The 2017 summer basketball travel season ended Sunday. Here are a few highlights from area players this weekend.
▪ National top 50 recruit Jairus Hamilton helped his Team Loaded Va. 17U team to the title in the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. The tournament was the biggest and most-talked about event of the week with Zion Williamson’s game against LaMelo Ball being seen by nearly one million people on the internet.
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Team Loaded Va. won the title for the second time in three seasons, beating the New England Playaz 54-52. Hamilton had five points and two rebounds in the title game, including one wicked spin move.
▪ Team Charlotte, an Under Armour-affiliated team, won its second straight AAU Super Showcase championship in Orlando Sunday. Players included Lincoln Charter point guard Koby Shubert, who won 1A N.C. state title in March; Butler’s Gerrale Gates; and Carmel Christian’s Donovan Gregory, who had a highlight reel dunk in Sunday’s championship game.
▪ Ardrey Kell’s David Kasanganay and Hough’s Myles Washington helped QCAA’s 2018 team to the Fab 48 championship game in Las Vegas. Kasanganay, who picked up an offer from Navy over the weekend, injured his ankle in the semifinals and missed the championship game.
▪ Rocky River rising sophomore Jaden Springer had a solid summer for B-Maze Elite and punctuated it with an emphatic move this weekend.
Springer is working his way towards the top of the recruiting boards in his 2020 class.
▪ Team United, a Charlotte-based team affiliated with Nike, won the 16U championship at Super Showcase in Orlando with just seven players. The 17U team was silver bracket runner-ups.
▪ The Charlotte-based PSB Elite also won a Super Showcase title.
▪ Former Charlotte Christian and Charlotte Catholic star B.J. Mack had a busy weekend playing (well) for two teams. Mack, a junior committed to Virginia Tech, will play at Oak Hill (Va) next season.