Talent Flows At Southern Invitational

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Cadarian Raines

With Charlottesville already buzzing with postseason action for men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis and a home series for the Virginia baseball team, the Southern Invitational AAU Tournament hosted by UVa over the weekend added to the sports chaos around town. All of the best teams from up and down the East Coast congregated for two days of round robin action Friday night into Saturday afternoon, capped by a bracket-style playoffs Saturday night and Sunday.

In the 17-and-under division, it was C.J. Harris , a 2009 Virginia target (more on him later this week), and the CP3 All-Stars who exhibited ball movement and team play unbecoming of an AAU squad. CP3 easily took out the National Christian Academy in the championship after barely escaping the Georgia Ballers in round one the night before.

At the 16U and 15U levels, Boo Williams steamrolled through the competition for most of the weekend. In something of an upset, however, it was Malcolm Gilbert and Team Final who came back from a double-digit deficit to roll past Travis McKie and Boo Williams in the 16U title game. James McAdoo, Justin Anderson , Levon Harper , Trey Davis, and the rest of the 15Us of Boo Williams had no such trouble and won the championship game by double digits – they went unchallenged into the championship round and were simply too much for Team Phenom.

In a tournament that has seen the likes of Sean Singletary , J.R. Reynolds, Vernon Macklin, Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, and O.J. Mayo in the past, the field once again represented the future of college basketball. Here are some of the players that scouts had their eyes on and what they bring to the table.

Cadarian Raines

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