Southern Springs Invitational
presented by Team Carroll Premier
March 31-April 2
Twenty courts under one roof! What can get better than that? The set up at the BJCC was perfect. This was a well ran event with plenty of parking and plenty of meal choices to stay in one location all day. Location was perfect being right off of I20/I59 in downtown Birmingham. This event was well represented by national level teams from Under Armour, Adidas Guantlet and Nike EYBL.
Congrats to the winners:
17U Bronze: ABA-South
17U Gold: MS Express (MS)
17U Platinum: Team Carroll Premier (AL)
16U Bronze: Alabama Go (AL)
16U Gold: Pensacola Elite (FL)
16U Platinum: MS Express (MS)
15U Bronze: ATL Assault (GA)
15U Gold: Steel City Gators (AL)
15U Platinum: Team Thad (TN)
14U Bronze: Team Platinum
14U Gold: Orangeburg Xpress
14U Platinum: Alabama Lasers (AL)
13U Bronze: Pro One Select (AL)
13U Gold: Quinn Anvils
13U Platinum: MC Warriors
12U Bronze: Ga Jazz (GA)
12U Gold: Steel City Gators (AL)
12U Platinum: D-Elite
11U Gold: EOTO GA 2024 (GA)
11U Platinum: Steel City Gators (AL)
10U Platinum: Huntsville Flight (AL)
Impressing in the 17U division were:
Caleb Fields (6-0 180 lbs 2018 PG Marshall County HS; Lewisburg, TN) Team Carroll Premier (AL): The best defensive player at the event. He kept up with and slowed down Team Thad G Tyler Harris (5-9 150 lbs 2018 Cordova HS, TN) He is a big, strong body defender with deceptive speed. He should be looked at on the low D1 level as a defensive stopper.
Javian Fleming (6-9 2018 F/C Canton HS; Canton, MS) Team Thad (TN): The big man showed his amazing footwork and hands early on in the tournament. He played limited minutes in the championship game due to foul trouble. He has plenty of offers to go around at the moment and should have plenty more coming in over the summer.
Jared Butler (6-3 2018 G Riverside Academy; Reserve, LA) MS Express (MS): Butler knows how to run a team. He is a great floor general that could make an impact on the high D1 level in the future. He can get to the rim and finish. His speed and strength allow him to play well on the defensive end. He is a good on ball defender and also plays great team defense. He pushes the ball on the break and can get up the floor in a hurry.
CameronWoodall (6-5 2018 F Raymond HS; Raymond, MS) Mississippi Hawks (MS): Woodall had a very good weekend as the Hawks went 3-1 with only a loss to the Platinum Champion. He played above the rim and wowed the fans and onlookers all weekend. He rebounded well on both ends. He contested shots as well as played the passing lanes. His fingers prints were all over the balls, backboards and rims.
Impressing in the 16U were:
Anthony “AJ” Jones Jr (6-5 2019 G/F Humboldt HS; Humboldt, TN) Team Thad (TN): Electrifying. He was a must watch and drew a crowd on every court he played on. The high flyer was masterful on the break. He attacked the rim hard in the half court sets and had no problem finishing and 1’s. He needs to be looked at on the high D1 level.
N’Faly Dante (7-0 2020 C Sunrise Christian Academy Elite; Bel Aire, KS) MS Express (MS): Welcome to prime time Dante. The energetic big had his coming out party. The long, lanky center is a top notch shot blocker. He has an arsenal of offensive moves and can finish with ease. It’s hard to see Dante not being a top 5 2020 in the country by the end of summer.
Impressing in the 15U were:
Caleb McGill (6-3 190 lbs 2020 F Seminary HS; Seminary, MS) Magnolia Heat (MS): Big body forward is a great passer. He works the give and go to perfection. He has some good offensive moves on the low post.
Impressing in the 14U were:
Trinity Bell (6-8 2021 F/C Albertville HS; Albertville, AL) Alabama Lasers: Big and very skilled. The next best big to come out of Alabama is on the way. He was dominant on the offensive end. He was a powerful presence on the defensive end. He blocked and altered shots all weekend long. Offensively, he played with his back to the basket and could also step out and play face up from mid range. He is a top 50 national talent that will be high D1.
Other events and notes coming soon!