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The Reebok Summer Championships came to a conclusion with two hotly-contested semifinal battles between four evenly matched ball clubs. By far, this day produced the best action of the tournament with teams competing at a high level for the championship of this event. In the first semifinal, D-One Sports, led by the talented inside-outside combo of J.T Terrell (Charlotte, N.C./West) and Quincy Miller (Winston-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Academy), outlasted a scrappy Franchize All-Stars squad that featured DeAngelo Harrison (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) and Wannah Bail (Houston/The Village School), in a highly competitive and entertaining tilt. In the second semifinal, Team Detroit's trio of ESPNU 100 prospects, Ray McCallum (Beverly Hills, Mich./Country Day) Dominique Ferguson (Indianapolis, Ind./Hargrave Military Academy) and Trey Zeigler (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) took on California Supreme, which had its own triumvirate of top 100 players in Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) Keala King (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) and Tyler Lamb (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). In an intense, physical battle, Team Detroit used its interior advantage to eventually wear down California Supreme for a berth in the championship game.
In the title game of this event, D-One Sports faced Team Detroit in a thrilling contest that produced a number of highlight-worthy plays. The game went down to the wire, with both teams playing hard, but ultimately Team Detroit came away with a hard-fought victory and the title.
Zeigler, a 6-foot-5 SG/SF, easily completes three tasks on the basketball court with an incredible amount of effectiveness. First, he uses his quick first step to get to the paint almost at will when attacking the defense. In addition to scoring at the rim, he has a tremendous feel for the game, and easily finds open teammates for scores. Finally, he contributes on the defensive end by staying in his defensive stance and impeding opposing ball handlers from penetrating to the bucket past him. Once he becomes more comfortable with shooting from the perimeter, in particular from 3-point land, Zeigler will give opposing defenders more headaches. He has a motor that never stops revvingm and he rarely takes possessions off.
Stargell Love (Winston-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Academy) has amazing speed and quickness, which makes him an absolute terror in the open court. He attacks the rim with reckless abandon and does not worry about opposing shot-blockers. As he improves his decision making and his consistency on his jumper, Love could develop into a nice combination guard for the next level. He will connect on jumpers off the dribble in transition, even from 3-point range, but he needs to work on his shot selection, if he wants to become a point guard on a full-time basis. He has decent vision, but he should look to pass the ball more.
What does Brown do for you?
Rion Brown (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), a 6-5 SG, possesses explosive leaping ability and athleticism, but he brings more to the table. He routinely strokes jumpers, with range that extends out to the 3-point line, off the dribble. He also uses his quick first step to attack the paint, where he uses a nifty little floater to score when he cannot get all the way to the rim.
Smith doin' work
Deville Smith (Jackson, Miss./Callaway), a 5-11 PG, has the fearless attitude that can permeate a club, a trait that coaches love to have in their lead guard. He uses his quickness to get to the rim at will, and once in the paint, he displays his fearless disposition by looking to finish, regardless of the interior defender's stature or shot-blocking ability.
Miller has perimeter skills that make him the envy of most guards, but because he a big man, he is even more tantalizing. He can stroke the jumper with great regularity from the 3-point line, in addition to his eye-opening ballhandling and penetration skills. He needs to learn to dribble to his left more and keep his focus, but this young man has the total package.
Antonio Williams covers basketball recruiting for Scouts Inc.