The GNBA Championships concluded on Sunday. It was highlighted at the 8th grade level by Team Ramey coming from behind to capture the title. Fred Thatch pushed Team Ramey to the victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds including 25 in the second half. Here is a look at some standout players from Sunday.
2014 GENERATION NEXT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 8TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP ROLL CALL
2014 GNBA Champions – Team Ramey (MO)
2014 GNBA Runner-Up – Wisconsin United (WI)
2014 Gold Division Champions – SW Illinois Jets (IL)
2014 Gold Division Runner-Up – Nebraska Hoops Elite (NE)
2014 Silver Division Champions – WI Playground Warriors (WI)
2014 Silver Division Runner-Up – Wisconsin Swing (WI)
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Fred Thatch – 6-1 – PF – Team Ramey
Thatch completely took over the 14 and under championship game. With his team down 14 points at the half, Thatch went on to score 25 points in the second half to lead Team Ramey to the come from behind win. He attacked every rebound and pulled down 6 offensive boards. He would not be denied on Sunday. It was a truly dominant performance.
Tyler Herro – 6-0 – SG – Wisconsin United
Herro shot the ball very well on Sunday. He hit some big three-point shots in the championship game. He went 5 of 8 from the outside in the title game. Herro is a pure shooter with deep range. It looked like a few of his shots were going to give Wisconsin United the strength to hold on.
John Diener – 6-1 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Diener had 14 points and 5 rebounds versus Wisconsin Swing. He has good size and uses it very well. He is a very skilled player off the dribble. He converts at a high-level in the lane. There is a lot of upside to Diener's game.
Jontay Porter – 6-6 – PF – KC Powergroup
Porter tried to put his team on his back with 16 points and 20 rebounds in a 56-53 loss to Nebraska Hoops Elite in the semifinal match-up. He is a good athlete for his age and size. The lefty plays with a lot of energy.
Marquis Brown – 6-0 – SG – Mac Irvin Fire
The supremely talented Brown finished with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting against Wisconsin Swing on Sunday morning. Brown is nearly impossible to stop off the dribble at this level. He is athletic, strong and highly skilled. The lefty dominates going to the rim and also has a great mid-range game. Brown has a chance to contribute at Simeon High School in Chicago, Illinois this year.
Tyrese Haliburton – 5-11 – PG – Wisconsin United
Haliburton is a lanky point guard that had a strong showing on Sunday. He is tough in the lane with his floaters and other lay-ups. He has good quickness and the ability to pressure ball-handlers at a high level. His best basketball days are ahead of him.
Nick Klug - 5-9 – SG – Wisconsin Swing
Klug was on fire from the perimeter against the Mac Irvin Fire. He finished with 17 points of 5 of 5 from three-point range. It was a break out game for Klug. He also had 5 rebounds.
Torrence Watson – 6-3 – SG – Team Ramey
Watson has good size and athleticism for his age. He was a major reason that Team Ramey made the championship game. He had 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting in the semifinal game against the Iowa Barnstormers. He has good form on his outside shot. He shot 5 of 7 from the three-point line against the Barnstormers.
Elijah Hazekamp – 6-3 – SF – Iowa Barnstormers
Hazekamp was one of the standouts for the Barnstormers against Team Ramey in the semifinal. He had 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and also pulled down 5 rebounds against Team Ramey. He was very efficient in the lane.
Jordan McCabe – 5-9 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Talented and tough, McCabe had 18 points and 15 points in his two games on Sunday. He has a solid overall game but he is strongest when going to the basket right now. McCabe is also a lights-out shooter from the perimeter. He is a competitor and does everything that he can to help his team win.