Champions crowned at NY2LA Sports Summer Jam

15 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

The SYF Players avenged a pool play loss to Dream Vision Friday night in the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam 17-and-under Platinum championship with a  72-67 victory behind a balanced attack.

Led by five-star big man Mitch McGary’s 25 points, SYF also got big contributions from Michigan-bound Glenn Robinson III, Jeremiah Jones and Markus Crider. However, it was 6-foot-3 guard Adonis Filer who was at the head of their attack.

Filer scored 14 points and handed out nine assists, and has been a driving force behind SYF’s success on the club circuit this Spring and Summer. He has gone from the defensive stopper, and garbage man on offense he was a couple years ago to a high major combo guard prospect who will reclassify next year at Brewster.

“I wanted to accomplish a new name for myself,” Filer said. “In the past years, I haven’t been as good as I am now. So I just wanted to come out and give them a new impression of me. I think I did a good job of doing that.”

Still a terror on defense, Filer exhibited vastly improved ball handling skills over the four-day tournament and the ability to change direction on a dime with the ball in his hands.

While his jumper continues to develop he remains a threat to score at the rim when he drives, but he’s also starting to understand the role of creating much better than ever before.

“I’ve been working on getting my team involved,” Filer said. “That’s what a true point guard does. He looks out for his teammates more than himself. I think I do that with Mitch, Glenn and Jeremiah and others.”

His toughness, and clichéd football player mentality on the court, comes as no surprise as his older brother Steve is getting ready to suit up for his final season at Notre Dame as a linebacker.

“Me and him always got into a bunch of scrappy fights at home, so that’s kind of toughened me up a lot,” Filer admitted with a laugh.

In the last year he transferred from Mt. Carmel in Chicago to Gary’s Bishop Noll last year, played on the historic Indiana All-Star team against the Kentucky All-Stars and has begun drawing heavy interest from some several high major programs.

“I just got an offer from Utah,” said Filer, who led SYF with 18 points in a semifinal win over Texas PRO. “I also have ones from Tennessee, Baylor, Oregon State and Xavier. I’m going to let it play out then take some visits to see where I feel most comfortable.”

McGary spent his junior season at Brewster and is excited to have his new teammate join him in New Hampshire.

“We’re real good friends so it’s pretty cool,” McGary said. “It’s been great having him on my team because he brings a lot of intensity, sees the floor well and leads the team well.”

With assistant coaches from North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis and Ben Howland from UCLA present at all his games Friday, Muhammad certainly did not disappoint in the championship.

Muhammad led all scorers with 42 points, and led a spirited second half rally by abusing whichever defender SYF put on him in the post.  He also dropped in a pair of three-pointers in the second half and spent plenty of time at the free-throw line.  Winston Shepard, the leading scorer of Dream Vision’s hotly contested semifinal win over Mo-Kan (17 points), added 15 in the finals.

Dream Vision junior-to-be Keith Frazier had a great tournament proving his lofty national ranking, but suffered an injury early in the championship. He returned to the court, but was clearly hampered and couldn’t get in any type of rhythm.

Sports U Team IZOD captured the 16’s title with a 51-48 victory over the Illinois Wolves. They were led by 5-10 point guard from Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey Kasim Chandler’s 12 points and steady floor game.

“It felt great to win,” Chandler said. “Our 17’s lost, so we wanted to come out and win for them. Our big man went down early but we kept playing, stayed together and fought through the whole tournament.”

Chandler only has one offer from Siena at this point, but wanted to show he can play with anyone.

“Since we’re from Jersey, I tried to prove that I could play and compete with the rest of the guards that are out here,” Chandler said. “I can get to the basket and find my teammates. I just need to work on my jump shot off the dribble.”

Wisconsin’s Ray Allen Select won the 15’s championship after edging the Wisconsin Scholars 53-46. Sharp-shooting guards Riley LaChance (Brookfield Central) and Brady Ellingson (Sussex Hamilton High School) carried Ray Allen all tournament.

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