Though the 2003 version of the Southern Invitational tournament was not as talent-laden as in past years, there were still some very talented prospects on hand. The tourney was just a taste of what the 2004 class has to offer, according to TheInsidersHoops.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep.
“The field here is a little diluted,” said Telep. “The 2004 class, however, is light years ahead of the 2003 class. It is deeper at virtually every position, especially with the big men. It’s very deep.”
The Invitational concluded on Sunday, May 12, with the Playaz team from New Jersey taking home the title, defeating the North Carolina Gaters 79-51 in the championship game. TheSabre.com was there to check out Saturday’s action, where teams squared off in Pool competition to see who would advance to Sunday’s championship tournament.
The Playaz, Boo Williams, and the Gaters were two teams we focused on, as each featured top prospects being recruited by the University of Virginia. In fact, we arrived at 9:00 am Saturday morning, just in time to see the Playaz team face the Pennsylvania Red Storm. UVa is actively recruiting Playaz 5-11, 165 pound point man Sean Singletary , who plays for William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Singletary did not have his best stuff during the blowout victory.
“I didn’t play well at all,” said Singletary. “I started off slow and missed a lot of shots. I got the ball to my teammates a little but I also had a few turnovers.”
Singletary did show excellent vision at times, threading the needle on a couple of occasions for very nice passes. Despite his performance, Singletary was happy with his team’s chemistry and was happy to come away with a win.
“The team’s coming together pretty well,” said Singletary. “We haven’t had a full team in like three or four weeks, and we lost our last two big tournaments, but we all played together and the chemistry is good.”
Two games later, during the 6:30 contest versus Virginia Pride, it appeared Singletary had gotten the rest he needed. In another blowout victory, Singletary scored nine points, dished out one assist
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