Nike Tournament of Champions: Recap 2

December 22, 2016

The Nike Tournament of Champions is arguably one of the most prestigious tournaments during the high school season. The event is held in Gilbert Arizona at three different sites with most of the games being held at Highland High School and Mesquite High School. The event features some of the top teams, and players, from across the country with each team competing in a division that allows them to play competition to their level which in return makes for some exciting games and match-ups.

 

NEB Media used the course of three days of the tournament to view nearly every team in the top two divisions. Each recap will involve each team that was viewed in a series of releases that will be done in alphabetical order by team name.

 

Centennial High School (Las Vegas, NV)

Centennial opened the tournament with a bye, but took the opportunity to pick up an exhibition game with Riverdale Baptist (MD), a team that Centennial also played again on Wednesday. Centennial had very little issue handily beating Riverdale Baptist in both games, but did find themselves in the loss column against a good Clovis West team. The loss to Clovis West was only the second loss of the year for the talented Centennial team, falling to Paul VI earlier in the season. When looking at the defending state champs, there was plenty of talent throughout its roster. The first player that really stood out to me was Eboni Walker. Walker proved to be a BCS prospect as she attacked from the wing position looking to score, and rebound, the basketball. Walker also was capable of handling the ball well enough in the press, and when given the opportunity, looked to score out of that. Another player that stood out for Centennial was Justice Ethridge. Ethridge is a nice athlete who defended well on the ball and countered that with a scorer's mentality on the offensive side. She was capable of knocking down the three, or scoring out of transition. New Mexico State signee, Pam Wilmore, played a solid game as well. Centennial, without question, should compete again for a state championship this year with a highly talented roster.

 

Christ The King (Middle Village, NY)

Christ The King was an exciting team to watch due to the young prospects that filled the roster. Christ The King kicked off the Nike TOC with wins over La Jolla Country Day (CA) and Archbishop Wood (PA), but fell victim to the host school, Mesquite High School (AZ). Christ The King capped the tournament off with a ten point win over Brentwood Academy in the final day of play. After analyzing the roster, and the talent on the floor, I think it's safe to say that Christ The King is going to be a very good team in the years to come. The first prospect that stood out was