Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall Cup Features Some of Area's Best

After seven weeks of intense competition, the Will Avery Fall League will culminate Saturday (October 27) with the Will Avery Fall Cup,  a single elimination tournament which includes the seven Fall League teams and three at-large participants.  The teams will compete for the championship crowns of the "Northern" and "Southern" divisions.

The games will feature many of the southeast's best high school basketball players.  The games will be broadcast live at NetCastSports.com.  Here are some key match ups:

Kentucky (7-1) vs SMU (At-Large):  3 P.M.
After losing its opening Fall League game to a buzzer beater, Kentucky rallied to win its final seven Fall League games and earn the Fall Cup's top seed.  But the "prize" is a match up with arguably the best collection of 11th grade talent in the country, at-large entry SMU.

SMU features many players from last summer's Southern Stampede (AAU) team.  The Stampede was the runner-up in the Nike Peach Jam.  Local standouts Ahmed Hill and Michael Scott (Aquinas) combine with some of the southeasts top prospects, including Jakeenan Gant (Effingham Co), CJ Turman (Morgan Co), Marcus Stroman (Keenan), and Jarryd Coleman (Greenwood).

Kentucky is led by talented guards Matt Miller and Austin Crown, a duo that has scored countless points during the past three high school seasons as members of Greater Augusta Independent School team (GAIS).

Duke (5-2) vs Michigan State (6-2):  11 A.M.
These teams tied for second place in the regular season Fall League standings.  But Duke won the tie breaker by defeating Michigan State in the league's second week of action.

Duke is led by 6'5" shooting guard Frank Booker, an area standout who regularly fills the scorebook, using his deep shooting range, his size and his complete skill set.  Duke is led by frontline players Connor Sigrist (6'7") and Kayshawn Marshall (6'3").

NC State (At-Large) vs Georgetown (2-4):  12 P.M.
Georgetown played impressively in a recent loss to Duke.  Sophomore Solomon Gause has played very well during Fall League play.

Temple (At-Large) vs Georgia Tech (3-5):  2 P.M.
Don't be deceived by Georgia Tech's Fall League record.  Four of the team's losses came on the final possession.  Junior Patrick Lawrence has shown the ability to shoot from deep, attack the basket, and defend.

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