Championship Sunday at the 2013 Generation Next Invitational Championships was spectacular and saw several games take it to the wire with amazing finishes. Of course some teams prevailed while others went home, and many players had particularly special performances for their teams. Matthew Brown, Gabe Kalscheur and others put together a string of steady games for their teams in runs towards a championship on the final day of play. Take a look at Sunday’s top performers and a couple prospects that deserved mention as well for their play...
MATTHEW BROWN - 2019 - PG - PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
5-7 - KENOSHA, WI
Brown extended his hot hand from Saturday into the championship rounds on the final day of play. The agile and shifty young guard was dynamic with the ball in his hands, attacking the rim off series of moves and finishing plays with a variety of shots. Brown does an exceptional job breaking down the first lines of defense and wiring his body in ways to elude shot blockers at the backend. He scored 20 points in an early game and dropped a 30-piece in a tremendous 6 three-point performance.
TREQUAN CARRINGTON - 2019 - PG - PLAYGROUND ELITE
5-4 - GACCA - MILWAUKEE, WI
Carrington put his team on his shoulders much of its final game Sunday, helping them hold a lead until the closing seconds of the game. The lefty lead guard was on top of his game, knocking down shots from just about everywhere, including deep behind the three-point line. Carrington showed his solid handles, quick steps and the ability to create his own shot within the offense. Carrington too hit 6 three’s in one of the true duels of the tournament, scoring 24 points total.
SAM INGOLI - 2018 - SF - IOWA ELITE
6-2 - STILLWELL M.S. - WEST DES MOINES, IA
Ingoli was superb in the final two contests for Iowa Elite in their run to championship contention. An excellent athlete, Ingoli was a force on the glass and got up the floor on the break several times where he scored at the rim often. In the championship game, Ingoli also showed he has some perimeter chops, hitting a couple three-point field goals which kept his team in the game. Ingoli scored 15 in the semi-final and added to that with a great championship output.
GABE KALSCHEUR - 2018 - G/F - 43 HOOPS
6-1 - EDINA M.S. - EDINA, MN
Kalscheur had himself one of the best tournaments of any player at the event, consistently scoring the basketball and making plays all over the court. The skilled wing was able to play inside and outside offensively, making plays from the perimeter and mid-range, but also dangerous in the post with his back to the basket. Kalscheur’s mid-range jumper was nearly unstoppable most of the time and his vision and basketball acumen is very advanced. Great weekend for Kalscheur leading his team to the 13U championship.
JOHNTAE MARTIN - 2019 - SF - MILWAUKEE SPARTANS
6-0 - MORRIS MARSHALL - MILWAUKEE, WI
Martin was excellent all weekend for the Spartans, and had an enormous game early Sunday. Despite, the loss, Martin had his team vying to advance by driving the basketball at will seemingly and scoring at the hoop. Martin has really good athleticism, solid handle and knows how to use his body to make difficult shots in traffic. He scored 21 points for the Spartans and was also a factor rebounding.
ANDERS NELSON - 2018 - PG - 43 HOOPS
5-7 - VALLEY VIEW M.S. - EDINA, MN
Nelson’s semi-final game was one for the books, as he helped lift his team to a championship birth. Nelson took over at points in the second half with some big time three-point baskets, a couple mid-range jumpers and solid ball-handling which got him to line late in the game to help seal the tight victory at end.
ANTHONY SPANN - 2018 - G - KESSEL HEAT
5-8 - PRAIRIE M.S. - CARPENTERSVILLE, IL
Spann had a really good game for Kessel, using his athleticism and speed to get the defense on its heels often. The quick guard knocked down some timely shots and a huge clutch three-pointer in the final 30 seconds which gave his team an opportunity at the finish. Besides just scoring, Spann also showed great ability passing, making some special plays with the ball in his hands.
JOHN WAGGONER - 2018 - C - IOWA ELITE
6-2 - ST. FRANCIS OF ASISI M.S. - CLIVE, IA
Waggoner was solid all day for Iowa Elite in the post. Waggoner is a young center with a ton of upside as he already understands that running the floor as a big man will help get the defense rushed and put him in spots to get some easy buckets. The young big man does have some really good post moves as well, drop stepping with either foot and being able to absorb contact on his way to scoring the basketball. He had had 16 points in the semi-final and had a steady game in the championship loss.
TYLER WATSON - 2018 - G - INDIANA ELITE
5-11 - TRI WEST M.S. - PITTSBORO, IN
Watson is a talented and good-sized young guard out of Indiana. Watson stretched the half-court often with his ability to score from different levels. The skilled guard knocked down a couple three’s with confidence and then used shot fakes and instincts to work his way in for short pull up jumpers and a couple lay-ins. Watson finished the semi-final contest with 18 points.
MCKINLEY WRIGHT - 2017 - G/F - MN SUNS
5-9 - COPPER CANYON H.S. - PHOENIX, AZ
Wright had himself a really steady and productive game in the Suns early game Sunday. Wright did a nice job penetrating the lane off the bounce and hitting a couple short jump shots, attacked the rim for some lay-ins, and scored in transition as well. Wright’s catch on the baseline late in the game where he took it to the opposite side for a reverse lay-up to protect against the shot blocker showed athleticism and intelligence uncommon for middle school players.
MARCUS DOMASK - 2019 - F - PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
5-8 - WAUPUN, WI
Marcus Domask quietly had an outstanding Championship Sunday to help his team advance throughout the day. Early Sunday, Domask scored 26 points with a barrage of three-point baskets, four, and hitting several other shots to help his team stave off an upset. Later, along with Brown’s hot shooting, Domask again hit three big trey’s, scoring 17 points, and was steady on the glass as he was instrumental in the big comeback victory to advance to the finals.
KYLER KLUGE - 2018 - G - 43 HOOPS
5-6 - CENTRAL M.S. - EDEN PRAIRIE, MN
Kluge was another player who had a really good Day 3 to help his team make it deep into the tournament. Kluge had ice in his system at times, knocking down a couple three’s without hesitation, including a crossover step-back three in a defenders face that was just nasty. Kluge was a large piece of 43’s 13U title run.
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