Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 3:45 pm  |  20 responses

Say No To Weak Sauce

Only the top prospects at Nike Say No Classic.

words by Justin Walsh

For 35 years, the Nike Say No Classic has been the top summer men’s league in the USA. Sanctioned by the NCAA, the SNC features the best basketball talent and competition in SoCal. Players were selected from a tryout of over 1,000 athletes and only 260 make the cut.

Before this NCAA season began, as it does each summer, some of the top young college talent in the country assembled in a reworked airplane hangar–the only facility fitting for athletes of that caliber.

Twenty-four teams in two divisions competed in a six week schedule with players representing the Big-12, Pac-10, Missouri Valley, Atlantic-10, Big Ten, ACC, WAC, WCC, Ohio Valley and Ivy League conferences. At the end of the day, The Top Prospects squad became champions of the 2008 Nike Say No Classic.

The Top Prospects may have had the best tournament, but Demar DeRozan had the best game. In his final game, he dropped 40 points on 14-25 shooting (12-13 free throws), 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Here’s to hoping USC gets Demar enough looks to drop figures like that this season!

This year’s tournament was a nice preview to some of the competition all the major conferences will be dealing with this season. Here’s the BallisLife mix of the action.

And, if you’re curious, the following are the 12 players featured in this mix and their current schools:

Justin Carter — Creighton
Joseph Morgan –3 Lattc
Gerard Anderson- — Cal State Fullerton
Michael Thompson — Pepperdine
Tony Dandridge — New Mexico
Derrick Oneil — Fl Gulf Coast
Demar Derozan — USC
C. Hernandez — USF
Clay Thompson — WSU
Jamaal Boykin — Cal
Mamadu Diarre — USC
Johnathan Gibson — New Mexico State

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    haha moose with your first. now you have to watch the mix and give it a breakdown! RULES OF TEH FIRST ACCORDING TO LEROY JENKINS!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Demar Derozan is just sick.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    There’s the breakdown. Justin, whass all that gotta do with Leroy Jenkins?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    oh it has nothing to do with leroy jenkins, but who DOESNT love internet insiders. Weak Sauce, quoted for truth, leroy jenkins, get to tha choppaaa and LULZ. Just makes for good comments no matter the occasion.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BTW Justin, you work for Ball Is Life? What do you do for it?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Moose, I write editorials and do interviews with prep stars. Also starting friday I’ll be doing an NBA team rankings each week. Also, I filmed some footage *Brandon Jennings*. Credit to Matt and Arek for giving me the chance to write for them almost two years back

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Dude, can I do some interviews for you? lol, that was kind of a joke. Kind of. I have yet to meet an NBA player, top high school player, etc . . . and I’ve only been to one NBA game, in Miami. OK, I should stop b*tching to you, sorry lol.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    just start going out to games in your area, get a prep section for your blog, start covering them, keep networking, meet coaches. do all you can, interview anyone and everyone. best advice I ever got from Matt Caputo. and By the way, it’s usually not hard to meet guys up in the rankings at events, they are mostly totally down to earth. Demar for example is one of the calmest, realest dudes on the planet.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Anything you know of that’s big coming to the Boston area? Because, well, that’s where I’m from.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    always check AAU tournament schedules starting around april. you may have to drive around a bit farther than boston, but in July, there will be the first annual EBC AAU tournament with games to be played at Rucker Park. That tournament is going to be a big deal Moose, first AAU tournament to have games played at rucker ever. I’d say that’s a pretty big deal.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I’ll definitely check into that. I’ll look for you too, lol. I assume you’ll be there?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    yeah I can’t wait for that. basketball making a move toward grassroots is always something im down for. besides, rucker is MECCA of basketball. by the way, what do you feel of the bearded defender getting sauced near the end of this mix?

  • Ken

    Cool vide…oh I’m sorry? Did I interrupt your conversation?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Sweet stuff, Justin. Hopefully we’ll see summa that in the NBA later.

  • justin

    Down in Raleigh/Chapel Hill area they have a summer league that would smash some of those west coast clowns. Weak ass teams. You get in the NC league you better be ready to go.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    @justin: guessing you’re a reallllly big john wall fan? heh, I wouldnt say these teams are weak, check the rosters, there are players from every major conference in division one basktball. But yeah, I’ve heard NC leagues hold their own!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    YEE! the sickest edited ballislife mix to date IMO

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    GO Moose!

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