DC's Post Takes from Bob Gibbons
The dust has finally settled from a magnificent event at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and I’m here to give a post recap of how this weekend played out.
The bracket play matchups were truly a moment to capture and the intensity for championship Sunday was out of this world.
Here are some of the best moments I witnessed at Bob Gibbons.
Best Game of the Weekend
The best game I saw this weekend was the 16u championship matchup between Team Loaded NC and AE5.
This game was fast-paced and heavily defensive from both teams. It was truly a physical game and neither team was willing to let up.
After multiple lead changes, Eli Ellis would seal the deal with a clutch corner three, directly in the face of the defender; talk about a kid with ice in his veins.
Ellis finished with 24 points and left his mark on the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
Bob Gibbons definitely brought out some of the best talents on the circuit and during my game coverage, I saw three players that rose to the occasion to compete in every game.
‘24 guard Jax Abernathy continues to flourish off the wing for the Atlanta AllStars. His consistency is what I admire the most, every other game I glance at the stat sheet to see if there was a drop-off but that has not been the case this summer. He’s a great shooter and a fierce competitor.
Whenever someone brought up the Tennessee Tigers, guard Devaki Garr was a name that the staff was very familiar with. They should call this kid the flash because he’s a bolt of lighting with rock. That stroke from the three is flawless, he can spot up or pull up in transition. I have quickly become a fan of this kid and can’t wait to see how he continues to grow.
Best Stock Risers
Jamari Arnold, a 6-foot guard out of Huntsville has definitely made a name for himself this summer playing with the Atlanta Express. Known as an elite score in my eyes, Arnold has embraced the role as a floor general as well. He’s a great passer and does a great job of getting his teammates to their favorite spots on the floor.
6-foot-7 shooting guard Eddie Ricks III is the complete package when it comes to a versatile wing player. With his elite handles, Ricks is a true slasher getting to the basket. He’s getting even with his pull-up jumper and has definitely caught a lot of buzz with his clutch performance with EAB at the Tournament of Champions.
Stephen Olowoniyi was by far one of the best forwards I saw at Bob Gibbons and his incredible play has definitely raised his stock. He plays with an extremely high motor and I admire his aggressiveness around the paint. At 6-foot-7 Olowoniyi is explosive and will always be there for the cleanup.
Carson Muse stepped up big time for CP25 as he would be the leading guy for their 3-1 run at Gibbons. Muse was truly locked in on Saturday putting up 18 points, 8 rebounds, & 5 assists for game 2 and 23 points, 8 rebounds, & 4 assists for game 3 vs Griffin Elite. Muse has tremendous size and has a nice shot from the three. If he’s driving into the lane, be prepared poster cause this kid can really get up.
I was asked numerous times about player #30 playing with the Alabama Fusion and it felt great to let them know about the 6-foot-8 forward Sam Wright. I’m no stranger to Wright and the work he puts in at Spain Park High in Alabama. I can’t brag enough about his work in the post and his amazing footwork. It’s starting to become rare to see a true big that can give buckets off a post-up. Wright can also shoot the three and is one tough defensive player.
Best Highlight Play
Eli Ellis clutch three for the win over AE5.