June 1, 2008
Prominent players bounced in semis
Only two teams hoisted championship hardware at the inaugural Manhattan Classic on Sunday. Much to Kansas State fans' chagrin, the trophy presentation didn't feature anyone name Wally, Rodney or Latavious. The three high school players who generated the most interest from the Wildcat Nation shipped out following the event's semifinals, where Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder's D.C Assault team, and Latavious Williams' Brandon Bass All-Stars were bounced from the competition. Instead, the tournament's 17-and-under division belonged to Team Texas Elite, which defeated Spiece MoKan, 83-74, in the championship game at Bramlage Coliseum.
The 16-and-under championship was a battle between teams from the Kansas City area as Spiece MoKan KC defeated the K.C. Keys, 61-56, to capture the inaugural tournament's title. But the coronation of a pair of champions was just the finishing touch on what was an eventful weekend for both youth basketball and the future of the sport at K-State.
As most are already aware, the top-player (Latavious Williams) on one of the top teams (Brandon Bass All-Stars) in this weekend's Manhattan Classic has shown heavy interest in attending K-State in recent weeks, and there is every reason to believe a verbal commitment is on the horizon.
"I really like Kansas State at this point," Williams said. "I really don't have a date set for making a decision on where I'll go. I'm just making sure I do the right thing when it comes time to picking a school."
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