood displayed amazing ball handling skills and deep range scoring as he led the Lions to the ToC Showdown title.  Cleveland was named MVP of the Showdown, averaging 15 points and 3 assists for the tournament.
  7. CHRIS DUARTE of Redemption Christian was MVP of the National Classic as he led his teammates to the championship.  Duarte sees the floor very well and explodes to the basket on the break.  He is a future star guard at the next level.
  8. The 3 best dunks of the ToC!  GOLD MEDAL– Zion Williamson of Spartanburg Day with 15 of his 21 slams.  SILVER MEDAL– Elliot Gongora of Uplift with the Dr. J sweep Dunk!  BRONZE MEDAL- Markese Jacobs of Uplift with the windmill.
  9. All the record breaking performances of the week.
  10. Sharing Thanksgiving with 240 ToC participants.  Thanks to Christy LaHood at Countryside Banquet Hall in Washington for the beautiful Thanksgiving meal prepared for all the teams!  Thank you!