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May 25, 2009

T.O.C.- Waiters and Gilchrist take title

MORE: T.O.C.- Hewitt establishes himself | T.O.C.- Irving and Leslie shine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- Team Final took home a championship at the Tournament of Champions behind the inspired play of Dion Waiters and Mike Gilchrist.

Dion Waiters (2010 Team Final) controls the tempo of the game as a big point guard for Team Final. We're impressed with his improved physical conditioning and improved decision making. His 27-point effort in the finals earned him the Most Valuable Player honor.

Mike Gilchrist (2011 Team Final) is starting to put a firm grip around the No. 1 spot in the 2011 class. Consistency is his trademark as it is the same story every time he hits the court. He plays with an outstanding motor, is a physical presence and is improving as a perimeter player.

Reggie Bullock (2010 CP3 All Stars) impressed all weekend with his shot making ability. Has all the markings of an NBA shooting guard and should make an instant impact as a Tar Heel. In the semifinals, he went off on the Atlanta Celtics' suspect defense for 27 points.

P.J. Hairston (2011 CP3 All Stars), who is known for being a big scorer, has played a complimentary role for the talented CP3 team and played it well. He has brought a physical and focused approach to the defensive end and rebounded as well. When needed, he has also produced points like he did in the championship game when he led his team in scoring with 15 points.

Pushing 6-foot-6 and weighing 215-pounds, Hairston is a big wing with a bright future. Memphis, Wake Forest and Florida have offered and Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Georgetown and North Carolina are pursuing. Memphis holds a special place in Hairston's recruitment since Coach Pastner was the first to offer Hairston back when he was an assistant at Arizona.

Dezmine Wells (2011 CP3 All Stars) certainly surprised with his ball handling and slashing to the basket after playing exclusively in the post for his loaded Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy team. After watching John Wall mesmerize with his ball handling all season, Wells and C.J. Leslie were awful eager to display their ball handling skills. The 2011 prospect was even listed as a combo guard in the roster.

Bottom line on Wells is that he is a high major prospect. Athletic and with an especially strong and sturdy build, Wells is a jump shot away from being at the least a top 50 prospect.

Baylor and South Carolina have offered while Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia, NC State and Villanova are tracking.

Emanuel Chapman (2010 CP3 All Stars) did a tremendous job running the point for his squad. He finds scorers and scores himself when the opportunity presents itself.

The heady gamer is hearing from Virginia Tech, Virginia, East Carolina, Miami and Elon.

Myles Mack (2011 The Playaz) won the Most Valuable Player honor as his squad won the 16-U title.

Shabazz Muhammad (2012 Dream Vision) exploded for 35 points and an MVP trophy in the 15-U championship game. The lefty is a big time athletic wing and a no brainer five-star in his class.

Ryan Harrow and Jordan McRae (2010 Atlanta Celtics) are both high level scorers at their respective positions, and they produced on the offensive end this weekend along with teammate Trae Golden. The challenge now for the duo is to get in the weight room and start defending on the court.

Quinn Cook (2011 DC Assault 16-U) , a talented 6-foot point guard, has around seven offers, but he won't know who they are from until DeMatha head coach Mike Jones tells him after the school year. Cook does, however, know that Georgetown, North Carolina, Kansas State, Ohio State, Indiana and Florida are recruiting him.

Aaron White (2011 Ohio Basketball Club 16-U) is hearing from the Horizon League, Akron, IUPUI and Wisconsin. After July, White will be hearing from a whole lot more schools. Looking every bit like a high major on Sunday, White also looked like a dead eye shooter. Whether or not he is that good of a shooter needs further research, but there is no doubt that he hit a bunch of meaningful three-pointers. The 6-foot-8, 200-pounder also moves well on defense and pursued the ball off the glass. What level he reaches as a prospect and player will depend largely on how much stronger he can get, but it isn't like he is frail.

Stevie Taylor (2011 Ohio Basketball Club 16-U) has offers from James Madison, Ohio and Akron to go along with interest from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, St. Joe's and Butler. Although he is only 5-foot-10, 140-pounds, what makes Taylor attractive is that he is a clutch shot maker who is quick with the basketball.

Darwin Davis (2011 Indiana Elite 16-U) has a game much larger than his diminutive size. His craftiness and overall feel for the game is special, not to mention that he is quite skilled and quite competitive. Davis' efforts landed him the Select (second tier) Bracket Most Valuable Player Honor for his championship team.

Jeremiah Davis (2011 Indiana Elite 16-U) has a load of talent and makes a number of high level plays when he is in action. He also makes a number of careless mistakes. If he can bring the level of his court awareness to the level of his teammate also named Davis, he could be an upper level guard nationally in the 2011 class.



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